Better Homes and Gardens Ashwood Road 5-Shelf Bookcase, Cherry
Last updated date: January 29, 2020
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Whether you need a bookcase to store works of fiction or your family's photos through the years, the Better Homes and Gardens Ashwood Road 5-Shelf Bookcase, Cherry is an excellent choice. It's made of an engineered wood and features decorative moldings that make it stand out from other models. The shelves are also adjustable and able to hold heavy objects. In our analysis of 7 expert reviews, the Better Homes and Gardens Better Homes and Gardens Ashwood Road 5-Shelf Bookcase, Cherry placed 5th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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An Overview On Bookcases
Furnishing your home is an exciting and fun way to show your style. More than style, furnishings designate areas of your home for particular functions. Sofas and entertainment centers distinguish your living room from the dining room where you’ll need a table to host friends and family for gatherings. In addition, your home will need furniture for organization. This is where a bookcase comes in handy. Here are a few things to consider when purchasing a good bookcase.
Before you rush into buying the first beautiful bookcase you see, be sure to measure your space. Too big or too little of a bookcase can really make a room look awkward. For children’s rooms, you’ll want one that is short so they can reach the top with ease. A living room will require a much taller bookcase with valuable memorabilia on the top shelf away from any little ones. Either way, those measurements will be quite handy when shopping for the perfect bookcase for your space.
The space where the bookcase will go is a huge factor for figuring out the style and color you want. If the living room needs some storage for books and paraphernalia, you’ll want to look for a bookcase that matches or complements your other furniture. In a kid’s room, a bookcase is easy enough to coordinate with their beds or paint colors. Toy rooms might need an open-back bookcase so bins can slide in and out easily from either side. For an office, a mid-sized unit is a great choice that won’t overwhelm the room but still provide valuable storage space. If filing is something that is of importance for your office bookcase, look for a bookcase that has labels on the front of each cubby, so you can organize every single item in your office. Always consider your space before purchasing your bookcase and you’ll surely find the right fit for your needs.
One valuable aspect to look for in a bookcase is adjustable shelves. Because you will have some books taller than others or perhaps you want to put décor on one shelf, buying a bookcase with adjustable shelves is the best way to go. Some models offer two adjustable shelves to accommodate taller items and keep organization easy. These types of bookcases are also great if you want to turn the bookcase on its side and put baskets or bins in the compartments for alternate use.
Once you have all the logistics of size and configurations, have some fun with style and color. There are countless finishes available to help complement your other furniture. From cherry and walnut finishes to white and gray paints, you can surely find a finish you love. For style, wood appearance is always more of a traditional approach. If industrial is your style, look for a bookcase with some metal framing and wood accents. Mid-century modern style would look more like a white freestanding unit with point feet on the bottom. There are also vertically designed bookcases that look great along a large empty wall. A bookcase in the style of your other furniture will enhance the feel of your home and give your space some organizing units to display your treasures.
DWYM Fun Fact
- Chinese writings describe early bookcases as revolving units. They were especially big during the Song Dynasty, particularly in Buddhist monasteries.
- Bookcases come in all shapes and sizes including tree bookcases, bookcases made into the perimeter of a cozy chair, a bookcase made from an old telephone booth and bookcases built into walls.
- The difference between a bookcase and a bookshelf is that a bookcase is a piece of furniture that is designed to stand on its own and a bookshelf is a single shelf mounted onto a wall with hardware.
The Bookcase Buying Guide
- To ensure a proper fit, always measure your space and then measure the bookcase you want.
- If you have tall memorabilia to put on the bookcase in addition to books, consider adjustable shelving units.
- If it is going to be a free-standing unit, consider it being open in the back.
- When purchasing a bookcase for a child’s room, remember to get a safe height for them so it won’t fall over and cause injury.
- Remember to leave some room between the top of the bookcase and your ceiling for any objects you want to store or display.