When curating your idea of the perfect home, we're sure that a bookcase or two will come to mind. Here at Abode Haven, we have a huge range of bookcases for sale to suit any space all sourced from some of the top furniture suppliers in Australia!
A good bookcase is an essential piece to any indoor design plan. Not only are they aesthetically pleasing, giving you a space to show off your collection of literature or other items, but they give your home a particular feeling. It makes the entire space feel as though its a place of knowledge. They're also perfectly complimented with other pieces such as cabinets, chests, dressers, buffets and sideboards.
The Bookcase Collection at Abode Haven
Home decor can be an exciting, motivating and fulfilling experience but it's also something that can be quite hard to get right. And when it doesn't go quite to plan, the frustration can be overwhelming. Despite this, millions of Australians every year get their hands into the art of interior design with the aim of sprucing up their living spaces. Bookcases are often the centre piece of any living room, dining room or bedroom. But not all bookcases are built the same, they come in a huge range of varying sizes, styles, materials and types.
Bookcase by Size
Bookcase can be found in huge variety of different sizes. so much so that there's a size for absolutely every room and setting you can think of.
Large bookcases encompass a pretty big array of bookcases but in general these would be considered pieces which cover the majority of one wall within a room. They may be floor to ceiling or even built in.
These bookcases are interesting as they can be used in differently in different settings. For example a narrow bookcase might be perfect as a corner piece in a bedroom or they may be used to squeeze into a very thin gap between rooms. A narrow bookcase is much more versatile than a larger bookcase and may even double up as a bedside table.
The complete opposite of a large bookcase (Duh...). A small bookcase is highly customisable in terms of its placement and may even double up as a bench or table. It can be used in a few different room settings and can be combined with other bookcases to really get that library feel in a space.
Tall bookcases and narrow bookcases can be quite similar. They're often used in a similar setting but with the caveat that a tall bookcase may also be quite wide. Tall bookcases and library bookcases will often go hand in hand. This size of piece will usually be a big focal point of a room.
A wide bookcase is an interesting piece. This will either be part and parcel with a large bookcase and be the focal point of a space. Or, they may be quite low lying and double up as a bench. This is create for creating a social feel to a room while still having book storage.
Bookcases by Material
Bookcases can be built from a variety of different materials although they are more often than not built from some form of wood or metal, or a combination of both. This usually makes them fairly durable pieces of furniture, giving them a rather long shelf life (pun intended).
Wooden bookcases are by far the most common type of bookcase you will find on the market. This may be either a purely timber piece or a bookcase which is construction with a combination of wood and other materials. Despite this, not all timber is the same and each type has their own properties.
Mahogany wood is another common timber used in the construction of really any furniture type! Its a red hardwood which grows natively across Australia and is prized for its versatility, durability and termite resistance.
Mango Wood Bookcases
Mango Wood is more commonly used for furniture construction throughout Central and East Asia. It's a hardwood and yes as the name suggests, this timber does come from the same tree that produces mangoes!
Oak furniture is also quite common but is more used in furniture construction in the Americas. This is because oak timber is native to North America and can be found in most US states. Despite not being native to Australia, oak wood is still found in lots of our furniture construction.
Other Bookcase Materials
Glass bookcases are on the rarer side when it comes typical pieces. What we usually call a glass bookcases would actually still be a wooden bookcase but with glass inserts, usually in the doors.
Similar to glass bookcases, metal bookcases are usually constructed in conjunction with timber. Although all metal bookcases do exist this just isn't the usual. Metal bookcases are great for achieving that more industrial style.
Bookcases by Shelves
The main feature of any bookcase unit will be its shelves (obviously...). But the number of shelves that are actually available can vary significantly from piece to piece. While 1-2 shelves would be probably be considered a bookshelf rather than bookcase, 3+ shelves is where we focus on.
3 Shelf Bookcases
A 3 shelf bookcase is usually either on the smaller or narrower side when it comes to design. They might be quite a tall piece which is constructed to fit into small gaps in your wall or in the corner of the room. They may also be quite lowline and wide.
4 Shelf Bookcases
4 shelf bookcases begin to start getting larger in both width and length. These bookcases are not quite a full centre piece of a room but they will take up a considerable area.
5 Shelf Bookcases
As the bookcases grow in size, 5 shelf bookcases are the next level up. 5 Shelf bookcases are likely to be the main focal point of a room and may take up the majority of one wall/corner. They're a big part of the room design and are crucial to any home decor plan.
6 Shelf Bookcases
Once your bookcase gets to 6 shelves and beyond, it is going to be the main focal point of your living/dining area. A 6 shelf bookcase will take up an entire wall usually and may even be floor to ceiling. It can also be built in and its likely a piece you want to work well with the rest of your furniture in that room.
Bookcases by Type
Not all bookcases are built with the same purpose and thus, throughout the years, a vast array of different bookcase types have been created to meet specific needs.
Bookcase Cabinets are a type of bookcase which combine two different storage needs. Thy double up as both a bookcase and storage for other items such as trophies, kitchen ware or stationary. They usually come in large sizes and are perfect for dining settings.
Bookcases with Doors
These bookcases are often used in a dining or even a kitchen setting. The doors are used to protect your books or other belongings from the elements. They also provide a specific style and prevent your items from falling off the shelves. Bookcases with Doors are often constructed with a combination of timber and glass.
