15 Creative Bookshelves For Your Home

Even if you’re not an avid reader, a stylish bookshelf is a beautiful feature in any home. But why settle for boring symmetrical shelves when there is an array of modern, cool and even whimsical bookshelf designs to choose from.

Has Been Read / Will Be Read Bookshelf

The Typographic Bookshelf by mebrureoral encourages you to read more by organising your books into  “has been read” and will be read” sections.

Booktree by GeF Mobili

The booktree by Gef Mobili available in ash, ebony, tineo, and a white lacquered finish would make a very attractive addition to any room.

Booktree Bookshelf in Nursery

Fishbol Bookseat

If it’s too much effort for you to walk from the bookshelf to a seat to sit down and read, then maybe you need the Bookseat  The Bookseat, is a simple bookcase that playfully curves and becomes a seat.


Capture your eureka moment with the Wha Cabinet from Tembolat Guqkaev.  It’s like a little light bulb going off in your head!

Conceal Book Shelf by Umbra

Conceal Book Shelf

The Conceal Book Shelf by Umbra transforms your books into a work of art. Powder coated steel floating book shelf becomes invisible behind the stack of books.

K Workstation

Create an efficient use of workspace with the K Workstation by Miso Soup Design.  The curved shape creates shelving and desk space in one working unit.

Kartell Bookworm Shelf

The Kartell Bookshelf will not only hold your books, but the odd bottle of wine if you need some liquid refreshments while browsing.

Kulma Corner Shelf

Kulma Shelf

The Kulma framing shelf quite literally goes around the corner.  Ingeniously the shelf can be hung either in the positive or negative side of the room.

Dream Bookshelf

Keep your night time reading close to hand with Dripta Roy’s Dream Bookshelf.  Straight out of comic mags and up on your wall, this bubble will hold the tales you treasure and showcase the trinkets you cherish.

Equilibrium Bookshelf

The Equilibrium Bookcase is a unique piece of furniture with cantilevered modules stacked upon each other at a single angled point.  It holds 160 lbs in it’s different modules and allow you to keep books and magazines in a natural tilted position eliminating the need for bookends.

Make Your Own

If a designer bookshelf is a little beyond your budget, why not try making your own.

coffee table bookcase made from an old cable reel

Turn a old cable reel into a rustic coffee table and book case.  Image from Emerald Interior Design Pinterest Board

eclectic home office

I love this bookshelf fashioned out of a pair of old painters ladders.  Image from Matilda Rose Interiors

Re-Purposed book shelf

Another clever re use for an old object.  Image from Pinterest

Turn an old ladder into a bookcase

Attach a ladder horizontally to the wall to create an eclectic bookshelf.  Image from Demilked

Grand Piano Bookshelves

The Grand Piano bookshelf has been doing the rounds on Pinterest for a while now, I think I may have even shared it on my Facebook Page a long time back.  While I do think it is very cool and trendy looking, I can’t help thinking that any DIY project that involves sawing a Grand Piano in half seems to be missing the point of up-cycling!

What do you thing, would you use any of these in your home?

About Karen

My name is Karen Hughes and I'm an Interior Designer from Dublin, Ireland. I’m passionate about design and I started this blog as a way to connect with others just as passionate as myself. I tend to ramble on about all sorts of things, projects I’m working on, people, places and things that inspire me (and some that don’t). So put the kettle on, get comfy and settle in. I hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to say hello. Visit my website to find out more about my services and view my work.


  1. Lovely post with nice design ideas…interesting love the dream bookshelf..love books thanks x

  2. Thanks Deb, glad you enjoyed it.

  3. The piano bookshelf is amazing, I so much loved it. It is original, unusual and beautiful. I would definitely put something like this in my living room.

  4. Thanks 🙂 and thanks for visiting

  5. I like the way this is put together, i think the shelves are great 🙂

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