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Design bookcase: The Guide on how to choose it

If there’s one thing that never goes out of fashion, it’s having a good book on hand. Let’s see together where to keep it after reading it.

Among the most personal and impressive pieces of furniture, the bookcase is definitely a must for any office or living room. Choosing a Design Bookcase is a significant plus, so here’s our guide to finding the right one for you!

Despite the growing success of e-book readers, nothing can ever replace the beauty of paper books; thousands of years of tradition, the smell of printed paper and the wonderful feeling of the cover under your fingertips.
Forget nostalgia, let’s get down to practicalities: to store our wonderful books you need the right furniture. So why not choose the perfect Design Bookcase?

We’re not just talking about a simple shelf to put your books on; by design bookcases we’re talking about furniture designed to be functional and beautiful at the same time. Also because, since our favourite books deserve a place of honour in the room, giving them a furnishing complement that enhances their importance is at least a moral duty.
So let’s see together the characteristics to consider, some examples and an interesting final bonus for the most affectionate readers. Let’s get started!

Modern Bookcase In Wood And White Lacquered With Open Compartments And Sliding Drawers For Living Room And Office Aurora

The Style

Before considering the more technical features, let’s talk about the style, i.e. the specific design of the bookcase.

The main advice we can give you is this: base yourself on the general mood of the room. Like any other piece of furniture, in fact, the bookcase must reflect the spirit of the decor as a whole; inserting an element that is too contrasting could ruin the harmony we want to create. For example, in a living room furnished in a warm and welcoming way, a bookcase with an impact in a fully industrial style would be a bit out of context. So play with colours, shapes, materials and combinations to achieve the most practical and pleasant effect.

Among the most popular designs at the moment we can list:

  • Vintage: inlaid bookcases, with reproductions of Baroque-style columns and capitals. Usually made of solid wood in its natural state, they fit perfectly into a very refined environment. Cost and maintenance are, however, decidedly high;
  • Modern design: simple and basic lines, lacquered colours often mixed with natural wood, minimalist shapes. Among the most popular solutions because of their versatility;
  • Industrial: metal and wood, contemporary designs with a nod to steampunk. Perfect for lofts, studios, offices furnished in a young and dynamic way, they represent one of the most popular solutions at the moment;
  • Scandinavian design (full white): here too we are talking about minimalist designs, very simple. Wood painted white (but never lacquered) or in a natural light colour are the most popular shades. Basically, they are simple shelves, which hardly contrast with an already sober environment.Torna alVintage: inlaid bookcases, with reproductions of Baroque-style columns and capitals. Usually made of solid wood in its natural state, they fit perfectly into a very refined environment. Cost and maintenance are, however, decidedly high;
  • Modern design: simple and basic lines, lacquered colours often mixed with natural wood, minimalist shapes. Among the most popular solutions because of their versatility;
  • Industrial: metal and wood, contemporary designs with a nod to steampunk. Perfect for lofts, studios, offices furnished in a young and dynamic way, they represent one of the most popular solutions at the moment;
  • Scandinavian design (full white): here too we are talking about minimalist designs, very simple. Wood painted white (but never lacquered) or in a natural light colour are the most popular shades. Basically, they are simple shelves, which hardly contrast with an already sober environment.
Bookcase Modern Design 8 Drawer Shelves Living Room Office Treebook 120

How to choose a Design Bookcase?

Let’s take a look at the characteristics to consider before buying. Rule number 1, as always: your personal taste.

  1. Typologies

    There are different types of bookcases; they are usually distinguished by their shape and how they are assembled. In addition to the classic bookcase, which stands on the floor, normally close to a wall, we have the hanging bookcase, which is screwed to the wall and does not stand on the floor; however, this is a risky solution, as it may collapse over time due to the weight of the books..

