How to Build a Library in Your Home

Whether you’re driving to nearby Portland to attend Wordstock – Portland’s premier literary festival – or down the road to the Hillsboro public library, the month of November is all about celebrating the literary world. Known as Novel Writing Month and with Book Lover’s Day right around the corner, we’d like to take the time to help you make that spare bedroom into your own personal library. As a book lover, we know you celebrate your love of books all year! Why not create the library of your dreams with the help of Northwest Self Storage? We’ve got the steps to get you started!

Step 1: Pick Your Room

Finding the ideal room for your home library is the first step. Make sure to choose a room that experiences low traffic and is in a peaceful atmosphere. Also, there are certain rooms in the house that may experience more exposure to temperature fluctuations or elements that are harmful to books. Pick a room that has a regulated temperature, free of any exposure to moisture. Windows are another consideration; while windows can brighten things up, they can also take valuable wall space for shelving, or allow UV rays that fade the covers of books. One or two windows max helps create a good atmosphere, but make sure you have at least one full wall (no doors or windows breaking up the wall space). Ensure your window is equipped with curtains for the daytime.

Step 2: Clear Your Clutter

Once you’ve chosen your room, it’s time to make the space ready for an overhaul. Chances are it wasn’t just sitting empty, and old furniture or stored belongings are definitely not beneficial to your library space. Sort through the clutter and decide what’s worth keeping, tossing, and storing. Items that you use on a regular basis clearly have a place in the home, but anything broken, damaged, or old can be tossed. Donate or sell gently used items that you no longer want. Items that are infrequently used – or not used at all – can be moved to a nearby storage unit. Northwest Self Storage is the ideal location for things that don’t have a place in your home, but you can’t bear to part with. And climate controlled storage options keep belongings protected from moisture in the Oregon air.

Step 3: Plan Your Theme

With the space cleared and ready to be filled with books, now is the perfect time to pick a theme and feel for your room. Consider this a blank canvas, ready for you to put your personality into it. Do you want a world traveler’s study, or a psychedelic pad? Are you planning for a comfy recliner, or do you prefer piles of pillows for seating? This is the time to make it your own. Once you’ve chosen a theme you can start gathering the items that fit it best, including shelves.

Step 4: Set Up “Shop”

Now that you have your space and your furniture ready, it’s time to put it all together. Feel free to lay out a plan for your furniture before you move it in, or play around with the set up if that’s more your style. Use wall shelving to make the most of your vertical space, and lone standing shelves for a classic library feel. Pick lighting that is warm for comfortable hours of reading. Organize your books with a system that makes the most sense to you, whether that be by author or genre.

Step 5: Leave Room for Growth

Don’t feel the need to cram all your shelves completely full – or choose just the right amount of shelving for the amount of books you currently have. As a book lover, you’re collection and library is bound to grow. Plan ahead and leave room for that growth. Maybe even have a special shelf for new books that are on your list to read! Oregon is full of people who love books, and we don’t just celebrate that love one time out of the year. There are many events for book lovers like you, but having a reading sanctuary in your own home is even better! Give your collection the space it deserves, and use a Hillsboro self storage unit to make it possible. Call Northwest Self Storage today to find out about rates and availability.

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