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Bookshelves Buying Guide

Are you looking for ways to display your favorite titles? Then it's time to invest in bookshelves. These practical pieces of furniture are also excellent and convenient for displaying decorative pieces, photos, vases, and other treasured items.

Types of Bookshelves

Types of Bookshelves

What do you prefer to read: Fiction? Nonfiction? History? Memoirs? Or are you a magazine collector? No matter; whatever words are on the pages, you need a place to store them—and adore them. Bookshelves, then, come to the rescue—all shapes, sizes, forms, and price ranges. And bookshelves can be a lovely part of your decor, too, adding unexpected materials and interesting composition. Look at these types—ladder/leaning, corner, built-in, and moveable—to find the right bookshelves for your abode.

Ladder/Leaning

Ladder-style and leaning bookshelves are deeper at the bottom than they are at the top; both lean, or appear to do so, on a supporting wall. Ladder bookshelves have a frame that resembles a ladder, while leaning types have a top portion that rests on the wall.

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Danya B
$89.99
at Target

Find Shelving And Bookcases at Target.com! Five Tier Corner Ladder Display Bookshelf Color: Tobacco/White.

Convenience Concepts
$86.31
at Amazon

American Heritage Bookshelf Ladder in Espresso by Convenience Concepts, Inc. Convenience Concepts brings you exciting and affordab...le furniture. Combining exciting designs with economical overseas manufacturing to bring you the finest in sensible contemporary furniture. Focusing on R-T-A Entertainment, TV, Storage, and Accent furniture. read more

Simpli Home
$172.99
at Target

Find Shelving And Bookcases at Target.com! Acadian Ladder Shelf Bookcase in Black . Sometimes a room calls for a light and airy to...uch. The Acadian Ladder Shelf Bookcase is easy to assemble, easy to install and beautiful to behold. The unit can be used... read more

Monarch Specialties
$146.29 $153.99
at Target

Find Shelving And Bookcases at Target.com! Who can resist this 69in high ladder bookcase? With two storage drawers this piece is b...oth unique and practical. Its exquisite symmetry adds style to any room. This bookcase has ample room to display pictures,... read more

Corner

Corner bookshelves fit neatly into a corner, with continuous shelves that eliminate dead space. These bookshelves' corner spaces are ideal to fill with accents or collectibles.

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Danya B
$89.99
at Target

Find Shelving And Bookcases at Target.com! Five Tier Corner Ladder Display Bookshelf Color: Tobacco/White.

Furniture of America
$249.99
at Target

Find Shelving And Bookcases at Target.com! Furniture of America is proud to present the Dickens Five Shelf Corner Bookcase, a cont...emporary piece with a space-saving design. Constructed of wood with an Espresso finish. Five open shelves provide room for... read more

Cymax
$108.99 $219.00
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Coaster - Bookcases - 800279 - Make the most of all available space by using this bookcase to add storage and display space to a c...orner. The dark finish and simple style of this corner bookshelf with five pie:shaped shelves will add style to your... read more

Cymax
$614.67 $1,369.00
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Mayline - Bookcases - VBQ5CRY - The Corsica veneer desk system offers a sophisticated, elegant appearance for business or home off...ice. Available in two rich finishes, REAL Office Furniture features AA-grade select North American hardwood veneers... read more

Built-In

Built-in bookshelves are permanently attached to the wall, often filling in niches or otherwise unused space (such as around a fireplace) or along a whole wall.

Movable

Movable bookshelves are designed to be placed against a wall; they typically have shelves of equal size and depth up the height of the bookcase. These can often be found in less-expensive versions.

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Cymax
$167.98 $289.00
at Cymax

Altra Furniture - Bookcases - 9630096 - The Mobile Bookcase from Altra provides a convenient, ultra-functional storage space for a...ll your books, magazines, A/V components and other decorations. With four casters on the bottom, this attractive piece can... read more

Ironwood
$885.99 $1,728.00
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1 Hat shelf and 13 double coat hooks on one side 4 Adjustable 10''D shelves on the other side Divider wall creates a cabinet with ...access to storage from either side 3/4'' Thick exterior panels and interior components 1'' Thick shelves Optional locking... read more

A&E Wood Designs

Dimensions: 48W x 15D x 30H inches Low mobile bookcase with 5 shelves Commercial-grade solid birch plywood Heavy-duty dowel and sc...rew construction Fully assembled with swivel casters Sure, you could push that mess-on-the-move into yet another closet, under yet another desk, but with the A and E Designs Mobile Bookcase you can tidy your student's stuff while saving your style, and your sanity. Perfect for classroom and daycare use, this convenient mobile bookcase features five shelves and large openings that are great for jumbo-sized toys, picture books, and board games. Solid birch plywood with a natural finish can complement any classroom aesthetic without overwhelming the already colorful decorations. Bottom-mounted swivel casters will help you keep up with the clutter quickly and painlessly, while extra-durable construction anticipates children's less-than-gentle habits with special features such as heavy-duty dowel joinery and screw construction, as well as a carefully engineered interlocking mechanism for extra strength and support. About A and E Wood Design Inc. Based in Riverside, Calif., A and E Wood Design Inc. specializes in providing quality wood furniture for the home and office. The company's bookcases are all made in the USA from high-quality wood products and with outstanding craftsmanship and attention to detail. A and E Wood Design's products are built with the customer in mind and will last for years to come. read more

