10 beautiful ways to display books
1 Bracket shelves
Decorative metal brackets add architectual flair to sleek wooden shelves. These particular polished metal brackets come in three intriguing designs: circular, flat or square. $120-$160 US, West Elm.
2 Woven rattan bowl
Store your books by piling them into a handcrafted rattan bowl. The delicate weave is meant to evoke the image of a bird's nest and gives this unique book display an organic, textured appearance. $150 US, Restoration Hardware.
3 Animal index cards
When tackling the tricky proposition of organizing your book collection, it helps to divide and conquer. Plastic, animal-shaped index cards designed by Hiroshi Sasagawa for +d, add quirky visual interest and will help you to organize your bookshelf in style. These are great for a child's room, too. $70 US (set of three), gessato.com.
4 Room divider
Use literature to help create privacy in an open-concept loft, bachelor suite or large room by displaying books in an eco-friendly bamboo bookcase and room divider. Inspired by Oriental joinery, this large storage and display case is simple, elegant and convenient. $1500 US, Room and Board.
5 See-saw bookshelf
Have a little fun with your literature by displaying your books on a playground-inspired see-saw bookshelf. Whether you're trying to find balance or not, this sculptural walnut wood shelf bridges the gap between form and function. Pricing available upon request, gnr8.biz.
6 Hanging wooden trays
A rustic, swing-inspired hanging tray can conveniently hold all reading materials while you lounge in or outdoors. This set of two mango wood trays will bring a little taste of relaxed, island-life to your home. $89 US (set of 2), Pottery Barn.
7 Geometric bookends
Handdrawn geometric bolders decorate a pair of simple unfinished solid wood blocks. This set of bookends is a simple and striking way of displaying your literary collection. $56 US (set of 2), auroraleehales on etsy.com.
8 Bedroom cabinet
This unique nightstand is crafted to resemble a small studio apartment and is the perfect place to house all your bedtime essentials. A great place to display your current nighttime reading, this cabinet even includes a literary roof. $115 US, huset.com.
9 Conceal bookshelf
Don't just display your books -- use them as functional, floating shelves. Powder coated steel hardware disappears behind a stack of books that provide a decorative display and the ability to help you show off other accessories. $14, Umbra.
10 Open storage unit
Espresso-stained mahogany frames can be stacked to become a sturdy bookcase or left alone to be used as a coffee or side table, bench or nightstand. Mix and match these versatile pieces to fit your book display needs. $199-$299 US, Crate & Barrel.