48 Incredibly Cool Bookshelves That Are Unique

In general, people don’t usually put too much thinking about bookshelves. Normally, bookshelves are just these rectangular pieces of furniture used for keeping our books and various trinkets in one place, right? Well, you might want to think again. Bookshelves can actually turn our space into something more inviting. Instead of just a rectangle piece furniture, there are plenty other cool bookshelves that come in various sizes, designs, and shapes.

Based on that fact, we think it is necessary for us to share with you some of the coolest bookshelves that will be more than a place to store your books, but will also be a piece of art to decorate your space. With one awesome bookshelf, you can turn a plain normal room into a masterpiece of modern interior design.

Aside from books, you can also showcase your personality, interests, and even add a splash of color to your surroundings.

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Cool Bookshelves That Are Unique

So grab your gadget, hide in your hanging cocoon hammock and discover that perfect bookshelf just for you from our list of cool bookshelves below. Who knows, you’ll find the one that will inspire you to read more and more each day.

#1 The Batman Bookshelf

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Lots of comic books merchandise can hardly be called tasteful, especially when it’s mainly designed for kids and teenagers. Fortunately, Batman is an exception, which is expertly shown by this cool bookshelf.

This bookshelf comes in the form of Batman logo and it comes in full black, which will be the perfect pick for a huge fan of Batman. Hang it on the wall and see how this cool bookshelf can transform your space and make it look more inviting.

#2 Mid Century Modernism Design Bookcase

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This one is a fine example of modern bookcases that can serve as a focal point for the entire room. It has a very unique shape that will make a perfect addition to an art deco-themed room. It is made of high quality wood with an accent of black or white touch, which you can choose based on your preference.

In our opinion, its honeycomb fluid shape makes it a unique addition to any interior and it can also serve as a room divider.

#3 Dr. Suess Bookshelves

Dr. Suess Bookshelves

These bookshelves have been inspired by Alice In Wonderland and Cat In The Hat pictures. We have to admit that they do look absolutely magical with a dash of crazy (the good kind) thrown in.

Without a doubt, these are really cool additions to any children’s bedroom. We could even see some adults investing in those, we are all kids on the inside, after all. Moreover, you can also enhance the magical feeling of these bookshelves with bookmarking your kid’s books with these wicked witch bookmarks.

#4 The Leaning Bookcase

The Leaning Bookcase

If you’re looking for unique bookshelves that emanate minimalism and simplicity, then search no more because we think these are just the right kind of bookshelves for you. The open design makes showcasing your belongings easy and very effortless.

In addition, the bookshelves also come in many colors such as black or brown. You can just pick the right one for you or mix and match several of them achieve an interesting and inviting look.

#5 The Yin Yang Bookshelf

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Why buy pieces of art separately from the furniture if you can buy furniture that is already comes as a piece of art in itself. For such purpose, we believe this Yin Yang bookshelf design is the one that you need to have.

Based on the design, it is beautifully fluid and eye-catching. Also, we do think that the separation line between the Yin and Yang sides creates unique variety in the shelves’ sizes and shapes.

#6 Industrial Style Copper Pipe Bookshelf

Industrial Style Copper Pipe Bookshelf

It is almost baffling to know how furniture designs in industrial style can be so chic and so bold at the same time. If you need an example of that, we would say that this bookshelf would be the best answer.

This bookshelf features a copper finish, which we believe comes as the a prime example of that. It will look organic in a messy loft as well as in a small minimalist apartment. Attach it to a wall with studs and store your book collection in all its 80’’ high glory.

#7 Dimension Shelves

Dimension Shelves

If you are looking for unique and cool bookshelves, we have to say that none will fit better than this one. With this bookshelf, your mind may play some tricks on you as it appears to be a 2D print-out.

In fact, it’s actually a 3D version of rhombille tiling. The plastic creates an illusion of flatness when in reality it’s quite practical and very stylish. Moreover, it’s also a great way to confuse your guests who come to your place.

#8 Geometric Osuna Bookshelf

Geometric Osuna Bookshelf

Unusual bookshelves don’t get any better than this stylish piece. In our opinion, this bookshelf will provide you with a practical way of filling narrow spaces and livening up your apartment.

As for the design, this bookshelf was created as a combination of geometrical shapes with additions of walnut and mirrors. Moreover, the latter especially will bring out an effect of depth and light into this not-so-ordinary piece of furniture.

