I have an obsession with bookshelves, and not just because I also happen to have an obsession with books! The right shelf can completely transform and change the feel of an entire room. Light and airy open shelves say, “we love to laugh and have fun in this room” while thick and heavy towers quietly admonish, “it’s time to get down to work.”
I’m planning to embark on a massive decluttering project this spring and finally get my house somewhat more organized. I’m not a fan of the “ditch it if it doesn’t bring you joy” mentality (I’m too poor to throw out perfectly useful albeit boring things), but some of this stuff hasn’t been touched since my son was a toddler, and he’s in high school now.
When I’m done, I plan to move some of our ancient-and-ugly-but-still-sturdy shelves down into the garage and lighten up our living space with a few shelves that weren’t built circa 1980. Below are just a few that I’m madly in love with. I hope you find one you adore, too!
Unique & Beautiful Bookshelves
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1. Nathan James Echo Modern 4-Shelf Bookcase
The Echo is a neat geometric bookshelf that’s great for narrow rooms. I love that they give you 100 days to decide whether you love it enough to keep it forever. If you don’t, they’ll take it back.
The metal frame is great, too, especially in my cat-centric house. Zoe and Alex can’t scratch it up!
- Echo is a narrow bookcase with a unique and modern design to display books, plants, or other decors in any room or entryway.
- Style your living room or entryway with this modern 4 shelf bookcase with a unique round black metal frame.
- Lifetime manufacturer : try for 100 days.
- Easy 40-minute assembly.
- The Echo 4-tier bookshelf is easy to assemble and features four pads to protect your floors from scratch.
- Length: 36” x Width: 12” x Height: 36" bookcase.
2. Asymmetrical Snaking Bookcase Black and Clear
Okay, so this one isn’t exactly made with high-quality materials (it’s particle board versus real wood or metal), but it sure is pretty, right? Plus, it has pretty good reviews and ratings overall, even if it is MDF.
Just make sure you take note of the weight limit on each shelf (11 lbs). It’s more of a knick knack display than a great holder of heavy tomes.
- Set includes: One (1) bookcase
- Materials: Hollow board and melamine paper
- Finish Color: Black and Clear
- Assembly Required: No
- Weight limit: 11 lbs per shelf
- Tempered glass thickness: 5mm
- Number of shelves: 4
- All board with 1.25-inch thickness hollow board by melamine paper foiled and PVC edge
- Felt lined drawers: No
3. Brightech Maxwell Drawer Edition
I actually have this one in my bedroom. Brightech sent it to me to check out last year along with some of their other beautiful lamps. It’s really pretty and holds more stuff than I thought it would. I lined the bottom three shelves with books, then put some of my treasures (things my son made me, my bridesmaid gift from my sister-in-law, etc) on the upper shelf.
The light is very soft. Bright enough so that I can see into my closet right next to it, but not blinding first thing in the morning. It’s not made of real wood, but again, at least my cats can’t destroy it.
- ALEXA COMPATIBLE, MODERN COMBO OF BOOK SHELVES AND LAMP (LED BULB INCL.) AND DRAWERS PROVIDES VALUE - Get great value for money with the Brightech Maxwell Drawer Edition. Get a set of shelves, drawers and lamp in one. Plus Use it with Alexa, Google Home Assistant and Apple Home Kit to turn on/off. (Requires smart hub and bulb sold separately.)
- ASIAN DESIGN SKINNY NIGHT STAND SAVES BEDROOM SPACE - This stylish Japanese inspired bedside table helps with narrow, small rooms. Have multiple drawers by the bed for convenient and discrete storage, while displaying books, art and plants on the shelves. Plus the attached lamp takes up no more room and can't be knocked off like ordinary table lamps.
- CONTEMPORARY WOODEN END OR SIDE TABLE WITH ATTACHED COLUMN LAMP SUITS MANY DECOR STYLES - This tower lamp can serve as a living room end table by the couch, holding remotes and books, or a bed side table holding bedtime reading, medicine, personal items etc. The wood plus clean lines, and range of colors, make it easy to match with a range of decor styles including rustic, farmhouse, mid century modern, contemporary and country.
