Bookcase Buying Guide: A Step-by-Step Guide
Before modern industrial publishing, the first books were stored in cupboards or in stacked on tables. With the evolution of the modern book that includes writing on the spine, the desire to display books and better store favorite titles became necessary. While bookcases have come a long way since the first days of publishing, the bookcase still communicates importance and durability. There's no better way to show off your favorite books mementos while creating a great focal point in your home or office than with one of our many bookcases.
Step 1: Decide where your bookcase will be situated
Choosing a spot for your bookcase is the first step in determining the right piece to fit in your home, and will establish what type of bookcase will best suit your needs. Make sure to measure not only the height and width of your wall space, but also the maximum depth available; this way the bookcase will not block foot traffic if it is situated near a doorway or common area. We offer a number of different types of bookcases compatible with your space:
- Made in a number of different heights and widths, standard bookcases sit flat against the wall and usually feature adjustable shelving deep enough to hold standard-depth books.
? These space-saving bookcases are triangular in structure and may feature rounded shelves. While they do not hold as many books as a standard case, they are perfect for mementos and knick-knacks in your kitchen, bedroom, or office.
? Made popular by legal and government offices, these bookshelves are usually stackable to add more space as needed and also feature both clear doors that easily flip up and slide back out of sight when access is needed. Designed to fit both books and binders, these are classic style and high function all in one.
? Simulate a built-in and create a large storage area for not only books but for multimedia equipment and display items as well. While many of these wall units have components that also stand alone, a large area is needed to assemble the entire unit, giving it a built-in feel and a library atmosphere.
? Perfect for the bedroom, these bookcases are designed to sit against the wall and feature the perfect height to also double as a headboard for your bed. Many of these feature sliding doors to tuck away books and other items needed when you are lounging in bed.
? Made of durable materials and shorter heights, these bookcases are especially designed for a nursery or playroom. Featuring bright finishes or mobile options, these bookcases engage children and help foster their interest in reading.
Step 2: Determine the bookcase features you need
Establishing the specific design features you require will help you to narrow down your bookcase search. Decide what kinds of items you are storing, and look for the features you need:
Adjustable shelves or doors to maximize display or storage options
Stackable or cube bookcases create a modular, customized design and sleek effect.
Metal, wood, and combination bookcases anchor the piece to the room.
Finishes available in light wood, dark wood, black, white, or custom colors create the perfect atmosphere and complement your other furniture.
Step 3: Choose the perfect bookcase style
We offer bookcases in a wide variety of designs and materials which you can mix and match to fit your home or office's unique d
Consumer guide: handbagsFind out about the many handbag styles, which ones best fit certain body types, and how designer labels play a part in selecting your favorite handbag.
Women love handbags just as much as they love diamonds. With new styles entering the marketplace every season, how can one decide? Are you a label lover - Chanel, Gucci, Prada or are you a classic - Tod's or YSL? Or is plain Jane luxurious leather more your style? Find out about the many handbag styles, which one would best fit your body type and how status plays the part of selecting your favorite handbag.
Every season designers come out with an array of different classic styles from hobo's to totes, to shoulder bags to clutches. As far as status is concerned, you don't need to wear a complete logo handbag to look like your bag cost lots of money. Great leather, good topstitching and quality workmanship play a big role in quality handbags, designer brand or not. But which one works for you, your lifestyle and your body?
Totes: A tote bag is usually in the shape of a square and is roomy enough for any women to carry everything she needs for the day. It's great for a casual day to get you from work to the gym. Tote bags can come in different sizes. Note: If you are small and petite, go for a smaller sized tote that will look proportionate to your body size.
Hobo Bags: Hobo's are oversized bags where you can practically carry everything but the kitchen sink. The look is large and slouchy and can look incredibly fashionable and can go with every occasion (except of course the cocktail event). Note: Size does matter. It can look a little odd on an extremely petite body frame, since it is so oversized. Look for a slightly smaller size if you're tiny.
Classic Handbags: This bag is your basic everyday handbag. The classic shape, smaller size, the long or short shoulder strap in the everyday color ? black, beige or brown is perfect for anyone. It could be a designer logo bag or a basic leather bag, either way you have a win/win situation. Note: Any body type would look great with this type of handbag.
Clutches: Who doesn't love a classic clutch? Women love to get dressed up and this strapless type of handbag really does the trick. Whether you're looking for a vintage clutch from the 50's or a new designer clutch, looking for one with details is key. Note: If you're curvaceous a tiny clutch may not be for you - go for a medium sized one. If you're tiny a larger clutch may not off set your proportions, a smaller clutch would look great on you.
Dressy Backpacks: These are great to give your weekend look a dressier vibe. And, if you choose a sleek backpack such as a Louis Vuitton, you take the chic look to a whole new level. The best part is your hands are free, so shopping is not a problem. Note: Backpacks look great on any body type.
Messenger Bags: Messenger bags are great to take to the office for men or women. They are sleek, chic and swing right over the shoulder. These bags are large enough to carry all of your needs for the day and take you right into evening. Note: These look great on any body type as well.
Now that you know about all of the fabulous styles of handbags, get shopping.