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A versatile storage and display solution for any room

An oak bookcase can be a highly versatile and practical addition to a room’s décor scheme. It not only serves as a functional storage solution for books and other items but also adds visual interest, height, and character to the space. When it comes to oak bookcases, they bring a warm and timeless appeal to any room.

Hardwick Oak Small Bookcase
Hardwick Oak Small Bookcase Closeup

Here are some ways an oak bookcase can enhance the overall look of a room and how to style it for an eye-catching display:

An oak bookcase itself can be a decorative element, thanks to its natural wood grain and rich colour. It adds warmth and elegance to the room. Consider choosing an oak bookcase that complements the existing furniture and colour scheme in the space. Check you have sufficient space to place the bookshelf against a wall and place it in an area where the display will have maximum impact in the room.

Oak bookcases come in various sizes, including small, medium, and tall multi-shelf options. They can be used strategically to add height to a room. Taller oak bookcases draw the eyes upward, creating a sense of verticality and making the room feel more spacious. They are particularly beneficial in rooms with low ceilings. On the other hand, smaller oak bookcases can fit into tighter spaces or be used as accent pieces in conjunction with other furniture.

Small bookcase
Large bookcase
Narrow bookcase

The way you arrange and style the items on your oak bookcase can significantly impact the overall aesthetic. Here are some tips for the best display:

Mix books and decorative items: Arrange books both vertically and horizontally to add visual interest. Mix in decorative objects, such as vases, sculptures, picture frames, and small plants, to break up the visual monotony and add personal touches.

Group items in vignettes: Create small groupings of items on each shelf. Combine books, decorative objects, and artwork to form visually appealing vignettes. Vary the heights and sizes of the objects to create balance and prevent a cluttered look.

Don’t overlook the top of lower-height bookcases, they are perfect soaces for a favourite leafy plant, a vase of flowers or pictures and collectables. Just like the bookcase shelves, don’t overcrowd the top, less is really more!

Examples of “dressed” bookcases

Use decorative bookends
Bookends not only provide support but also add style. Choose bookends that complement the overall theme or colour scheme of the room. They can be functional objects or decorative pieces themselves.

Add artwork or mirrors
Place framed artwork or mirrors on the back panel of the oak bookcase to add depth and create a focal point. This can also reflect light and make the room feel more open.

Consider colour coordination
If you have a vast collection of books with colourful spines, you can arrange them in a way that creates a visually pleasing colour scheme. Alternatively, you can opt for a more cohesive look by grouping books with similar colours together.

Remember to periodically update and rearrange the items on your oak bookcase to keep the display fresh and interesting. With careful thought and attention to detail, an oak bookcase can become a stylish focal point in any room, adding both functionality and aesthetic appeal to the space.

In what rooms in the home can an Oak bookcase be useful?

A bookcase can be used in various rooms throughout the home, offering both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Here are some common rooms where a bookcase can be utilized:

Living Room
The living room is a popular space to showcase a bookcase. It can be used to display books, decorative items, family photos, and even media equipment like DVDs or video game consoles. A bookcase in the living room can become a focal point and add personality to the space.

Home Office/Study
A bookcase is an essential piece of furniture in a home office or study. It provides storage for books, reference materials, files, and office supplies. Additionally, it can be used to display awards, certificates, or personal mementoes that inspire productivity and creativity.

In the bedroom, a bookcase can serve both practical and decorative purposes. It can house a personal library, allowing for easy access to bedtime reading materials. Additionally, it can be used to display cherished items, such as photo albums, keepsakes, or decorative accents. On a practical note, you can use it to keep your beauty products on hand. Invest in small decorative baskets and you have a place to keep makeup, hair products and styling tools.

If you are a collector of beautiful shoes, why not place them on a couple of shelves too?

Nursery/Kids’ Room
A bookcase in a nursery or kids’ room encourages a love for reading and helps keep books organized. It can also provide storage for toys, stuffed animals, or other children’s items. Consider using lower shelves for easy access and incorporating colourful bins or baskets for added organization.

Home Library
If you have a dedicated home library or reading space, a bookcase is a must-have. It can store and showcase your book collection, creating a cosy and inviting space for reading and relaxation. Arrange books by genre, author, or colour to create an organized and visually appealing display.

Dining Room
Whilst less traditional, a bookcase can add character and functionality to a dining room. It can hold cookbooks, dinnerware, glassware, or decorative items like vases or candleholders. A bookcase in the dining room can be a unique focal point, showcasing your personal style and interests.

Hallway or Entryway
Utilizing a bookcase in a hallway or entryway can create a welcoming and organized space. It can serve as a catch-all for keys, mail, and other essentials while also providing a spot to display art pieces, decorative objects, or plants.

Remember, the versatility of a bookcase allows it to be used in various rooms, adapting to the needs and preferences of each space. Whether you’re looking to showcase a collection, add storage, or enhance the overall aesthetic, a bookcase can be a practical and stylish addition to any room in the home.

Our Bookcase ranges

At Progressive Furnishings, you’ll find an extensive range of oak bookcases that cater to various styles and preferences. For those seeking an industrial, on-trend look, the Magnus Oak bookcase is a perfect choice. It’s robust construction and rustic charm add a unique character to any space. If you’re in need of smaller or taller options, the Ivan Oak bookcases offer practicality without compromising style.

For a touch of elegance, the Ivan Painted bookcase, featuring a natural oak top, combines a painted finish with the warmth of oak. The Balmoral bookcase boasts a classic design that exudes timeless sophistication.

One of the top sellers, the Hardwick Light Oak bookcase, showcases a contemporary appeal with its clean lines and light oak finish.

Lastly, the Loxley Rustic Oak bookcase is available in two sizes and adds a touch of rustic charm to any room. With such a diverse range, Progressive Furnishings ensures that there’s an oak bookcase to suit every taste and complement any décor scheme.

To add depth and warmth to a room try our richly coloured Modern Sheesham open bookcases.

Magnus Stone

If oak isn’t your style, we also have the Magnus Stone Range with its deep grey metal frame with grey high-pressure laminate shelves. This design is perfect for modern living and will look in place in any home where you are keen to promote the on-trend industrial look.

A Selection of our Oak Bookcases


Our friendly team will deliver your bookcase right to the room you need it.

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