Most of my design choices come from re-evaluating the traditional to figure out what is necessary, what is not, and how the design could be more practical. Here I took a standard bookcase structure but opened up the sides and the back instead of the solid, closed-off sides and backs of traditional bookcases which really serve no purpose.

I also wanted the back of the bookcase to rest against the wall, which greatly improves stability, especially on carpet floors. The two front legs angle back to meet the wall. This one I designed to sit above 6″ baseboards; unfortunately we recently moved into a home with 8″ baseboards and you can see it doesn’t quite make it!

The shelves generously fit books 12″ deep and over 13″ tall, or any number of other items you want to show off. As you can see, vinyl records fit perfectly!

Also, the rear of each shelf features a half-inch space so that you can pass speaker wires or lamp power cables, for instance, down behind the shelves and out of the way. Try finding that on a traditional bookcase!


I needed both a bookshelf and a nightstand so I decided to combine the two ideas into one piece of furniture.

This bookshelf leans against the wall for complete stability even on carpet. The multi-tier design allows for a deeper-than-standard shelf at the bottom for those particularly large books or other deeper items. But best of all, with a push of a button the shelves light up with soft, warm glow!

Of course, this bookshelf would work just as well by your bed as it would in any part of your home.