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Best Bookshelves in India - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best bookshelves in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

Bookshelves have come a long way from the Boring wooden cabinets meant for storing books to aesthetically stunning pieces of art. Today the bookshelves are not just meant for keeping books but are often utilised to enhance the ambience of the place.

They come in various shapes and sizes. Cherrycheck will help you choose the best bookshelf from this buyer’s guide!

UPDATED

12/8/2021

Model

Our Rating

Rating

Material

No. of Shelves

Pro's & Con's

Dimensions (LxWxH)

Colour

Shape

Installation Type

Other Variations

Weight

Bookcase and Storage Unit

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Bookcase and Storage Unit

Lexis 3-Shelf FC895017_Dark_Wenge

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9.7 / 10

01/2021

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Engineered wood

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3

Good quality
Easy to install
Water and scratch resistant
Could take up some space compared to a corner shelf
28 x 40 x 106 cm
Dark wenge
Rectangular
Freestanding
  • 4 Shelves
  • 5 Shelves
12 kg

Kurtzy

MDF Wood DIY Book Storage Display Rack Shelf

JK-722-Y

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9.6 / 10

01/2021

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MDF Wood

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9

Stylish look
Elegant finish
More number of shelves
Tricky assembly
21 x 47 x 131 cm
Yellow
Rectangular
Freestanding
Not available
13.98 kg

Custom Decor

Edison Solidwood House Corner Wall Rack Shelf

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9.5 / 10

01/2021

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Sheesham wood

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5

Vintage style corner accent
Already assembled product
Multifunctional- you can keep books, plants, magazines, photo frame, storage box
May get scratches easily
10.2 x 50.8 x 162.6 cm
Honey teak brown
Conical
Freestanding
Colour variations available
10 kg

Shiok Decor

Wall Mount Metal U Shape Shelf

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9.4 / 10

01/2021

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Metal

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2

Easy to install
Budget friendly
Requires less space
Not suitable for heavy books
15.2 x 43.2 x 8.9 cm
Black
U-shaped
Wall mount
Not availbale
1.5 kg

DeckUp

Muvo Book Shelf

Muvo FC895018 Dark Wenge

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9.3 / 10

01/2021

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Engineered wood

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3

Excellent build quality
Elegant design and look
Easy to install and maintain
Comes with adjustable shelves
28 x 77-80 x 106 cm
Dark wenge
Rectangular
Freestanding
Walnut colour variation
18 kg

Bluewud

Walten Engineered Wood Bookshelf

SB-WA-W

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9.2 / 10

01/2021

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Prelam wood

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5

Elegant design
Requires less space
Multiple colour options
Good for décor items as well
17 x 35 x 140.5 cm
Wenge
Rectangular
Freestanding
Walnut colour variation
7 kg

Coavas

No-Assembly Folding-Bookshelf

CAS002

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Our Rating

9.1 / 10

01/2021

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Medium density fibreboard and iron

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4

No assembly required
Extremely convenient to use
Large shelf space
Features a robust iron frame that enhances durability
29.97 x 59.94 x 125.47 cm
Black
Rectangular
Freestanding
Not available
8 kg

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Bookcase and Storage Unit


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Our Rating

9.7 / 10

01/2021

Pro's & Con's

Good quality
Easy to install
Water and scratch resistant
Could take up some space compared to a corner shelf

Features

Material

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Engineered wood

No. of Shelves

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3

Dimensions (LxWxH)

28 x 40 x 106 cm

Colour

Dark wenge

Shape

Rectangular

Installation Type

Freestanding

Other Variations

  • 4 Shelves
  • 5 Shelves

Weight

12 kg

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Buyer's Guide - Best Bookshelves in India 2021

A guide for cool and curated bookshelf!

1

Features: Most important purchase criteria for bookshelves

Here’s a sneak peek into the most significant features to consider before buying a bookshelf.

3

How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for bookshelves

Best practices for bookshelves usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best bookshelves

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for bookshelves

1.1 Size

Size plays an important role while buying a bookshelf. Identifying the right size also includes determining the depth of the shelf and the space in between the shelves. It will ensure you that how many books you can put on the shelf. A great bookshelf is a perfect blend of usability and aesthetics.

Size plays an important role while buying a bookshelf. Identifying the right size also includes determining the depth of the shelf and the space in between the shelves. It will ensure you that how many books you can put on the shelf. A great bookshelf is a perfect blend of usability and aesthetics.

