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    21 Small Bookshelves And Bookcases That'll Fit In Your Small Space

    Who knew having a small space didn't mean you had to get rid of your favorite books and tchotchkes?

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    1. A small bookcase with different cubby sizes so the tallest to the shortest books in your collection can coexist happily in one piece of furniture (and not in piles on the floor). 

    the white bookcase with five cubbies of different sizes
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "It is a small bookcase and just the size I wanted. It has quite enough room to hold a lot of books." –Audrey

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 3–4 days.

    Get it from Wayfair for $60.99 (originally $79.99; available in four colors).

    2. A simple display shelf that comes in three-, four-, and five-tier varieties, as well as tons of colors and styles, so you can truly customize your perfect piece for your small space.  

    reviewer photo of their pink 3-tier bookshelf holding plants
    reviewer photo of their 3-tier bookshelf with books and tchotchkes on it

    Promising review: "I love the size of it! It's not too big but not too small! It doesn't take up a lot of space so it's perfect for small rooms like in apartments or townhouses. It fits a lot of stuff on it and it's sturdy for the price! The shelves are sturdy enough that I was able to stack a bunch of books on it as well as two laptops on another shelf. It was not difficult to assemble and I love the color!" –Nick&Laura

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 2–5 days.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.42+ (available in three sizes and styles, and in 15 colors).

    3. An eye-catching S-shaped bookshelf with alternating geometric cubbies to give your place a modern (or downright futuristic) touch. You can also buy multiple in different sizes, smush 'em together, and *voila* you've got yourself a full-blown, customized library display!

    the 4-tier dark wood s-shaped bookshelf
    the 3-,4-, and 5-tier s-shaped bookshelves placed together
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Super impressed with the quality of this bookshelf!!! Its small, but holds a lot and is perfect for a smaller room. Very sturdy, would definitely recommend!" –tarapsb7

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 2–5 days.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three sizes and two finishes). 

    Not to worry — we've got you covered with some tips to help you create the best at-home library display.

    4. A white corner bookshelf that'll tuck neatly into the corner of any small space but still provide enough surface area to store your books and treasured tchotchkes. 

    Promising review: "This corner shelf was perfect for the empty spot in my living room. Nice, sturdy, and very easy to put together — and it looks like it costs much more than it does." —Marian742

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 1–2 weeks.

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99+ (available in two colors).

    If you like this, check out our picks for the best corner bookshelves to help you save room.

    5. A set of no-show floating bookshelves for anyone that doesn't have a ton of floor space to work with. The solution? An optical illusion shelving system that'll make your books look like they're floating in mid-air. Just be prepared for some "Wingardium Leviosa" jokes. 

    reviewer photo of the floating bookshelf on display
    three floating shelves above a desk

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    Promising review: "If you are running out of space for your books, get these bad boys right away. They are incredibly strong, can hold several heavy books, and give your bedroom an incredible look." —Amazon Customer

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 1–6 days. 

    Get them from Amazon for $17.14+ (available in two sizes, colors, and quantities).

    6. A rustic crate bookcase narrow enough to fit into *most* small spaces, yet beautiful enough to make a statement in any room. 

    the narrow rustic crate bookcase housing books and tchotchkes
    East Side Frames / Etsy

    East Side Frames is a small business based in Pennsylvania that hand-makes wooden items like shelves, frames, chairs, and more.

    Promising review: "We wanted a small bookshelf for homeschool books that were cluttering up the living room, something not too pricey but not a flat pack put-together product. We are very happy with this shelf! Sturdy, looks great, and just the right size." –Melissa

    Shipping: Free; arrives within two weeks.

    Get it from East Side Frames on Etsy for $89.99+ (available in two sizes). 

    7. A unique nine-tier tree bookshelf with funky geometric shelves that holds a surprising amount of books in a fun, stylish, and space-saving way!

    the gray tree bookshelf holding books
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Easy to put together and super sturdy. Nice looking piece of furniture and hold a ton of children’s books without taking up too much space." –Anonymous

    Shipping: Free; arrives within six days.

    Get it from Wayfair for $67.99 (originally $99.99).

    8. Or a smaller, wooden tree shelf in two styles that you can stick on a desk, bedside table, or on the floor to store anything from books to files to knickknacks.

    the wooden tree shelf on a desk
    the wooden tree desk on the floor
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My wife is a huge reader and needed a way to organize the books she hasn't read yet. This is the perfect solution for a small amount of books you are not ready to put away. It was easy to put together and is pretty sturdy. It was easier than making one and not much more expensive than raw materials." –J. Peek

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 2–5 days.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two styles). 