- 20 YEAR LIFE, ENERGY SAVING LED BULB INCLUDED: Save money and energy! The Brightech Maxwell Drawer Edition is UL certified and includes a 9.5 Watt power saving bright LED light bulb with a 20 year life. It generates 3,000K warm white light, at a brightness of 800 lumens. The LED technology allows this lamp to outlast energy wasting cfl (compact fluorescent), halogen or incandescent bulbs. Max Wattage 60W CFL. Note: Bulb is not dimmable.
- BRIGHTECH'S 3 YEAR PRODUCT WARRANTY: We proudly stand behind all of our products 100%, which is why we offer a full 3 year warranty. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase, please contact us because our number one goal is customer satisfaction and we are committed to making it right for you. Applies to products bought from Brightech (not just Brightech branded) in new condition.
4.Tribesigns 7-Tier Open Bookshelf,
I’m not usually a fan of gold, but I have to admit that this shelf lends a bit of elegance to any room. I love the way they combine large and small sections with a geometric slant. It definitely looks more open and airy than my current standard shelf.
Plus, like the first one, it’s made from metal materials (eco-friendly ones this time), so it’ll hold up better against crazy cat claws.
- [Contemporary Charming Style] Add a contemporary glamorous aesthetic to your home with this beautiful etagere bookcase. Characterized by its gold, open silhouette frame, its timeless staggered shelf design, this piece is the perfect eye-catching addition to anywhere you put.
- [Multi-Occassion Usage] Not just as bookcase. Its simple style and modern finish make it blends well into the environment and adds an extra pop of style to your home decor. Whether sidled up beside your computer desk or acting as a plant stand in balcony even be a room divider, this bookshelf is always a not bad choice.
- [7-Tier Large Storage Space] With 7-tier shelf 70.8’’H x 39.3’’W x 11.8’’D measurement, this book shelf instantly elevate your storage to new height without occupying too much space. It keep living room essentials effortlessly on hand or provide a spot for books, photo frame, CDs or other decos.
- [Robust Construction] Crafted from thickened manufactured panel to enhance optimal strength and durability, the heavy sturdy frame with anti-rust finish is a guarantee of a better load-bearing and long service life.
- [Hassle Free Purchase & Assemble] All installation tools, hardware or instruction are included. In addition, we offer professional and friendly customer service. Any problem arise, please contact us in time.
5. Sauder 423672 Barrister Lane Bookcase
Let’s switch gears from modern to antique and check out this adorable Sauder shelf! It looks like something you’d find in a barrister’s office in a Jane Austen novel, doesn’t it?
Sauder makes great stuff, so while it’s pricey, it’ll also last you a good long time.
- Cubbyhole storage for books, binders, framed photos, collectibles, and more
- Accommodates ID label tags for easy organization
- Top shelf gallery display for décor or electronics
- Reversible back in Cobblestone or White Plank finish - you decide which suits you best
- White Plank finish
- Engineered wood
- Assembled Dimensions: L: 53.15" x W: 12.13" x H: 47.52"
- 5 year limited warranty
- Assembly required
- Included components: Materials, hardware, and assembly instructions
6. Handmade Spiral Bookshelf
This one is way out of my price range, but I’m sharing it because it’s absolutely gorgeous. More like art than a shelf! Plus, maybe some of you do have the budget for it.
I love that it’s handmade from durable grinded aluminum. Plus, that kind of takes the sting out of the price. You’re supporting a real person who used her actual hands to create a thing of beauty and art.
7. Industrial Retro Wall Mount Iron Pipe Shelf
Industrial shelves are super trendy right now (I guess they’re farmhouse chic?). I don’t buy things just because they’re trendy, though. I buy them because I think they’re neat, and these shelves are definitely pretty darn nifty!
