Use Bookcases to Showcase More Than Just Your Encyclopedia Collection!
One of the things I love about visiting other people’s homes is seeing what statement they’re making about their personality. Are they sentimental, creative or conservative? Do they like to display a lot of personal items or keep things more uniform? The spaces I enjoy the most are the ones that tell a unique story. From the layout, color and material of the furniture to the number of pictures hanging on the wall, you want your space to represent you.
Custom bookcases might not be on the top of your Christmas list, but think about it. Whether you have a home office or you’re trying to tidy up and organize your books and media, custom bookcases could make your life easier and more efficient in 2013. Not to mention more beautiful.
At Vermont Woods Studios our biggest month for crafting bookcases and other organizers is January. Could it have to do with New Year’s resolutions? Must be, but we’re getting inquiries almost every day lately. I think customers are realizing that there is a 1-3 month lead time for ordering custom bookcases. So if you’re one of those people I thought I’d offer up some tips and advice about how to choose the right set of bookshelves for your home or office.
Glass Doors, Wooden Doors or No Doors
Are you really going to use those books or movies or vases? Or will they just sit in the bookcase and collect dust? Are they beautiful? Part of your decor? Or just obligatory (someone gave them to you and you can’t seem to throw them away) and you don’t necessarily want to see them? Do you put things back neatly? Or are you always in a hurry? These are the kinds of weighty issues you’ll need to unravel before you decide whether or not to add doors to your custom bookcases. Oh… and should the doors be glass to show off your chotskies or wooden to hide the mess?
One Big Bookshelf or a Couple Small Ones?
Once you’ve decided what kind of doors are best for your bookshelves, you’ll want to measure your space and get the cabinets to fit perfectly into it. Some people love the integrated design of one big bookcase unit like the Modern Shaker Home Office Center Cabinet above (make sure you can fit something this big up the stairs and into your room!). Other people like the versatility of combining several small bookcases in different ways. One thing we always mention to customers is: if you’re getting a series of bookcases that you may want to place flush up next to each other, be sure you specify “no overhang”. That means any molding along the top will be eliminated either on one or both sides, depending on how you want to configure the bookcases.
Measure Twice and Cut Once
We try to make it easy to customize your bookcase online, but it really is a good idea to give us a call or stop by the showroom to order custom bookcases, especially if they’re over-sized or designed to sit flush against each other. We’ll help you get all the measurements right for your space so they’ll be no surprises when your furniture arrives.
Get excited about Spring cleaning! It’s time to tear open the shutters and throw up the sash (as Clement Clarke Moore would say). Somehow inhaling all that fresh Spring air must get people thinking about re-organizing their living rooms because we always have a high demand for custom bookcases during this season.
Big Huge Bookcases with Glass Doors
Livin large? Then you need a huge bookcase to safely store your books, media, artwork and other valuables. The cases shown above are made in America (right here in Vermont) of real solid wood and finished with a hand-rubbed oil and wax. You can customize them online with your choice of hardwood and edge profile (straight edge for a mission furniture style or rounded as shown above). Or visit us at Stonehurst, our beautiful southern Vermont showroom for help with customization.
Shaker, Mission, Craftsman and Contemporary Bookcases
Shaker bookcases typically have a tapered leg. Mission style: straight legs. Craftsman and arts and crafts style legs vary in edge profile. Modern contemporary styles often have a straight kick-board between the legs. The tops of these bookcases have standard edge profiles consistent with the leg styles but tops can also be customized online, by phone or in the showroom.
Short, Tall, Glass Doors, Wooden Doors, No Doors…
What do you need to store in your new bookcase? Books, movies, CDs? Fragile collectibles? Artwork? Junk that you can’t bear to get rid of? Some of each? Depending on your needs you might want glass or wooden doors, or maybe doors on just the bottom half of the bookcase. Customize to your heart’s content! Our bookcases are all made to order (from natural hardwoods: cherry, walnut, maple or oak) and you can modify them to meet the needs and decor of your home.
Contemporary, Shaker, Mission, Craftsman, Mid Century Modern and transitional styles
Short, medium and tall sizes
Cherry, walnut, maple and oak hardwoods
Open ladder style or with sides and backs
Glass doors, no doors, wood doors, half-size doors
Standard dimensions or custom dimension
Over the years we’ve become the go-to-guys for real solid hardwood bookcases of all sorts. You name it – we’ve got it. And it’s all on sale for up to 20% off! So what kind of bookcase would make your Spring cleaning a snap?
Michelle just forwarded me this customer review on our solid wood bookcases:
Hi Michelle, We just wanted you to know how pleased we are with our bookshelf! It is just beautiful, and exactly what we hoped it would be. The construction and craftsmanship is first class, and we could not be happier with it. Please extend our thanks to your outstanding craftsmen/craftswomen for a job well done! We plan to post some very favorable comments about the work you did for us on your website. Is there any other way we could help “spread the word” about the great products and service you are providing, that would be helpful to your business? We want to do all we can to encourage and support builders of fine, American-made, furniture like Vermont Woods Studios. Best regards, Raymond and Bobbie S, Austin, Texas
What a great way to start the day, right? We’re sending our sincere thanks out to Raymond and Bobbie and also beginning to work on a webpage for them and other Vermont Woods Studios fans to publicly gush about Vermont’s fine furniture. Have any other feedback or suggestions for how we can make the most of your testimonials? Post your comments on our Furniture Testimonials page, in the space below, or better yet on our Facebook.
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Maybe everyone is wishing they were more organized as they're struggling to finish up their taxes this week. I don't know, but we've had a lot of calls from customers wanting to buy bookcases. Specifically, real solid wood bookcases with glass doors.
This one is our Cherry Moon bookcase which can be customized online. It's available with glass doors, wooden doors or no doors. There are 5 heights you can order online with our standard width of 39"W and depth of 15"D. Further customization can be done by phone or in the showroom.
I'd guess we probably have about the most customizable selection of real wood bookcases anywhere online. Check out these links if you're looking to be more organized at tax time next year: