Bookcases Buying Guide
A Brief History
Before the invention of the printing press allowed people of all social backgrounds to purchase their own literature, there was simply no need for the bookcase in the home - indeed, even the wealthy and members of the church that did own handwritten manuscripts simply kept them in cupboards or containers.
When this did finally occur, however, the modern bookcase design emerged that allowed books to be stacked in such a way that the spines that bore their titles were outwardly visible, making for easier selection. Today, with the greater emergence of home working, bookcases are becoming popular additions to the home office.
How may you wish to use your bookcase?
You can use a bookcase in your office to store not only books, but also magazines, documents, binders, CDs or DVDs... in short, anything and everything that may have anything to do with your work. You may even wish to use the bookcase as a place to display a family photograph or plant to break up some of the monotony of the rest of the office.
Whatever you place in your bookcase, adding one to your office is a great way to clear up some of that clutter and will make it easier to find those all-important documents that always seem to end up getting lost!
How to select the right bookcase
We stock many different styles and sizes of bookcases here at Furnishing Homes, and the question of which one is right for you depends on two main factors: what exactly you intend to use your bookcase to store, and how much space you have for the bookcase in your office.
You may, for example, have a number of tall binders to store alongside more irregularly shaped items, in which case a bookcase with adjustable shelves could be very useful. It helps to carefully consider exactly where the bookcase will be placed, so that you can decide whether it will need to be tall and narrow or short and wide. It's also, of course, useful to compile a list of the items that you intend to store in your bookcase.
Choose the right style and wood type
This is important, as even the smallest of bookcases is more than big enough to have a jarring effect on the appearance of the rest of the room if it isn't of a matching or complementary style or wood colour.
Buying a bookcase for an existing office should be simple enough as far as this side of things is concerned, but if you have a new office to fill, consider which wood style will be a good choice for its furniture. Pine is especially popular in offices for its light and clean feel.