Solar screen shades limit sunlight damage on books in a family library

Nov 12 2010

Organizing a family's book collection can be done according to subject, genre or even color.
Organizing a family's book collection can be done according to subject, genre or even color.
Building a home library not only helps organize a book collection, but can provide a comfortable reading nook as well as attractive surroundings for a family room or den.

According to HomeDesigning.com, the amount of space available will determine which type of shelving is best - built-ins with floor-to-ceiling storage, mounted shelving that allows adjustment for shelf height or glassed-in book cases that preserve older books.

Organizing the volumes may be done alphabetically, by subject or genre or even color. It may be best to separate hardcovers from paperbacks for aesthetic appeal. Also, lining up two rows of paperbacks, with taller ones in the back row, doubles the storage on one shelf.


Children's books should be on lower shelves so a child can reach them easily. For both kids and adults, photographs or personal items can be added in front or alongside books to create a personalized arrangement.


To protect books from sunlight damage, install solar screen shades that limit the amount of light cast on book bindings. They also limit eye-straining glare on computer and TV screens that may be used in a den that houses the family library.
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