5 Types of Bookshelves You can Incorporate into Your Living Space

5 Types of Bookshelves You can Incorporate into Your Living Space

You might have furnished your living room in the best way you can. Unfortunately, it looks incomplete simply because there’s no bookshelf.

Bookshelves are a versatile piece of furniture that you can use not only to keep your books neat and organized but also to add style to your space.

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Bookshelves come in a wide selection of styles to suit the different tastes and needs of homeowners. They are available in different materials such as wood, metal, glass, and plastic.

In this article, we outline the 5 basic types of bookshelves you should know before you go shopping for the right bookshelf for your specific needs.

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Let’s dive in:

Floating Bookshelves

Floating bookshelves, or torsion box shelves, are used to clearly display book collections floating over walls. They are normally made of wood supported by internal brackets.

This shelving system comprises a single rack mounted on a wall. It is ideal for lightweight books, including comic books and magazines.

Floating bookshelves are available in a wide selection of colors, sizes, shapes. This means you can get one that fits both the design and décor of your space. These are one of the strongest shelving systems and their brackets are normally hidden behind the shelves.

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Leaning and Ladder Bookshelves

These shelves look like a ladder with steps designed to hold books and other stuff. They are of two types:

  • Freestanding Bookshelves
  • Leaning Bookshelves

In some ladder shelves, the shelf size decreases upwards with each step. That means the lowest shelf is the largest while the topmost shelf is the smallest.

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It’s also worth noting that ladder bookcases are normally triangular from the side. They have four feet for increased stability. And leaning shelves can lean against the wall or a solid structure.

These types of bookshelves are stylish and are a perfect choice if you are dealing with a tight space.

Corner Bookshelves

If you want to maximize storage, a corner bookshelf would be your best choice. These shelves take less space and can either be mounted on the wall or installed on the floor.

They are available in stylish designs and are mostly made from solid wood and plastic. You can install a corner bookshelf at any empty space of your living room to enhance the look and feel of the space.

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Barrister Bookshelves

Native to England, these bookshelves were originally designed for barrister’s use. With tons of law books, barristers found it challenging when it came to moving to new chambers.

The barrister bookcase comprises separate racks, which you can stack together to form a cabinet. The best thing about barrister bookcases is that they come with a glass door to ensure your books are safe from dust and moisture.

So if you are looking for something to hold stuff that needs protection, such as souvenirs, you can’t go wrong with a barrister bookshelf.  

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Wall-mounted Bookshelves

This is the ideal choice if you want a bookcase that can be easily mounted on the wall. Wall-mounted bookcases don’t take up much space. Nonetheless, they provide sufficient space to store a vast collection of books.

You can also keep a flower vase, photo frames, and teapots on its racks to enrich the look and feel of your home.

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Final thoughts

Bookshelves are one of the most common elements of the modern home. They not only provide space for storing your collection of books but can also add to the style of your space. There are many types of bookcases out there, including floating, ladder, corner, and barrister bookcases. You should be sure to purchase one that fits your space and fulfills your book storage needs effectively.




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