A bookcase used for the home office needs to be sturdy, blend in with the overall decor of the room and have enough storage space and the type of storage space that can securely hold different media. While some home offices are as ornate as the libraries of English men’s clubs, others are more streamlined and contemporary while being aesthetically pleasing.
To that end, many home office bookcases are simple rectangles. They can be wide enough to be nearly square or very tall and slender to fit into a small space. Others have scrollwork or arches at the tops with matching skirts to complement a room that has a more feminine decor, while some bookcases are V-shaped to fit into corners. Bookcases can have open or closed backs, but the buyer should make sure a back panel is as sturdy as the material in the front and sides. A back panel made out of what’s basically cardboard can warp and detach after a while.
Bookcases are made of everything from manufactured wood, laminate, metal or MDF. Some are made of rattan or wicker. Manufactured wood is made out of wood products such as fibers or strips collected from a sawmill that are molded into boards. Some are then covered with a veneer of fine wood such as oak. Laminates are layers of kraft paper impregnated with a type of plastic then pressure bonded together. MDF is a sort of manufactured wood that’s made from wood fibers that are blended with resin and wax then turned into boards under great pressure and heat. Metal framed bookcases are often made of steel or chrome.
Bookcases made of manufactured wood are given a finishes that resemble the color and sometimes the grain of a certain wood such as cherry, mahogany or walnut. Other bookcases have grainless finishes that go by the names of Chocolate or Espresso.
Depending on their taste, the homeowner might choose a shelf that has fixed shelves or shelves that can adjusted to accommodate different media such as CDs, DVDs, magazines or different size books. Some buyers need bookshelves that are roomy enough to accommodate bins or banker’s boxes.
Some bookcases need to be assembled by the owner, but the simpler ones are easy work for people with rudimentary carpentry skills. Bookcases that come fully assembled tend to be a bit more expensive.
Homeowners who have more modern tastes may choose bookcases or bookshelves that resemble ladders or are arranged in interesting geometric patterns.
There is a bookcase for every type of home office.