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.”

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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!

Nathan James Echo Modern 4-Shelf Bookcase, Unique Bookshelf with a Circle or Geometric Design Iron Frame, Black
  • 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

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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.

Coaster Furniture Asymmetrical Snaking Bookcase Black and Clear 800340
  • Set includes: One (1) bookcase
  • Wood finish: Black
  • Product materials: Wood
  • Overall bookcase: 63" H x 35.5" W x 15.5" D
  • Assembly required: Yes

3. Brightech Maxwell Drawer Edition

Brightech Maxwell Drawer Edition - Modern Shelf Floor Lamp with Drawer - Corner Display Floor Lamps with Shelves for Living Room, Bedroom and Office - Black

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.

Brightech Maxwell Drawer Edition - Modern Shelf Floor Lamp with Drawer - Corner Display Floor Lamps with Shelves for Living Room, Bedroom and Office - Black
  • VERSATILE DESIGN: Japanese-inspired standing lamp made for the modern era fits well in any environment and measures 11 inches long, 11 inches wide, and 72 inches tall
  • SMART DEVICE COMPATIBLE: Smart home compatible with Alexa, Google, and Apple when plugged into a smart outlet
  • DESIGN FEATURES: Features slim design with shelves and drawers for added storage
  • EASY ASSEMBLY: Able to be assembled in minutes
  • INCLUDES: 9.5-watt, 800 Lumen, 3000K LED bulb with 150-watt maximum output

4.Tribesigns 7-Tier Open Bookshelf,

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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.

Tribesigns Gold Bookshelf, 7-Shelves Modern Etagere Bookcase, Staggered Book Shelves Display Shelf Organizer with Open Storage & Gold Sturdy Metal Frame for Home Office
  • [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

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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.

Sauder Barrister Lane Bookcase, L: 53.15" x W: 12.13" x H: 47.52", White Plank finish
  • 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

6. Handmade Spiral Bookshelf

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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!

8. Round Metal Floating Shelves 

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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.

Metal Floating Shelves Round Shape - Large Circle Hanging Wall Mount Shelf - Shelves Perfect for Home Decor, Living Room, Bathroom, Bedroom, Kitchen (Color : Black, Size : 80 * 18cm)
  • 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

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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.

Floating Shelves Retro Industrial Wind Wall Racks Housework Box Creative Frame Living Room Cafe Restaurant Wall (Size : 801280cm)
  • >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

10 Beautiful Bookshelves That Will Completely Transform Your Space

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!

Tribesigns 8-Shelves Staggered Bookshelf, Rustic Industrial Etagere Bookcase for Office, Vintage Book Shelves Display Shelf Organizer for Home Garden (Rustic Brown)
  • ✔ 【STAGGERED SHELVES DESIGN】:Stack up vintage style with this asymmetrical etagere bookcase. Seven shelves in two different sizes provide an 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】:This standing bookshelf can be used as a decorative shelf, room divider shelf, plant shelf and display shelf. It’s an ideal choice to place this etagere bookcase in your living room, home office, bedroom, and wherever you want.
  • ✔ 【ROBUST CONSTRUCTION】:Constructed from premium particle board that enhances optimal strength and durability. And the 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 instructions to make assembly effortlessly. We offer 18 months of 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?


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