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Antique Bookshelves

No other piece of furniture brings more sophistication and charm, executed with such utter simplicity, than the humble bookshelf. Gracing our homes for centuries, bookshelves are one of the most revered pieces of antique furniture and an absolute must for any home serious about its style. So much more than just a place to plonk down your novels and the odd plant, a set of gorgeous antique shelves can completely command the attention in any room. Traditionally made with intensely durable hardwoods, like teak, oak, walnut and mahogany, these beauties are built for a lifetime, bringing you and your books years of enjoyment.

Our expertly curated marketplace brings you the best quality, best looking and most jammy pieces from all over the UK and beyond. Filter by size, materials, style, designer and even door type with our handy search filters. Whether you’re after a classic open bookcase to show off your most-loved reads, an antique shelving unit for the bathroom or kitchen, a breakfront, a bureau or even a revolving bookcase, we’ve got you covered. Simply sit back and browse the best bookcases on the block.

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Antique Bookshelves for Sale online

Bookshelves and bookcases have been gracing our homes for centuries. With humble beginnings, the bookcase was originally designed as simply a set of antique shelves for kitchen items or storage. It was only much later, around the 1700s, that they made their way into the homes of the aristocracy to shelve, then very expensive, books.

Antique bookcases include any type of bookcase that is over 100 years old. Traditionally made from extremely durable woods, like teak, oak, walnut and mahogany, perfect for load-bearing. Style aside, they are excellent choices simply for their exceptional quality. Once installed it was rare for antique bookcases to ever be moved from their original spot, mainly due to their weight. Although heavy, these beauties are built to last.

Antique bookcases come in lots of different shapes, styles and designs. Let’s take a look at a few of our favourites available on our marketplace…

Opting for an open antique bookcase

Open bookcases are considered the more traditional option of bookcases. Open bookcases are, well, exactly what they say on the tin—open shelves at the front with solid wood backs and side panelling. These bookcases are perfect for quick and easy access to your literature, plus they can look amazing with a few accessories or hanging plants added between your books.

Choosing antique shelving units

Antique shelving units on the other hand take it up a notch with an even more open design. With no back or side panelling, these pieces have their shelves completely open, supported usually by a simple wooden frame. A big benefit of antique shelving units is their amazing versatility. Their open structure allows it to be placed pretty much anywhere in the home. We love creating a divider sprinkled with plants, records and books to break up open-plan spaces.

Discover antique display cabinets

Our final favourites is the antique display cabinet. A great option for those of us who prefer our storage units to be closed off, antique display cabinets usually sport fancy glass display windows with lockable doors. This can be a great option if you have special collectable books, or just don’t want the kids' fingers all over your favourite reads.

Why choose an antique bookcase?

Having high-quality antique bookcases in your homes can really add a sense of grandeur to your interiors. These wooden bookcases develop character as their patinas age with time, so the bookcase you purchase today will get better with age, just like fine wine. Find a piece that matches your personality and carry it with you throughout your lifetime, or pass them down throughout the family. Antique bookcases can have a formidable presence in the home and will always be something to marvel at for years to come.

Buying an antique bookcase on Vinterior

Discover the enduring history of antique shelves and antique bookcases with Vinterior’s awe-inspiring marketplace. Our dealers and sellers have amassed centuries worth of antique bookshelves from all across the world, with different histories ingrained in each of them. Find antique French bookshelves from the eighteenth century, Georgian and Victorian bookshelves in deep and hearty wooden finished and metallic embellishments or combine multiple antique bookcase units to create the at-home library of your dreams! Vinterior is the one-stop-shop for all things vintage and antique, and you’ll be sure to find the perfect antique bookcase right here.