    We've also got you covered with some under-desk storage ideas if that works better for your space.

    9. A tiny bookcase with lattice detailing on the sides and back, which would be an excellent addition to a quaint, little reading nook.

    three-tier white bookcase with lattice detailing full of books
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Okay...I totally LOVE this! It’s a perfect little book shelf for a small space or any space to get organized and it’s super easy to put together, and also surprisingly very sturdy. Extra bonus points for each of the two shelves being able to accommodate my tall books. I originally had just bought one of them to try out, but it was so awesome that I ended up buying two more. I also love that the elegant style of it can be used for either a child or an adult and it’s very much well worth the price." –JulieJoyLovezz

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 3–5 days.

    Get it from Amazon for $42.99+ (available in three sizes). 

    10. A revolving bookcase that'll hold a lot of books and make it easy for you to peruse your scholarly selections, only to promptly spin to the other side and snag a pick from your actual favorite genre: trashy romance. 

    the light wooden geometric revolving bookshelf full of books
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "This is a great bookshelf. It took a couple hours to assemble but it’s sturdy and holds a lot of books. We were able to put it in a small space behind a recliner so it’s out of the way. I’m very happy with it." –Veronika 

    Shipping: Free; arrives within four days.

    Get it from Wayfair for $243.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors). 

    FYI, we have a roundup dedicated to furniture and decor that's just plain cool.

    11. A low-profile, industrial-style bookshelf constructed with mixed materials of wood and metal for an understated piece to put in your minimalist living space.

    the two-tier industrial bookshelf with books and decor displayed on it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was looking for a medium-size corner shelf that would look good in a small room and still be sturdy enough to hold some heavy books. This shelf does the job. I put heavier stuff on the two bottom shelves and lighter stuff on the two upper ones. I like that you have extensions on the feet of the shelf that you can adjust in case the floor is uneven — simple yet clever solution. I like the industrial style design. So all good! Assembly was easy. No pieces missing." –Schneider

    Shipping: Free; arrives within five days.

    Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three sizes). 

    12. Or some industrial-style floating shelves that'll happily hold your books, bits, bobbles — you name it! And for major bonus points, you might actually want  to keep your stuff organized (since it'll be on display for everyone to see).

    set of two industrial floating shelves mounted on a wall
    reviewer photo of the three industrial shelves mounted on a wall

    Promising review: "We needed to make more floor space and make use of our walls, we bought these to replace the bulky bookshelf and have the books readily available. We love how the shelves look and they are also out of baby's reach! I have recommended these to my friends as well!" –Arij Azhar

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 3–5 days.

    Get a set from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in pack of one, two, and three). 

    13. A three-tier solid wood bookcase with large, sturdy shelves for your largest and in-chargest books that some deem as "coffee table books" but you deem as "huge picture books that prevent me from eating takeout in front of the TV."

    the 3-tier solid wood bookshelf with books, plants, and a stereo displayed on it
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "These shelves are perfect. So easy to assemble, lightweight but sturdy. I love the warm wood color and the white shelves, they are so bright and airy in our living room. We bought four and the price was still cheaper than if we had bought another single bookshelf. Highly recommend these and wish we had more room for another row." –Amanda

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 3–5 days.

    Get it from Wayfair for $92.99+ (available in two sizes). 

    14. A small zig zag shelf to keep on your desk so your reads for school or work can stay easily accessible without cluttering up your workspace. Plus, it's just plain cool-looking. 

    the metallic bookshelf holding books on a desk against a wall
    the metallic bookshelf holding books on a desk
    Kufa Designs / Etsy

    Kufa Designs is a small business located in California that makes super-cool metallic bookshelves in a variety of shapes.

    Promising review: "Extremely pleased with the book shelf. Quite beautiful and love the design." –Renee Michaud 

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 3–10 days. 

    Get it from Kufa Designs on Etsy for $40

    15. A unique and splurge-worthy plastic ladder shelf because if your space is too small to build out, then build up, as they say! This lil' number has that modern touch you've been searching for, all while being majorly functional. 

    the plastic ladder shelf with books, decor, and knickknacks on it
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I 10000000% am in love with this bookcase. It's one of the coolest pieces of furniture that I own and I always get compliments on it!" –Yanise 

    Shipping: Free; arrives within four days. 

