Traditional Wood Bookcases with Doors
Barrister bookcases were originally designed to be portable book carrying cases. The intent was to facilitate the frequent office changes of Victorian-era British lawyers, also known as barristers. These wood office bookcases were made so that each shelf could be removed with the books still shelved, eliminating the need to pack books into a box and then unpack after moving the unit. The bookshelves are contained within a cabinet-style exterior. Read More
Today's barrister bookcases are usually made of wood, but most don't include removable shelves, making them simply bookcases with doors. The idea behind wood bookcases with cabinet design is an aesthetic sophistication combined with the protective element the doors provide. For wood bookcases that do feature the removable shelf design, look to brands like DMi Furniture and Homelegance.
Bookcases with doors come in a variety of styles and finishes. You can recreate the look and feel of a historic Victorian library using finishes like cherry, chocolate or oak. For more modern homes, choose black or white bookcases.
Barrister Bookcases as Curio Cabinets
Wood bookcases with doors are also an ideal method of showcasing artwork and collectibles. Although curio cabinets are a more traditional choice for displaying personal treasures at home, browsing bookcases with doors is an option that will expand your selection. You may find you prefer the look of bookshelves inside a cabinet, particularly if you'd like to display a combination of your favorite collectibles with your finest hardcover books.
Browse all our many practical and highly versatile bookcases and other office furniture. You'll find bookcases for your living room, den, bedroom, basement or any area of your home you need extra storage. Brands like Ameriwood, DMi Furniture, Homelegance, Riverside Furniture, Wayborn and Wynwood bring you an array of bookcase designs including models with doors. Our discount prices and free shipping on most items makes it easy and affordable to get organized in style.
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Kathy Ireland Home by Martin Furniture Huntington Oxford HO3684-W Bookcase
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This is a great looking, excellent quality product for the price. I looked everywhere to find a solid wood bookcase with a dist
ressed oak finish to match our other Study furniture. Everything I saw was either ultra high end (>$1000) and frankly not what I was after, or low-end, cheap looking. Then I found the Huntington Oxford online at Kathy Ireland. The picture and description were exactly what I was looking for, but I was worried about ording such a big furniture piece online without actually touching it. I ended up ordering 2 which were delivered pretty promptly in well packed cartons into the house. There was no real setup except for breaking open the packaging material and setting up the shelves. Warning - this is all solid hardwood under the veneer so it's very heavy and may need 2 people to move around. Heavy is good though in a bookcase with all the weight it may potentially carry. The routing and decorative details on the bookcase give it a really classy look without being overdone. The distressed finish is also just right. Shelf flexibility is very good. I would highly recommend this product and retailer to anyone looking for this style of bookcase. It looks and feels like a bookcase costing 4x the price.
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