1.2 Style

Bookshelf comes in an array of styles and designs, so you have a lot to choose from. We will discuss a few prominent designs and styles of bookshelves here. Based on your intentions to use and the space available in your house, you can further narrow down the options. Some of the common bookshelves types are elaborated below.

  •  Etagère

An étagère is a french word for the shelf which is standing or hanging open shelf, which is essentially used to display a collection of objects.

  • Ladder

A ladder shelf is one that is characterised by its ladder-like shape and has dynamic use cases other than just storing books. It serves as a rack for hanging umbrellas and scarves. It also becomes a place to keep everyday essentials like car and house keys.

  • Scaffold

The scaffold bookshelves are one of a kind. They are highly customisable and unique shelves that are stackable and can even be taken apart and rearranged to suit your exact requirements.

  • Cube

Cube shelves have become immensely popular especially due to the attraction of the new-age audience towards modern aesthetics. It is gaining popularity due to its versatile use cases which can be used to display accessories and keep books. They also look more elegant and are lightweight.

  • On-display

An on-display bookshelf or an open bookshelf is one of the most common kinds of books shelves that you'll see across homes. If you have artwork to flaunt or you have mementoes pictures that you want to cherish, this bookshelf is what you need!

Bookshelf comes in an array of styles and designs, so you have a lot to choose from. We will discuss a few prominent designs and styles of bookshelves here. Based on your intentions to use and the space available in your house, you can further narrow down the options. Some of the common bookshelves types are elaborated below.

  •  Etagère

An étagère is a french word for the shelf which is standing or hanging open shelf, which is essentially used to display a collection of objects.

  • Ladder

A ladder shelf is one that is characterised by its ladder-like shape and has dynamic use cases other than just storing books. It serves as a rack for hanging umbrellas and scarves. It also becomes a place to keep everyday essentials like car and house keys.

  • Scaffold

The scaffold bookshelves are one of a kind. They are highly customisable and unique shelves that are stackable and can even be taken apart and rearranged to suit your exact requirements.

  • Cube

Cube shelves have become immensely popular especially due to the attraction of the new-age audience towards modern aesthetics. It is gaining popularity due to its versatile use cases which can be used to display accessories and keep books. They also look more elegant and are lightweight.

  • On-display

An on-display bookshelf or an open bookshelf is one of the most common kinds of books shelves that you'll see across homes. If you have artwork to flaunt or you have mementoes pictures that you want to cherish, this bookshelf is what you need!

1.3 Usability

Usability is a paramount factor. Apart from the conventional use for storing books, many times bookshelves are used as stylish room dividers. Whatever be your use case, always ensure that bookshelf should pair well with your requirements.

Usability is a paramount factor. Apart from the conventional use for storing books, many times bookshelves are used as stylish room dividers. Whatever be your use case, always ensure that bookshelf should pair well with your requirements.

1.4 Material

Material is the next best thing that you should look up to when buying a bookshelf. The material greatly determines the durability of the bookshelves and also has a lot to do with maintenance. For instance, some kind of material requires low maintenance while other high-end materials may require too much attention and time to maintain.

Wooden bookshelves have great aesthetics and it also has a yesteryear appeal. However, they are high on maintenance. On the other hand, more affordable options like particleboard bookshelves exhibit a look like that of real wood and they are budget-friendly and easy to maintain.

Also, metal bookshelves are a great option since they blend well with the new age design and are a lot less bulky.

Material is the next best thing that you should look up to when buying a bookshelf. The material greatly determines the durability of the bookshelves and also has a lot to do with maintenance. For instance, some kind of material requires low maintenance while other high-end materials may require too much attention and time to maintain.

Wooden bookshelves have great aesthetics and it also has a yesteryear appeal. However, they are high on maintenance. On the other hand, more affordable options like particleboard bookshelves exhibit a look like that of real wood and they are budget-friendly and easy to maintain.

Also, metal bookshelves are a great option since they blend well with the new age design and are a lot less bulky.

1.5 Space and Durability

The durability of the shelf should also be well examined before making the final purchase. You should start with checking the strength and thickness of the shelves to ensure that they are capable to bear the weight that you are going to put on them.

Having said that, the number of shelves is also a vital factor to decide on. Because it decides how many items can be placed on the shelves conveniently.

