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12 Best Minimalist Bookshelf Designs & Modern Bookcases

12 Best Minimalist Bookshelf Designs & Modern Bookcases

A curated list of the best minimalist bookcases and bookshelves, featuring the top, coolest minimalist bookshelf, wall bookcases, and modern bedroom and living room bookcases — plus affordable options for on a budget design.

A good, well-designed bookcase helps to pull a room together. Of course, ‘good design’ is a rather subjective quality, but we assume since you clicked in to view this post on the best minimalist bookshelves that you prefer the modern aesthetic and think that qualifies as ‘good design’. If so, we certainly we agree with you. Minimalist design is becoming increasingly popular, as more and more are beginning to prefer simple, clean lines and colors over relatively busier aesthetics. For this collection, we curated for a few of the best, coolest and most unique modern and minimalist bookcases we could find. You’ll find bookshelves for the living room and dining room, leaning, wall bookcases, and a number of abstract bookcases that are sure to be a conversation starter. You’ll see pieces by popular furnishing design companies like Monarch Specialties and Coaster Home Furnishings — and some pieces by smaller, lesser known brands that, yet still, craft beautiful pieces. If you enjoy the below selections, please feel free to let us know in the comments, or leave a review below via the star ratings on the bottom of the post.

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Qualities we looked for overall:

+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, featuring simple and minimal lines, colors and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Three or more shelves for adequate storage space.
+ Bookcases / bookshelves between 55 to 75 inches in height (preferred for average living space).
+ Tempered glass material (for select products).
+ Abstract or geometric forms.
+ Durable construction, with high quality materials like hardwood, steel or tempered glass.
+ Multiple colors options.
+ Well reviewed by customers (i.e., when reviews available via company or seller website).

Qualities we tried to avoid overall:

– Cheap construction, with plywood or soft cork frames.
– Single-shelf pieces.
– Products with a high number of bad reviews.

Editor’s Top 5 Rated Selections

12 Best Minimalist Bookshelf Designs & Modern Bookcases // In our opinion, these are a few of the best products we came across in our search, given the overall qualities that we were curating for in this collection. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, featuring simple and minimal lines, colors and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Three or more shelves for adequate storage space.
+ Bookcases / bookshelves between 55 to 75 inches in height (preferred for average living space).
+ Tempered glass material (for select products).
+ Abstract or geometric forms.
+ Durable construction, with high quality materials like hardwood, steel or tempered glass.
+ Multiple colors options.

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Modern, Minimalist Design Coaster Chrome Shelf, with Organic Lines and Constructed from Metal and Glass.
By: Coaster Home Furnishings

Editor's Note

Constructed with a slim, solid metal frame and glass shelves, this minimalist bookshelf presents a clean, simple look and sturdy build. Given the materials used, this bookshelf comes in a bit heavy at just under 90 lbs. With four large shelves and an open design, we recommend using this bookcase an elegant display piece in a living room or kitchen.

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Contemporary, Minimalist Design Coaster Bookshelf with Glass Accents, in Black.
By: Coaster Home Furnishings

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Modern, Minimalist Design, Glossy White Bookshelf with Tempered Glass.
By: Monarch Specialties

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Unique, Margo Mid-Century Modern Bookshelf, with Three Distinct Shelves in Subtle Antique Blue Finish.
By: Target Marketing Systems

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Modern, Minimalist Design Marcel 5-Shelves Display Stand, Product is Made of Medium Fiber Board Construction, Laminate White Finish Frame, and Laminate Walnut Finish Shelves, In White And Walnut.
By: ioHOMES

Editor's Note

We’re big fans of this piece. Crafted with a medium fiber board construction, laminate white finish frame, and laminate walnut finish shelves, this minimalist bookshelf is eye-catching and designed to a ‘T’. The slightly sloping support beams at the front give the piece dimension, while the shelves that extend outside the core frame on either side give a more open feel to the overall piece. In our opinion, this minimalist bookshelf can work for either a bedroom or living room space; and can be used for either a display showcase or a modern storage shelving unit with books or home accents.

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12 Best Minimalist Bookshelf Designs & Modern Bookcases, Featuring The Coolest Contemporary Bookcases, Modern Wall Bookshelves, & Minimalist Bookcases for the Bedroom & Living Room.

Favorites

12 Best Minimalist Bookshelf Designs & Modern Bookcases // While combing through products, we found these gems. These are a few of our personal favorites — maybe we share the same taste. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, featuring simple and minimal lines, colors and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Three or more shelves for adequate storage space.
+ Bookcases / bookshelves between 55 to 75 inches in height (preferred for average living space).
+ Tempered glass material (for select products).
+ Abstract or geometric forms.
+ Durable construction, with high quality materials like hardwood, steel or tempered glass.

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Handmade, Unique, Minimalist Design Bookcase, Hexagonal, Honeycomb Shelves, in Black.
By: Ruche shelving & furniture

Editor's Note

If you couldn’t tell from the selections in our ‘Favorites’ section, we tended towards the more unique and abstract minimalist bookcases here. We looked for bookcases that are both eye-catching and present a unique silhouette. When it comes to furniture, we like geometric pieces that have an architectural aesthetic to them – and this minimalist bookshelf fits the bill. This piece is handmade and designed with a unique, honeycomb-esque geometry.

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Simple, Minimalist Design 6-Shelf Bookcase, in Maze Like Design, in Brown.
By: DECORTIE

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Modern, Geometric Cubist Design, Dark Taupe Reclaimed-Look Bookcase, in Grey.
By: Monarch Specialties

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Minimalist Design, Cole Contemporary Leaning Tower Bookshelf Display Stand, in White & Walnut Finish.
By: SHOPATHOME

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12 Best Minimalist Bookshelf Designs & Modern Bookcases, Featuring The Coolest Contemporary Bookcases, Modern Wall Bookshelves, & Minimalist Bookcases for the Bedroom & Living Room.

Budget Picks

12 Best Minimalist Bookshelf Designs & Modern Bookcases // These are a few solid choices if you’re on a budget. We focused on the following qualities when curating for this particular selection of products:

+ Designed with modern or contemporary aesthetics (relatively subjective quality).
+ Unique or interesting designs (relatively subjective quality).
+ Designed with minimalist design principles, featuring simple and minimal lines, colors and assets (relatively subjective quality).
+ Three or more shelves for adequate storage space.
+ Bookcases / bookshelves between 55 to 75 inches in height (preferred for average living space).
+ Abstract or geometric forms.

*While we work to ensure the products we select possess these qualities, actual product packaging and materials may contain more and/or different information than that shown on our web site. Do not rely solely on the information provided here.

Details

Architectural Design, Modern Tower Etagere and Bookcase, in Orange Blush, Metal Construction.
By: Sauder

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Unique, Triangular Modern Shelving Unit, in Dark Brown Faux Wood Grain Paper Veneer.
By: Baxton Studio

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Modern, Minimalist Design Soho Bookcase, with Weathered White Top Surface and Tempered Glass Sides.
By: Convenience Concepts

Editor's Note

To give some variety in size, we thought it’d be helpful to include a relatively shorter bookcase. This piece sits at 32 inches high, perfect for a subtle home accent or complementary piece. We also like the use of glass and wood. In our opinion, it allows the contents of the shelves to be more emphasized.

tags: best minimalist bookshelf designs, best modern bookcases, coolest contemporary bookcases, modern wall bookshelves, minimalist bookcases, bedroom bookcases, living room bookcases, affordable bookshelves, minimalist bookshelf

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