Sandusky Lee Corporation
$229.99 $449.30
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22 gauge steel Elite Series welded mobile bookcase Fully adjustable shelves Raised bottom shelf Heavy-duty patented caster base He...ight includes 6 casters Shipped assembled Greenguard Certified 5 year limited warranty read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Nearly every homeowner—no matter how dedicated a reader—has a bookshelf or two. Some may be filled mostly with souvenirs or other decorative items; others may hold paperbacks and hardcover books. Whatever you need to display and organize, and whatever bookshelves you think will work best in your home, purchase considerations will inform your decision. Those include material, expandability, decorating life span, and types of books. Use this guide to get started.

Material

Many bookshelves are made of wood, which is a durable material that works in a range of decorating styles. Some are made of MDF, plastic, or metal, while others may mix materials—wood frame and glass shelves, for example.

Expandability

Many bookshelves lend themselves to expansion, allowing you to add pieces as your book collection expands.

Decorating Life Span

A bookshelf painted pink and decorated with flowers may be a great fit for a nursery, but if your goal is to find a piece with a longer life span, a more neutral choice may be a better fit.

Types of Books

For a collection of average-size books, standard-depth bookshelves may work well. But if you have many items that are oversize—art or architecture books, for example—you may want to find bookshelves that can accommodate those titles.

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Cymax
$140.59 $286.00
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Mayline - Bookcases - ABQ2LDC - The Aberdeen Series of laminate casegoods combine fashionable aesthetics and unparalleled quality ...all in a package that is surprisingly affordable. Aberdeen?s transitional style allows it to fit into any environment... read more

Mayline Aberdeen 2 Shelf Quarter Round Bookcase in Mocha
Cymax
$219.98 $329.00
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Bestar - Bookcases - 607003168 - Both traditional and modern, the Bestar Embassy Modular Bookcase in Cappuccino Cherry Finish is a... stunning addition to a room. Two shelves are adjustable and three are fixed. Made of a rich wood composite in melamine,... read more

Bestar Embassy Modular 5 Shelf Bookcase in Cappuccino Cherry
Cymax
$83.99 $175.00
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Bush - Bookcases - MY7271603 - The Alamosa Ladder bookcase by Bush Furniture is perfect for your small space. The sleek modern boo...kcase offers four shelves and comes in a classic black finish.Black finishFour-shelf bookcase with small... read more

Bush Alamosa 4-Shelf Ladder Bookcase in Black
Cymax
$143.98 $229.00
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Prepac - Bookcases - MDL3248 - These bookcases can be individually arranged or grouped together to create a library wall filled wi...th books and collectibles. Contemporary in design, each bookcase features a profiled top, decorative moldings and an... read more

Prepac Sonoma 4 Shelf 48""H Wood Bookcase in Maple
Sunbrella
$46.89 $66.99
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Find Shelving And Bookcases at Target.com! Incredible storage solution to take full advantage of that lost space behind your doors... with the Sunbrella Heidi Shelf Jr. Behind the Door Bookshelf Collection. The bookshelf is placed behind your door to... read more

Bookcase: Heidi Shelf Jr., Behind the Door Bookshelf - Black
Sunbrella
$48.99 $69.99
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Find Shelving And Bookcases at Target.com! Incredible storage solution to take full advantage of that lost space behind your doors... with the Sunbrella Heidi Shelf Jr. Behind the Door Bookshelf Collection. The bookshelf is placed behind your door to... read more

Bookcase: Heidi Shelf Jr., Behind the Door Bookshelf - White
Sunbrella
$48.99 $69.99
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Find Shelving And Bookcases at Target.com! Incredible storage solution to take full advantage of that lost space behind your doors... with the Sunbrella Heidi Shelf Jr. Behind the Door Bookshelf Collection. The bookshelf is placed behind your door to... read more

Bookcase: Heidi Shelf Jr Behind the Door Bookshelf - Navy
Cymax
$81.95 $129.00
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South Shore - Bookcases - 7276758 - Ideal for your binders, books or decorative items, this versatile 5-shelf bookcase can meet al...l your storage needs, even in tight spaces. Both functional and attractive with its sleek contemporary styling, this... read more

South Shore Axess 5-Shelf Narrow Bookcase in Morgan Cherry
Cymax
$177.95 $519.00
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Coaster - Bookcases - 800275 - This bold contemporary bookcase will add stylish storage to your living room, office, or hallway. F...inished in Black, this sleek semi-backless bookcase features an asymmetrical design with staggered shelves in varying... read more

Coaster Bookcases Contemporary Asymmetrical Bookcase in Black
Cymax
$155.00 $309.00
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Coaster - Bookcases - 800267 - This collection of bookcases offers endless options for storage and display in your home. With many... different styles, materials, sizes, and finishes available, there is sure to be an option that will fit your needs. Store... read more

Coaster Tiered X Shaped Bookcase in Cappuccino

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