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A Perfect Home Library?

Home Library Inspirations

All this watching of Downton Abbey and their libraries has me on the search for the perfect home library. Pinterest is where I daydream and I’ve been collecting ideas on my Home Library Inspiration board.

How do you get the perfect combination of cozy, book capacity, wired desk space and reading spaces? Are you a ladder person? Should it be tucked away or in a prominent spot? Should kids have their own reading nooks or can you share? Should cookbooks get their own space? All of the above?

What do you think? Do you have a special cozy spot to read?

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An office and a home library. Nice sharing! But you need really high ceiling heights.

image from A Ceiling 4 Walls and a Floor.


French Doors are nice for separation.

image from The Milky Way

No Wasted Space Home Libraries


This seems like a good use of hallway space. Is it the curved hallway that makes this so appealing? Would a straight hallway look this good?

image from Houzz

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A hallway library but you’d need it to be quite wide to allow for space for two bookcases on either wall.

image from Beautiful Libraries

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A hallway library but will it ever get utilized?

image from Cote de Texas


Such a cozy spot out of a narrow space! It’s perfect for those quirky stairway landings that are extra large. I love those!

from Fresh Home

Hidden Book Shelf Doors


Should a home library have a secret door? I think so! Do the books fall out if you swing the door too fast?

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This secret door slides. Does it get too heavy to slide easily? No knickknacks either on the shelves.

image from Life on Sundays


Is this one secret enough?

A Basement Library


A library snuck into a basement … with that beautiful spiral staircase!

image from Kira cph

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Storage and book shelf space going down the stairs to the basement or anywhere!

Kids’ Room Library Spaces


A ladder seems like a necessary indulgence! Do you dare have one with kids?

image from Dwell.

Kitchen and Bathroom Libraries


What a perfect place to store cookbooks and cap off an appliance!

from Old House Online

bath room home library

Book storage in the bathroom. Why not? Everyone would read more!

image from Casa Design

Book Shelf Ideas for a Home Library

built in wall shelves, home libraryBuilt-in cubbies for books. Is this easier than built-in book shelves? It has a modern flair.

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A classic built-in frames and anchors the living room. I think I would add doors to the lower shelves for messy storage.

image from Beautiful Libraries who in turn got it from Architectural Digest

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Jean Cernos

    very interesting and unique ideas

  2. Such beautiful ideas! I love the sliding bookcase door.
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  3. ahh! I dream of a perfect home library too. Your post has given me inspiration for my dreams 😉
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  4. Such inspiring ideas. I want them all! I especially love the kids’ library, but would glad take any for my home. Still dreaming!
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  5. Alexandra

    Really inspiring pics! Btw, I have started my journey with Pinterest not long ago and it scares me…But I felt the same way about twitter when I first started, so I hope the anxiety stays just for a little longer and then goes away.
    My parents have a huge library in their house and I love reading there. They didn’t plan to have it but initially, on the house plan, this space was supposed to be a garage. But my dad wanted to have a bigger garage a few meters away from the house.
    No ladders, no secret doors – but it still is awesome. I guess the smell of old books makes it so!
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  6. Ann

    Hidden door – yes!
    Great inspiration!
    I would love a library in my house!!!
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  7. Great ideas!

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  8. It will certainly be so cool to have one of these home libraries. I’m having problem storing away the kids storybooks into suitable nooks in the house.
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  9. Thanks for linking up with Design Decor Tuesday. Looking forward to seeing what you link up next week!

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