60 Practical Built-In Bookshelves Ideas

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Built-in solutions of all kinds are the best ones: they look cohesive and pretty and make your home more personalized and stylish. They give you the chance to create your very own design that suits your space, style and specific needs. Today’s round is dedicated to the coolest built-in bookshelves that are sure to make your home cooler.

Where To Make Built-In Bookshelves?

Built-in bookshelves are great for living rooms, if you want a reading nook or add decorative value with these books. You may go for such shelves in home offices, bedrooms and of course in home libraries, they are perfect! Build in your bookshelves into your corners, awkward nooks, walls and even railings to make maximum of those spaces. No space for built-in bookshelves? Build them around a window or a doorway, and it will look in a very different way.

a beautiful living room with built-in bookshelves with blush backing, a blue sofa with pillows, an orange ottoman and greenery

a beautiful living room with built-in bookshelves with blush backing, a blue sofa with pillows, an orange ottoman and greenery

a beautiful minimalist home office with built-in bookshelves and a small built-in desk is a stylish space

a beautiful minimalist home office with built-in bookshelves and a small built-in desk is a stylish space

a broad doorway surrounded with open shelves all around for storage and display, it's a stylish idea for a modern room

a broad doorway surrounded with open shelves all around for storage and display, it's a stylish idea for a modern room

a built-in bookshelf unit with box drawers and a large artwork on it is perfect for a contemporary space

a built-in bookshelf unit with box drawers and a large artwork on it is perfect for a contemporary space

a built-in bookshelves with colorful books and brass wall lamps are great for any space

a built-in bookshelves with colorful books and brass wall lamps are great for any space

a chic built-in bookshelf unit with a ladder, a mustard chair and additional lights is very chic

a chic built-in bookshelf unit with a ladder, a mustard chair and additional lights is very chic

a cozy and stylish reading nook with built-in bookshelves, a navy chair with a footrest and a refined chair

a cozy and stylish reading nook with built-in bookshelves, a navy chair with a footrest and a refined chair

a cozy windowseat with built-in bookshelves on both sides and a grey curtain is a stylish space

a cozy windowseat with built-in bookshelves on both sides and a grey curtain is a stylish space

a curved wall with built-in bookshelves will save a lot of space you may need for books and will make use of the wall

a curved wall with built-in bookshelves will save a lot of space you may need for books and will make use of the wall

a custom IKEA bookshelf built-in, with a ladder and some basket for storage is a very nice option to rock

a custom IKEA bookshelf built-in, with a ladder and some basket for storage is a very nice option to rock

a dining room with a doorway wall taken by open shelves and displaying books, art and candleholders is a cool idea for saving space

a dining room with a doorway wall taken by open shelves and displaying books, art and candleholders is a cool idea for saving space

a doorway surrounded with open shelves and with shelves over it, such a storage solution is a smart idea to get more of the dead space

a doorway surrounded with open shelves and with shelves over it, such a storage solution is a smart idea to get more of the dead space

a doorway surrounded with open storage compartments that are used for book storage is a great idea for saving space

a doorway surrounded with open storage compartments that are used for book storage is a great idea for saving space

a doorway wall with niche and open shelves is a cool way to store books and to separate the dining and living room more vividly

a doorway wall with niche and open shelves is a cool way to store books and to separate the dining and living room more vividly

a doorway with built-in bookshelves, with books and other stuff is a lovely idea for any home, use this dead space

a doorway with built-in bookshelves, with books and other stuff is a lovely idea for any home, use this dead space

What Are Built-In Bookshelves Advantages?

They blend easily with the interior and architecture of any space and are easy to match with furniture of any style. Built-in bookcases are less heavy on the eye than traditional free-standing bookshelves, often less expensive and easier to maintain too. You may personalize them using bright backing of wallpaper or just bold paint. The only disadvantage I can name is that building them in might be a bit expensive but if you are a DIYer, that’s not a problem.

