Bookcases for Bedrooms

Bookcases for Bedrooms: Tips for Choosing the Right One

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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Bookcases aren’t just for living rooms and libraries anymore - there are plenty of stylish bookcases for bedrooms that you can use to take your bedroom’s style one step up.

Whether you're looking for a statement piece or a simple storage solution, there's a bookcase that's perfect for any bedroom.

Here are some tips for finding the ideal fit.

Bookcases for Bedrooms: Tips for Choosing the Right One

Here are some tips to help you find the perfect bookcase for your bedroom.

1. Find the Ideal Size

First, take some measurements. This is important in any bedroom and for any bookcase, but especially in bedrooms that are on the smaller size. Bookcases range from three to eight feet tall, so you’ll want to consider both aesthetics and functionality when deciding on a size.

Don’t forget to consider the depth of the shelves and the spacing between the shelves, either. You’ll want taller, deeper shelves for larger items, while adjustable-height shelves add the greatest level of flexibility and versatility.

2. Decide on the Purpose

What will you be using your bookcase for? If you want to use your bookshelves as room dividers, consider getting a bookcase that is freestanding and doesn’t need to be mounted to a wall.

If you’re planning on moving the bookcase often, you may want to get one that has casters and wheels. And if you want the greatest amount of versatility, opt for a bookcase that has adjustable-height shelves so you can move them around to suit the height of the items you are storing.

3. Choose the Right Material

Bookcases can be made out of a variety of materials. Choose one that fits well with the design of the rest of your bedroom.

The three most common materials are metal, particle board, and wood. While particle board is ideal for the shopper on the budget, it is the least sturdy of these three common materials.

4. Understanding Where to Put The Bookshelf

One of the most common spots for a bookcase is against the wall, behind a sofa. That works well for a living room, but what about bookcases for bedrooms?

That depends on the placement of your bed. You can put the bookcase behind your bed, even going so far as to use it as a headboard or backsplash to draw further attention to the focal point of the room (the bed).

You could also put it in a corner. Corner or ladder bookshelves work well in these tighter spaces. If you want to put the bookcase at the foot of your bed, a low-lying cube bookcase works great.

And don’t overlook other types of bookcases for the bedroom, either, like built-in bookcases, standard bookcases, and scaffold bookcases.

How Do I Choose the Right Bookshelf?

Bedroom bookcases can come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so it’s important to consider what you want your bookcase to do for you before settling on a design. Whether you’re looking for extra storage, a place to display your favorite books and knick-knacks, or simply something to fill up an empty wall, we hope our tips have helped you narrow down the search.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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