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
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
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
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
- Stackable or cube bookcases create a modular, customized design and
- Metal, wood, and combination bookcases anchor the piece to the
- 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
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
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!