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24 Beautiful Bookcases You’ll Want in Your House

Add storage and style with one of these amazing bookcases.

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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. By changing materials or finishes you can easily customize them to fit the décor of any room. Plus, you can build this simple set of shelves in a single weekend. Check out these 9 cookbooks for anyone who loves books.

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. Here is how to clean your bedroom in 20 minutes or less.

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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. These are the 10 best new books for foodies.

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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. These gorgeous recipe books would look perfect on those shelves.

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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. By the way, here’s the most popular cookbook from every decade.

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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 Murphy bed and bookcase. Further, a Murphy bed can be super simple: Some are just an upright box that contains a fold-down bed. But this is a deluxe version because it includes ample storage.

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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. Then, fill it with our favorite children’s books about food.

Get the project plans here.

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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. Have a book club meeting coming up? Here are the recipes you should serve.

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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.

Find the project kit here.

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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 bookcaseCourtesy Crates and Pallet

Crate Bookcase

Create a stylish bookcase on wheels from some old crates. Here are 15 creative ways you can reuse old glass jars.

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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 paint your kitchen cabinets like a pro.

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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 decorative mugs or dishes. The beveled mirror insets add to this bookshelf’s uniqueness. Open shelving is one of Taste of Home editors’ favorite kitchen storage ideas.

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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. Bold colors are a great way to brighten up your home during the winter.

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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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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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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. Take a look at these 21 Container Store products that pro organizers use.


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Home library filled with pop art prints, hand-carved wooden artifacts, and a slew of inspiring reads.via Raji RM & Associates/

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. Speaking of artistic, here are 11 gifts that are perfect for crafters.

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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. Here are 11 home decor trends you’ll probably see this year.

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Create a Cozy Home Library

Ultimately, the success of a home library is measured by two things: Functionality and appearance. 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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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. Check out these 13 stunning dark kitchen cabinets you’ll want to update your kitchen with.

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Versatile Crates

This crate bookcase works great vertically as well as horizontally. So amazing! Next, read about how to plan the best book club meeting ever.

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