Beautiful bookshelves – but isn’t function the most important thing in a bookshelf?

I love bookshelves that look beautiful. At least, I like looking at them in photos.

This bookshelf really appeals to me on an aesthetic level. But when I think about organizing my books that way, having titles be facing in different directions, not being able to easily organize by author, title, etc, and also not being able to fit as many books into the space as I would a regular bookshelf, then the bookshelf loses its appeal for me.

What do you think about it? Do you care more about the function of a bookshelf, the ease of use, or the design?

Ultimately, I care about the ease of use and function of a bookshelf the most, though if I can add in something that pleases my eye, then I’m happy. I like wood bookshelves the best.

Check out some interesting bookshelves on this blog. I think most of them are not functional at all, which for me defeats their purpose–but many of them are fun to look at.

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to Beautiful bookshelves – but isn’t function the most important thing in a bookshelf?

  1. Jen Robinson says:

    I definitely care about function, Cheryl! Actually, we’re moving soon, and are in the market for some nicer bookshelves than the 12 year old, build them yourself shelves from Target that we’ve been using. But I doubt we’ll go with slanting shelves…

  2. Cheryl says:

    I care about function, too, Jen. 🙂 Good luck in your move! I hope it’s an easy, smooth one. I know what you mean, wanting nicer bookshelves. I’ll be moving soon, too. I’m looking at shelves at IKEA–wood ones, or at least wood finish.

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