The durability of the shelf should also be well examined before making the final purchase. You should start with checking the strength and thickness of the shelves to ensure that they are capable to bear the weight that you are going to put on them.

Having said that, the number of shelves is also a vital factor to decide on. Because it decides how many items can be placed on the shelves conveniently.

1.6 Adjustable

The adjustable feature in the bookshelves implies having shelves of different shapes and sizes. A customised bookshelf not only helps you to get rid of the monotonous design but also give you space to place things of different size creatively.

The adjustable feature in the bookshelves implies having shelves of different shapes and sizes. A customised bookshelf not only helps you to get rid of the monotonous design but also give you space to place things of different size creatively.

1.7 Budget

Bookshelves don't come inexpensive, and it is a one-time investment for most people. Therefore, it is best to take your time and evaluate each of the above features cautiously before buying a shelf. All-in-all, it's better to go with a balanced approach rather than an over-the-top approach while buying.

Bookshelves don't come inexpensive, and it is a one-time investment for most people. Therefore, it is best to take your time and evaluate each of the above features cautiously before buying a shelf. All-in-all, it's better to go with a balanced approach rather than an over-the-top approach while buying.

2. .FAQ: Learn more about the details Any questions left?

2.1 Can bookshelves catch bugs?

That’s a bit unlikely. However, in a rare scenario when bedbugs reach a book, they leave behind a reddish/brown smudge as they consume blood.

That’s a bit unlikely. However, in a rare scenario when bedbugs reach a book, they leave behind a reddish/brown smudge as they consume blood.

2.2 How much weight can be put on a bookshelf?

This varies from bookshelf to bookshelf. In fact, you should always refer to the manufacturer's recommendations about how much weight you can put on a bookshelf. A heavy and durable bookshelf can take around 68 kg weight.

This varies from bookshelf to bookshelf. In fact, you should always refer to the manufacturer's recommendations about how much weight you can put on a bookshelf. A heavy and durable bookshelf can take around 68 kg weight.

2.3 What are some of the best bookshelf brands in India?

Deck up, DecorNation and Kurtzy are some of the best furniture brands in India providing best bookshelves also.

Deck up, DecorNation and Kurtzy are some of the best furniture brands in India providing best bookshelves also.

3. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for bookshelves

3.1 How to clean a bookshelf?

  • Remove everything from the shelf before you start the cleaning process.

  • Clean the dust particles using a dry cloth. 

  • Bookshelves tend to develop a lot of scratches due to repetitive use. Use a damp microfiber cloth for cleaning fabricated surfaces.

  • After the cleaning of the bookshelf is done, ensure to vacuum the space where the bookshelf is normally placed.

  • Arrange your books back on the shelf.

  • Remove everything from the shelf before you start the cleaning process.

  • Clean the dust particles using a dry cloth. 

  • Bookshelves tend to develop a lot of scratches due to repetitive use. Use a damp microfiber cloth for cleaning fabricated surfaces.

  • After the cleaning of the bookshelf is done, ensure to vacuum the space where the bookshelf is normally placed.

  • Arrange your books back on the shelf.

4. Fun Facts: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about bookshelves

4.1 Bookshelves or bookcases have a long history dating back to imperial China, where the records of having revolving bookcases were found. The invention of revolving bookcases was credited to Fu Xi, and they were invented in the year 544.

4.2 In ancient times, large numbers of manuscripts (both religious and non-religious) are stored in massive learning rooms in cupboards. These cupboards are the producers of the present-day bookcases.

4.3 One of the oldest modern-day bookcases that are kept in England are at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, and they are resting there since the 16th century.

4.4 One of the most successful attempts for making long-range bookshelves were made by English cabinet makers in the late 18th century.

4.1 Bookshelves or bookcases have a long history dating back to imperial China, where the records of having revolving bookcases were found. The invention of revolving bookcases was credited to Fu Xi, and they were invented in the year 544.

4.2 In ancient times, large numbers of manuscripts (both religious and non-religious) are stored in massive learning rooms in cupboards. These cupboards are the producers of the present-day bookcases.

4.3 One of the oldest modern-day bookcases that are kept in England are at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, and they are resting there since the 16th century.

4.4 One of the most successful attempts for making long-range bookshelves were made by English cabinet makers in the late 18th century.

