Top Ten: Best Shelving Units & Bookcases

Top Ten: Best Shelving Units & Bookcases

Janel Laban
Sep 6, 2017
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Here's our highly subjective list of some really great shelving units and bookcases for 2017. 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.


Starting at $59

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 10 ways to hack a Billy bookcase.

This IKEA staple is available in a range of styles, including the bright yellow finish above. Configure the cubbies with available doors, drawers and baskets (our favorite look though is this fabric sling organizer, as well as this brass wire basket).

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 an industrial look with a sturdy structure.

These slim shelves are powder-coated in the sunniest yellow (you could also 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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