Bookshelves have been popular as a simple storage solution since the invention of the printing press. They are a common item in nearly every household.
Although modern bookshelves serve the same purpose they did hundreds of years ago, their design doesn’t need to remain stagnant. Here are some modern bookshelf designs that have dared to break away from boring.
This expanding bookcase may seem ordinary at first, but is capable of splitting in half to make room for new additions to your book collection. In the open position it creates a unique fan-like appearance while providing a functional solution for your book storage dilemma. This fascinating transformation is sure to be a conversation piece for any houseguest.
These “invisible” bookshelves seem to disappear as they fill up with books. Their minimalistic appearance ignores traditional design, proving that bookshelves don’t need to be bulky or overbearing. Check these out if you’re interested in a clean and modern alternative to the customary bookshelf.
If you’re limited on space there are many creative places where you can integrate a bookshelf, including your staircase. Steps provide a perfect opportunity to install shelving in a space that would otherwise go to waste. Creating a contemporary book/staircase will require some carpentry skills and more time than the average bookshelf.
There’s no rule that bookshelves need to consist of 90 degree angles and identical squares. There are many bookshelves that boast strong curves and asymmetrical designs. This stylish bookshelf has a new and refreshing look, while only sacrificing a minimal amount of functionality.
This revolving bookcase is a charming book storage solution, which resembles a traditional bookcase that has been wrapped around itself. This saves space and is a good option for homeowners who don’t wish to display their entire book collection. The cylindrical shape fits neatly into a corner, but may protrude more into a room than a normal bookshelf.
Before purchasing an especially unique bookshelf, make sure it is something you can tolerate looking at every day. Also don’t be too quick to sacrifice functionality for style. A balance between these two elements is critical. With some research and a creative eye you will be able to find the perfect solution for your book storage needs.
Curtis Trueb is a writer for Granite Transformations, a national kitchen and bathroom remodeling company.
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