Bookcases with Drawers
Bookcases with Drawers are often used when the bookcase and its storage is to be the centre piece to the room. This is usually a large bookcase that takes up a considerable part of the room and in a space which requires some extra storage. The drawers are great for keeping documents or even kitchenwares if it is situated in a dining area.
Industrial bookcases can both be a style and a type of bookcase. Industrial styles often mix metal and timber to give a sort of factory feel to the piece, whereas industrial type is a much more practical and large scale bookcase.
Ladder bookcases are pretty self explanatory! This type of bookcase will combine either a built in or removable ladder, often on a railing, which allows the user to step up and reach the upper shelves. They're usually quite large, if not floor to ceiling and would also be used in commercial settings.
These bookcases are the type you would expect to find in old school libraries. Library bookcases are designed to hold a large amount of books or other belongings and consist of a significant number of shelves. They're usually a floor to ceiling piece and would usually come with either drawers, doors or cabinets in the bottom section.
Portable bookcases are often used in commercial settings and are great for conveniently moving around large amounts of books in a single trip. They're also used when the interior layout of your room or setting is likely to change regularly. In a modern library for example, they'll likely have a significant amount of their bookcases on wheels thus making them portable and easily customisable.
Room Divider Bookcases
This is a rather unique type of bookcase and can be perfect for completely changing the feel of your room or setting. Room Divider bookcases usually allow the user to access the shelving from either side of the bookcase and don't have a front or back side. They can split your space to make it feel as if there are two different rooms in the same setting and are similar to what a modern library would use in their isles.
Wall bookcases are often built into the structure of the room or are particularly large that they take up the whole wall space on one side of a room. They essentially feel as though they're part of the room. They would often consist of multiple shelves, drawers and doors.
Bookcases by Colour
In the modern age, bookcases can pretty much come in any colour you so desire! Despite this, there's a few major colours that most popular when designing a home.
Black bookcases or almost black bookcases are very popular. These bookcases aren't usually black as we know it, but rather a very, very dark varnish which still shows the timber texture of the case.
Natural Wood Bookcases
Now although this is more a material rather than a colour of case, natural wood is actually very popular for its visual aesthetics as well as its structural integrity. Natural wood bookcases give a very authentic feel to a room as well as giving off quite a rustic vibe.
These are probably the most common colour that a bookcase will come in. This is because white bookcases are a very neutral colour and can be easily placed in a room without looking out of place against the rest of the decor. It's a rather versatile colour and a great choice for any setting.
Bookcases by Design
Bookcase designs can be incredibly important when trying to design your home. There's a style for every setting and the style of the case can really make or break the feel you're going for!
Although most people would say that antique bookcases are a type, rather than design or style, we believe that many furniture manufacturers these days actually construct their pieces to have an antique feel to them! The vintage, antique style is very popular and usually consists of a much darker finish.
French Provincial Bookcases
These bookcases just ooze European elegance and give any room a very sophisticated atmosphere. French Provincial bookcases have become incredibly popular in Australia and we're seeing more and more of them being constructed.
Modern bookcases have also blown up in the furniture scene. With the rise of minimalist style, the modern bookcase has grown with it. It's the perfect design for someone looking to keep their space simple and free from over the top decor.
Bookcase by Shape
Quite similar to size but different, the shape of a bookcase makes a huge different to the feel of the piece. The shape determines whereabouts and what type of setting the bookcase will be used in.
Low bookcases are bookcases which you don't see at eye level. They may be built low into a cabinet or stand on their own as a piece. They are usually smaller in terms of shelves and aren't the focal point of a room. Rather they are used to complement the other furniture pieces within the space.
Similar to low bookcases yet uniquely different, lowline bookcases are usually both low AND wide. They often double up as a bench or seating area and run the length of a wall. The are usually used in conjunction with other furniture pieces either next to or on top of the case itself and are not the main pieces in a setting, rather an almost hidden bookcase.
One of the most common bookcase shapes out there, and for a good reason, the rectangular bookcase is versatile and is a great choice as it can seamlessly fit into any room design.
Same as rectangular bookcases, square bookcases are also very common. Despite this, they're a bit less versatile as often times a room or space will not have perfectly square dimensioned walls. This means that square bookcase can be a little harder to slip into any setting, but when it works, it works very, very well.
While it might seem a little self explanatory, vertical bookcases a usually bookcases which have more height than they do width. At Abode Haven, we tend to class any bookcase which is tall and would 'climb' up a wall as a vertical bookcase.
Finding the Perfect Bookcase for Your Home at Abode Haven
At Abode Haven, we know that choosing the right bookcase can be a daunting yet exciting experience. It's going to be a large part of your home decor for years to come and you want your space to look just perfect! As with any piece of furniture, you want your choice to make setting feel more energetic and homely.
We know this can be a challenging task, thats why we've covered the different shapes, styles, designs, sizes and materials that bookcases can be constructed in, to aid you along your journey.
We've also partnered with only the highest quality Australian and International brands, such as Phil Bee Interiors, Novasolo and Cafe Lighting and Living, to bring you top products that are built to last.
And with our huge range of bookcases for sale, we know you'll find the right one. Happy shopping!