Bookcases are surprisingly versatile pieces of furniture. For sure their primary purpose is to store your books. There are some more interesting and unconventional uses though which demonstrate their true flexibility. If you have a large bedroom and would like to take advantage of the space, you could use the bookcase as a room divider. A particularly long bookcase is ideal in this scenario and can effectively partition your sleeping space from your office space. The tiered shelving of a bookcase can also make them an excellent stand for candles, flowers and other decorative items. If you alternate between books and decorative items on the shelves you can create a beautiful dynamic that can create a warm and peaceful atmosphere in your bedroom. Otherwise, if the bookcase has open sides and is positioned next to the bed, a small portion of its shelf space could double up as a handy bedside table or console, where you can place your lamp, books and other bedside items. You may be able to think of an exclusive way to use your bookcase that is unique for your needs. Be creative and optimise your space and your money. Instead of buying a series of furniture pieces, you could achieve your objective with just one.
Style-wise, we think that solid wood is the best material for bookcases. There is something timelessly elegant about a solid wood bookcase with its association to the great libraries and grand old universities. Sold oak, teak, mahogany and pine make excellent materials for this type of furniture. Solid wood is strong and durable, and unlike MDF it will last for many generations and will not expand and deteriorate through the years. If you are looking for a bookcase that is going to stay with your treasured books for a lifetime, solid wood is well worth the investment.