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How To Choose The Bookcase You Need, And Finding Out What’s Available

By Ronnie J. Schwartz

Amazon’s Kindle might have some impact on reading in the future, but for my money, books are the ONLY way to read. Home is where your books are. If you cherish books you probably don’t give them away famously you have finished reading them. Before you know it you have got much more books than space for them. Your bookcases are stacked double deep, and the books are getting covered in dust. Time for much more bookshelves!

From planks of wood separated by bricks, and up to the finest hand-carved all-wood masterpieces, bookcases all do the same thing. The difference is one of price, need and preference.

In order to find a bookcase that meets your specific needs, you have to ask yourself a few probing, personal and revealing questions first:

  • What kind of books do you have
  • Where do you want to put the bookcase
  • How far of the shelves are for books, and how far for other stuff
  • Who is the bookcase intended for

These questions will help you to define only what you’re looking for, and this will make it easier to filter your search. If the bookcase is intended for a children’s room (“who) and is mainly for holding some books and a lot of toys (“how”) then you’ll be looking for something blissfully different from a bookcase for your living room that will be holding a collection of reference books and framed photos.

Once you have the answers to the questions above, you would be well off to visit The Home Shelving Guide to choosing bookcases. We’ve put together a guide to help you find precisely what you need. Since the term “bookcase” is a extremely broad one, we have defined a list of various types of bookcases:

Ladder Bookcases are free-standing units that are also extremely decorative. They look a bit like a ladder (duh!) and actually catch your eye.

Corner Bookshelves are built in such a way as to take maximum advantage of unused corner space in your home

Leaning Bookcases are designed to lean back against the wall, and, like ladder bookcases, are extremely attractive.

Folding Bookcases are good for students and others looking for fine book storage in an easy-to-move unit designed for temporary living accommodations.

Revolving Bookcases Not only for a dusty old library anymore, these units are a extremely attractive addition to any house.

Barrister Bookcases are great for protecting expensive books, as well as collectibles and other treasures. They are designed with closing glass doors on each shelf. Many models come with lockable doors too.

Built-In Bookcases are the most serious investment, and they also have the biggest impact on your living room. Proper design and a lot of thought should go into built-in bookcases before you decide to go ahead with them. Once they’re in, you really want to be satisfied with the results.

No matter which bookcase fits your needs, you want to make sure that you find a good quality unit. If you mainly want to find storage for a lot of paperbacks, then actually the cheapest bookcases will hold them nicely. However, if you own a big collection of over-sized, hard-cover coffee table books you might be better off investing in a stronger bookcase.

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Schwartz, Ronnie J. "How To Choose The Bookcase You Need, And Finding Out What’s Available." How To Choose The Bookcase You Need, And Finding Out What’s Available. 12 Jul. 2010. 28 Sep 2014 <>.

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Schwartz, R (2010, July 12). How To Choose The Bookcase You Need, And Finding Out What’s Available. Retrieved September 28, 2014, from

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Schwartz, Ronnie J. "How To Choose The Bookcase You Need, And Finding Out What’s Available"

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