Solid wood bookcases and cabinets offer a stylish, practical and sturdy storage solution in any room in the house.
Here at Oak Furniture Solutions, we offer a huge selection of high quality bookcases, bookshelves and cabinets. With a range consisting of oak, pine, walnut, sheesham, white painted, dark wood and more, there is something for all tastes and styles.
Our bookcases and cabinets come in a range of sizes and styles, with varying amounts of storage. Our slim and narrow bookcases are great if you’re running out of floorspace, or browse our low bookcases which fit perfectly under window-sills or double-up as sideboards.
Browse our full range of bookcases and cabinets below. If you need help deciding which bookcase or cabinet to buy, you might find our bookcase buying guide useful.
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Whether you’re a bookworm with an ever-expanding collection of books or simply a fan of attractive and practical furniture, a bookcase is a necessity for every home.
Bookcases are wonderfully versatile and are available to fit practically anywhere. They also help give a space a warm, friendly ambience.
Bookcases and cabinets have a rich history, being used as far back as the Roman times to display wealth. Citrus wood cabinets and shelves inlaid with ivory and filled with expensive scrolls were very much in vogue. Tastes have moved on with bookcases now available in a multitude of shapes, sizes and designs to suit all budgets.
There’s a wealth of choice on the high street and online so we’ve compiled a comprehensive guide to help you avoid any pitfalls along the way. Keep reading to find the best bookcase to suit your home.
Bookcases and cabinets are available in such a huge range of options, it’s often hard to know where to start. Considerations include size, design, storage, frame material and more.
Below we take a look into each of the variations and explain how you can find the best bookcase or cabinet for your home.
One of the first considerations should be size. Bookcases are available in a wide range of sizes.
Tall, slimline bookcases are ideal for creating a sense of height in a room. They are perfect for filling a big, empty wall space with plenty of storage too. If you have a large space to fill or require a lot of storage, you might want to consider a real feature bookcase such as the Brooklyn Contemporary Oak Library Bookcase, which comes complete with a ladder for the top shelves.
Compact, low bookcases are great for small properties. They create a sense of space in a room, and when combined with tall bookcases, they accentuate the proportions of a room. Small bookcases are ideal for using as lamp tables and low bookcases or cabinets can also double up as a tv stand.
Other size considerations include number of shelves, and the width and depth of the bookcase.
Bookcases and cabinets have evolved over the years and are now available in various designs.
Traditional: Traditional bookcases are normally a single, free-standing piece of furniture with an array of horizontal shelving and sometimes drawers. You can’t really go wrong with this kind of bookcase, consider different frame materials to create a unique look.
Cubed: Cubed bookcases are simple cubes that are arranged to form a bookcase. Cubed bookcases are available in a range of sizes – from single cubes to cubes stacked vertically or horizontally to form larger bookcases. Sherwood Oak Range offers a number of cubed bookcase options, from a single oak cube to a cube with 8 shelves.
Corner: Whilst most bookcases slot neatly into a corner, some bookcases are designed especially for corner use. Corner bookcases mean that the shelves are always facing into the centre of the room, automatically drawing the eye.
Open/Closed: Open bookcases give an impression of taking up less space, which is perfect in a small room. They also suit a minimalist setting very well. Closed bookcases have doors covering some or all of the shelves. These are great if you want to store items that you don’t want on display, or to hide away clutter!
The majority of bookcases are crafted from wood, including oak, pine, walnut, sheesham, reclaimed wood and more. Wooden bookcases are strong, sturdy and long-lasting, no matter how many books you load on them.
Oak bookcases are probably the most common and are available in a range of sizes and styles. Pine bookcases are typically lighter in colour and will blend well with existing pieces of wooden furniture. Walnut bookcases are made from much darker tones, creating a sleek and sophisticated effect.
Some solid wood bookcases are available with glass features, such as glass shelves or glass doors.
When shopping for a bookcase, as well as a style and design, you will also want to consider some practicalities. You may find it useful to consider the following areas:
It’s worth checking whether the bookcase shelves are adjustable or fixed and what the distance between them is. If you have larger art and cookery books then it will need to be able to accommodate these just as easily as your favourite page-turners.
If storage is a priority, consider a bookcase with drawers and a cupboard if necessary. This will allow you to combine books with more valuable items. If a bookcase has a door in it, consider what sort of glass it is made from; tempered is always best as it is likely to be extra strong.
You can also find display cabinets featuring a closed cupboard at the bottom, sometimes with a shelf. It’s a good idea to find out whether these are adjustable and what the dimensions of the cupboard are in order to maximise the storage space. Some display cabinets may also feature lighting to help highlight the pieces you want to show off.
