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20 Gorgeous Built-In Bookcases

built-in bookshelves
The current state of our bookcases is dismal. The two basic ones that we have just can’t keep up with my husband’s weekly trips to the thrift store book section and my collection of craft and home books. The cheap plywood shelves are about to snap in half. That’s why I’ve long daydreamed of having an entire room of built-in bookcases so we can continue our collecting habit and so I could roll around on a ladder. Check out twenty beauties below.

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  • Dining Room + Library 1 of 20
    Dining Room + Library
    Love the drama of the dark paint.
    From Minnie Moritmer's home featured in Vogue
  • Window Surround 2 of 20
    Window Surround
    You can even line books in the narrow parts of the wall.
    From Delson or Sherman Architects
  • Office Space 3 of 20
    Office Space
    I love the wraparound.
    From Light Locations
  • Cozy Nook 4 of 20
    Cozy Nook
    I think I would read more if this was my space. From Ekster Antiques
  • Framing the Mantle 5 of 20
    Framing the Mantle
    A classic look.
    From Covet Garden
  • Bright White 6 of 20
    Bright White
    The rolling ladder!
    From The Selby
  • Glass Library 7 of 20
    Glass Library
    If you have a room big enough, break it up with a separate mini library room.
    From Roman & Williams on Remodelista
  • Rainbow 8 of 20
    Rainbow
    Color coding at its finest.
    From Hus and Hem
  • Clean + White 9 of 20
    Clean + White
    Learn a thing or two about styling bookcases from this pretty design.
    From The Brooklyn Home Company
  • More Than a Nook 10 of 20
    More Than a Nook
    I would hate to dust this but it's pretty.
    From Zokk
  • Backdrop 11 of 20
    Backdrop
    Get comfy on the couch with a read.
    From House and Home
  • High Gloss 12 of 20
    High Gloss
    Another take on bringing books into the dining room.
    From Bolig Torvet in Mid Century Jo's photostream
  • Tall Wonder 13 of 20
    Tall Wonder
    I wonder how long it took to collect all of these.
    From Irina Graewe
  • Two Floors 14 of 20
    Two Floors
    It looks like no wall goes unnoticed in this space.
    From Francesco Lagnese
  • Pop of Color 15 of 20
    Pop of Color
    Organizing by color adds interest.
    From Hus and Hem
  • Loft Living 16 of 20
    Loft Living
    You don't have to have a separate room, just line any wall of your space.
    From Christiane Lemieux's loft featured in Domino Magazine
  • Cozy Living 17 of 20
    Cozy Living
    This looks ready for a classic read.
    From Martha Stewart
  • Colorful Office 18 of 20
    Colorful Office
    This was a DIY project so you can build them yourself!
    From Design Sponge
  • Turquoise 19 of 20
    Turquoise
    If the books don't bring enough color, paint the shelves.
    From Eric Staudenmaier
  • All Four Walls 20 of 20
    All Four Walls
    Who wouldn't want to be surrounded by books?
    From Traditional Home

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