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Love reading? Check out these fun home library ideas

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For the best lighting while reading, pick a lamp that offers warm lighting at around 450 lumens.

For the best lighting while reading, pick a lamp that offers warm lighting at around 450 lumens. Positioning your reading chair by a window will allow for additional natural light.

For book lovers, the idea of a home library promises a cozy, relaxing escape with a favorite read. While you may not be able to dedicate an entire room to your beloved books, it’s still possible to create a library that’s comfortable, customized and crammed full of books anywhere in your home. Here’s everything you need to make a home library space that’s all your own — just B.Y.O.B. (bring your own books)!

Home library bookshelves

Whether you’re transforming an entire room or setting aside a corner of your living room for your home library, the bookshelves set the tone for the entire space. They’ll hold and showcase your books but they can make style statements, too.

Best of the best bookshelves

International Concepts 72-inch Unfinished Bookcase

Available at Macy’s.

This sturdy bookshelf is made from real hardwood, not particleboard, sourced from managed plantations. It can be stained or painted to match your décor. Three of its shelves are adjustable to accommodate different sizes of books.

Best bang for the buck bookshelves

Superjare 9-Shelf Tree Bookshelf

Available at Amazon.

Make an artistic statement with the geometric design of this open, tree-inspired bookshelf that’s part storage, part sculpture. Its footprint is only about two square feet, but it can display up to 45 books.

Honorable mention bookshelves

East Bank Designs 3-Tier Rolling Cart

Available at Amazon and Macy’s.

Whether your library has space constraints or you want to keep your favorite reads close at hand, this storage cart can hold up to 22 pounds per shelf of books or supplies. It comes in three colors and its wheels lock for stability.

Home library chairs

In order to fully enjoy your home library, nothing is more important than comfy seating. Select a comfortable upholstered chair in your favorite color to anchor your perfect home library.

Best of the best reading chair

BELLEZE Accent Chair

Available at Amazon.

This chic club chair comes in seven colors to match any library décor. The classic design features rolled arms, linen upholstery and a sturdy wooden frame.

Best bang for the buck reading chair

Milliard Cozy Faux Fur Saucer Chair

Available at Amazon.

Curl up in this luxuriously padded, faux-fur-upholstered circle chair, available in five colors. If you’re low on space, this chair easily folds up for storage.

Honorable mention reading chair

Christopher Knight Home Alfred Fabric Club Chair with Ottoman

Available at Amazon.

Put your feet up and enjoy your book in this classically styled club chair and matching ottoman. It boasts a tufted back and studded trim and its natural fiber color will go with everything.

Home library lighting

Good lighting will allow you to enjoy reading in your library for as long as you want — and in style. From task lamps that illuminate your page to decorative lighting, you can add character and functionality to your home library with these lamps.

Best of the best library decorative lighting

Williston Forge Reading Floor Lamp

Available at Wayfair.

With its metal construction and functional pulley system, this floor lamp offers vintage-industrial elegance and an easily adjustable reading light. Position it over your reading chair for an eye-catching piece that’s decorative as well as useful.

Best bang for the buck library decorative lighting

Light-Up Black Alphabet Marquee Letter

Available at Amazon.

Spell out a word or personalize your library with your initials with this charming marquee letter lamp. Stand the letter up on a shelf or hang it on a wall. It uses AA batteries so you don’t have to worry about cords showing.

Best of the best reading lamp

Traditional Bankers Lamp

Available at Amazon.

Add vintage elegance to your library with this green glass and brass task lamp. Its base is made with sturdy metal and the lamp turns on and off with an antique-style pull chain.

Best bang for the buck reading lamp

Industrial 3-Way Dimmable Touch Control Lamp

Available at Amazon.

Touch the base of this farmhouse-modern table lamp to choose from three levels of brightness. It features two USB ports for charging devices and comes with an LED Edison lightbulb.

Home library decor

Personalizing your home library is almost as much fun as shopping for the books that fill your shelves. From charming throw pillows to literary knick-knacks, adding special touches to your library make it cozier and more uniquely yours.

Blankets for reading

Easeland Microplush Fleece Blanket

Available at Amazon.

At 90 inches long, this warm and soft fleece blanket is perfect to wrap up for a reading session. It comes in 14 color choices.

Chanasya Faux Fur Throw Blanket

Available at Amazon.

Made from luxuriously soft microfiber, this faux-fur throw comes in 22 colors from neutrals to bright pink. It’s also available in multiple sizes.

Dakota Fields Pompom Fringe Blanket

Available at Wayfair.

Available in five vibrant colors and two sizes, this microfiber fleece blanket has charming pompom tassel edging. It’s lightweight and breathable yet still warm.

Library pillows

Fjfz “Just One More Chapter” Pillow Cover

Available at Amazon.

Cover a pillow insert with this decorative linen pillowcase. The burlap material adds rustic charm to a cozy library.

OMMATO Metallic-Print Throw Pillow Pillowcases

Available at Amazon.

For something to snuggle when you read, these soft faux fur pillows are printed with metallic designs. Choose from three patterns (distressed, medallion or feather) and seven colors.

Home library decorations

Paddywax Library Collection candles

Available at Amazon.

Surround yourself with fragrance while paying homage to your favorite authors with this collection of elegant candles. They’re available in sizes and styles ranging from petite travel tins to 16-ounce glass jars and are all themed to a particular literary figure.

Ambipolar Cat Decorative Bookends

Available at Amazon.

Books and cats just go together. These whimsical cast-iron cat bookends are small but heavy enough to hold books in place.

Knock Knock Personal Library Kit

Available at Amazon.

The next time you read a book so good you want to share it with everyone you know, keep track of where it goes with this library kit. It includes adhesive pockets, checkout cards, a date stamp and pencil to label your books and designate when you hope to get it back.


Laura Duerr is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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