    Then we have the corner bookcases, which fit perfectly into the corners of the room; suitable when the walls are already completely occupied by other objects. Lastly, the bookshelves: whether they are glass showcases or not, they are hybrid elements between a simple bookcase and a sideboard; they therefore have drawers, compartments and doorst o store not only books, but any other object.

  2. Measurements

    The bookcase’s measures must obviously be calculated according to the room where we want place it; carefully consider height and width, but also depth. In addition, before choosing any model, a piece of advice: among the various books you want to put on it, choose the highest one and, according to that, choose the height of the shelves. In some models this dimension is adjustable.

    Industrial Style Bookcase Open Shelving Modern Living Room Turner
  3. Position

    Think well about where you choose to put your bookcase; if in a living room it will give a more interesting soul to the environment, in an office or study it will be practically indispensable. Many people choose to keep it in their room, perhaps because influenced by their own habits. Absurd, but someone keeps a small one in the bathroom: who knows if it is not really comfortable!

    Once the room has been chosen, carefully evaluate the position of the bookcase inside the room itself; normally it is kept close to the wall but many people, especially environments such as lofts or studio apartments, use it as a false wall, a divider. Some rooms, then, have niches: let’s say they are practically made for it.

  4. Materials

    Here there is little to say: wood has always been the best solution. Whether MDF or solid wood, natural or not, it will always look good in any room. For some models, such as those with an industrial style, the combination with metal creates bold young but very interesting solutions.

    Modern Minimal Office Bookcase Shelf Tolosa
  5. Colour

    Obviously 99% of this is a choice based on personal taste. However, we reserve the right to give you some advice. The basic rule is the colour contrast with the room: light bookcase for a dark room and vice versa, for a striking result. If you prefer lacquered furniture, neutral colours are ideal here, especially white; grey is a colour that is very reminiscent of elegance. Natural wood, on the other hand, goes with the right ambience: industrial, classic, country or warm room.

  6. Budget

    As always, base your budget on your own personal estimate; in addition to the specific cost of the bookcase, calculate how much you have spent, or are spending, on furnishing the room as a whole. Also, remember that for a quality product you will spend more at first, but you will save over time.

    ProduceShop comes to its customers’ aid as always: our products, are not only chosen among the most affordable solutions, but are also selected according to very high quality standards. Quality at an offer price, in other words.

    Low Vertical Wooden Bookcase 3 Rooms Modern Design Betty
Bonus for Readers !

In today’s bonus we are giving you a double gift: not only 5 great classics of world literature to read; we have chosen for each of them a tea or herbal tea to go with the reading. So all you have to do is choose a design bookcase from our selection and fill it up (maybe even take advantage of it for a nice reading chair!).

  • James Joyce – Dubliners: fifteen stories of real life in this masterpiece. Stories of escape, of politics, of religion, of reality, written in a true and original language; Bai Mudan white tea, delicate and floral;
  • Alexandre Dumas – The Count of Monte Cristo: an immortal story of revenge, love, redemption; Assam red tea, malty, fruity and with toasted notes;
  • Wu Cheng’en – Journey to the West: a classic of Chinese literature, this interesting reflection is the basis for many Western works (and a famous manga: which one?); Sencha green tea, fragrant, tending to hay and grass;
  • Robert Louis Stevenson – The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: not much to say, this is perhaps one of the most famous and introspective books of all time; a nice cup of Darjeeling black tea, perhaps with a drop of milk;
  • Dante Alighieri – The Divine Comedy: one of the most exciting literary journeys of all time, a mainstay of Italian and world literature; green tea, orange and papaya.

All that remains is for you to choose the Design Bookcase that suits you best now: fill it with the recommended classics and many others, take a seat and start reading to the health of ProduceShop!

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Modern design bookcase 8 shelves drawer living room office Treebook 120
Modern bookcase in wood and white lacquered with open compartments and sliding drawers for living room and office Aurora
Industrial style bookcase open shelving modern living room Turner
Low vertical wooden bookcase 3 rooms modern design Betty
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Modern minimal office bookcase shelf Tolosa