Book lovers tend to be the creative types, so it’s no surprise that many find brilliantly imaginative ways to store their prized printed collections. After all, physical books are beautifully designed objects – you wouldn’t find these awesome bookshelves in the home of an e-reader obsessive.
Geek culture is definitely in these days, so where better to start than this superb TARDIS bookshelf, which triggers Doctor Who theme music and sound effects upon opening? With all those books, we’re sure fans will agree that it does indeed look bigger on the inside.
If you’ve ever wanted to sit inside your bookshelf, then this could be the solution for you – provided you’re either eight feet tall or have a stepladder to reach the topmost books. Then again, we suppose you could just roll it around.
This one-of-a-kind bookcase in Venezuela was inspired by the mandala symbol, and certainly earns its unique status. For those who prefer the page to a TV screen it makes a stunning alternate centerpiece for any lounge.
Just when you thought there were no more ways to express your patriotism, along comes architect Andrei Saltykov. His U.S. map shelf doesn’t just hold books but also doubles up as a learning tool for his five-year-old daughter, Gina, thanks to the 600 LEDs that mark the country’s main cities.
If you happen to have a defunct grand piano lying around – and, let’s face it, who doesn’t these days – you might want to consider repurposing it. Stripping out the strings makes for an incredibly cool alternative bookcase, perfect for storing your extensive collection of sheet music.
This hand-carved shelf is based on the real-life ivy that grew at the artist’s childhood home. The branches that provided a natural shelf for his toys would serve as an inspiration, decades later, for an unarguably unique means of storing books.
Looking to add a touch of industrial urban décor to your home? You could always make yourself a bookshelf out of pipes. This piece was originally sold on Etsy but we’re sure it would be quite easy to DIY, lending real character and history wherever you might choose to place it.
Another handmade Etsy piece, this colorful teacup bookshelf is wonderfully appropriate. After all, who doesn’t love a cup of tea with a good book?
If you need a convenient way to organize your books to keep track of which ones you’ve already read, then look no further. You’ll never have to worry about a backlog again.
It’s no wonder that this “Bookseat” took home so many accolades when it was unveiled in 2008, including Best Design at the International Design Show in Montreal. It’s both an efficient space-saver and multifunctional storage tool – what more could you want?
This wicked cool, made-to-order bookshelf offers an alternative, artistic way to display your favorite novels. The pins holding the books in place are also detachable, enabling them to be swapped out as you see fit – so you can show off your favorite cover art, too.
Have you ever seen a better way of traversing stories, in both senses of the word? This staircase leads down from a hidden loft bedroom – perfect for whiling away a few hours in a good book.
What better way to store your books than inside the letters that they’re comprised of? This modular bookcase designed by Dutch artist Pieter de Leeuw offers almost unlimited flexibility – and looks brilliant to boot.
You can tick off your reading list with ease with this creative installation. It might not be the most ideal or efficient solution for someone with hundreds of books to store, but it’s still a great focal point for your select favorites.
This gravity-defying piece from Colombian architect Alejandro Gomez is about as funky as it gets for standard bookcases. The ironically named Equilibrium shelf can actually hold over 120lbs of weight, despite seemingly levitating in the air.
You may need to give your eyes a moment to adjust to this one. It’s not until you see the armchair that you realize the car is actually propped up against the wall, as one of the coolest – if most inefficient – means of storing books you’ll ever see.
If you’ve always dreamed of being literally surrounded by books, then this may be the bookcase for you. In fact, you can even go check out this dome shelf for yourself, as it’s currently installed in Conarte Library in Monterrey, Mexico.
This questioning shelf punctuates the gloomiest of spaces with its colorful lights. There’s even a bright white panel at the top to illuminate your current novel of choice while you read.
What better way to simultaneously immortalize and draw attention to your home library than by framing it? That’s exactly what a British design company did for one lucky customer with this bespoke piece.
For the younger book fan in your life, there’s always this adorable option. It may not make the most efficient use of its size, but anyone who can boast of having it in their room will be having a whale of a time!