Bookcases are one of the most functional parts of any home in Malaysia, they not only come at affordable prices but also be easy to construct and install in no time. Besides, bookshelves help to add character to your room. Create your own cosy reading corner now with the bookcases available in the market now.

Why you should get an office bookcase? | What materials are used for making bookshelves? | What are the types of bookshelf designs available?

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Everything You Need to Know about Bookcases for Home and Office Use in Malaysia

We all need a place to put our stuff and office bookcases are a great choice for organizing paperwork, files, and all your office supplies. Some people may be working from home, the ultimate dream job that allows one to earn a living in the comforts of our own home. Flexible hours, no commuting and no gossipy coworkers, but whether you are an entrepreneur, work remotely for a larger company, or just casual freelancing, you will still need an organised space for your work. Get organised with space-saving office bookcases!

Why you should get an office bookcase?

Every working space be it at home or at a proper office should have sufficient office bookcases and organisers because they will keep the working environment productive. Undoubtedly for people working from home can opt to plug away for hours on the sofa without ever changing out of their pyjamas, but a sense of organization and routine to get into the work mode is needed to be productive. Besides that, a properly outfitted workspace also helps to maintain focus and get the job done. Just imagine a workplace with clutter, boxes of supplies all over, messy tables and piles of paper, no one working in such an environment would be focused nor perform at his/her optimum potential.

An unorganised office would also give visiting clients, business partners or investors a bad impression. Keep office desks clean and free of clutter with office bookcases of various designs; L-shaped bookcases for your office corner, top-tiered bookcases to fully utilise the extra spaces of that high wall or just combine two or three lone bookcases together and use them as a space divider. A shelf holder or stack smaller bookcases on top of each other for extra compartments for all your file holders. Scared of dust accumulating at the bookcases? Get shelf boxes to hold your stuff or cover them with pieces of cloth, it will keep upkeep maintenance cheap and easy too.

What materials are used for making bookshelves?

It's not unusual for bookshelves to incorporate multiple materials for different features. According to overstock, below are some of the best materials used for making bookshelves:

Wood

“Solid wood” is a common term for furniture made from lumber planks. Wood can be categories into hardwood and softwood; they all make excellent, classic stock material for bookcases. Generally, harder woods are the heavier and more resistant to scratches. Still, softer woods, if treated correctly, will keep just as well as harder woods.

Plywood

Made by stacking thin sheets — “plies” — of lumber and glueing them under pressure, plywood features grains that alternate direction for strength. Several grades are available, of differing cost. Top and bottom plies can be high-quality woods to create the appearance of fine woods, but edge veneer or moulding is needed to complete the illusion.

Metal

A metal bookcase is very durable due to the fact that it is resistant to moisture and fungus, their low-friction shelves are easier on books’ bindings and metal’s strength-to-weight ratio can’t be beaten. Their cost usually comes in below any other material.

Glass

Glass bookshelves weigh more than other types, tempered glass shelves (in wood or metal uprights, called “standards”) give your home an unbeatable contemporary feel, and glass bookcases’ smooth, transparent surfaces add brilliant levity to a decorating piece that might otherwise be notably opaque and heavy.

What are the types of bookshelf designs available?

  • Standard - Standard design book rack will be a large, single piece of furniture with an array of horizontal shelving and support walls. They are often rectangular and tall, although not in all cases.
  • Modular - Modular bookcases come in sets of 2, 3, or more. These are designed to interlock or rest against each other in arrays of your own choosing. Often appearing in cube-based configurations, these models are meant to be tailored to your storage needs and size, and can be added upon purchase.
  • Corner - As its name said, it is meant to stand in corners. These are especially perfect for conserving space or displaying art or delicate pieces in a place where they will not be disturbed.
  • Leaning - The leaning book rack has a specialized design, dependent on balancing against a wall. The overall frame has a tilted look, while shelves stay horizontal when the frame is placed against the walls at the proper angle.
  • Barrister - The barrister bookcase design was originally crafted to assist lawyers in the storage and mobility of their extensive law book collections. They feature doors with often smoked glass to keep the books in place as the unit is moved.

What are the standard depth and shelf spacing of a bookshelf?

Shelf depth is determined by the size of the items to be stored, generally within the range of 15 to 60 cm. Shelf depth for a general-purpose bookshelf is usually 25 to 30 cm. On the other hand, shelf spacing will generally range from 15 to 40 cm with 20 to 30 cm being common for bookshelves. To prevent the case from looking and being top-heavy, use a smaller shelf spacing near the top and a larger one near the bottom.

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