Bookshelves are one of the best pieces of furniture you can buy for your home for a number of reasons. Most important, they are practical and can look very appealing if used to complement the room. However, with so many different types to choose from, buying the right one can be confusing. So, here is a quick buyer’s guide to help with purchasing a bookshelf for your home. 

How to find the right bookshelf for your home

To help you choose the perfect bookshelf for your home, you should consider each of the following points carefully before making a purchase.


Bookshelves come in a variety of different materials, each one offering different appeal. Also, materials like wood veneer and plywood are cheaper, whereas other metals and hardwoods can be expensive. So consider your budget.

Available space

In a practical sense, how much space do you really have? It’s not worth buying a bookshelf that is simply too big and gets in the way and cramps up your living space.

What is it for?

Think about what you will be using your bookshelf for exactly and what will be sitting on it. Bookshelves are not just a great way to hold books, but also other ornaments and plants.

Other features

There are a lot of bookshelves available to buy, so be picky about any features you like yours to include. For example, some people like their bookshelf to include doors for both practical and aesthetic reasons.

Pairing bookshelves with your home decor

In order to properly pair your bookshelf with your home decor, you need to consider all of the following design elements of a bookshelf:

• What materials is it made from? As mentioned, bookshelves can come in hardwood, softwood and metal. Choose hardwoods for a more classical feel and metal for a modern, contemporary look.
• What are the colour schemes? You should ensure that the chosen colours of your bookshelf complement other major colour schemes in your chosen room, notably the wall colour and other furniture.
• What sort of items will you be placing on the bookshelf? Make sure they match up with the bookshelf itself.
• How much room do you have? A large cumbersome bookshelf will do little to add nice design to your home.

Bookshelves for kids

Bookshelves are great for your children’s room as they not only look great but are practical as well. They can be used to better organise all of your child’s toys, games and reading books. Also, when you buy a bookshelf for your child you should think practicality. You don't want them reaching up high to get something off the top shelf, so choose one that is low standing and easy for them to keep clean as well.

Handy hints to maximise your space on a bookshelf

• Stack your books and objects with care and organise it properly from the get-go
• Use book stoppers to keep books ordered and in their correct position
• In a busy home, objects will be placed on the bookshelf all the time so declutter it regularly
• Consider buying a bookshelf with adjustable shelves that can then fit all of your books or objects properly

You can get started on finding the perfect bookshelf for your home by checking out all of the products we offer here at Mocka.They are all built with high-quality materials and are designed to look modern and sleek in any room of your home. If you have any questions or need help finding the right bookshelf, please contact our friendly team today.

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