Keep all those books cluttering your tot's floor where they belong in one of the coolest bookshelves around. These bookcases are functional without being boring boxes simply made to contain precious reads. We've found bookshelves with something for everyone — from seriously modern design to classic lines — within every budget and ready to make a big statement. Click though to select the perfect one for storing your tot's storybooks, small treasures, and favorite things.
Rack 'em up! Books can educate, inspire, and more, but they can also clutter up a room if there's no proper place to store them. Rather than fill a traditional bookcase with your lil one's tomes, consider some unique ways to show off your tot's favorite stories. From inspirational gallery displays to home-built furniture, we've rounded up 15 ways to declutter the book corner in your kids' rooms. Check them out!
When it comes to design, we love anything that brings style and interest into a space. Currently, we're turning to bookends to do the trick. The perfect way to add a pop of color or incorporate a hint of the unexpected, bookends are just the accent our shelves need. From polished agate to weighty steel brackets, even the most classic of books can be given an eclectic touch. Here are the six statement pieces we are currently coveting!
- Printed bookends ($241): These lacquered bookends have a retro vibe with a pop of red, perfect for an office bookcase.
- Gold Pig Bookends ($30): This gilded piggy will add gold charm to your bookshelf and a bit of quirky glamour to your space.
- Horn Bookends ($120): With an aluminum base and organic lines, these horn bookends can easily be an interesting, eclectic neutral in a living room or study.
- Industrial Gear Bookends ($228): Use this set of spur bookends to add vintage flare to a masculine, modern space.
- Acrylic Horse Bookends ($230, originally $325): These acrylic bookends are a contemporary take on classic design that will keep books propped with flair.
- Natural Agate Bookends ($46): Blocks of polished agate are the perfect complement to a curated collection of classic books.
I'm happy to present a post from one of my favorite sites, Stylelist Home!
The bookcase is easily the most essential storage unit in any home. Although its name implies that it should be used for books, the versatile piece is also used to organize a variety of everyday items, from electronics and craft supplies to dishes and even clothing. Plus, they tend to be easy to find and affordable.While built-in wall shelving systems may provide added storage space, their installation is far more labor intensive. And, you can achieve a similar "systems" look by placing a few of the same bookcases next to each other.
Even though the style and size of a bookcase depends on the room it will go in and what you're looking for, there are some general tips to keep in mind when shopping for one. Click through to check out the basics of bookshelves
Bookshelves are present in practically every home, but making them transcend function to actually look beautiful can sometimes be tricky. I've pulled together some of my favorite examples of shelves that artfully organize and elevate the design of the rooms they are in. Whether you're building a custom bookshelf, picking up a unit from Ikea, or re-imagining another piece of furniture, I have tips on how to get the most out of each look. See how adding wallpaper, paint, decorative objects, and unexpected features can transform your bookshelves into spectacular focal pieces for your home!
Now that we're getting closer to the New Year, I'm already starting to think of stylish ways to re-organize clutter prone areas in my home. Some recent book swapping has inspired me to think about different ways to accessorize my shelves. These bookends would add order and an unexpected style statement to my literary collection.
These Whale Bookends ($150, top, left) would introduce a touch of mod whimsy to nautical decor – perfect for holding a first edition of Moby Dick.
Although I'm not sure I'd have the heart to fill these DCI Decorative Jar Half Bookends ($70, top, right) with goldfish, I wouldn't think twice about filling them with fresh cut flowers for a pop of color.
I'm sure these Mid Century Jax Bookends by Curry (center) are out of my price range, but I love how they pay homage to childhood memories and pop art history. The shocking chartreuse color isn't bad either.
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As an English major, cook, and writer, I've accumulated hundreds of books that constantly pour out of my four bookshelves. Living in a studio apartment, it's sometimes difficult to organize my chaotic piles of books. If you have a similar problem, here are five charming ways to organize your gigantic book collection.
Yesterday we floated the idea that the new design of the Billy bookcase may be leaving the "book" out of the case. But the truth is, people have been using this bookcase for other purposes for as long as it's been around. Take this bookcase's use as a room divider for Mette Helena and her daughter, who share a one-bedroom apartment in Copenhagen, Denmark.
On one side of the divider is Mette's sleeping area and an open hanging closet nook. Mette lined the back panels of the Billy bookcase with wallpaper to add a design element to the very practical solution for the shared bedroom. Additionally, storage boxes are covered with wallpaper to prettify the look.
Mette's daughter's bedroom area is much more whimsical than her mother's sleeping area. Various wallpaper patterns are mixed on the walls and the bookcases to create a playful feel and outline the kid's area of the room. Overall, the arrangement is surprisingly airy looking given the dimensional constraints.
I'm constantly inspired by small homes that function well and are absolutely lovely to look at as well. It's a hard feat to pull off successfully, and this artistic mom and her daughter have created a practical and pretty space that meets their needs. Nice work, family!
Have you used Billy bookcases to hold something other than books? Tell me about your creative usage, and then take a look at Mette's entire art-filled apartment here.
Ikea's Billy bookcase may have to change its name. Rumor has it that its new design and dimensions are being changed, so that it will be deeper and more adaptable — in other words, its new shape will not prioritize books. In its defense, an Ikea spokesperson says "I hate to dispel those who think the bookcase is dead. We do not see it that way. We really see books as decorative. Books will still continue to be something used to adorn. They're rich and they're textured."
While I agree that books are beautiful, I certainly don't see books as decorative. I'd describe them as educational, inspirational, and entertaining before I'd ever think about tacking on the adjective of decorative!
Interested in the story behind the change to the Billy? Learn more on Treehugger.
I don't have a bookcase or bookshelves, but I do have a fair amount of books. In my bedroom, I store them by stacking them and propping them up on my nightstand. In my living room, there's a ledge where I set my coffee table books with their covers facing forward. I've also learned to use little odds and ends, accessories, and books themselves as bookends. I actually used to simply stack my books on the floor in one tall, wobbly column. Because I'd rather not take up more space with a bookcase, I just make do without one.
How about you? Do you store your books on a real bookcase or bookshelves? Or do you keep them on a table or somewhere else?