10 Items I Need in my Dream Library

Thursday, September 14, 2017

When Pinterest was first becoming popular, I noticed a lot of people planning out their dream weddings. However, I was never into picking out the cutest venue or the best color scheme. For me, Pinterest was for planning my dream library.

When I get my own place, I will definitely be choosing the apartment on if it includes a room to build my dream library. I’ve put a lot of time and thought into what my library will look like. I’ve even sketched it for you though it is a work in progress. It will be gorgeous! Besides books (because, of course, my library will include tons of them!), here are 10 things my dream library will include:

Floor to ceiling bookshelves 

I wouldn’t mind built-in floor to ceiling bookshelves but these shelves from Ikea will work perfectly. I’m going for a modern but comfortable sort of look.  Also, if I have tall ceilings, I will be sure to get a sliding ladder. I could feel like Belle from Beauty and the Beast every time I go to my shelves.

 disney book beauty and the beast library belle GIF

Hidden door

I’ve watched so many historical movies or spy movies where the characters find a hidden door by pulling a book-lever or there’s a door that matches the interior so well, it is difficult to see at first. I’m leaning towards a door that matches the interior. In this case, the hidden door will double as a bookshelf. I couldn’t find a picture of this, but how cool would it be to have the doorknob disguised a book? To open the door, one would have to pull the handle on the spine of the book.

Variety of seating options

When I read, I am always changing position. My foot will fall asleep, my arm will get numb. On average, I change reading positions at least 19 times during the time it takes to read one book. Therefore, I need a variety of seating options such as a comfy couch, an arm chair, a window seat and a desk chair.

Coffee table

I’ve always wanted a coffee table. Not just any old coffee table, I want a table with a glass top so you can make it your own. My friends have a huge table that showcases their bottle cap collection. With my coffee table, I would love to showcase a map to Middle Earth from Lord of the Rings.

View out of the window

Reading with noise doesn’t bother me too much. However, I’ve noticed I read best when there is mostly quiet. My home library should face a gorgeous view, like an ocean or field, for inspiring thoughts and peaceful reading.

An accent wall of art prints and fan merchandise

Three of my walls are going to be covered in ceiling to floor bookshelves. The fourth wall is my accent wall filled with artwork from fandoms I absolutely adore. The wall will be colorful but organized. Society6, Etsy, and Redbubble are the best places to find amazing pieces. EvieSeo, Bookworm Boutique, and The Bookish Dreams are some of my favorite shops to buy bookish merchandise from.


My library would not be complete without a desk.

Hard wood floors with comfy rug

I think hard wood floors gives the space more character. With flooring like that, it gives you the options to get more creative with what kind of rugs you choose to have.

Floor heating system

South Korea spoiled me with their under-the-floor heating system, while I was living there. It is a system rigged with water pipes and when you turn up your water heater, it boils the water underneath the floor which makes your floor nice and toasty. Sometimes I like to read on the floor and during the winter months, it is not possible since it’s so cold. However, with an under-the-floor heating system, I could read on the floor anytime I want.

Variety of lighting options

Just like my seating options, I always change what light I read from. On sunny days, I prefer to read with just the sun shining in the window. During rainy days, I always set a candle and read by my desk lamp. When I read at night, I tend to read with the ceiling light on. In my library, I will definitely have plenty of natural lighting, a desk lamp, candles and a ceiling light.

What does your dream home library look like?

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  1. Everything on this list sounds so wonderful! I would definitely like built-in shelves, anything better then the plywood/MDF ones I have now that sag in the middle! And lots of wall décor/prints - there are so many cute ones out there! And ITA with a desk - it would be so great to be able to work on the blog while surrounded by my books!

  2. I am in love with your dream library. And here I was thinking that having my dream room decorated with Harry Potter quotes, merchandise and bookish pillows was enough.

    A little warning about Billy bookshelves though... they are simple and gorgeous... but, if you like heavy books, you may want to reconsider. I love basically any bookshelf IKEA has to offer, two good sturdy lines are the HEMNES or the BESTA lines. Sure, they're more expensive than BILLY, but, they last quite longer and endure more.

    HEMNES has a rustic look that combines with hardwood floors... and has matching desks and everything.

    Thanks for stopping by @The Book Wielding Harpie

  3. Oh my gosh, your library is going to be AMAZING. Seriously, these are all such awesome ideas and it sounds like you've planned it out really well! I hope we get to see the real this soon :)

    Ashtyn @ Wonderland’s Reader!