5. Our Picks: How we picked the best bookshelves

5.1 DeckUp Lexis 3-Shelf Bookcase and Storage Unit

The DeckUp bookshelf is a 3-shelf bookcase that is meticulously designed to suit the aesthetics of any interior. Featuring a dark wenge finish, this bookcase has three shelves which are enough to accommodate a large number of differently sized books and decoration accessories.

Carved out of engineered wood and further laminated, this durable water and scratch resistant furniture is surprisingly convenient to clean. The resistance quality is enhanced due to the waterproof melamine coating.

Additionally, the three shelves that are present are adjustable in nature adding to the convenience factor. This bookshelf has an open display design and has to be assembled on purchase. The instruction manual for assembly makes it fairly easy and convenient to assemble the furniture.

This furniture also comes with a 4-shelf and a 5-self variation.

The DeckUp bookshelf is a 3-shelf bookcase that is meticulously designed to suit the aesthetics of any interior. Featuring a dark wenge finish, this bookcase has three shelves which are enough to accommodate a large number of differently sized books and decoration accessories.

Carved out of engineered wood and further laminated, this durable water and scratch resistant furniture is surprisingly convenient to clean. The resistance quality is enhanced due to the waterproof melamine coating.

Additionally, the three shelves that are present are adjustable in nature adding to the convenience factor. This bookshelf has an open display design and has to be assembled on purchase. The instruction manual for assembly makes it fairly easy and convenient to assemble the furniture.

This furniture also comes with a 4-shelf and a 5-self variation.

5.2 Kurtzy MDF Wood DIY Book Storage Display Rack Shelf Organizer

If we have to explain the Kurtzy bookshelf in just 3 words, then that would be spacious, useful and aesthetic. Not just the overall utility, but even the design will also delight you.

It acts as a freestanding bookshelf cum file organiser that doesn't topple and wobble but remain steady at its place and secure all the books and items placed inside it. This superbly built furniture has a professional finish which makes it look stylish and sophisticated at the same time.

This bookshelf requires a DIY assembly and can be alternatively used as a display and a bookshelf at home or at the office. Carved out of engineered wood, this furniture has 9 shelves in total.

If we have to explain the Kurtzy bookshelf in just 3 words, then that would be spacious, useful and aesthetic. Not just the overall utility, but even the design will also delight you.

It acts as a freestanding bookshelf cum file organiser that doesn't topple and wobble but remain steady at its place and secure all the books and items placed inside it. This superbly built furniture has a professional finish which makes it look stylish and sophisticated at the same time.

This bookshelf requires a DIY assembly and can be alternatively used as a display and a bookshelf at home or at the office. Carved out of engineered wood, this furniture has 9 shelves in total.

5.3 Custom Decor Edison Solidwood House Corner Wall Rack Shelf Heavy Duty 5 Tier Shelf

Custom Decor bookshelf is one unique piece of furniture that is as versatile as it can get. This uniquely designed corner wall rack shelf has a 5-shelf design, which lets you put your books and decoration pieces in much less space than other bookshelves.

Carved entirely out of sheesham wood, this sturdy, durable and aesthetic bookshelf comes with a mahogany finish. Due to its compact build, this could find a corner anywhere in your bedroom or living room, while keeping its elegant charm intact.

This bookshelf comes in various colour variations including brown, honey teak brown, honey (colour) and dark red mahogany.

Custom Decor bookshelf is one unique piece of furniture that is as versatile as it can get. This uniquely designed corner wall rack shelf has a 5-shelf design, which lets you put your books and decoration pieces in much less space than other bookshelves.

Carved entirely out of sheesham wood, this sturdy, durable and aesthetic bookshelf comes with a mahogany finish. Due to its compact build, this could find a corner anywhere in your bedroom or living room, while keeping its elegant charm intact.

This bookshelf comes in various colour variations including brown, honey teak brown, honey (colour) and dark red mahogany.

5.4 Shiok decor® Wall Mount Metal U Shape Shelf Book CD DVD Storage Display Bookcase Black Set of 2

If you're someone looking for an elegant yet budget-friendly bookshelf, then the u-shaped bookshelf from Shiok decor is what you need.
This wall mount bookshelf has a vibrant black finish and could be a perfect home for your books and a much-cherished collection of CDs and DVDs.
These easy to install shelves come in a fully assembled condition which just needs to be mounted on the wall with hardware that's already present in the package.
This can even be an ideal place to house plants, home accessories and items of home decor. The cherry on the cake is, this elegant and smartly designed bookshelf has a 1-year product warranty.

