Ever since I saw the beast’s library in Beauty and the Beast as a child, I have been obsessed with the idea of one day having a gorgeous home library. Of course, that's not really possible for me right now, so instead, I live out my fantasy by buying beautiful bookshelves to add some literary fun to my space.
Before the age of Instagram I could only imagine how beautiful other libraries were, or admire the shelves I saw in movies. Now, book-lovers everywhere can share photos of their shelves that will inspire other readers.
Reading a book is a lovely experience, whether you’re reading on a Kindle or nook or listening to an audiobook. But there’s something unique about having a hard copy with a beautiful cover and a decorative spine, flipping through the thick pages, and then placing the book on a carefully chosen spot on your shelf after reading. We all have a different system for organizing our shelves. Personally, I place all my favorites on the top shelf, so they get a special place in my heart and in my library.
No matter your organization style, every reader can appreciate a beautiful shelf. Here are some that you can purchase to organize your lovely collection.
A Floating Bookshelf
This simple shelf makes it appear as though your books are floating in midair. After all, books are magical.
This modern-looking industrial piping shelf is perfect for those readers who have an extensive collection. It's chic but practical, because it will fit all those stacks of books that just can't fit on a "regular" person's tiny shelf.
Reclaimed Wood Shelf
This lovely shelf, made from reclaimed wood, will display your books while also looking rustic and trendy.
Here's another version of the floating shelf, but this one has Wonder Woman below, holding up your books.
If a book tree fell in the forest, how fast would you be there to collect all the book leaves? This shelf displays your books in a creative, forest-like way, and will add some nature to the indoors.
Floating Geometric Shelf
Display your books in this modern, trendy geometric shelf — if you love organizing your books by color, this is the perfect shelf to test out color patterns with your book spines as well.
These baroque-inspired shelves add some other-era class to your wall, while framing the best work of art: books.
If you just want a shelf that seems as if it came straight out of Alice in Wonderland (or perhaps Dr. Seuss), this curvy wooden shelf will certainly fit the bill.
Wooden Book Rack
This custom book rack is made to order (in Reykjavík, Iceland) and the pins double as bookmarks. Plus, the sellers plant a tree for each item sold, so you really can't go wrong with this lovely and innovative shelf.
Display your art books, comics, picture books, and more in a decorative fabric bookshelf sling.
If you're a Harry Potter fan, you can channel the Gryffindor Common Room by storing your books in a classic steamer trunk at the foot of your bed. It's the perfect shelf system for when you inevitably fill up all your shelves.