We've paid homage to National Read A Book Day with our pick of quirky book shelving to display your best-loved reads
National Read A Book Day is September 6th, so we thought we’d find some quirky and cool book shelves in which to display your reading material. So put down that Kindle because it’s time to get hands on with the printed page again.
We’ve chosen one for every budget, depending on how much store you put in your storage.
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1. Kallax book shelves
If you are looking for simple yet bright storage, the range of Kallax cabinets (above) are an ideal solution. This shelving also comes in black and white if you have more conventional taste. The two doors at the bottom for additional storage are ideal if you hide bits and bobs as well as display books.
2. One Step Up Shelf bookcase
Inspired by the humble ladder, this quirky bookcase from Normann Copenhagen at is made from natural ash wood with industrial metal shelves. With space for stacks of large hardbacks and novels alike, this dynamic shelving system would make a great feature in any room. Plus you can group more than one bookcase together to create a more substantial display or room divider. Dimensions: H200 x W78 x D45cm.
3. Joe Large Bear Bookcase
This whimsical bear-shaped bookcase will add an element of fun to a room scheme. Joe the bear has plenty of storage for books and toys, with deeper compartments along his back. Available in a choice of red or black (above), this striking item will be sure to make you and your children smile. Dimensions: H155 x W206 x D86cm.
4. Bookworm shelf
With the ability to be made in any configuration – from a snake to a circle – the Bookworm shelf from Kartell is a sculptural and stylish shelving unit for creative homes. It comes in three sizes, with seven, 11 or 17 bookends, and a choice of colours, including matt aluminium, matt white, black, cobalt and red (above). The shelf can hold 10kg on each support, meaning you can display all of your favourite novels.
5. Ptolomeo bookcase
Designed by Bruno Rainaldi, the clever Ptolomeo 215 bookcase (above) gives the illusion of books piled up on top of one another in a seemingly haphazard way. Each part of the bookcase has been carefully engineered to spread the weight of the books evenly, giving easy access to your chosen book. The streamlined design means it takes up very little floor space – ideal for compact rooms.
It is available in various finishes and heights, as a freestanding bookcase or mounted on a wall. Dimensions: H215 x Dia35cm.
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6. Dickens bookstand
If you love period style, the Dickens bookstand in Antique finish from Oka is the classic piece for you. Similar to original designs found in libraries, it has two generous bookshelves to hold large and small books. It would work well set beside a favourite reading chair or as a standalone piece in a living room. Dimensions: H80 x W61 x D37cm.
7. Cell bookcase
Elegant and versatile, the Cell bookcase by Porada has a solid walnut frame on a handy swivel base. This is a modular system with four different size options and each section can be stacked to create different heights and uses. The smooth walnut can be left plain or stained in either moka or wenge, or matt lacquered in a range of colours. Dimensions: Cell 1 – H40 x Dia40cm (not shown); Cell 2 – H80 x Dia40cm; Cell 3 – H120 x Dia40cm; Cell 4 – H160 x Dia40cm.
8. Sail boat book shelf
Books are so important for little one’s and children’s books come in all shapes and sizes. This fun and stylish boat shelf has the right size compartments for small board books to larger paperbacks for when the time comes for Roald Dahl. Dimensions: H53 x W47 x D12cm
Buy now: Boat wall shelf, £35, Jo Maman Bebe
They’re all perfect for storing bedtime stories, but which will you be dreaming about tonight?