It’s hard to believe that photo books once started their lives as plain albums holding photos on black paper. Since then online photo book builders and superb printing techniques have helped photo books become something much more, artistic masterpieces that are always a pleasure to look at.
So, it’s only appropriate that a carefully designed photo book should have the best place in the room for everyone to see it, right?
Sadly, that’s not always the case: most of the time photo books end up on an ordinary bookshelf, crammed between other books and sentenced to sink into oblivion.
But it doesn’t have to be that way! In fact, only a few tricks are enough for the photo book to take its rightful place as the gem of the room that makes everyone’s head turn.
Taking the Center Stage the Simple Way
Tucking the photo book away to get lost on a bookshelf is one of the worst things that could happen to something that’s supposed to be shared and seen on a regular basis. But what if the book has such a design that it begs to be seen by others? What if you are so proud of your creation that you want to show it to your friends and family all the time? And what if the book is simply too large or possesses a cover that could get damaged if stored the regular way?
This is why it’s best to apply the simplest method of storing and displaying a photo book: pulling it out from the bookshelf and placing it in front of the other books. The effect won’t be as strong this way, but it would at least still be capable of directing anyone’s attention to the book.
The Star of the Room
Simply displaying the photo book on the bookshelf can be sufficient, but if we’re honest it’s far from enough. You spent a significant amount of time building the photo book, shaping it into something special, so it’s only fitting that the book’s specialness is emphasized in some way – like making it the centerpiece of a table or hanging it on a wall.
Standing It Up
These easels come in various shapes and forms: there are fine-looking metal stands – often with a silver finish to give them a luxurious appearance – but they can also be made out of transparent plastic or even be as simple as wires bent to form an easel.
However, aside from being widely available – for instance at online stores like Amazon – these easels are relatively cheap, can be placed virtually anywhere and are multifunctional since they are capable of holding everything from plates and canvases to photo holders.
But one extra thing to consider is that putting the photo book on an easel allows you to either display it closed or open on particular pages. Closing the book ensures that pages won’t get damaged, but keeping it displayed open it is the perfect opportunity to showcase your photos to anyone who might stumble across your creation.
Supported by Cubes
Having cubes to hold the photo book upright is a nice alternative to a standalone easel. To achieve the same stability a stand provides, though, you will need at least two cubes to hold the book upright, which should be doubled if the book is displayed open.
However, unlike the stand – which is a specific object – anything cube shaped can be used to keep the photo book in the position you want. But to have the biggest impact on the viewer either cover the makeshift stand with photos – possibly with those from the actual photo book – or have a photo cube created from wood or even glass.
Photo Book, Photo Book on the Wall
Without doubt the most creative means of displaying your creations – and easily the most eye-catching – is by getting a rack and placing the photo books on there.
Such home decoration exists in two forms: vertical – like the one created by Home-X – and horizontal, such as the Augusta plate rack by Tripar. However, since racks are hanging from the wall they must be carefully balanced. In the case of vertical racks the heaviest book should be placed closest to the ground, while horizontal racks require the biggest photo book to be placed in the middle.
But when it comes to everything else – such as the exact placement of the rack and how the other books are arranged – there are no limits on where and how you’d like to deal with it.
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