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25 Beautiful Bookcases You’ll Want in Your House

Add storage and style with one of these amazing bookcases for your home.

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Hanging Wall Bookcase: Suspended BookshelvesFamily Handyman

Hanging Wall Bookcase: Suspended Bookshelves

The steel cable and shaft collars add style and strength to this bookshelf. Build this simple set of book or display shelves in a single weekend. They're strong and stylish. By changing materials or finishes you can easily customize them to fit the décor of any room. Get the project plans here.

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DIY Bed Built-in ShelvesFamily Handyman

DIY Bed Built-in Shelves

Nightstands are just not big enough for everything: lamp, alarm clock, phone, photos of your kids ... so books, magazines, your tablet or your cup of tea ends up on the floor. This shelf unit gives you about 10 times more space for decorative and essential stuff. And its dazzling design will transform your room. Best of all, it's easy to build with basic tools. Get the project plans here.

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Build a Built-in BookcaseFamily Handyman

Build a Built-in Bookcase

No complex wood joints, no tricky techniques—simply glue, screw and nail the parts together. Learn how to use inexpensive materials like birch plywood and standard trim to build this classic, built-in wooden bookcase. Get the project plans here.

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Built-in Mission Oak bookcaseFamily Handyman

Built-in Mission Oak bookcase

This built-in Mission Oak bookcase features loads of shelf space, vertical grain wood, solid oak construction and a design that can be easily altered to fit your room. Get the project plans here.

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Leaning Tower of ShelvesFamily Handyman

Leaning Tower of Shelves

This stylish but sturdy shelf unit will neatly hold your stuff - and you can build it in a day. The shelves are tough enough to hold books, while its whimsical look makes it a perfect addition to almost any room. It's a great woodworking project to give as a gift or use in your own home. Get the project plans here.

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Stylish ShelvesFamily Handyman

Stylish Shelves

As far as built-in bookshelves go, this is one of the easiest projects to build yourself. We used basic building techniques and cabinets from a home center to make the construction as simple as possible. But despite its simplicity, the shelves have a custom-built look that will enhance any room. Get the project plans here.

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Install a Wall-Bed-Bookcase ComboFamily Handyman

Install a Wall-Bed-Bookcase Combo

A wall-bed combination or drop-down bed helps save a lot of room in a tight basement, so consider installing this DIY Murphy bed and bookcase. It's one of many great basement bedroom ideas. Further, a Murphy bed can be super simple: Some are just an upright box that contains a folddown bed. But this is a deluxe version because it includes ample storage. Get the full project instructions here.

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Classic Simple BookcaseFamily Handyman

Classic Simple Bookcase

A veteran woodworker and a beginner team up to build a classic bookcase. Craftsman-style furniture designs are still popular today, and with modern tools you can build a bookcase like this classic from the Stickley catalog in a weekend. Get the project plans here.

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Small Room Ideas: Floor-to-Ceiling BookcaseThe Family Handyman

Small Room Ideas: Floor-to-Ceiling Bookcase

A floor-to-ceiling bookcase shows off a small room's height while adding a lot of space-saving vertical storage. Click here to get detailed plans for building this Greek Revival-style wood bookcase.

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Bifold Bookcase Hides a Secret RoomFamily Handyman

Bifold Bookcase Hides a Secret Room

How about building a secret room hidden behind a door that's masquerading as a bookcase—just like in the movies? Not sure how to build the entrance? Well, just buy a kit. These bookcase doors from Woodfold Manufacturing are perfect for disguising the secret entrance. The bifold-style doors look like a typical bookcase when they’re closed. In fact, you can even load up the shelves with 500 lbs. of books or knickknacks. The doors slide open along a steel roller system at the top and the bottom to reveal the secret room. Each bookcase door has a fixed middle shelf and four adjustable shelves. The doors are available in hardwood veneers, MDF or vinyl-lam. Bookcase sizes range from 36in. to 66in.wide and up to 96in. high. Order them directly from the manufacturer. The system, weighing 400 lbs., will show up on a single pallet. Prices start at $2,200 (plus shipping) for the entire system.