a doorway with lots of open bookshelves is a lovely idea to organize your books and separate the spaces in a bolder way

a doorway with lots of open bookshelves is a lovely idea to organize your books and separate the spaces in a bolder way

a doorway with open shelves and cabinets surrounding it is a cool idea to store a lot of things without buying separate storage units here and there

a doorway with open shelves and cabinets surrounding it is a cool idea to store a lot of things without buying separate storage units here and there

a doorway with open shelves covering the whole space over it is a cool idea to store some things and use the unused space

a doorway with open shelves covering the whole space over it is a cool idea to store some things and use the unused space

a doorway with open shelves over the door and around it is like organizing a whole library around the door without wasting floor space

a doorway with open shelves over the door and around it is like organizing a whole library around the door without wasting floor space

a gorgeous home library idea - lots of built-in bookshelves with black backing to make your books stand out

a gorgeous home library idea - lots of built-in bookshelves with black backing to make your books stand out

a large built-in bookshelf unit with lots of books, vases, baskets and candles is a cool idea for a home office

a large built-in bookshelf unit with lots of books, vases, baskets and candles is a cool idea for a home office

a light-colored plywood bookshelf unit with much closed storage spaces is a modern and fresh idea for a home office

a light-colored plywood bookshelf unit with much closed storage spaces is a modern and fresh idea for a home office

a long shelf over the doorway is a cool idea to store some things and display them and to avoid cluttering the room at the same time

a long shelf over the doorway is a cool idea to store some things and display them and to avoid cluttering the room at the same time

a navy home library with built-in shelves, a grey sofa, a rattan chair, a wooden bench and a rug and a grass

a navy home library with built-in shelves, a grey sofa, a rattan chair, a wooden bench and a rug and a grass

a navy living room with built-in shelves, a built-in fireplace, neutral furniture and a printed pillows, a printed rug

a navy living room with built-in shelves, a built-in fireplace, neutral furniture and a printed pillows, a printed rug

a neutral dining room with neutral built-in shelves, a stained table and mismatching chairs, a lamp and a ladder

a neutral dining room with neutral built-in shelves, a stained table and mismatching chairs, a lamp and a ladder

a passway with built-in bookshelves will save a lot of your space and keep all your books in order

a passway with built-in bookshelves will save a lot of your space and keep all your books in order

a quirky living room with a fireplace and blush and black built-in shelves, a green curved sofa, a coral chair and a coffee table

a quirky living room with a fireplace and blush and black built-in shelves, a green curved sofa, a coral chair and a coffee table

a refined home office with built-in bookshelves with green backing and pink metallic chairs and a faux zebra rug

a refined home office with built-in bookshelves with green backing and pink metallic chairs and a faux zebra rug

a refined living room with a whole cluster of built-in bookshelves framed in black is a very elegant and stylish piece

a refined living room with a whole cluster of built-in bookshelves framed in black is a very elegant and stylish piece

How To Make Built-In Bookshelves?

Customized built-in bookshelves can take up a whole wall area or an area recessed into the wall, some niche. If your bookshelves don’t match – just add necessary detailing like molding or shiny touches and voila! And if you are DIY person, built-in bookshelves are easy to make, so you can give it a go and try yourself at home. Use your space dividers if any to incorporate more bookshelves there, too, so these space dividers will be much more functional this way. You can use contrasting backing or framing if you really want to highlight your bookshelves or use the same colors as the wall to keep them neutral. Get inspired!

a Scandinavian dining room with built-in shelves, a wooden dining table and chairs black pendant lamps

a Scandinavian dining room with built-in shelves, a wooden dining table and chairs black pendant lamps

a small living room with open shelves taking a whole wall with the door - a smart idea that allows to store a lot of things here

a small living room with open shelves taking a whole wall with the door - a smart idea that allows to store a lot of things here

a small working nook with built-in bookshelves, a small desk and a vintage chair is a stylish eclectic space

a small working nook with built-in bookshelves, a small desk and a vintage chair is a stylish eclectic space

a sophisticated space with purple walls and built-in shelves, a ladder, a red sofa, a printed rug and some chic decor

a sophisticated space with purple walls and built-in shelves, a ladder, a red sofa, a printed rug and some chic decor

a storage unit with built-in shelves on both sides and a built-in desk is a very compact piece that can be placed in a small home office or just as a working nook

a storage unit with built-in shelves on both sides and a built-in desk is a very compact piece that can be placed in a small home office or just as a working nook

a stylish conversation and reading nook with navy velvet chairs, a large built-in bookshelf unit and a cool chandelier

a stylish conversation and reading nook with navy velvet chairs, a large built-in bookshelf unit and a cool chandelier

