Sometimes you don’t need the 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 a Kindle or tablet.
A little bookshelf, a pair of smart bookends, a candle that smells like an old book, and a minimalist literary poster can be all you need to create an ideal home library.
There are many very well designed bookends that are excellent examples of modern decor. However, in this overview, we’ve focused on the bookends that do more than just keeping the books in order.
Thanks to books we get smart. Cleverly designed bookends can express that. At least half of the examples below add a context to the fact it’s all about the books.
If you browse the collection of bookends from Knob Creek Metal Arts alone, you will most probably spot the design that leaves you speechless. I love the dachshund dog (it’s featured in this overview). Which one is your favorite?
If you’ve found any examples of creative bookends that you’d like to add to this collection, please use the comment section to share them with us and our readers.
20 clever bookends to hold your most precious books
Evolution bookends. 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 from a single piece of steel and features silicon pads on the bottom to prevent it from sliding. They are painted in matte black. ⇢ Amazon – $35.
Ampersand bookend. 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 bookend is sold as a single piece, so if you want a pair, make sure to order two items. ⇢ Etsy – $29.
Stick Man bookends. These heavy, rustic bookends are made from concrete and painted with a variety of inks and paints. They feature the Stick Man characters, saying “Don’t worry, I got this,” and “See, no problem.”
Designed by Blessing and Light, they can also be purchased separately. ⇢ Etsy – $35.
Doctor Who Tardis bookend. The Gnaked Gnome offers on Etsy fantastic bookends made from bricks, repurposed to look like vintage books. Besides Doctor Who, you will find in the collection Harry Potter, Dracula, Winnie the Pooh or Dr. Seuss.
Each bookend weighs approximately 5 lbs and measures 4 × 2 × 8 inches. ⇢ Etsy – $20.
Fabric bookends. Who said bookends have to be made from steel or rock? Sometimes a stuffed fabric is enough.
These surprising 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. ⇢ Etsy – $44.
Children Playing bookends. Most of the bookends try to create the illusion that characters try to keep the books together. This idea from Danya B. is refreshingly different. Why not showing the characters who do the opposite: try to tear the books apart?
This stylish bookend features children playing tug of war game. It’s crafted from iron and lined with velveteen to protect furniture. ⇢ Amazon – $39.
Brain bookends. From a description: “Watch your mind expand as your hardcover collection grows with this set of smart bookends.”
Made from concrete, the bookends were designed by Bertrand Jayr. ⇢ Uncommon Goods – $68.
Katana bookends. There are many arrow bookends, but the books being pierced with a sword – unique. Especially that this particular design from Mustard looks very authentic.
Shaped like a Katana sword, these bookends are perfect for the comic book fans. ⇢ Amazon – $18.
Dachshund bookends. 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 featured above 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 as much as 140 items. You can also order a personalized design. ⇢ Etsy – $65.
Yellow Submarine bookends. Great for a retro room with a ton of books and records, not only the ones from and about the Beatles.
The bookends are made from laser cut steel. This pair of bookends measures approximately 19 × 18 × 11 cm. ⇢ Etsy – $64.
Endings bookends. Designed by Goodwin & Goodwin, these three bookends switch attention from ends to endings. Inspired by books and movies, they say: “The End,” “Fin,” and “That’s all, folks.”
Made from powder coated steel, they are available in three colors: red, mint, and purple. They can be also bought separately. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $119.
Bookends with an elastic band. Designed by Christoffer Martens, the Book Binder offers a brilliant idea: two pieces of wood are fastened with an elastic band. The books can freely stand on the bookshelf or floor without the fear they’ll fall apart.
What’s more, the elastic band is flexible enough to allow you to add or remove books while maintaining a firm grip. ⇢ Menu Design – $29.95.
Steampunk bookends and lamp. Most bookends are exceptional decor elements, but some are just unique.
Urban Industrial Craft makes steampunk bookends that double as a book light. It’s a great way to add charm to the home library or living room. The bookends are made of rustic wood stained in walnut. The classic filament Edison bulb is included. ⇢ Etsy – $53.
Bottle holder bookends. These metal bookends are formed to look like crabs. Each one is shaped the way that will let you hold a bottle of wine. ⇢ eBay – $53.
Bookends and iPhone charger in one. These golf themed bookends from Uncommon And Nice include a docking station for iPhone. The iPhone 5 and 6 version comes with a 6-foot cable, so you can place it almost anywhere.
Overall measurements of a single bookend are 6.5 × 4.75 × 4 inches. A set of two bookends weighs 70 oz. ⇢ Etsy – $89.
Falling bookend. It’s one of the most popular bookend designs. Created 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.
The bookend is made from powder coated steel and measures 4.5 × 7 × 5 inches. ⇢ Amazon – $12.99.
Invisible bookend. Falling books, again. Thanks to the invisible bookend from Paul Cocksedge Studio, the books look like they’ll fall – but they never will. To make it even more dramatic, you can place it at the edge of the bookshelf.
The bookend can easily hold more than a 1.5 meter of books, of all shapes and sizes. It’s made of mirror stainless steel and measures 23 × 15 × 15 cm. ⇢ Not on the High Street – $108.
Arrow 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. ⇢ Amazon – $29.95.
Flower pot bookends. These creative bookends designed by Creative Co-op can be also used as a vase or flower pot.
They are made of terracotta, and look like books. On the picture above you see two bookends that are sold separately: left (orange + yellow) and right (white + teal). ⇢ eBay – $21.
Stop Hands bookends. The books on the bookshelf can be in good hands thanks to stylish bookends from Danya B. They can also be a perfect standalone decorative piece.
Each hand weighs 1.75 lbs and is manufactured from a durable mix of plastic and cement. ⇢ Amazon – $18.50.
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