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.)


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


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


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. ( 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.


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,  appears to have lots of tips, they are just not in English.



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



I Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Library Ladder

“I had been scaling the bookcases in the library, pretending I was a noted Alpinist, when my foot slipped and a heavy book was knocked to the floor.”

-The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, Alan Bradley.

The Jackalope Ranch, Geoff Cline + Sallie Trout, Foo, Gertie, Gus, Dinkydao,
Source: Sallie Trout/ Trout Studios

Not for the faint of heart. Designer Sallie Trout built shelves in an inaccessible stairwell. Unable to reach them any other way, she fastened a bosun’s chair to a ceiling chain, and raises or lowers herself to collect  books.

The Jackalope Ranch, Geoff Cline + Sallie Trout, Foo, Gertie, Gus, Dinkydao,
Source: Salle Trout/ Trout Studios

6 Great Garden Library Sheds You Don’t Want to Miss


Source: iVillage 

Ever feel like you just don’t have space in your house for a library? You aren’t alone. Some clever homeowners have created charming reading spaces in garden sheds. spaces.


In the UK, shed conversions are such a big deal that they hold annual competitions to select the best garden shed.


Andrew’s shed, (no last name given,) is a private library filled with 12,000 books he has acquired over his lifetime. Nearly all of the books are catalogued, and showcased with quirky pieces like his bookstore bag collection.


The Library shed is a retreat, a place of reading and contemplation, a place to write and a place to bird watch.


Source: Trish Radge 

Trish Radge says she goes to her library shed to get away from her active family for a couple of hours. In the winter it is her “go to” spot in the sun where she can read or listen to podcasts.


Source: Asian Architecture

London-based Asian Architecture has designed this low budget garden working studio in North East London, England, UK.




Or how about a magical retreat, across a red bridge where you can relax with your books?



If you don’t think you can build your library shed from scratch, you can always start with something like a shed from Lowe’s, and then decorate it anyway that you want. Tufted chairs, bookshelves, and a neutral rug create a respite made for relaxing with a good read.


Source: Lowe’s