Top Ten: Best Shelving Units & Bookcases

Top Ten: Best Shelving Units & Bookcases

Janel Laban
Aug 19, 2016
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Here's our highly subjective list of some really great shelving units and bookcases for 2016. Color features prominently on the list, along with clean lines, plenty of powder-coated metal, and options that double as room dividers. We've picked our favorites at a variety of price points, so no matter your budget, there's something here for you.


This IKEA classic comes in a range of options to fit any size library. Display this minimalist piece as-is, or get inspired by the top ten ways to hack a Billy bookcase.

This IKEA staple is available in a range of styles, including the bright yellow finish above.

This sleek, narrow bookcase—it's only 13 1/2 inches wide!—will tuck into even the tiniest of living rooms.

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Land of Nod reinvents the wheel with this stand-out bookshelf in a fresh shape.

Inspired by popular DIY ladder-style shelving, West Elm's version combines industrial style with a sturdy structure.

These slim shelves are powder-coated in the sunniest yellow (or choose from white, black, or a selection of other wonderful brights).

Normann Copenhagen's bookcase has an open and airy design. An ash wood frame and sleek metal shelves create a look that's minimal and organic.

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Place two of these chevron bookcases side-by-side, fill the slanted shelves with reading materials, and let them serve as a room divider.

Four adjustable shelves allow you to customize the most functional design for your collection. As your library grows, you can buy coordinating add-on units.

Consider investing in two of these bookcases and letting them double up as book storage and space separators.

What are your favorite bookcases? Let us know in the comments!

Re-edited from a post originally published 1/24/2014 - NM

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