Whether you’re an avid reader or just like to browse occasioanlly, bookcases play an important role in the home – they add storage space, are great was to organise items and can be handy in a home office too. Bookcases come in a range of size and style options – from small, discreet bookcases for a small home workstation, to a full size library to stock your full collection. Check out our top picks for bookcases after the jump…
If you’re short on space, the best way to build in bookcases is by using narrow bookcase styles, that can fit into tight corners. A sleek white unit looks smart and contemporary, adding a handy little bookcase area without taking up too much room. For a more traditional look, go for a solid pine bookcase in a narrow style, which will give you the same versatility but retain a classic appearance.
For home office areas, try a low bookcase, which will give you ample storage space for books and any other work-related material. Available in a range of styles – from traditional solid oak and waxed pine finishes, to more contemporary looks in sleek black ash or painted white, these bookcases are perfect when you need to create accessibility but do not require a huge shelving system. Smaller bookcases like these are also perfect for kids’ rooms to store favourite reads at a level small hands can easily get to. To give a fun look, opt for painted styles in themed shapes such as a castle turret – adding a touch of fantasy to children’s bedrooms.
In bigger spaces such as the living room, go for larger bookcases that combine shelving space with additional capacity, such as glass display areas or cupboards. These will provide handy room to keep other necessities close at hand without needing to put them on display – perfect for keeping large board games, toys and accessories in storage. A bookcase with a glass display area is another good alternative, providing you with shelving space with discreet and attractive glass doors to protect from prying eyes.
As well as traditionally built bookcases, you can also opt for more modern styles to add a touch of edge to your living space. Open built shelves add an unusual point of interest, whilst still being practical and giving you plenty of shelving space. Choose well built styles in classic materials such as oak or pine to ensure these will be long lasting.