What Kind of Bookcase Do I Need?
Bookcases are no longer limited to just plain vertical units. They come in a variety of shapes and configurations including step bookcases, cubes and compartmental shelving. Perhaps you want a handsome wood bookcase that will give your den the look of an Oxford library reading room. Or maybe you would prefer one that is purely functional and will allow you some place to put your books. When decorating a child’s room, bookcases can be a great organizational tool, disguised as a lift-and-hide chest or a carousel.
Standard bookcases are available in a range of heights and widths, but are generally designed to sit flush against a wall and include adjustable shelving that will hold regular-sized hardcover books (approximately 10 inches in depth).
Corner bookcases transform unused space into a decorative focal point. Typically they are triangular in structure and are compact. They tend to hold less than a standard bookcase, but are ideal for displaying scrapbooks, photo albums or a small collection of story time favorites.
Once used almost exclusively in government offices and by the legal profession, barrister bookcases have become increasingly popular when decorating a home or an office. Traditionally, these are stackable cabinets with receding or flip-up glass or solid doors, and can be added to as needed. Today's units are designed to look like several units stacked together.
A variation on the entertainment center, bookcase walls can be configured to display collectibles and/multimedia equipment. In addition to bookshelves, they can include features like open storage, hidden storage, cubby shelves and stackable modules. Depending on the make and manufacturer, a bookcase wall can be free standing, or an integrated part of a desk or bed set.
Bookcase headboards are both versatile and practical. They are designed to stand at a specific height so that they can function both as a headboard and a shelf. Bookcase headboards are available in a variety of styles suited to both adult spaces and children’s bedrooms.
Like other types of kids’ furniture, children’s bookcases are short in height and built to be durable and long lasting. Available in bold colors and themes, in addition to the classic white and wood finishes, kids’ bookcases are meant to make reading fun while providing you with practical storage solutions.