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.
Our Previous Lists:
- 7 Ways to Make Your Bookcases Better and Better
- Guide to Styling Bookshelves
- Trend Alert: Ombre Bookshelves
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.
Other Good Resources:
- Roundup: 10 Cool, Modern Bookshelves —Design Milk
- Top-Shelf Bookcases — The Washington Post
- Bookshelf Buying Guide —BHG
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