#9 Interactive Modular Bookshelves

Modular and interactive bookshelf

This awesome wall shelf will never get cluttered. After mounting the modules on the wall you can easily adjust the length of the shelf by simply folding it up. With such a unique design, this bookshelf will make a perfect room decor, too. Plus, we also think that it would the be the perfect choice for minimalist-themed room.

Without a doubt, it will bring a pinch of interactivity into your apartment as well as some space saving. Even better, the single strips can be also used as hangers.

#10 Nautical Wooden Boat Shelves

Nautical Wooden Boat Shelves

Our list will not be complete without this super cool bookshelf. For those who love nautical design, we believe this bookshelf belongs in your living room, or even bedroom. It’s a big 4-foot shelf that looks like a rowboat standing up.

Each shelf is handmade using cedar, making it a piece for furniture will last a lifetime. Moreover, we think it will make an original piece of furniture, which will make a great gift for anyone who loves fishing or feels the sea calling. 

#11 The Fitting Pyramid Bookcase

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Cool bookcases don’t necessarily have to be flashy. This piece, for example, looks very elegant and unique, too. In our opinion, the pyramid-like shape will fit into any room and won’t disturb the overall home decor. In fact, it can even make the room looks more fun and alive somehow.

However, we need to praise the designer for this cool piece of furniture. It’s a pretty clever decision to use aluminum modules to hold books in a tilted way. It makes sure that all books always stay in order and never fall. Pretty clever decision indeed. 

#12 Convenience Concepts Oxford “A” Frame Bookshelf

Convenience Concepts Oxford “A" Frame Bookshelf

This bookshelf may not look like a piece of art, but it’s as practical as it gets. First of all, you get to assemble it, which for some can be a treat. Secondly, it’s shaped like the letter A and reminds us of a ladder. Also, it’s composed of four storing spaces, which are great to store your wider and narrower stuff.

With a long list of advantages, no wonder why this bookshelf is placed among our list of cool bookshelves. Plus, it offers practicality that no other pieces can offer.

#13 Rotating Bookshelf 360 Degree Bookcase

Rotating Bookshelf 360 Degree Bookcase

This next bookshelf is one of the most recommended shelves to be placed inside the kids’ rooms. It is an awesome unit that can be rotated, making it both functional and fun shelf to have. Moreover, we also think that its is one of the most practical pieces you can find. Made of density board, you can expect to have a stable and strong piece of furniture.

This bookshelf comes in a variety of colors, which you can choose based on the room’s decoration and color theme. So if you are still looking around to find the perfect bookshelf for the kids’ rooms, look no further because this is the perfect choice for you. Also, you can assemble it together with the kids, which will be a great quality time together. 

#14 BookTree Bookshelf

BookTree Bookshelf - Cool bookshelves

This amazing piece has to be among the most creative bookshelves that money can buy. After assembly, it will create a tree-like shape. Leave it alone and you can enjoy it as an original piece of home decor.

Plus, we also think that it can be the perfect bookshelf for your kids rooms, thanks to its unique shape. For more practical usage, you can treat the branches as shelves. You will be left with a beautiful tree, bearing all of your favorite stuff as its’ fruits. 

#15 Cube Unit Bookcase

Cube Unit Bookcase

This big piece of furniture certainly fits the cool bookshelves criteria. With its’ 71’’ in height and a very sturdy frame, you would think that it’s size makes it especially eye-catching. Well, in fact, it’s the layout of particular cases, which makes it very original.

If you ask us, we would say that these cases look as if it was created in Tetris with a variety of shapes and sizes among them. Plus, they are very practical and aesthetically pleasing too, which is a perfect combination

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#16 Floating Super Hero Bookshelf

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If you are looking for funny bookshelves then look no further. This one if probably one of those cool bookshelves that comes with a superhero of your choice (or rather the silhouette), which looks as if he is the force which holds your books in place.

Interestingly, you can use the shelf horizontally or vertically, and we have to tell you that the outcome will be just as fun and eye-catching. 

#17 Steampunk Industrial Bookshelf

Steampunk Industrial Bookshelf

Next up we have a great bookshelf for all you steampunk lovers out there. It’s a huge wall shelf and we have to say that it has a design that is truly marvelous.

The wooden shelves are connected via brass and copper pipes with a few valves and pressure gauges in between. Moreover, we believe that this industrial pieces of art will not only hold your books, but it will also amazingly liven up your home. 

#18 Rocky Bookshelf by Charles Kalpakian

Rocky Bookshelf by Charles Kalpakian

Looking for cool bookshelves? How about a piece that will make you question reality itself? With such as unique and cool design, this amazing bookshelf was made as a 3D pattern, changing itself and revealing its’ secrets depending on your point of view.

