As books evolved, so did bookshelves. For instance, revolving bookcases date as far back as the 8th century, when a Buddhist emperor ordered the large scale printing of sacred texts. Even today, we can’t help but feel nostalgia when browsing through wooden shelves - no matter where.

Consider these pointers as you prepare to bring home your next beloved bookshelf.

Floating shelves versus bookcases

A matter of taste and lifestyle - your bookcase’s design will determine how often you need to clean its contents, or how well it matches your home’s decor. Floating shelves tend to suit minimalist layouts that are designed to hold only a few objects. These shelving units can be pretty practical for home offices that need very little storage.

Freestanding bookcases, on the other hand, can be quite large and deep. These can be built in bookcases as well, but large bookshelves are usually independent cabinets with front doors. More than aesthetics, these front doors protect the books and this translates into an excellent low maintenance bookshelf. As for decor, these can be glass doors for attractive displays.

Shelving units for city apartments

Consider a cube bookshelf if you have any space constraints. These practical bookshelves also serve as excellent room partitions in smaller city rentals. A cube bookshelf is a multi-functional shelving unit, with room for everything from office storage to picture frames.

Corner shelves are excellent space-savers for smaller homes. Simply tuck them into corners that are rarely used and you’ve got a whole new area for office storage.

Once you select your first bookshelf, it’s difficult to stay away from exploring more - sliding door bookcases, metallic floating shelves, bamboo ladder shelves, steel drawer bookcases, modular timber shelving units, glass corner shelves - the list goes on. Choose wisely!