a stylish home office and library in one with built-in bookshelves, a white chair, a pendant lamp and some vintage items

a stylish home office and library in one with built-in bookshelves, a white chair, a pendant lamp and some vintage items

a stylish mid-centrury modern living room with built-in bookshelves and additional lamps over the space

a stylish mid-centrury modern living room with built-in bookshelves and additional lamps over the space

a stylish moody space with dark built-in bookshelves, a marble fireplace and a grey chair for much comfort

a stylish moody space with dark built-in bookshelves, a marble fireplace and a grey chair for much comfort

a super refined home office with built-in bookshelves with black framing to accent them as much as possible

a super refined home office with built-in bookshelves with black framing to accent them as much as possible

a vintage room with lots of built-in shelves, a piano, a vintage chair and ottoman and wall lamps

a vintage room with lots of built-in shelves, a piano, a vintage chair and ottoman and wall lamps

a wall with built-in bookshelves and a niche seat is a genius idea to rock over the stairs

a wall with built-in bookshelves and a niche seat is a genius idea to rock over the stairs

a welcoming nook with built-in shelves and a comfy daybed is a cool space to spend some time reading and relaxing

a welcoming nook with built-in shelves and a comfy daybed is a cool space to spend some time reading and relaxing

a welcoming reading nook with built-in shelves and a vintage chair with pillows is perfect for spending time here

a welcoming reading nook with built-in shelves and a vintage chair with pillows is perfect for spending time here

a whimsical living room with blue built-in bookshelves, a neutral sofa and brown chairs, a coffee table and some lights and decor

a whimsical living room with blue built-in bookshelves, a neutral sofa and brown chairs, a coffee table and some lights and decor

a white Scandinavian living room with a whole doorway wall taken by bookshelves and display shelves to save a lot of space

a white Scandinavian living room with a whole doorway wall taken by bookshelves and display shelves to save a lot of space

a whole wall taken by bookcases including the space over the door is a smart solution if you have a lot of books at home

a whole wall taken by bookcases including the space over the door is a smart solution if you have a lot of books at home

a whole wall taken by lots of open bookshelves on the sides and over the door, with a glass French door is a cool idea to store books and do that with style

a whole wall taken by lots of open bookshelves on the sides and over the door, with a glass French door is a cool idea to store books and do that with style

an airy living room with a large arched window, a bookshelves built in around it, eclectic furniture and lamps

an airy living room with a large arched window, a bookshelves built in around it, eclectic furniture and lamps

an entryway with lots of built-in bookshelves that allow comfortable storage and doesn't steal space from other rooms

an entryway with lots of built-in bookshelves that allow comfortable storage and doesn't steal space from other rooms

bookcases built around and over the door let you store more books and other stuff and you will save a lot of space

bookcases built around and over the door let you store more books and other stuff and you will save a lot of space

built-in bookshelves covering the whole wall and a grey chair are a lovely combo for any space

built-in bookshelves covering the whole wall and a grey chair are a lovely combo for any space

built-in bookshelves over the doorway are a nice way to decorate and use the wall and are amazing

built-in bookshelves over the doorway are a nice way to decorate and use the wall and are amazing

doorways with open shelves taking the wall and the space over them is a cool idea to store books and potted plants is a cool idea

doorways with open shelves taking the wall and the space over them is a cool idea to store books and potted plants is a cool idea

grey built-in bookshelves, blue poufs and a ladder to get all the books comfortably

grey built-in bookshelves, blue poufs and a ladder to get all the books comfortably

make some built-in bookshelves in your passway or corridor to use this wall and save a lot of space

make some built-in bookshelves in your passway or corridor to use this wall and save a lot of space

open shelves surrounding the doorway and showing off books, potted plants and artworks is a very cool idea to rock

open shelves surrounding the doorway and showing off books, potted plants and artworks is a very cool idea to rock

shelves on both sides of the doorway and over it are great for storage and display, here they are used as bookshelves

shelves on both sides of the doorway and over it are great for storage and display, here they are used as bookshelves

stylish built-in grey bookshelves are nice for integrating them into your living room or some other room

stylish built-in grey bookshelves are nice for integrating them into your living room or some other room

use the wall with your doorway to build in some bookshelves and to make the use of it

use the wall with your doorway to build in some bookshelves and to make the use of it