In our opinion, this is truly one of those cool bookshelves that will play tricks on your eyes. Also, it will definitely attract a lot of attention and spice up your living room. 

#19 Tabletop Minimalist Bookshelves

Tabletop bookcase

If you really don’t have any place in your room for a bookshelf you can still keep your go-to books close by owning on of these cool bookshelves. These minimalist bookshelves come in two shapes (X and V) and will serve you as a cool small alternative to ceiling-high bookcases.

You can keep both books and notebooks there, so we can really say that it’s a really handy space-saving bookshelf for a student in their dorm room.

#20 Industrial Pipe Bookshelf

Industrial Pipe Bookshel

If you are looking for cool wall bookshelves, then we think we have a piece just for you. This one is a handmade shelf with a serious steampunk feel to it.

It’s made of pipes with nice light bulbs at the ends, creating a cool and classic look to it. The books are held in place as if they were floating, thanks to a cleverly designed storage space. It’s simple, original and practical. Seriously, what’s not to love about this one?

#21 Deer Shelf

Deer Shelf

This piece will not hold too many books as it was designed to store smaller objects. Therefore, if you are looking for a bookshelf that can store a large number of books, this one is not going to solve your problems. But if you are looking for a cool bookshelf that will store small items and make amazing decor item, this one is the one to grab.

Anyone has to admit it’s not a bad idea as the little stuff is always laying around and is never there when you need it. The lack of major space is balanced by a great design. The case looks like a deer’s head, making it stylish and very original. 

#22 Oval Floating Shelves

Oval Floating Shelves - Cool bookshelves

This wall shelf may as well be the definition of originality. The oval shape looks as if it’s growing out of the wall.

We also think that it’s quite practical as it’s composed of 13 square storage spaces and a few smaller ones if you get creative with your storage style. It comes in white on the outer and black on the inner sections, perfect for a fan of minimalist design. So, are you looking for cool bookshelves? This might be the one!

#23 French Country Ladder Bookshelf

French Country Ladder Bookshelf

A simple solution may sometimes be the best one. A good example for that rule is this bookshelf. It features a simple design and shaped like a ladder with five large storage spaces. Being a simple piece of furniture, this bookshelf is very easy to assemble and will fit any room.

In our opinion, this bookshelf comes as an item with simplistic design that looks quite modern and stylish. We have to say that it’s a great combination of both practicality and style. 

#24 Floating Invisible Bookshelves

Floating Invisible Bookshelves

If you are looking for cool small bookshelves, then this one might be perfect for you. It’s truly small as it’s in fact just a crafty piece of metal. To have these items at home, you just need to mount them on an old book and then stack some other books atop.

These books will be simply laying on the shelf but will appear as if floating in the air. We have to say that it’s a very good space-saver and an awesome way to confuse your guests.

#25  Nautilus Bookshelf

Nautilus Bookshelf - Cool bookshelves

Do you need some cool bookshelves for your children? We all know that children books come in a huge variety of sizes, making them hard to store. This piece was designed to become the solution for that.

We’re pretty sure that this piece was designed specifically with those needs in mind. The shelf is composed of 15, yes 15, separate storage spaces for different book sizes. That way all of your child’s books will always end up sorted, neat and ready to be used again. Plus, the whole shelf looks like a snail’s shell, which every child will love. 

#26 The Bookcase Chair

The Bookcase Chair

If all you need is a stylish bookshelf that can also be a space-saver, then this one should fit the bill. It’s a nice, comfy armchair equipped with shelves all around.

In our opinion, it’s a great solution for smaller apartments or just for people who look for originality in their decor. Come on now, is there a better way to unwind than relaxing in your favorite spot with all of your books at an arm’s reach? 

#27 Tetris Decor Shelving Units

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These awesome, handmade units simply have to fit into the cool bookshelves category. They are colorful (with various color patterns for you to choose from) and they also look like Tetris blocks.

In our opinion, the wow effect is enhanced by the fact that the bookshelves are meant to mount on the wall. Without a doubt, this item will surely bring 80s nostalgia and style into your apartment. 

#28 Handmade Animal Shelf

Fox Wooden Bookend Heirloom

This simple piece of furniture is also one of the most unique bookshelves on the market.The items are handmade with a large variety of colors to choose from, depending on what will fit best into your house.

The end product is a practical bookshelf with four large storage units, which also looks like a cat. We believe without a doubt that this cute and colorful piece will surely liven up any room. 

