You have a huge collection of books, trinkets, picture frames and DVDs; what do you do? Add a bookcase, of course! Bookshelves are must-have storage units for your home office, living room or family room. Not only are they great for storing movie, magazine and novel collections, but they can also beautifully display decorations, photos and souvenirs. As you look to add more organised storage to your home, be sure to consider the style, size and overall function of the piece before making a purchase:
What types of bookshelves are available?
There are a wide variety of bookcases for you to choose from. Below are a few that might fit your needs:
Leaning or Ladder Bookshelves:
These bookcases lean against the wall and generally feature shelves that diminish in depth from bottom to top. This type of shelving saves space in the room and doesn’t require anything being affixed to the wall.
Like the name suggests, corner bookshelves are built to fit into the corners of the room. These are great space savers and work well in offices, small rooms and apartments.
Tower bookshelves are vertical and significantly taller than they are wide. They come in varying shelf sizes and may or may not have wall panels on the sides. These vertical bookcases visually draw your eyes upward and can be a great balance to a room with largely horizontal lines.
If you have bare walls or minimal floor space, wall-mounted bookshelves are a great solution for sneaking in shelving. They can be as simple as only the shelves themselves, or a more complex piece with a cabinet, top and side panels.
What style bookcase should I look for?
From slim bookcases, to a white bookcase with doors, there a hundreds of style options for you to choose from. Seek out a style that complements the overall theme of your décor. Wood bookshelves will be more traditional, though adding metal elements can quickly turn it industrial or contemporary. All steel or metal pieces give off a sleek, trendy feel, while cubby bookshelves veer toward modern. Glass can be both traditional and contemporary, depending on the overall design, while plastic represents a minimalistic feel. If you want something eclectic and unique, find something that's vintage, revamp an old furniture piece with a new colour or hardware or opt for a black ladder bookcase.
Regardless of whether you’re looking for oak bookcases, a slim bookcase or a ladder bookshelf, Houzz is bound to have the ideal one for your home. For more storage solutions take a look at our beautiful display cabinets