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Bookcase Buying Guide
There’s no better way to show off your favorite books and mementos while creating a great focal point in your home or office than with a stylish bookcase.

Step 1: Decide where your bookcase will be situated

First choose a place you will put the bookcase; this will help to establish what type of bookcase will best suit your needs. Make sure to measure not only the height and width of your wall space, but also the maximum depth available; this way the bookcase will not block foot traffic if it is situated near a doorway or common area. There are a number of different types of bookcases that may be compatible with your space:
  • Standard: Made in a number of different heights and widths, standard bookcases sit flat against the wall and usually feature adjustable shelving deep enough to hold standard-depth books.

  • Corner: These space-saving bookcases are triangular in structure and may feature rounded shelves. While they do not hold as many books as a standard case, they are perfect for mementos and knick- knacks in your kitchen, bedroom, or office.

  • Barrister: Made popular by legal and government offices, these bookshelves are usually stackable to add more space as needed and also feature both clear doors that easily flip up and slide back out of sight when access is needed. Designed to fit both books and binders, these are classic style and high function all in one.

  • Bookcase Walls: These simulate a built-in and create a large storage area for not only books but for multimedia equipment and display items as well. While many of these wall units have components that also stand alone, a large area is needed to assemble the entire unit, giving it a built-in feel and a library atmosphere.

  • Bookcase Headboards: Perfect for the bedroom, these bookcases are designed to sit against the wall and feature the perfect height to also double as a headboard for your bed. Many of these feature sliding doors to tuck away books and other items.

  • Children's Bookcases: Made of durable materials and shorter heights, these bookcases are especially designed for a nursery or playroom, and often featuring bright finishes or mobile options.

Step 2: Determine the bookcase features you need

Establishing the specific design features you require will help you to narrow down your bookcase search. Decide what kinds of items you are storing, and look for the features you need.

  • - Adjustable shelves or doors to maximize display or storage options

  • - Stackable or cube bookcases create a modular, customized design and sleek effect

  • - Metal, wood, and combination bookcases anchor the piece to the room

  • - Finishes available in light wood, dark wood, black, white, or custom colors create the perfect atmosphere and complement your other furniture and decor

Step 3: Choose the perfect bookcase style

Bookcases are offered in a wide variety of designs and materials which you can mix and match to fit your home or office’s unique décor. Don't make the mistake of assuming that bookcases won't work for you because they are all traditional - your personal taste can be suited to a number of styles:
  • Traditional: Featuring darker wood grain finishes, crown molding, carved details, or elegant accents, traditional bookcases provide grand, luxurious design.

  • Contemporary: Influenced by industrial manufacturing and organic form, these bookcases feature smooth finishes, asymmetrical design, clean lines, or open structures.

  • Transitional: While boasting the same rich colors and wood grains of traditional bookcases, these pieces will have simpler details that bridge the gap between grand tradition and sparse modernism.

  • Country: With distressed, whitewashed finishes and quaint wood detailing, these bookcases bring the casual elegance of the French countryside to your home.

  • Office/Industrial: Designed for efficient, durable use, office bookcases are normally large and deep. Heavyweight wood and welded metal make these models perfect for high-traffic use.

  • Kid-Friendly: Featuring bright colored finishes, traditional shapes or mobile designs, kid’s bookcases are designed especially for a child’s first book collection.

Step 4: Position your bookcase, add your favorite books and items, and enjoy!
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