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Hidden Bookcase StorageVia themurphydoor.com

Hidden Bookcase Storage

You can easily create a hidden storage space that is concealed with a bookcase. When you need to get into the space, just pull the bookcase out and then push it back to hide your treasures when you are finished. Plus: How to build a bookcase

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crates and pallet bookcasePhoto: Courtesy of Crates and Pallet

Crate Bookcase

Create a stylish bookcase on wheels from some old crates. Check out the complete plans here.

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bookshelfLittle City Farmhouse

Plaid Bookshelf

Cait Miller from Little City Farmhouse gave this old bookshelf a new look with some fresh paint. She painted a plaid pattern on the back which is a good contrast with the gray-blue color used on the outside and the shelves. Learn how to refinish furniture from a pro.

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whiteTheGreenSceneAntique/Etsy

Victorian Bookshelf

This Victorian-style bookshelf was painted white for a fresh look. It would not only work to store books, but also to brighten up a dining room where it could be used to store cookbooks and decorative mugs. The beveled mirror insets add to this bookshelf’s uniqueness. Here are 12 ideas for organizing with open shelving.

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greenRehabVintageLA/Etsy

1970s Steel Bookcase

This tall, steel bookcase with adjustable shelves is refinished in lime green. If you’re looking to bring some bright color to a room, try painting an old bookcase in a bold, unexpected hue. Try these top paint colors for 2018.

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shelfLeonsFurnitureShop/Etsy

Chalk Paint Bookcase

Here’s a DIY bookcase that was made 20 years ago and recently refurbished with white chalk paint. Chalk paint gives furniture a distressed and antique look, perfect for some decorating styles. Learn how to finish and protect your chalk paint projects.

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Turquoise Bookshelf

If you find a perfectly sized bookshelf that needs a little TLC, try experimenting with different paints and painting techniques. This bookshelf is finished with a bright base coat and then has a top coat in a different hue. Milk paint can give your furniture a similar look. Check out these 11 ways to use old fashioned milk paint in your home.

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Patterned Bookcase

This refurbished bookcase was finished with a rich, glossy black paint and features a patterned backing. Depending on the finishing method you choose, you can make an old piece of furniture fit in with your classic decor.

Wait, look closer. This is actually a piece of refurbished Barbie furniture! Gotcha! Here are 14 not-tacky ways to use contact paper.

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Chad Mellon/Homepolish

Marry Form and Function

This former chicken coop was turned into a light, bright, streamlined, and serviceable office extension for Goop HQ! Designer Melanie Burstin festooned wall-mounted bookcases with offerings from the respective departments (in this case, gorgeous home goods) to distinguish each team’s area.

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Cory Conner Designs

Keep Contrasts to a Minimum

In this living room by Cory Connor Designs, built-ins flank the window seat and disappear into the wall color, giving the appearance that the books are floating. This is ideal for bibliophiles who need lots of storage.

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Raji RM & Associates/Sukio Design Co.

Infuse Artistic Flair


Dreaming of a workspace that encourages creativity? Take a cue from Virginia-based designer Raji Radhakrishnan. Her office merges contemporary and artistic touches like pop art prints, hand-carved wooden artifacts, and a slew of inspiring reads.

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Claire Esparros/Homepolish

Use Bookcases as a Backdrop


Bored of blank walls? Paint is expected, but built-ins (like those in this boho Brooklyn loft) are a clever way create a beautiful backdrop and add some much-needed organization for your beloved books and treasures from your travels.

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Apartment Therapy

Create a Cozy Home Library

Ultimately, the success of a home library is measured by two things: Functionality and pleasurability (meaning it needs to be a pleasant place to flip through pages). This rustic sanctuary hits the mark on both counts. The comfy lounge chair, framed by a large window, invites you to have a seat next to the floor-to-ceiling bookcase filled with your favorites — what more can you ask for?

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The Hunted Interior

Go Vertical


Take advantage of every square inch. Kristin Jackson of The Hunted Interior took it upon herself to make this black beauty. The built-in, floor-to-ceiling design displays a carefully curated selection of books and decorative objects.

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Crates and Pallets

Versatile Crates

This crate bookcase works great vertically as well as horizontally. See what went into building it.