As avid readers and design enthusiasts, there’s nothing we love more than a stylish bookshelf moment. From floating shelves to design-savvy stacks, built-in cubbies, and enormous home library, these bookshelf ideas are going to make sure you store and display your reading material in style.
With this advice in mind, you’ll always be shelfie-ready.
GO FOR CLEVER DISPLAY
Compact and understated, this vertical shelving unit makes books looks like they’re floating on the wall without actually having to pick up a hammer. And that comfortable chair is definitely a solid pair.
CONNECTED FLOATING SHELVES
This custom shelving unit was built to include the fireplace surround, TV and book storage. Compact and minimalist.
BUILT IN BOOKCASE WITH READING NOOK
Consider what you can add to your own nook to make it feel special, a small wall-to-wall sofa, upholstered in a fancy fabric and lots of books to get lost.
CURVING AND SNAKING
This large metal version can fill an entire wall, providing storage and making an artistic statement at the same time. While a curving bookshelf like this one will not hold as many books as a bookcase taking up the same wall space, it has visual lightness.
The stairs wrap around a custom two-story bookshelf, made using threaded steel rods bolted into the floor and ceiling. Works as a partial room divider for the home office under the stairs.
Another artistic and interesting way to show off you massive book collection is with building this massive bookshelf with cool geometric shape.
If you have a reading nook in your bedroom, keep your books within reach by setting up rows of floating shelves.
Put a large-scale piece of artwork in between two bookcases in a more formal sitting area. It’ll create a nice a sense of symmetry and set the tone for the color scheme.
AROUND THE STAIRS BOOKCASE
This is fun; the idea of covering your stairs with this giant oval bookcase is beyond. Paint it the same color as the stairs to make a smooth transition.
Bold and unusual, a honeycomb-shaped shelving unit would look right at home in a modern space. The round openings are not as practical for holding decorative items that must stand upright, but they work well for magazines, newspapers, books and soft items like spare throws.
Though we may be in the digital age, no technology can compare to the feeling of a good book in your hands. And we want to showcase our favorite volumes in a space that’s comfortable, personal, and unique. While public and university libraries are often vast and full of splendor, home libraries are more intimate (but not any less gorgeous).
Here, we gathered up the most beautiful home libraries from our archives to inspire your own literary retreat. See how to create home library shelving that puts your favorite books on display for a space that’s well-designed and well-read.
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