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Vintage Oak Bookshelves

Oak has long been a popular wood used in British homes across furniture, panelling and floors. Oak bookshelves can add a rustic touch, industrial feel, or minimalist vibe to any room. From floor-to-ceiling oak bookshelves to create a striking library wall to smaller, more modest antique oak bookshelves for a bijou apartment, Vinterior has hundreds of examples for you to peruse at your leisure.In need of something grand for an entrance hallway? Consider a dark oak bookshelf to pop against a neutral-hued wall. Keen to display knick-knacks as well as books. A larger display case with integrated oak bookshelves could fit the bill.Each oak bookcase and bookshelf has been handpicked by our team of vintage experts for their authenticity, charm, and beauty. Explore our collection below and make your interior vision a reality.

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Take a foray into the world of oak bookshelves

From polished antique industrial shelves suspended on steel frames, there are so many styles of oak bookshelves for sale at Vinterior. Oak bookshelves can be used throughout the home as oak is suitable for spaces including humid kitchens and bathrooms. Real wood is superior to many of the MDF and plywood alternatives we see today. Tactile with rich colouration, a dark oak bookshelf will make a beautiful addition to your interiors.

Why use vintage oak bookshelves in your home?

Oak is an ideal material to use for furniture that serves a real function. Oak bookshelves need to bear the weight of books and other heavy objects. The density and tensile strength of oak means that oak bookshelves will last, as demonstrated by some of our quality antique pieces. Antique oak bookshelves are visually commanding, with distinctive whorls within the honey-toned wood. As they age over time, antique and vintage oak shelves gain an appealing patina and they are also very straightforward to care for and require just a light coat of beeswax every few months to maintain a healthy condition.

The history of antique oak bookshelves

So where did bookshelves come from? Before Guttenberg invented the printing press in 1440, scholars would simply carry boxes of hand-written books to and fro. Eventually, the printing press democratised the availability of books to all who could afford the written word. As a result, they needed somewhere to keep their new books. This is the point at which university libraries also started to appear. One of the most famous in the U.K. is Oxford University's Bodleian Library which dates to the 16th century. Thus began the world's love for bookshelves and home libraries.

How to find vintage oak bookshelves

Finding good quality oak bookshelves can be difficult if you’re not an expert yourself. That’s where Vinterior comes in — we feature over 1,800 trusted sellers of antique, vintage, reclaimed and bespoke furniture. Shopping sustainably has never been easier. So, what are you waiting for? Get browsing our oak bookshelf listings today and find the perfect oak bookshelves for your home.

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