You always have your nose in a book. You read just about anything that someone recommends. And you happily answer to bibliophile, book worm or any of the teasing names you’ve been called. Yep, you’re a book lover. And in Santa Fe Springs, CA, you’re not alone.
In fact, you’re not alone across the country. Because there’s a day just for you, to celebrate people like you who love reading. Aptly named Book Lover’s Day, this year it falls on November 7. And what better way is there to celebrate than building a library in your own Santa Fe Springs home? A-American Self Storage is sharing tips for doing just that, without spending a bunch of money.
Picking a Room
The first thing you have to do is pick the right room for your new library. It could be a sun room, basement, guest room or office space. Just keep these things in mind:
- Too much sun exposure on your books can harm them over time, drying out the pages and covers.
- A sunroom or basement typically has fluctuating temperatures, and are often damp or very cold. Adjust accordingly by placing dehumidifiers and heating elements throughout to ensure the fluctuation and moisture do not damage your books.
- Make sure there is enough room to grow, place comfortable furniture and situate lighting.
- Pick a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere that is set away from the main areas of the house or has the ability to be soundproofed.
- Chose a room with at least one non-interrupted wall, without windows or doors.
Putting the Excess in Storage
Once you have picked a room to build your new library, it’s time to clear out the clutter. Any items you don’t need on a daily basis can be put in nearby Santa Fe Springs storage, like extra furniture, junk drawer items, and other non-essentials. This is also a great time to get rid of things you don’t really use, and sell, donate or trash it. Once the room is cleared out, you’ll have a better idea of the furniture and shelving that can fit.
The shelving options in your home are literally endless. Here are some ideas to get you started; knowing the dimensions of your walls and floor space will go a long way in determining what you can and cannot fit.
Floating Shelves: These shelves can be placed from floor to ceiling, and are perfect for tight areas. Deep shelving can be more expensive, so use this area for paperbacks. Pro Tip: Fix up and paint old gutters and fasten them to the wall to provide a place to lay your books flat, like you find in the Santa Fe Springs City Library.
Book Shelves: Obviously any self-respecting book lover needs at least one standard shelf for their books. You can get these relatively low-cost at either used or from online stores. Luckily they come in a wide range of styles and colors, so you’ll have plenty of options to choose one that fits your room perfectly. Pro Tip: Don’t forget to measure the area where your bookshelf will go so you ensure it will fit.
Egg Crates: Another unique way to store your books is through stackable egg crates, placed so the opening is facing out, not up. These come in all sorts of colors, so pick some that work with your theme. Pro Tip: You can lay down a flat piece of cardboard or thin wood to provide stability and store the books in a row.
Lighting is so important to a quality home library. Here are some do’s and do-not’s for lighting options:
- Avoid fluorescent lighting. It will cause eye strain when reading under it for too long.
- Choose soft-yellow bulbs for any lighting you have, as it provides perfect luminescence for reading.
- Get a range of table lamps and floor lamps to ensure light is spread evenly throughout.
- Place the lighting in the corners of the room so that it, too, helps spread the light throughout.
- If you opt for an additional ceiling light, place 40-watt bulbs in there so that you don’t get blinded by too much light from above.
Last, but equally important, is the type of furniture you choose. Opt for wide, spacious furniture like deep couches or over-sized chairs so that you can curl up or spread out as you desire. Strong cushion and back support is important for avoiding the reading-binge cramps that can cause lower back pain. Also have lots of pillows to prop yourself up and support your neck. One or two pieces should be enough, but remember to throw in a coffee table or at least side table. You’ll definitely need plenty to drink and a place to put your phone nearby.
What’s even better about Book Lover’s Day is that it happens to fall within Novel Writing Month! With your own home library, not only will you have a place to read quietly, but you’ll have the perfect spot – and reason – to finally write that novel you’ve been dreaming about. For more home storage and lifestyle articles, check out our A-American Self Storage blog. For all your Santa Fe Springs storage needs, check out our wide range of unit sizes right near you!