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#29 Storyline Bookshelf

Storyline Bookshelf

This awesome bookshelf literally pushes the boundaries of personalized yet extremely stylish home decor items. Each bookshelf represents a word or rather its’ soundwave. That wave is then turned into steel bookshelf, which you can hang on your wall.

We can assure you that no other furniture in your house will have as much meaning to you as this one. Combine that with a modern look, variety of colors, and good practicality and you have got yourself one hell of a bookshelf. 

#30 Spiral Bookcase

Spiral Bookcase - Cool bookshelves

Cool bookshelves don’t come any closer to perfect than this one. To a bystander, it may only look like a big, metal spiral. But hang it up on the wall and you have a bookshelf of your dreams.

Thanks to some clever partitions, your books can be stored in a variety of positions, depending on which way the shelf is hung. We really think that you can now easily spice up any room using only your books.

#31 Albaco Bookshelf by Tonin

Albaco Bookshelf By Tonin

This stylish piece is one of the cool bookcases that you might find in a stylish and well-equipped room. We have to admit that the bookcase looks like a piece of art, even when it’s standing alone and empty. Its huge in size and composed of multiple storage units varying in size and shape.

We recommend you to liven it up with your personal belongings and the bookshelf will truly look spectacular in an instant. Moreover, you can also get a few of those and create amazingly stylish and practical compositions.

#32 Mid Century Teardrop Shelf

Mid Century Teardrop Shelf

When you think about Swedish furniture, then you might be imagining some cool bookshelves. They are usually pretty original yet humble and practical to the fullest. In regards to the typical Swedish furniture, we really think that this handmade Swedish bookshelf is a great representation of this style.

This small piece has a shape that looks like a teardrop, which we believe will warm up your place. Inside you can find a few storage spaces in different sizes. In our opinion, it’s a perfect way of making your apartment a bit more cozy, without sacrificing practicality. 

#33 Ignacio Accent Shelves

Ignacio Accent Shelves

We really think that a modern apartment can not be truly finished without a clever and practical bookshelf. This one is a great example of such a piece. The clever combination of wood and glass will create an illusion of floating shelves, even though in reality they are nice and secure.

We believe that four big storage spaces will fit a lot of your stuff, with the shelf making it look even better. 

#34 Fan Shaped Bookshelf

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There are some cool bookshelves that are not necessarily flashy but compensate it with a cozy look and massive practicality. Take this one, for example, it is shaped like a nice, curvy, long wave, but not in a striking fashion. It also features twelve storage spaces and some more on top, making it much bigger than it looks. 

#35 Trailing Spiral Bookshelf

Trailing Spiral Bookshelf - Cool bookshelves

A spiral bookshelf doesn’t have to be round and simple. If you need a really big shelf for your equally big wall with a pinch of style and uniqueness, then look no further. This trailing spiral bookshelf is definitely the answer for you.

The already spacious, handmade spiral is now prolonged by two large metal lines. Thanks to some partitions, you can rest assure that your books will stay in place no matter at what angle. 

#36 Contemporary 5 Shelf 2 tone Bookshelf Display Stand

Contemporary 5 Shelf 2tone Bookshelf Display Stand

This is one of those cool bookcases, which combine the traditional practicality with a modern, funky twist. It uses the good old ladder design to ensure maximum practicality.

It has five large storage spaces, making sure that all of your stuff fits. The shelves are designed as wooden boxes, placed randomly on the steps. We believe without a doubt that it adds some personalization and color into the whole piece. 

#37 Rotating Bookshelf

Rotating Bookshelf

This beautiful walnut bookshelf was designed to add some interactivity to your room. The shelf is composed of four square storage units of the same size. Every cube unit is rotating together with some built-in mirrors to add an effect.

In our opinion, it’s a great piece for people who like their stuff sorted into smaller, well-organized piles or maybe need to keep something as a secret. 

#38 Surfboard Shelf

Surfboard Shelf

This little bookshelf will fit into any room in your house, we can be sure of that. With such a unique appearance, this pice of cool bookshelf was handmade using pine and mahogany, and looks like a showcase of a surfboard.

The unique style of this shelf makes it a perfect fit for any living room, bedroom, bathroom, garage or even kitchen. Moreover, we also think that it’s also a great gift for anyone who enjoys riding the waves. 

#39 Typographic Bookshelf

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This is one of the most unique bookshelves that money can buy. It might only be composed of two, rather large storage spaces, but the design reveals why. Both shelves have been marked with big typography saying “Has Been Read” and “Will Be Read”.

