31 cool bookends for your home library (2023-24 edition)

Find a perfect bookend for your home library, living room, and spaces for kids. Geode, magnetic, minimalist, concrete – all cool and clever!

Sometimes, you don’t need an entire wall of books to express you love books or define who you are. Nowadays all you need is a dozen of your most precious books. The rest you can keep on your Kindle or tablet.

A little bookshelf, a pair of smart bookends, a candle that smells like an old book, and a minimalist literary poster are more than enough to create an ideal home library or a nook you can escape to every time you need to spend some time with your favorite book characters.

Thanks to books we get smarter and smarter. Cleverly designed bookends can express that. At least half of the examples in this overview add context to the fact it’s all about the books.

In the following list, you will see, among others:

  • Heavy bookends made from geode and agate
  • Slim geometric bookends that use the weight of books to keep them in place
  • Cool and fun bookends that are hidden behind book covers
  • Amazing geometric bookends for contemporary spaces
  • Pop culture bookends: Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, and more
  • Bookends combined with other home decor items

What kind of bookend are you looking for?

Bookends differ in style and functionality, but their most important role is to keep books in vertical position as firmly as possible.

Bookends that are heavy – they are made of a heavy material that prevents them from moving over a bookshelf surface. Concrete, steel, and stones are most popular, but you can also find bookends that are weighted with a heavy material that’s put inside. These bookends usually have a layer of non-slip material glued to their bottom.

Bookends that use the weight of books – these bookends and book stops are cleverly playing with the fact that books are heavy. When you slide a bookend’s bottom horizontal arm under a stack of books, they will be heavy enough to keep the vertical arm in place. Some designs use magnets to create stunning effect that play with space and gravity.

31 best bookends to hold your most precious books

1. Modern tri-cube geometric bookends

Modern geometric bookends

If you are looking for decorative bookends that combine contemporary look with refreshing geometric shape, you have to check out a new set from Universal Lighting and Decor.

These lightweight-looking metal bookends offer an open tri-cube design and are finished with burnished antique brass.

Each bookend is 7.5-inch high and weight approximately 3.4 pounds.

2. Bookend, desk organizer, and phone holder in one

Bookend, jewelry organizer, and phone holder in one - a perfect gift for her

Here is a refreshing idea for your bedroom tabletop bookend – combine a few home decor items into one!

This modern and minimalist home decor created by Time Four Circle is a perfect jewelry organizer. It also features slots for two cellphones (one smaller and one larger). On top of that, there is a place to hold a few books or notebooks.

Available in either white or black.

3. Clever “Evolution” bookends

Clever "Evolution" metal bookends, black

It’s one of my favorite designs in this selection. The idea is subtle, but it says exactly what books are about!

Each bookend is made of heavy gauge steel and features silicon pads on the bottom to keep even the heaviest books in place. The bookends are painted in matte black.

4. Steampunk bookend lamp

Steampunk industrial lamp & bookend in one

This industrial steampunk-style tabletop housewarming lamp from Urban Edison doubles as a bookend!

It’s handmade to order, and you can choose from three wood finish colors: rustic oak, red mahogany, and weathered.

You can get this bookend lamp on either Amazon or Etsy for $69.

5. Industrial pipe bookends

Industrial pipe & rustic wood bookends

From our favorite brand of bookish home decor, My Gift, come fantastic industrial-style bookends made of specially treated pipes and L-shaped torched rustic wood.

These bookends will go well with any rustic, steampunk, or industrial home interior.

6. Modern concrete bookends with jesmonite flakes

Modern concrete industrial cross bookends
Concrete bookend with jesmonite flakes

You are looking at concrete bookends like no other. They are made from a decorative white concrete with colorful jesmonite flakes.

7. Bookshop welcome sign bookend

Bookshop bookend - The Literary Gift Company

From The Literary Gift Company comes a clever and elegant book stopper that looks like a bookshop welcome sign.

It is a single metal bookend, painted in black. It comes in a beautiful box, ready to be gifted!

