It seems like whenever I see bookcases in a magazine, they always have more stuff on them than books. They’re usually very pretty. For example, this post by one of my favorite DC bloggers.
The problem is that such an artful arrangement might work for some people, but it would never work for me. I simply have too many books. See, like many of our customers, I am a book-a-holic. I love to read them, shop for them, browse them online. A life-long love affair with books is both a blessing and a curse.
If you’re not the kind of person who can arrange their books by color or intersperse them with vases and artfully placed shells and folk art either, this guide to buying bookcases is for you. Some of these steps might be a little rough so take a deep breath.
1) Get rid of some books. I like to do this with the TV or music on to distract me from the pain of parting. I use the following categories:
- Books I did not like
- Books I liked but probably would not read again
- Books I liked and will read over and over and reference books
- Books I have not read yet
2) Get rid of the books in the first two categories. A local used bookstore is great, but there aren’t as many of those about any more. I sell my books to Powell’s through their website and they give me store credit so I can get more books.
3) Put the books you have not read yet into another pile within easy reach of your bed, favorite chair or other favorite reading place. If you have not picked up a book in that pile within the next three months. You never will. Get rid of them and buy something you will read.
4) Put the books in the order that you like to store them (topic, alphabetical by author, your own system of classification).
5) Measure for total length, height and depth of books.
6) Now measure the length, height and depth of your space.
7) Bring these measurements into your chosen store.
Hardwood Artisans can build bookcases in any size and we have seven woods and lots of styles to choose from. If you want built-in bookcases, we can do that too. Just let us know what you need.