Creative and Unusual Bookcase Designs

When you hear the word ‘bookcase’, probably the first thing you imagine is a conventional, rectangular furniture piece on the wall with books inside. However, there are some truly inspired designs out there, which are completely beyond boring. These bookcases provide enough storage space for your books. They are also sturdy enough to withstand the weight and look incredibly attractive.

T. Shelf is designed to redefine the meaning of ‘shelving system’. This is a modular triangle shelving unit, designed for modern spaces. It fits around your existing furniture, adding storage space where it’s needed. It uses zip ties to assemble the triangular-shaped pieces, rather than screws. You can hang it on the wall as a bookcase or as a display for various decorative items.


Equilibrium bookcase has cantilevered modules, which can be stacked upon each other at a single angled point. This unique piece of furniture looks incredibly attractive and surprising. The compartments seem to be floating in the air, but the bookcase can hold over 120 lbs of books and the different modules let you keep everything organized in a tilted position without the need of bookends. The best thing about Equilibrium is that it can be easily assembled in just a few minutes without any tools or hardware.

equilibrium bookcase

Another really creative piece is the Tectonic bookcase, which looks like it’s about to topple over any minute. However, this precariously balanced aesthetic is just a part of the overall design. The idea of this bookcase is to look like it’s been through an earthquake, but don’t worry – it’s stable enough to withstand the weight of your books. It’s unique, creative and totally awesome. You can place it in your home office, your kid’s bedroom or the living room. This bookcase would make for a wonderful focal point in any room you place it.

tectonic bookcase

The Metamorphosis Tree bookcase shows that many things can be the source of inspiration for designers, especially nature and the beauty of natural shapes. The designer of this incredible piece says that he remembered the thick ivy he used as shelves for his toys, when he was a kid, and created this unusual bookcase. It is hand carved from Baltic birch plywood and resembles a big tree branch with lots of ramifications. You can even place this piece in your living room as a wall decoration, without putting any books in it.

metamorphosis tree

The Equation bookshelf has the simple idea of dividing things in priority order. It’s unique, stylish and original. You can put the books you need immediately between the parentheses, or another piece, like a family photo, which will serve as a focal point. Then, set the rest of the books in the square brackets and braces. This geeky bookcase looks impressive.


If you want an unusual and cool bookcase, there are tons of options you can choose from. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, you can check out some simple DIY projects, which might be helpful or you can order a custom made bookcase to suit your needs.