8. Decorative geode agate bookends

Best geode agate bookends on Amazon

Take a look at one of the best geode bookends you can find on Amazon.

These elegant bookends are offered by Amethya, and are made with 100% natural Brazilian agate geodes, available in either blue or purple.

The set of geode bookends weighs approximately 4–8 pounds. They will bring a sophisticated touch of nature, while keeping your books or vinyl records vertically organized.

9. Minimalist “Ampersand” book stop

Minimalist "Ampersand" bookend in red

Minimalist and beautiful, this bookend can be only seen from a side. It’s made of steel and is powder-coated in red. There are also versions in black and white.

The book stop is sold as a single piece, so if you want a pair, make sure to order two of these.

10. Handmade “Stick Man” concrete bookends

"Stick Man" concrete bookends

These heavy, rustic bookends are made of concrete and painted with a variety of inks and paints to create natural feel. They feature Stick Man characters, saying “Don’t worry, I got this,” and “See, no problem.”

Designed by Blessing and Light, these bookends can be also purchased separately, and are ready to ship immediately.

11. Bookends made of rare white agate

Unique white agate decorative bookends

If you accept the price, these wonderfully looking transparent bookends will become a vital part of your living room.

These unique bookends are made of a white transparent agate, and weigh over 6 pounds.

12. Doctor Who metal bookends

"Doctor Who" metal art bookends

These art bookends will move books to a new dimension, and are a great gift for fans of Doctor Who. Each bookend is made of heavy steel sheet and covered with matte black paint.

The bookends are hand-crafted to order, and the best thing is that you can ask the seller to create a custom design.

13. Weighted Star Wars bookends

Star Wars Yoda book stop
Star Wars BB-8 weighted bookend
Star Wars Chewbacca bookend

Star Wars fans out there? These soft bookends from Hallmark are not only a way to manage books and movies on a shelf. They are also catchy and fun display pieces – not only for your kid’s room.

Each book stop is cozy and soft, but it’s filled with weighted beads, so it will keep even the heaviest books in place.

I love Yoda Master, but you can also choose Chewbacca or BB-8.

14. Nerdy Star Wars bookends

Nerdy Star Wars Heavy Assault Walker bookends

And here is another bookend idea for Star Wars fans. What do you think of keeping your books in place using Heavy Assault Walker?

The bookends are made of eco-friendly natural plywood, and you can order them in one of seven colors, including Black, Green, and Dark Brown.

15. “May the Force Be with Books” book stop

"May the Force Be with Books" bookend - Yoda Master Star Wars

Let Yoda Jedi Master manage books on the shelf for you!

This clever fun Star Wars bookend shows Yoda Master using all his strength to keep the books ready to be picked up.

16. Game of Thrones decorative bookend

Game of Thrones bookend - detailed Iron Throne 7.5-inch replica

Look at this Iron Throne replica! Officially authorized by HBO, and bearing Amazon Choice badge, this highly detailed replica measures 7.5 inches in height, weights 3.7 pounds, and is made of heavy and durable hard-injection molding substance.

Oh, and it can be used as a bookend for your collection of “A Song of Ice and Fire” books.

17. Soft and cozy “Read-Write” bookends

Soft and cozy fabric bookends - Read & Write

Who said bookends have to be made from steel or rock? Sometimes a stuffed fabric is enough to firmly keep your books in place.

These surprisingly stable bookends have a separate inner sleeve filled with beans. The outside layer is made of 100% heavy-weight cotton fabric. The words “read” and “write” are hand stamped in a crisp ebony color.

18. “Left and Right Brain Hemisphere” bookends

Left and right hemisphere bookends

This is one of the smartest bookend pair you can find on the web. They literally show how your brain expands with new books you read.

Designed by Bertrand Jayr, the bookends are made from heavy concrete. Gray matter for your bookshelf!

19. Japanese Katana sword bookends

Eye-catching Katana Samurai sword bookends

There are many arrow bookends, but the books being pierced with a Japanese katana sword – this is unique. Especially that this particular design from Mustard looks very authentic.

