Kids Bookcases: Functionality Counts

Kids' bookcases come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. There is a style of kids bookcases for every taste and preference. It's the little details that really set one kids bookcase apart from another. Let's take a look at some of the most popular styles of kids bookcases.

Whether you have small kids that are just learning how to read, or they are completing an entire set of first grade books, displaying their favorite books on oversized bookcases and shelves scaled to their child's particular size is a great way to encourage creativity and organization. For an aged-down vintage look, pair an open shelving bookcase next to your kid's bed. To add some character, decorate the open shelves with a life-size mural of a duck, or any other animal your kid enjoys. Or perhaps you want a kids bookcase with the usual shelves and ladder type shelves but add an extra storage shelf in the back for those last-minute treasures.

The latest trends in kids' bookcases are certainly geared more toward functionality than fashion. While open shelves and ladder book racks might be fun and funky, they are not functional for the type of organized clutter that our children accumulate over time. Instead, focus on solid, sturdy bookcases that have plenty of room for multi-colored binders, notebooks, and even photo albums.

Another type of kids bookcases that is great for organizing clutter is the step-ladder bookcase. They usually feature solid, sturdy wood and are designed to be opened completely up. This allows for you to free up valuable floor space and use it for additional storage. The kids bookcases may feature three, four, or even five open shelves, but often this number varies. The advantage of having more open shelves is that you can easily create more storage space in smaller rooms without having to add more floors to the home.

Many kids' bookcases also have extra storage space built right into them. This is another way to save room and even have some additional storage. You may want to look for bookcases that have a sliding door or ladders that can be pushed through the doorway. Some bookcases have shelves on the lower levels along with shoe storage. This is a fun feature that encourages kids to keep their books close to them at all times and helps parents find their kids' books as they are searching for something.

When you are choosing kids bookcases, remember that functionality is important. Not only should the kids bookcases be sturdy and practical, but they should also be colorful and fun. If you are shopping at a young age, consider a bookcase that has open shelves or ladders that can be pulled out. This will provide your kids with a convenient place to store their extra books and it will encourage them to keep their books nearby when they are working on homework.