Bookends to Fit Your Style and Organize Your Collection

Bookends to Fit Your Style and Organize Your Collection

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Lauren Hannel
Jun 1, 2017

Most people aren't blessed with a Beauty and the Beast-size personal library, but I'm willing to guess you have more than a few paperbacks lying around. Luckily the right bookends let you turn any surface into a perfect place to store your reads: keep a few on your desk, on a shelf, propped up on a side table...as long as you start with the right foundation, you'll have a ton of room to customize to your aesthetic.

Here are some of the best bookends from the Marketplace, ranging from hand-carved wood art to carefully molded brass animals.

Carved Wood

It's hard to top the natural warmth and texture that comes from designing with wood, especially since it's such a classic pairing with old books. The real struggle comes from pinning down your personal style: are you more drawn to sharp geometric shapes, hand-carved animals, or mixed-media ceramic pieces?

Faceted Reclaimed Wood Bookends at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $179.
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Vintage Hand-Carved Ram Bookends at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $265.
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Walnut and Ceramic Bookends at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $320.
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Natural Elements

We're taking it back to basics with this set. For the super-minimalists: Carrara marble is prized, and it looks strikingly beautiful when cut into matching pillars. A solid iron bear is guaranteed to keep everything sturdy, so much so that you probably won't need a second furry friend. And if you want to add a little more of a feminine touch, try raw purple quartz; they'll look just as good sitting solo on your desk as they will cradling your latest reads.

Purple Quartz Bookends at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $55.
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Vintage Cast Iron Bear Bookend at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $55.
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Modernist Italian Marble Bookends at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $250.
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Bold Solid Brass

Brass has maintained popularity for a reason. Much like with wood, the warm undertones of brass create a welcoming (yet still beautiful and polished) look to your home. These three little models let you elevate this metal to whimsical levels: a darling duo of twin deer, powerful curved ram horns or classically nautical sundials. Why not go beyond book storage and get something that really captures your personality?

Vintage Solid Brass Deer Bookends at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $63.
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Vintage Brass Sundial Bookends at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $72.
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Brass Ram Horn Bookends at Apartment Therapy Marketplace, $225.
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