Bookshelves are inspiring, don't you think? Seeing one loaded down with books just makes me want to crack one open and dive right in. Bookshelves are also great for organizing your decorative items. If you're overwhelmed when trying to come up with ideas, you are not alone. Check out these great options of hanging shelves and standing shelves and you'll be inspired to add to your home decor for displaying books or decorations.
1. Ladder Bookshelf
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These bookshelves are as easy as hanging a couple of ladders sideways on the wall. The save space on the floor and look fantastic!
2. Milk Crates
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These stacked crates are the perfect place to pile your books and various knick knacks.
3. Hanging Shelf
Think about all the space you could save by hanging a bookshelf on the wall.
4. Recycled Pipes
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This bookshelf is simple, but you aren't likely to find one like it anywhere else.
5. Wooden Pallet Bookshelf
6. Wall Shelf
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I like how this shelf displays the spines, but the books aren't standing up like a traditional bookshelf. It's fun and colorful.
7. Tree Branches
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This would be the perfect bookshelf for a child's bedroom or school library.
8. Simple Ledges
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For a small bedroom, wall ledges make a great alternative as shelves for your books.
9. Lots of Decor
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Maybe you don't have a ton of books. Fill your shelves with decorative items to keep things from looking too bare.
10. Lots of Books
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On the other hand, if you have tons of books, there's nothing wrong with packing your shelves full of them.
11. Book Straps
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What a fun and different way to keep a couple books handy.
12. Over the Couch
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I love how the shelf continues up and over the couch. It's a unique look that is perfect for all your books or decor! Plus, it keeps it out of reach of kids.
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The style and thought that goes with this shelf is simply amazing.
14. Vintage Door
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This old door makes for a great leaning bookshelf.
15. Bright Colors
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Make your bookshelf pop by painting the back of it a fun, bright color like the yellow on this one.
16. Color Coded
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I think it's cool how the books are color coded. It adds to the visual appeal of the entire look, don't you think?
17. Built Ins
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My dream home will have loads of built ins for all my books.
18. Fill the Wall
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Can you imagine having so many books that your collection fills an entire wall?
19. Recylcled Materials
20. For the Kids
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The bright colors of this bookshelf make it perfect your child's bedroom or playroom.
21. Low Shelves
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Bookshelves don't have to be super tall. These low ones work just fine.
22. US Map Bookshelf
Totally unique and really cool, don't you think? This would be fabulous in an office or classroom.
23. Super Symmetrical
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The symmetry of this bookshelf makes it look tidy and interesting at the same time.
24. Decor Books
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This is a great idea for books you don't plan to read, but are simply for display.
25. Wallpaper Bookshelf
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Instead of paint, you can wallpaper the backs of your bookshelves for a fun new look.
26. Sheep Shelves
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This cute little bookshelf would also look fun painted a bright color.
27. Yet Another Door Bookshelf
28. Up the Stairs
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This has to be one of the coolest bookshelves I've ever seen.
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Placing the bookshelf near the window is a great way to use natural light to enhance the look.
30. Woodland Creatures
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This is the ultimate bookshelf for decorating a nursery.
31. Fun Colors
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I like how the brightly colored books bring life the neutral colors.
I hope these ideas have inspired you to make over your shelves. Do you like the look of hanging shelves? I have a few in my house and I adore them! What other ideas do you have?