The origin of bookshelves is quite extensive and riveting. Bookshelves first started to appear in libraries in the early 16th century. The production of books had accelerated due to the invention of the printing press, and so the demand for conventional bookshelves grew. Bookshelves and bookcases were only seen in libraries or homes of highly literate individuals. They were seen as purely functional objects for library use; they only got embellishments once the demand extended to residential properties.
When discussing trends in bookshelves, it is subjected to the shelf itself and the placement of books on it. A simple arrangement of books had seen the light as a trend when design enthusiasts were concerned by their books not matching their home decor. A design blog stated to turn them over, Reverse spine placement to which the internet roared as one would now face the challenge of finding any book.
Let us shift our focus to the aesthetics of a bookshelf rather than the placement of the books, shall we?
With the evolution of manufacturing and machinery came the discovery of materials and their unique uses. Bookshelves were most commonly made of pine, birch, or oak as these types of plywoods are lightweight and durable. It got the job done.
In today’s day and age, “getting the job done” doesn’t cut it. A product needs to be functional and glamorous, elegant, unique, aesthetically pleasing, and modern. When purchasing a bookshelf, we are now keen on these three aspects—durability, design, and versatility. Let us examine why?
Durability- We, as a generation, look for sustainable, environmentally friendly options for everyday household products. Having something eccentric and made to order is far superior to the mass-produced counterpart even if it comes at a fraction of its price, the reason being that it will last longer and it is unique to its owner and perhaps one day play as a family heirloom.
Design- Trends in furniture or bookshelf design have made a comeback just as clothing designs. People are now opting to design their furniture and not only follow trends because it will start trending again at some point in time.
Versatility- The point is unique to today’s time. We are in the kindle era, where books have lost their appeal. Not only are we stuck to devices, but we are in the habit of a digital-first, paper second mindset. This is not only due to the rise in technology but also to reduce the consumption of paper. Unfortunately, that has visually affected our bookshelves. Needless to say that the production of books is still prominent, but its placement on our bookshelves has been replaced. The need for versatile book racks has increased. They now have to have a multi-purpose application.
For years now, wooden bookracks with glass doors have been in high demand due to the trend of displaying one’s fancy crockery. Bookshelves have started to serve a different purpose holding a wide array of items. Bookshelves now come in all shapes and sizes. They are placed in their traditional vertical manner as well as in the quirky horizontal form. It is used as a storage unit, a dumping ground for all things random, your photo frames to fancy china.
This sums up the reason why versatility, design, and durability are the three critical requirements in bookshelves today.
Bookshelves were wildly trending when the whole world went into lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The world as a whole went digital. From meetings to birthday parties to weddings and school were all conducted through video calls. People wanted to look professional and well-read to their colleagues who otherwise would have never seen the inside of each other’s homes. As a result, various bookshelves started to trend. To the point where a Twitter account called “ Bookcase credibility” emerged to track the trend of multiple bookcases on the internet.
Let us discuss the various trending bookshelves/cases.
1. Oxford Bookcase is a five or six-tiered bookcase, which is an excellent option for a corner bookcase. It is a unique option as it comes with a drawer to keep the clutter to a minimum. A bookcase with drawers gives you a brand new dimension to the organization.
2. Simple five-shelf storage bookcase- this is another brilliant corner bookcase that is convenient and conventional. Its functional design makes it an excellent corner bookcase but can also stand alone in the center if you’ve got the space.
3. Skinny open shelf bookcase- a simple but effective modern bookshelf for any home or apartment. It is a no-nonsense storage unit for all items. The slender design allows it to fit even the smallest spaces, making it a great additional piece to your room.
4. Thewall-mounted bookshelves- this is an S-shaped bookcase that is wall mounted. This bookshelf is mainly for books and printed material; it is a design-centric piece that adds a wow factor to any room.
5. The wall of bookcases- this is a dedicated wall full of shelves. It is a wooden book rack; it can be open or with doors. It can be a bookshelf with glass doors or wooden doors. Generally, it is a mixture of both. It is used to store books as well as other decorative and personal belongings.
This is wildly trending and has both functional and modern aspects. This is used in homes or offices with ample space or an extensive collection of books.
The trends in bookshelves are ever-changing. There are vast designs and materials to choose from, all you have to do is understand your space and requirement, and any bookshelf you select will fit beautifully.