Looking to add extra storage to your home? Bookshelves, cabinets and computer armoires will help you organize everything from books and toys to your extensive DVD collection. Shelving units are great additions to your living room, library or home office, especially since they are both functional and aesthetically pleasing. As you look to add more organized storage to your home, be sure to consider the style, size and overall function of the piece before making a purchase.
What types of bookshelves are available?
Surprisingly, there are a wide variety of bookshelves to choose from. Below are a few that might fit your needs:
Ladder or leaning: These bookcases lean against the wall and generally feature shelves that diminish in depth from bottom to top. This type of shelving saves space in the room and doesn’t require anything being affixed to the wall.
Corner: Like the name suggests, corner bookshelves are built to fit into the corners of the room. These are great space savers and work well in offices, small rooms and apartments.
Tower: Tower bookshelves are vertical and significantly taller than they are wide. They come in varying shelf sizes and may or may not have wall panels on the sides. These vertical bookcases visually draw your eyes upward and can be a great balance to a room with largely horizontal lines.
Wall-mounted: If you have bare walls or minimal floor space, wall-mounted bookshelves are a great solution for sneaking in shelving. They can be as simple as only the shelves themselves, or a more complex piece with a cabinet, top and side panels.
What types of cabinets and computer armoires are available?
Many types of cabinets and computer armoires are available to suit your storage needs. Choose an oversized cabinet to house your library, or one with built-in media cabinets for your electronic equipment. Cabinets in the dining room are often referred to as buffets, credenzas or sideboards: These can help you arrange your china or linens. For the bathroom, install a medicine cabinet with a mirror to house personal care products. If your computer armoire is meant to double as a desk, look for one with ample drawer space and additional shelving for organization.
What style bookcase, cabinet or computer armoire should I look for?
Seek out a style that complements the overall theme of your décor. Wood units will be more traditional, though adding metal elements can quickly turn it industrial or contemporary. All steel or metal pieces give off a sleek, trendy feel, while cubby bookshelves veer toward modern. Glass can be both traditional and contemporary, depending on the overall design, while plastic represents a minimalistic feel. If you want something eclectic and unique, find something that’s vintage, or revamp an old furniture piece with a new color or hardware.
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