Get the Look: Reading Nets in Libraries

You read that right, I mean NETS not NESTS. The pictures are everywhere, and the reading nets look like  a fun addition to a home library. Is it a DIY project, or do you need to call in your contractor?

Some suspended nets add a touch of whimsy to a very contemporary design, while maintaining a strictly adult aesthetic. (Source: Egue y Seta designed house in Barcelona, Spain. Photography by VICUGO FOTO.)

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Other reading nets are clearly built with children in mind. (Source: Andrew Maynard Architects designed modern extension in family home. Photography by Peter Bennetts.)

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Even traditional libraries can accommodate these fun additions. (Source: Spanish Creative Studio playoffice designed ‘reading net’.)

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In theory, this shouldn’t be a terribly difficult project. After all, they are just nets suspended from the existing home architecture. Still, there are important safety issues which must be considered.

Instructables has some very, very rudimentary instructions for this bed net on their site. ( www.instructables.com/community/Net-Bed-hammock-style-Mattress-alternative/) While it isn’t exactly the same as the nets featured in the pictures above, it gives the very experienced DIYers a place to start. You still need to decide how many pounds your net will need to support, how to best support the weight, what kind of netting you need, and if you need to build a separate frame or just tie it off to an existing structure. If this is beyond your skill level, then call in the professionals.

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If you search “cargo” or “playground” netting, you probably can find someone in your area to help you select the correct netting and give you tips for installation. For example, https://trampolin-technik.de/de/wohnungsnetz/1552-sicherungsnetz-fur-den-innenbereich-3700730400107.html  appears to have lots of tips, they are just not in English.

 

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If all of this seems too complicated, you can always hang a hammock in your library and relax. (Source: trendir.com )

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Cozy Up Under A Kotatsu For Winter Reading

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Autumn is quickly leaving on little cat’s feet, and cold winter drafts will be winding around our legs before we know it. I’m already thinking about ways to stay warm while reading through the icy winter months. In the past, I’ve tried a combination of fleece warm-ups, Slankets and wool blankets, but they eventually become uncomfortable as they bunch and twist around me.

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Image via imgur.com/gallery/Q33Cg

Then I saw a picture of a Kotatsu, a Japanese design which may solve all of my problems. Although they’ve been around since the Muromachi period during the 14th century, they are new to many westerners like me.

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A kotatsu is a low table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket, upon which a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source.  Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used in Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Spain, Portugal, China, and Korea.

The underside of an electric kotatsu. Image courtesy of Hustvedt via Wikipedia.
The underside of an electric kotatsu. Image courtesy of Hustvedt via Wikipedia.

The modern kotatsu usually relies on an electric heater attached to the underside of the table, which makes them portable and relatively safer than antique coal burning stoves. Many different styles are available online.

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Image courtesy of http://www.dores.lv

Some are just the kotatsu table with a cover.

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Image courtesy of imgur.com.

While others provide a variety of seating options with back support or fold-out sleepers.

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Image via Instructables

If you want to build your own, you can find a DIY tutorial here.

So keep warm this winter, and enjoy bookish goodness!