Although we continue to call them bookshelves, they’re not just for storing books. In fact, they’re a lot more versatile than that. Bookshelves are very convenient and practical for both storing and displaying a variety of different items including toys, collectibles, decorations, devices, planters and others. They come in lots of different styles, sizes, materials, finishes and even colors and there’s a huge collection of designs to choose from, regardless of what your needs and preferences are. Some stand out as being the best overall and that’s what we’re going to focus on today. Check out our selection below.
The combination of vintage charm and industrial sturdiness gives these bookshelves an edge and allows them to stand out. They’re made from a combination of wood and metal, two materials that complement each other beautifully and bring out the best features in one another. You can add this bookcase to your living room, bedroom, home office or even to the dining area or the hallway. Its clean lines and simple aesthetic allow it to blend in with a variety of different decors. The dimensions of the unit are 55” height x 41.3” width x 12.7” depth.
This bookcase is quite similar to the previous model we mentioned just now in the sense that it features both vintage and industrial influences in its design. It’s a 5-tier bookcase with a simple and versatile design and an overall modern aesthetic. You can use it to store, organize and display anything from books to utensils, framed photos or crates and boxes. Its generously-sized shelves can handle just about anything you throw at them. The frame is made of premium iron and has a solid and durable construction. Each individual shelf can hold up to 11.5 lbs. If you want more storage in case your book collection is growing you can add another bookcase and place both side by side for a clean and classic look.
Ladder shelves have seen quite the comeback lately. They’re popular thanks to their simple aesthetic and their rustic allure. This bookcase is a representative example. It features a sturdy iron frame and particle board shelves which get increasingly smaller towards the top. The bottom section is reinforced by crossbars on the back. There are four tiers in total and each can be used in a variety of different ways. Usually the top sections are for displaying items on while the larger ones at the bottom are used for storage.
Tree bookshelves form a very special and interesting category. They have a very specific type of design and are usually best for storing and organizing books given that their shelves are positioned at different angles in order to create branch-like elements. They’re definitely eye-catching and their designs can get pretty complicated. This one is rather simple. It’s a vertical bookcase which can fit in corners and tight spaces which makes great for small rooms or reading corners. The bookcase is sturdy and durable and can also hols things like CDs, magazines or anything remotely similar to a book which doesn’t need to sit on a flat surface.
If you’re in the market for something a bit more conventional and classic, you might enjoy the Sauder bookcase. It’s made of engineered wood with a lovely cherry finish and has a sturdy and robust construction. The design is simple and combines both modern and traditional influences. When assembled the entire unit measures 34.28” in length x 13.23” in width and 69.76” in height. Assembly is quick and simple thanks to the patented slide-on moldings.
Now we’re back in the realm of vintage bookcases which is where we found this beauty. It’s a very charming piece which combines open shelves and closed storage compartments. This allows it to satisfy a variety of different storage needs and makes it very versatile. It suits spaces such as the living room, dining area, office and even the bedrooms. You can even use this as a room divider. By keeping your most-used items on the shelves and everything else in the drawers you can keep a tidy home and always have everything you need close at hand and easily accessible. The overall dimensions of this unit are 60”height x 23.6” length x 15.7” width.
For the more modern home we recommend checking out the Homfa bookcase. It’s a 6-tier unit with a really cool and unique S shape and a clean and geometric design. It’s tall and slender and can fit nicely in living rooms, bedrooms, offices, hallways and even kitchen and dining rooms. They’re also great for corners and accent walls. What’s cool in this case is that the bookcase itself is a nice decoration for the room and the contents only help to make it look better. Its overall dimensions are 27.6” x 9.3” x 75” and you can place several units side by side to create a larger bookcase.
A variety of differently-sized shelves give this bookcase a very dynamic and interesting look. They’re equally practical for storing and displaying items on and they’re organized into three vertical segments. There’s a 5-tier section at the center with two symmetrically-placed 4-tier segments on the sides. You can use this as a regular bookcase but also as a space divider or multi-functional accent piece in the living room, bedroom, guest room, hallway or office. It can complement a variety of different decors and style and can hold books, magazines, toys, planters and more. Each shelf can hold up to 25 lbs. The bookcase measures 37.8” in length x 9.8” in width and 59” in height.
Given the overall structure and the way in which these shelves are organized, it’s easy to imagine this bookcase in spaces such as the dining room, living room or home library. It’s a sturdy but also sleek and slender piece of furniture with 12 open shelves in total. They can be used to stored books and other items or to display and showcase various collectibles and decorations. The frame is made of metal and has a black finish which gives the bookcase an industrial appearance. The wooden shelves add warmth and a classic vibe to the design. The overall dimensions of the entire unit are 60.6” width x 13.8” depth x 80.7” height. The shelves are 14.2” apart and each of them can support up to 160 lbs.
This bookcase definitely has a strong retro vibe. It’s not as versatile as other designs but it definitely has lots of character and a nice artistic allure. It’s also quite eclectic in the sense it blends industrial, vintage and contemporary elements. You can add it to the living room, bedroom or home office and complement it with matching pieces from the same collection. The dimensions of the bookcase are 32.1” width x 48.22” height x 13” depth. The shelves are 13” apart and are made of MDF boards with a light oak finish. The frame is made of powder-coated metal and has X-shaped metal brackets.
As you’ve seen for yourself in these examples, bookcases are incredibly versatile and can fit in just about any type of space and decor. They’re the go-to piece for living rooms, bedrooms, offices and many other areas such as the pantry or hallway and they can serve different purposes in each case. A home without a bookcase would be incomplete. Luckily, there are plenty of designs to choose from.