Bookcases and display cabinets are available from stores as well as online so where should you shop? There is no right or wrong answer. Some people find looking at a bookcase in a store helps them visualise it in their home. However, many others prefer the choice and better pricing available online. Make sure that wherever you purchase your bookcase from accepts refunds and offers a delivery service if required.
When shopping for a new bookcase or cabinet, style is an important consideration.
Contemporary or modern bookcases suit almost any home – from modern flats to Victorian or country houses. Be creative with your modern bookcase; opt for a Scandinavian-style bookcase, a cubed bookcase, or an open shelf unit. The Jual Curve Bookcase is a unique contemporary bookcase.
Traditional bookcases show off your literary collection in a more subtle way, letting your books or ornaments do the talking. Take a look at the following popular traditional bookcases for inspiration Lansdown Oak Narrow Low Bookcase, Bordeaux Oak Large Bookcase
With a distressed look, rustic or vintage-style bookcases bring a unique charm to any room. Our rustic or vintage-style bookcases may look distressed, but they are reassuringly well built and sturdy. Take a look at the following bookcases for inspiration: Santana Reclaimed Oak Bookcase, Jali bookcases offer a rustic Indian feel.
The way in which you incorporate your new bookcase or display cabinet into a room will have a big stylistic impact. With this in mind, we’ve collated some suggestions on how to layout your room to ensure a cohesive and strong look.
Big Bookcases: A big, open bookcase makes a great room divider in a large, open-plan space and can be used both as a design feature and as useful storage space. Use one large one or a selection of narrow ones to display your books and decorative items whilst splitting the room into sections. Try the Cuba Sheesham Large Multi Shelf; it’s a very decorative piece in its own right.
Tall Bookcases: To add height to a room and give a big, empty wall a focal point, add a tall bookcase or display cabinet. If you’re feeling adventurous you might even want to put casters on the bottom of tall bookcases and attach hinges or rails to convert them into doors for built-in airing cupboards or wardrobes.
In a tall room with limited floor space, try a corner display cabinet or two tall, narrow bookcases. When arranged either side of a fireplace or a window they will give a room balance and symmetry.
Low Bookcases: You can position a low bookcase (or two) as a bannister on the landing - this works especially well on a big, open landing that feels like a wasted space. Place a bench or a couple of comfy armchairs against the opposite wall and you will have a little reading space.
You could turn a very low bookcase into a reading bench or window seat with cushions or a long, padded seat cover, or set your reading bench into an alcove, surrounded by tall bookcases, to create a quiet, secluded nook.
Take careful note of the measurements of your preferred bookcase or display cabinet and make sure that it will fit in your room.
Make a floorplan to decide where your new bookshelf will belong, or plot the space taken up by your new piece of furniture on the floor or wall with paper or easily-removed tape. Take low or sloping ceilings into account when purchasing a tall piece of furniture.
If you are buying a low bookcase, consider the empty wall space that will be left. Think about whether you’ll hang a picture or mirror there, or use the bookcase as a console table, with a display or table lamp on it.
If you are pushed for space and are going to need to squeeze a bookcase up against a wall, then it’s a great idea to make a note of specific features. Details to consider could include overhanging plinths or edging around the base, which may prevent the piece from sitting flush against a wall.
Keep the look of the bookcase or cabinet clean by choosing a one colour tone or tone on tone scheme for vases and figurines. Make sure you maintain a balance when placing objects on shelves. Bold colours, and picture frames are ideal for jazzing up a bookcase. You could even go for the minimalist approach. Deep shelves are great for displaying multiple layers of items, but be careful with the height of these.
When it comes to caring for your bookcase, there are a few pointers that you should follow to ensure that you can enjoy your furniture for years to come.
Avoid placing in direct sunlight to prevent your furniture fading over time.
Ensure your bookcase, set of shelves or display cabinet is kept clean to avoid an unnecessary and potentially damaging build-up of grime.
Ensure your bookcase is a few inches above the floor to avoid flooding or extra dust reaching them.
Regularly clean the top and sides of the shelves, the tops and spines of the books and the parts that stick out beyond the bookcase.
Place your bookcase or display cabinet too close to heat sources such as radiators.
Use all-purpose cleaning sprays that don’t say that they are suitable for wood.
Pack a bookcase full of stuff as this can negatively impact its overall appearance
* Oak Furniture Solutions do not accept any responsibility for any damage caused to furniture by the following of these guidelines. These guidelines are provided as informed suggestions only and are written as general notes for customers. Customers seeking professional, specific after-care advice should either contact us directly or get in touch with a professional polisher or furniture restorer.