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Best bookshelves

Amazon bookshelves
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Bookshelves aren’t just a storage solution for your paperbacks and reference books. They can provide a home for films, games, CDs, vinyl records, and so on. If you keep your paperwork in attractive folders or boxes, they’re an ideal place to stash that, too. Our picks will create the space you need for all these items, and a place to show off decorative accessories for a great looking room.

Best overall

Furinno Bookcase

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Furinno Bookcase

Slim design

At just over 40cm in width, this bookcase can fit into compact rooms and awkward nooks, as well as larger areas. It makes the most of its height with five shelves for books and decorative pieces. Set it against a white wall, and it’ll ensure the focus is entirely on your library.

Rustic look

BFW Corona Grey Tall Pine Bookcase

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BFW Corona Grey Tall Pine Bookcase

Solid wood

Complete a country-style room with this design. Made from pine, the bookcase has an attractive soft grey finish that would complement other neutrals as well as bolder tones in the room scheme. One shelf is fixed, but the rest are adjustable so you can set the heights you need.

Best ladder shelf

AmazonBasics Classic 5-Tier Open Bookcase

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AmazonBasics Classic 5-Tier Open Bookcase

Modern choice

You can keep your room feeling open and airy with this open-sided bookcase. The shelves become less deep as they ascend, which also helps make the bookcase lighter in appearance than a conventional design. Each shelf can hold up to 11kg in weight.

Neat extra

Movian Cube Bookcase

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Movian Cube Bookcase

Two compartments

These cube-style bookshelves will boost capacity as your library grows. They can double as a bedside table or side table, too. It’s also possible to wall hang them if you’re short on floor space. They’re made from MDF.

Traditional piece

Vida Designs Cambridge Bookcase

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Vida Designs Cambridge Bookcase

In wood

The low three shelf bookcase is a classic shape that every home could benefit from. The 75cm height of this one leaves space on top for display even if you need to fill out the shelves entirely with your books. If you want to go dark, pick the black version instead.

Bottom line

Bookshelves are a great way to combine storage and display and give any room an injection of personality. Our selection includes styles to suit a range of decorating tastes. Our top pick, though, is the Furinno Bookcase. In white and with clean lines, it’s an understated design that will foreground what’s on the shelves. It’s also a top choice for small spaces because of their narrow width.

For a country-influenced room, the BFW Corona Grey Tall Pine Bookcase is a winner. Adjustable shelves allow you to customize it to the height of books and decorative accessories. It’s made from solid wood, too.