They’re strong enough that can load them up with your reference book collection without worrying that it’ll fall right off your wall (and take half the drywall with it). If you opt for a different model, just read the description closely. The first one I picked out for you just came with the pipes, not the actual shelves. Oops!
- 【Distressed Decor】:Iron pipe, real pine wood and baking varnish.
- 【Size】:Length 43.3 x Height 38 x Depth 9.8 in.The thickness of the board:0.78 in.
- 【Easy to Assemble】:With the instructions, but the product is heavy, the assembly requires two people to collaborate.
- 【Novel Design】:The unique design allows you to sort and store items of different sizes.
- 【Widely Used】:Suitable for bedroom,kitchen,farmhouse, garage, office.
8. Round Metal Floating Shelves
You have to look through the pictures on the listing to really see the beauty in this one, otherwise it just looks like a weird wagon wheel. It’s a bit pricey, but it’s also made with real wrought iron. In other words, it’s not some cheap-o shelf that’ll fall apart in a year.
It comes in two sizes, so make sure you pay attention to which one you’re getting should you decide it’s the right bookshelf for you.
- Material: metal wrought iron;size: small: diameter 53CM , large: diameter 80CM , thickness 18CM
- The circular partition shape breaks through the tradition, and with the current popular golden elements, it can enhance the value and create a luxurious style.
- Bedroom, kitchen, living room, bar, cafe, no matter what the occasion it is the best choice.
- Multipurpose floating shelves constructed of metal brackets, perfect for displaying and holding collectibles, small plants, stuffed animals and more.
- This wall-mounted racks are easy to install with the included accessories screws, and with the smooth surface, you can easily clean the shelves with a cleaning cloth.
9. Retro Industrial Wind Wall Racks
Another neat floating shelf option, this one isn’t quite so “wagon wheel” as the last one. It has a neat yin-yang design to it. In fact, you could fill one half with black-spined books and the other with white for a yin-yang library!
Like the one above, it’s made with iron and real wood. The only major drawback is that it takes 2-3 weeks to get, so if you need something right away, it’s not a good pick.
- >Round bracket, iron welding, strong solid.
- >Wooden clapboard, strong load-bearing, strong and durable.
- >Screw fixed, hanging wall, save space.
- >Show your taste in all directions, high-quality iron, to create a beautiful appearance.
- >We only sell the shelves without other items, delivery time 7-12 working days. Return range of 30 days. If you can not receive your order within 30 days, please contact us.
10. Tribesigns 8-Shelves Staggered Bookshelf
This last one is another one by Tribedesigns. As you can tell, I really like the staggered style. It’s just more versatile overall. If your click through the pictures, you can see how two of them fit perfectly together. If I ever get my big house with a library room, I’d definitely line the walls with this one!
- ✔ 【STAGGERED SHELVES DESIGN】:Stack up vintage style with this asymmetrical etagere bookcase. Seven shelves in two different sizes provide a industrial look, and the design of this furniture piece ensures it will complement any existing decor.
- ✔ 【8 SHELVES STORAGE SPACE】:8 open staggered shelves offer a generous amount of space for storage. Display books, trinkets, or succulents atop clean shelving for a unique presentation of your favorite treasures without taking up square footage.
- ✔ 【MULTI-SCENE USAGE】:It's not just a bookshelf, This standing shelf can be used as a book shelf, room divider and display rack. and you can use it for actual storage into any place in your room.
- ✔ 【ROBUST CONSTRUCTION】:Constructed from particle board that enhance optimal strength and durability, Sturdy frame is made up of thick and wide steel which ensures a better load-bearing and long service life.
- ✔ 【EASY ASSEMBLE & 100% WARRANTY】:This bookcase comes with all necessary hardware and instruction to make assembly effortlessly. We offer 18 months quality assurance and friendly customer service.
Out of all of these, my favorite has to be the handmade spiral one. Sadly, it’s not something I’ll ever be able to afford, so my next pick is the industrial wall shelf. How about you? Which do you like best?
Last update on 2020-10-20 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API