For one, bookcases add a lot of storage and allow you to organize your belongings in a logical fashion that will be easy to reference and search through.
At the same time though, bookcases also feel very homely and are great for filling up large patches of bare wall.
Many people though aren’t aware of the full potential of the humble bookcase and don’t know how to best make use of them. Read on for some tips that can help you to maximise the benefits of your bookcase.
What Are Bookcases For?
Despite the name, bookcases are for much more than just books. A bookcase for instance can be used to store DVDs and CDs in the same way that you might store books, while you might opt to keep one shelf entirely free from books (or half of a shelf) so that you can store your ornaments and other items here.
Having alternate shelves of books and ornaments is often a great look that can feel very homely and take advantage of all that storage space.
Meanwhile you also have the bottom shelf of your bookcase – which is ideal for piles of documents or magazines that won’t stack in the same way and that don’t have such informative spines – and the top is perfect for storing boxes and baskets of knick-knacks.
Arranging a Reading Corner
A bookcase on its own isn’t as effective as designing a whole corner of your room around your bookshelf.
If you really want to make the most from your bookcase for instance, then you need somewhere that you can sit nearby and that begs to be enjoyed with a cup of tea and a good book. Tuck your bookcase into the corner of your living room them or of your bedroom and provide somewhere to sit right next to it.
You want this corner to look homely and studious, so a great example might be to put a brown leather sofa  next to your case (within easy reaching distance of your bookcase) and to put a coaster on one of the shelves so that you can stand a cup of tea there.
Have a standing lamp as well, or a small desk light on the shelf (you may want to drill a small hole in the back of the book case for the lead) and you can make this look like the perfect place for relaxing.
If you are anything like me and have a slightly anal-retentive side to your personality, then you might get a geeky kick out of organizing your books and DVDs on the shelves.
Of course you have lots of choices here: by author, by date, by name etc., but perhaps the most useful is ‘by subject’ (with a secondary hierarchy for each shelf should you wish).
This makes it quicker and easier to quickly find the book you want for the particular occasion and to put the reference shelves somewhere they can be reached easily.
Note that the bottom of the bookcase should have the largest and heaviest items and the top should have the small novels. None of this is set in stone though, part of the fun is coming up with your own system…
This article was submitted by Sophia Easton; she is an interior designer and she has a habitual tendency to organize the space around her. She likes to indulge in blogging on a variety of things that she finds interesting.