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13 unique built-in bookshelves for EVERY home

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One of the most functional and beautiful parts of any home, bookshelves are entities that are full of ideas and say a lot about their owner. Not only can bookshelves be affordable, but they can also be easy to construct and install in no time. 

Built-in bookshelves require a bit more work, but we promise it'll pay off and be something you use for years to come. Here are thirteen of our favourites…

Clean and pure

This living room is neatly combined with a clean workspace and the separating factor is the bookshelf.  Not only does the bookshelf here act as a wall and block out natural sunlight but it provide a function for the office space and a great design feature for the entire room.

Eccentrically rustic

Forget night stands and bed-side tables – why not add some great built-in bookshelves? For an extra touch, check out the use of raw wood here as the shelving material.


This bedroom is eclectic and pretty traditional.  The use of floor-to-ceiling bookshelves is a great use of space for storage including pictures, books and memorabilia. 

Something different

Young & Battaglia의 현대 , 모던
Young & Battaglia

White Bookshelf

Young & Battaglia

This all-white bookshelf is minimalist and incredibly modern and unique. In order for one to accomplish this task – not only would the bookshelf have to be painted entirely white, but the largest step would be taking all of the books in one's home and re-covering and binding them in all-white materials.  A lot of work, yet worth it for the aesthetic value.

A Portuguese home surprise

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This rustic and chic Portuguese home includes a wonderful floor-to-ceiling bookshelf that works great with the exposed beams on the ceiling and wide-plank wood floors. 

Classic and diversified

Large fitted bookshelves, white painted 모던스타일 서재 / 사무실 by Freebird Fitted Furniture 모던
Freebird Fitted Furniture

Large fitted bookshelves, white painted

Freebird Fitted Furniture

Built-in bookshelves don't always have to be only about the books – diversify your shelving system by adding larger rectangular or square areas and cabinets on the bottom for room to hide more private items and family heirlooms.


미니멀리스트 서재 / 사무실 by homify 미니멀

Definitely Bauhaus-inspired, this office space/study is minimalist, if not essentialist in approach.  The inclusion of the room-spanning bookshelf is a great idea and allows the homeowner to avoid storage on the side of the room where the desk is. Note the clear separation of space here!

A reading nook

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서재를 거실로, 거실을 서재로


This Korean home has an absolutely fabulous reading nook. The shelving system goes from the ceiling to the top of the seating area, and the moveable spotlights allow the homeowners to easily highlight the area they're looking at or reading in.


Zodiac Design 의 현대 , 모던
Zodiac Design

Lit shelving unit

Zodiac Design

Some homeowners don't have too many books – in this case it's counter-productive to have a large shelving system if most of it will remain unoccupied.  It will ruin the balance and symmetry of any room if this is the case. If this sounds like you, opt for larger shelving to hold coffee table books, large-format art books and random decor.


Bold, bright and beautiful, this painted bookshelf provides a colourful punch to the room in the best way.  Best part? Paint is rather cheap, so changing the colour would be an easy weekend DIY project!

Symmetrical and dramatic

Bespoke floating shelving 미니멀리스트 거실 by Empatika 미니멀

Bespoke floating shelving


With beautiful crown molding on the top of this old apartment, the best choice was to add a symmetrical feature – the bookshelves flanking both sides of the historical fireplace.  Floor-to-ceiling bookshelves are always the best and most dramatic choice with high ceilings. 

Minimalist and multi-purpose

Ligneous Designs의 현대 , 모던
Ligneous Designs

Shelving Unit

Ligneous Designs

An all-white exterior and grey sides, this strategically painted shelf is a wonderful and minimalist design in this industrial and rather eclectic kitchen. Mix the colours on your bookshelves for a n extra-special effect.

Made for your space

Cosy dining room with custom shelving 인더스트리얼 다이닝 룸 by Empatika 인더스트리얼

Cosy dining room with custom shelving


Don't shy away from constructing bookshelves in oddly-shaped spaces. It is actually these spaces that are best for shelving features as the compartments and measurements can easily be customised!

Whether they're used for books, pictures, memorabilia or random storage, bookshelves are a great and functional design feature in any home. For more tips, find out how to turn your bookshelf into a design feature!

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