If you're someone looking for an elegant yet budget-friendly bookshelf, then the u-shaped bookshelf from Shiok decor is what you need.
This wall mount bookshelf has a vibrant black finish and could be a perfect home for your books and a much-cherished collection of CDs and DVDs.
These easy to install shelves come in a fully assembled condition which just needs to be mounted on the wall with hardware that's already present in the package.
This can even be an ideal place to house plants, home accessories and items of home decor. The cherry on the cake is, this elegant and smartly designed bookshelf has a 1-year product warranty.

5.5 DeckUp Muvo Book Shelf

Another bookshelf from the house of DeckUp is here exhibiting the same elegance and style as its counterpart which also happens to be our top choice.

Coming in a dark wenge colour, this bookshelf also has a matte finish. Carved out of engineered wood, this freestanding rectangular bookcase has 3 shelves, and it flaunts a contemporary style.

This classy looking furniture requires basic DIY assembly, which becomes much easier with the help of an instruction manual that comes with the product.

The bookshelf has an open display design and the entire shelf body is cover with melamine coating making the bookshelf scratch and water-resistant. The DeckUp bookshelf also has adjustable shelves offering added convenience.

Another bookshelf from the house of DeckUp is here exhibiting the same elegance and style as its counterpart which also happens to be our top choice.

Coming in a dark wenge colour, this bookshelf also has a matte finish. Carved out of engineered wood, this freestanding rectangular bookcase has 3 shelves, and it flaunts a contemporary style.

This classy looking furniture requires basic DIY assembly, which becomes much easier with the help of an instruction manual that comes with the product.

The bookshelf has an open display design and the entire shelf body is cover with melamine coating making the bookshelf scratch and water-resistant. The DeckUp bookshelf also has adjustable shelves offering added convenience.

5.6 Bluewud Walten Engineered Wood Bookshelf/Display Rack

Bluewud is one of the most known and respected brands for manufacturing bookshelves and display racks that are a magnificent blend of elegance and usability.

This walnut coloured, contemporary style bookshelf has multifunctional display shelves that can be used to house decorative items and books. Made up of premium quality pre-lam wood, having a natural wood grain finish, it comes with the maximum load taking capacity of 7 kg per shelf.

The Bluewud Walton bookshelf requires DIY assembly and has a 1-year product warranty against manufacturing defects.

Bluewud is one of the most known and respected brands for manufacturing bookshelves and display racks that are a magnificent blend of elegance and usability.

This walnut coloured, contemporary style bookshelf has multifunctional display shelves that can be used to house decorative items and books. Made up of premium quality pre-lam wood, having a natural wood grain finish, it comes with the maximum load taking capacity of 7 kg per shelf.

The Bluewud Walton bookshelf requires DIY assembly and has a 1-year product warranty against manufacturing defects.

5.7 Coavas No-Assembly Folding-Bookshelf

Like our previous picks, our final product on the list is also about convenience and elegance. This lightweight bookshelf requires absolutely no assembly and can be used in extensively dynamic ways.

Made up of medium density fibreboard and iron, it has a superb black finish and 4 shelves in total. This bookshelf is extremely easy to set up as you just need to unfold the black frame and put the four shelves in between. Moreover, it features two additional oblique sidebars that provide better stability.

The bookshelf features a large shelf size of 12 inches, which allows you to put anything and everything on it, and it offers enough flexibility to use it as a shelf cum display rack. Checkout reviews and compare best wall clocks, best indoor plants, best portable study tables, best study lamps in India.

Like our previous picks, our final product on the list is also about convenience and elegance. This lightweight bookshelf requires absolutely no assembly and can be used in extensively dynamic ways.

Made up of medium density fibreboard and iron, it has a superb black finish and 4 shelves in total. This bookshelf is extremely easy to set up as you just need to unfold the black frame and put the four shelves in between. Moreover, it features two additional oblique sidebars that provide better stability.

The bookshelf features a large shelf size of 12 inches, which allows you to put anything and everything on it, and it offers enough flexibility to use it as a shelf cum display rack. Checkout reviews and compare best wall clocks, best indoor plants, best portable study tables, best study lamps in India.