We truly believe that this bookshelf offers a great way of sorting your books and maybe even showing off how many cool books you managed to read.

#40 Modern Sole Bookshelves

Modern Sole Bookshelves

When you want to read a book, there is one essential factor which will decide on your success rate. That is if you have a good comfortable place to do the reading. Now how about combining the place and the books into one piece? For that purpose, we believe this amazing piece of furniture does just that.

It’s composed of two shelf towers with nine storage spaces for your collection and a very comfy lounge in between. So what are you waiting for? Get this combo and you will truly lose any track of time. 

#41 5 Tier Floating Shelves for Wall

5 Tier Floating Shelves for Wal

Floating shelves are the solution for saving space and storing your book collections easily. If you are looking for that kind of solution, we believe this floating shelf will perfectly fits the corner of your room.

You can put your books there, adjust them easily then see how tidy your room will be with it. Moreover, this item is easy to assemble and durable enough to use for a long time.

#42 Acrylic Invisible Floating Bookshelves

Acrylic Invisible Floating Bookshelves

Acrylic and other transparent things will make a different look in your room. It will make your room look modern, smart, and adorably minimalist. As for the storage, it has 2 sets of acrylic bookshelves that are easy to assemble.

In our opinion, with such as sweet and simple appearance, this bookshelf will be the perfect addition to your kids bedroom. With this bookshelf, storing your kids’ book collections will be super easy. Plus it doesn’t need a big space in the room.

#43 Bike Design Bookend

Bike Design Bookend

When you have books but not that many to save on the bookshelf, then, you need the bookend to save your book collections and keep your room neat. This bike design bookend might be your solution.

We must admit that the design of this vintage bike is pretty much in detail. Plus, the finishing touch is beautiful as it uses a matte painting. In our opinion, it is suitable to put on the desk, bedside table or on the rack.

#44 Toytexx Inc & Design 4 Tier 360°

Toytexx Inc & Design 4 Tier 360°

Do you have an empty unused space in the corner of the room? This rotating bookshelf might just be the one that could fill that void! This model has a different design if you compared it to the one we have previously mentioned. The former is more rectangular whilst this one is more circular.

Just as the name suggests, you can actually rotate the shelf for 360 degrees. There are multiple compartments where you could store plenty of standard-sized books. Because of its rotating nature, we think that it looks unique, modular, and can hold more!

#45 YGYQZ Small Bookshelf for Desktop Storage

YGYQZ Small Bookshelf for Desktop Storage

Here is another cute mini bookshelf that would fit nicely on your tabletop! If you want to organize your work desk or study desk, we believe this bookshelf will come in handy.

It features 3 larger space for books and 2 other compartments to store your accessories and stationery. Moreover, the bookshelf has a unique asymmetrical design and some beautiful flowery carvings on its sides that add some aesthetic to your desk.

#46 Rolanstar Bookshelf with Drawer

Mini Tree Bookshelf for Workstation

Organizing your book properly is the key to having an efficient workstation. You need to place them neatly on your desk otherwise the books will create clutter that obstructs your concentration.

With this mini tree bookshelf, we believe you can properly put your books in an aesthetically-pleasing order. Moreover, the shelf has a unique rustic design and one extra drawer on the base for storing your stationery and other knick-knacks!

#47 Rustic Tree Bookshelf with 8 Spaces

Rustic Tree Bookshelf with 8 Spaces

If you love the mini tree bookshelf for your desk, then you might want to consider having the larger version for your room! We think this one is perfect for you. The rustic tree bookshelf offers 8 spacious compartments that can hold your massive books collection.

In addition, this model also comes with a drawer, which is also bigger, at the bottom so you can store more books in there!

#48 Heavy Duty Bookshelf with Rustic Cedar Finish

Heavy Duty Bookshelf with Rustic Cedar Finish

For bookworms who want to build a large home library, we recommend this beautiful piece of furniture from the Sauder. The bookshelf offers 8 compartments at the top and two larger shelves at the bottom. It looks perfect with its immaculate rustic cedar finish. The design is sturdy and stable, so it is safe and accommodating.

Each of the compartments has a dedicated space where you can place ID tags for the books. Categorize your books and become the librarian at your own house!

Final Thoughts

Having a bookshelf for the bookworm is a must. But, the thing you should consider before buying a new bookshelf is pay attention to the size of your room, how many books you have to put on the rack, then you can decide which bookshelf that meets your needs.

You can then decide whether you need a big bookshelf, or you only need a pair of bookends. Also, do remember to select the bookshelf that have a durable and sturdy material, so you can use it for a long time. 

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