9 of the most stylish bookshelf ideas

Keeping you belongings in order has never looked so good.

With designs that are this good to look at, creating storage in your home and organising your belongings shouldn't be a chore. Take a look at our edit of the latest freestanding shelving designs which will help to create neat storage solutions and make for distinctive displays.

room with shelves and grey wall

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This versatile shelving system from Danish design company Menu can be extended and adapted to fit a variety of different spaces in your home. Take one single shelving unit and multiply to create a really eye-catching and modern display for your favorite pieces.

Stick system shelving, from £335, Menu at Utility Design, utilitydesign.co.uk.

oxidised copper bookshelf

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Oxidised copper bookshelf, H220xW100xD40cm, £3,100, Mint.

Your favorite novels will really dazzle and shine on this metallic bookcase from Mint. The copper frame will oxidize and change appearance over time, gradually turning greener, but you can rest assured that your books will be kept safe and in pristine condition.

bay bookshelf

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Bay bookshelf, H200xW150xD50cmcm, £2,390, Julian Chichester.

Style and function combine in this extra-wide bookcase from Julian Chichester. The large, asymmetrical shelves provide a great place to store larger books and showpiece items, whilst smaller trinkets can be stored away in the sleek drawers. Finished in ivory or brown vellum, this piece will bring a touch of elegance to a room.

rack plus table

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Rack + Table, H190xW180xD45cm, £5,040, Muller Van Severen at Viaduct.

Have all your must-have books at arms length while you study with this combined shelving and table unit from Muller Van Severen at Viaduct. With shelves made from chopping board material in bright yellow, pink and green, this design will help to keep you awake and entertained while you work.

whitewashed wood and metal shelves

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Whitewashed wood and metal shelves, H201xW109xd36cm, £799, West Elm.

This generously proportioned unit from West Elm works just as well as a kitchen storage unit as it does as a bookshelf. After all, a great chef needs great tools - use it to display your best pots, pans, cookbooks and utensils that can be easily reached whilst you cook up a storm.

lombard shelving

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Lombard shelving, H195xW100xD36.5cm, £2,350, Pinch.

Design duo Pinch understands that bright, colourful objects look great paired against plain, light wood. This ash shelving unit comes with three colour-stained bookends to add fun and playfulness to your book collection. The cut-out design also plays with light and shadow to add a dramatic touch.

aetas shelf

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Aetas shelf, H193xW120xD48cm, £935, Vitamin Design.

This design from British brand Vitamin is simple and straightforward, perfect for organising clutter and creating a clever storage solution. The use of pale wood nods to the Scandi look with a robust structure that will add order to any scheme.

gazelle bookcase in walnut

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Gazelle bookcase in walnut, H175xW77xD30cm, £399, John Lewis.

Order and tranquility come hand in hand with this Japanese inspired design from John Lewis. Made from elegant walnut veneer, this sophisticated piece will add maturity to a study space.

brunel lean to shelves

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Brunel lean-to shelves, H175.5xW100xD35cm, £350, Rob Scarlett at Heal's.

This design from Rob Scarlett at Heal's oozes laid-back, industrial cool. With a tier of shelves that lean away from the wall, made from solid oak with a metal framework, the design creates a look that is contemporary and easy.

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