Bookends are hidden behind book covers, so you see only the sword. Thanks to strong magnets, the two parts or the sword hold tight.

Japanese Katana bookends are a perfect gift for a book loving man in your life.

20. Wiener dog dachshund bookends

Dachshund Wiener Dog bookends from Knob Creek Metal Arts

No matter how many books you want to put in between, dachshund dog can handle it!

Dachshund Wiener Dog is one of the most clever bookend designs from Knob Creek Metal Arts. Other projects are the famous scene from Psycho, hilarious split mustache, and the cannon shot.

Each bookend is made from solid steel, finished in hammered black. The entire collection of Knob Creek Metal Arts bookends includes well over 100 items.

What’s important, you can also order a personalized design.

21. “Yellow Submarine” bookends

"Yellow Submarine" bookends for music and book lovers

A great lively home decor for a living room full of books and records, not only the ones from and about the Beatles.

The bookends are made from laser cut steel. They measure approximately 19 × 18 × 11 cm.

22. “The End” book stop

Falling bookend

You are looking at one of the coolest bookend ideas. Offered by Fred & Friends, and called “The End” it says just that: the books look like they’ll fall on the small man who tries to save his life.

This “falling books” bookend is made from powder coated steel and measures 4.5 × 7 × 5 inches.

23. “Red Arrows” fun magnetic bookends

Red Arrows magnetic bookends

These bookends from Peleg Design are very clever. They look like floating above the surface.

The illusion is created by using magnets in the arrows. Thanks to them, the arrows can be drawn to metal holders hidden behind the covers of the last books.

24. Cloud bookends for kids

Kids' cloud bookends

These cute crisp white cloud bookends are adorable for a nursery decor or for your child’s bedroom decor.

Each bookend is created by hand and “will add character and delight to your little one’s space.”

25. Bicycle bookmobile bookend

Clever bicycle bookmobile bookend

Imagine having a bicycle bookmobile deliver your favorite books to a bookshelf.

Such is a creative idea behind another bookend from a collection that you can find in The Literary Gift Company online store.

26. Wine rack bookends

Scroll wine rack bookends

If you happen to love both books and wine – these decorative scroll bookend wine racks will display the best of the best.

Each bookend rack weighs about 4 pounds and can be combined with any home decor. You can use the racks individually, with or without books.

27. Handmade case bookends

Handmade vase bookends

Hold your favorite books between your favorite flowers. These beautiful mouth-blown glass vases will add a natural beauty to your bookshelf.

The bookends feature substantial bases, what makes them heavy enough to keep not only books between them, but also store stationery, pencils, or paintbrushes.

28. Living plant bookends

Living plant bookends from All Things Brighton Beautiful

Imagine a classic plant pot split in half to welcome your most important books in between.

From All Things Brighton Beautiful comes a unique set of bookends that “appear to be one traditional plant pot, cut in half.”

Two metal L-plates discreetly support the books and hold the planters in place.

29. Scandinavian-style personalized bookends

Scandinavian style minimal rose gold bookends
Contemporary concrete and copper bookends

Beauty meets minimalism and perfection in these Scandinavian-living bookends from Minshape.

This premium home decor is made of reinforced dark concrete with a mirror-finished 2 mm copper plate on front.

The best thing is that the bookends can be personalized. Simply, send a message to seller with what text you want to engrave on copper.

30. Minimalist bookends in rose gold

Rose gold metal bookends
Minimalist metal bookends in rose gold

These minimalist triangle separator bookends are convenient to store books, magazines, and records. A lightweight and modern shape is suitable for any space. You can use the bookends on a table, bookshelf, or a desk.

Besides the Rose Gold, you can select Gold or White variant.

31. Fun “Stop Hands” bookends

Fun "Stop Hands" bookends

Amazon Choice: Bookends and pencil holders category

The books on the bookshelf can be in good hands thanks to stylish bookends from Tech Tools. They can be also a standalone decorative home decor item that you can use creatively across your home.

Each hand weighs 1.75 lbs and is manufactured from a durable mix of plastic and cement.

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