Oak Bookshelves

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Oak has long been a popular wood used in British homes across furniture, panelling and floors. We are going to look more closely at oak bookshelves, which, like most vintage furniture on Vinterior, come in many different styles and finishes. When choosing somewhere for your books to live, why not consider a beautiful set of vintage or antique oak bookshelves? Built to last, oak bookshelves are a good investment and will stand the test of time.

Vintage oak bookshelves for sale at Vinterior

From polished antique oak bookshelves to industrial floating shelves suspended on steel frames, there are so many styles of oak shelves for sale at Vinterior. Oak shelves can be used throughout the home as oak is suitable for spaces including humid kitchens and bathrooms. Real wood is much better quality than many of the mdf and plywood alternatives we see today. Tactile with rich colouration, oak shelves 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 for a very long time. Oak bookshelves are visually commanding, with distinctive whorls within the honey-toned wood. Antique and vintage oak shelves gain an appealing patina as they age over time - they are also very straight forward to care for and require just a light coat of beeswax every few months to maintain a healthy condition.

The history of the bookshelf

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 UK 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 one thousand trusted sellers of antique, vintage, reclaimed and bespoke furniture.
So, what are you waiting for? Get browsing our listings today and find the perfect oak bookshelves for your home.