How to Create a Library Den Suited to Your Needs

How to Create a Library Den Suited to Your Needs
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    A library den is a place where you can enhance your enjoyment of reading, and there are many different ways you can go about creating your own special library den.

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It is a common fact that people relax in many different ways. A common method of relaxation is finding a quiet environment to read your book after a hard week’s work. Many people have entire rooms dedicated to enjoying the comfort of a good novel, almost like a den of sorts.

Decorating and designing a room like this to fit your tastes, however, can be challenging, as it can be difficult to know how to plan a room that will most likely be full of books. Here are some simple ideas to get you started on designing your very own den library.

Casual

While many people prefer silence to read, many avid readers like to enjoy the experience books give them with other book enthusiasts. In that case, you may want to have a den with a setting that is more open to people visiting. For this there are a few requirements:

  • A sofa or several comfortable chairs for multiple people to sit in.
  • A coffee table so there is the option to offer guests refreshments.
  • A comfortable, friendly layout.

This layout is relatively easy to achieve. Firstly, the chairs should be positioned to facilitate conversation, perhaps around the table.

Secondly, the bookshelves should be easily accessible. I would recommend that you have several large bookshelves to hold excess books at the back or sides of the room, while having several smaller bookshelves or even book racks at the sides of the chairs so they can be accessed by your conversational partners with ease.

Comfortable

If socializing over books isn’t for you, then your library den should cater more to your personal comfort.

It is advisable to have sofas or chairs that are comfortable to you. Some people even choose to use bean bags for optimal comfort. The room should be painted in calming colors that aim to relax you and put you in the mood for some casual reading. It is also recommended in this instance that you use larger and wider bookshelves, possibly against one or two of the walls of the room, where you can survey and choose books with ease.

Eccentric

However, a den would not be a den for many people if it didn’t have an air of mystery. The secrecy element of a den can add to the solitude and tranquility you can feel while in there. It may make it easier to feel apart from reality and more involved in the fictional world you are absorbing.

There are several ways you can make your den more enigmatic.

  • Use a secret door: since it is a library den, it could be interesting to use the book case as a passage into your own personal room.
  • Make a blanket fort to read in: while it might sound childish, a blanket fort can often create the comfort and peace needed to truly lose yourself in a book.
  • A prime location: many people choose to convert their attics or their basements into dens for an extra air of mystery.

Of course, there are many library designs other than the ones mentioned here. More examples of interesting library den ideas can be found here http://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/home-library-office/g696/designer-libraries/.

However the most important thing to do is make sure the room you create is suited to your tastes, or else you won’t find comfort or relaxation inside it.

Even if this article hasn’t convinced you that making a den is the way to go, share it on social media such as Facebook or Twitter for your book enthusiast friends who may avail of a personal reading room of their own.

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