    Get it from Wayfair for $319.99.

    16. A slim bookshelf that'll nestle into the corners of your living space and make it feel *that* much more complete. It has five shelves that are ready for whatever books, candles, vases, and other precious artifacts you throw at it (or gently place on it, preferably). 

    the slim wooden and metal corner shelf in the corner of a room
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "Perfect size for an awkward kitchen corner that I had been trying to fit with a bookshelf to get all of the cookbooks off of my countertops. Very easy to put together and seems like a solid piece. Good value for the price." –Hannah

    Shipping: Free; arrives within four days. 

    Get it from Wayfair for $139.99+.

    17. A space-saving wooden bookcase in different sizes to fit into any and all of the nooks and crannies at your place, from the wide empty space in your living room to the tight spot between the bathroom sink and the wall.

    the dark wooden, wider bookcase
    the slimmer, lighter shelving unit next to a sink in a bathroom
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This little shelving unit is perfect for the small space I had between another bigger shelving unit and the back door. It is really sturdy which it needs to be since it's very close to the doggie door that my 55-pound dog charges through. It was easy to put together; I even figured out the installation illustrations which is often my downfall. My taller books fit on the shelves nicely. And to make it even better — it's almost the same color as the shelving unit it stands beside. Definitely worth buying!" –Rohana Chomick 

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 3–5 days. 

    Get it from Amazon for $29.90+ (available in six styles and sizes and in two finishes).

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    18. A two-story shelf that'll certainly store more than two of your favorite stories, and then some! This chic design is handmade from iron and comes in either gunmetal gray or dazzling gold, depending on your metallic preferences. 

    the gunmetal gray shelf with books and decor on it
    the empty gold metal shelf
    CB2

    FYI, reviewers love how versatile this piece is! You could use it as a bookcase, end table, or general storage unit in any room.

    Promising review: "My girlfriend and I bought two of these a few weeks ago and we absolutely love them. They can match any style of design, but our modern mid-century cabana style gets especially well-accented by these pieces. Since we live in a relatively small space, we use them as nightstands but could easily see them in a living room or bathroom in the future. With a decorative lamp and storage box, we find them to be functional and beautiful." –GabeCata

    Shipping: Fees depend on the total cost of your order; arrives within 5–7 business days for standard shipping. 

    Get it from CB2 for $99.95 (available in two finishes).

    19. Or a more standard two-tier bookcase, which comes in all sorts of neutral colors and finishes that are practically guaranteed to match the aesthetic of your small space.

    the lighter wood bookcase
    the cherry wood bookcase
    Wayfair

    Promising review: "I am very happy with the bookcase and recommend it. It looks great and appears more expensive than it was. It is very heavy, sturdy, and the backing is more substantial than expected. It looks great in my office." –Dawn

    Shipping: Free; arrives within five days. 

    Get it from Wayfair for $149.99 (available in eight colors and finishes).

    20. An arched wooden hanging shelf because you don't have to sacrifice floor space for storage, nor style for storage. This striking handmade piece has a ton of perks, though you may want to pick up some bookends if you're planning to fashion it into a library unit. 

    two light wood arched hanging shelves in different sizes
    The Raw Cut / Etsy

    The Raw Cut is a Michigan-based Etsy seller that makes a a selection of wooden goods, from decor to headboards to cutouts. 

    Promising review: "The piece is lovely and well made. I had asked for two less shelves and they were so accommodating. I love it. Thank you!" –kalonick82

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 2–3 weeks. 

    Get it from The Raw Cut on Etsy for $72+ (available in four sizes, 11 colors, and for customizations). 

    21. A retro, dark wood bookcase with two top shelves and a lower cabinet to add a sophisticated flair to your small space, plus some much-need extra storage.

    the dark wood bookcase unit in a living room
    Amazon

    Promising review: "For the price, this is an excellent small book cabinet. It was very straightforward to put together, only took me about an hour and is sturdy and holds way more books than I thought it might. I would have liked more color options but the size and style were perfect for my space. It also delivered very quickly. Instructions inside are very clear and you don't need a ton of fancy tools. Just a Phillips head screwdriver. Everything else is included for your convenience. Also, it is light enough to move around on your own. I had no trouble lifting it alone to move it to where I wanted it in my apartment." –EMM

    Shipping: Free; arrives within 2–5 days. 

    Get it from Amazon for $99.99 (available in two finishes). 

    You, an intellectual, bragging about the little library at your place:

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