You have a new book that you’ve been looking forward to reading for weeks. When you finally find a night to yourself, where can you curl up and enjoy your new find? The sunroom feels too bright, and the living room a little too routine. Maybe now’s the time to create that new library space you’ve been dreaming about forever!

Ah, a library. Think cozy leather chair, a soft blanket, soothing lighting, and rich-colored walls. The first step, of course, is picking a room. Since this space will be used to house precious books, consider their safety and well-being – no attics, basements, or other areas with potential for bugs or moisture. And while the light is good, too much can actually harm the books.

Next, your library needs shelves. Bookshelves can be floor to ceiling, glass-enclosed, recessed or hanging. Also, consider who will be using the library – are there little ones who need lower access, or older family members who can’t bend easily?

Maybe you are just starting a collection and don’t need a lot of space. In this instance, you can use pictures, vases, and collectibles to add a personal touch. Or even book themes! Enhance your thriller section with replica knives or other sinister items. Mysteries? Accessorize with a magnifying glass. Get creative and let space really reflect your personality.

Your goal is to make a home library so inviting that you (and your guests) will want to stroll through, pick up the perfect book, and just sit down and relax.