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Off-the-Wall Furniture: Leaning Ladder Book Shelves

Updated on July 1, 2014

Outstanding Shelf Units: Ladder Bookcase Shelves

A sharp blend of ancient library ladder and hip modern shelving unit with a minimalist esthetic, the leaning ladder book shelf is a storage solution, a display unit, and an object of beauty in its own right.

Your best-loved books, decorative souvenirs and collectibles are part of who you are, so make them a visible part of your living space, too! Create an eye-catching display with trendy bookcase ladders - one unit in a tight space or a line of three or more, side by side, to create a feature wall.

Add bedside storage in a small space with a leaning ladder shelf in place of a nightstand, for extra shelf surface but without the crowded feeling of a conventional tall cabinet. Flank your flat screen with a pair of the eye-catching units to add dimension to your entertainment area. Against a wall in your living room or dining room, the open style of this bookcase makes an elegant and space-saving way to show off your prized collection of antiques or memorabilia...

How many ways could you use a leaning ladder book shelf?

Mahogany Ladder Bookcase - Weathered Wood Leaning Ladder Book Shelf

Coaster Home Furnishings Transitional Bookcase, Mahogany
Coaster Home Furnishings Transitional Bookcase, Mahogany

This model is my personal favorite - slightly weathered as if it were a family heirloom, but not actually downright shabby-chic or rustic, this shelf will work with a wide range of decor styles and brings with it a strong reputation for sturdiness and quality construction.


Single Leaning Ladder Bookcase - Great for those odd awkward small spaces where no other kind of furniture seems to fit right

Do you have a corner that needs a piece of useful furniture, but not quite enough room for a conventional corner cabinet? A ladder book shelf unit may be the perfect (practical and attractive) solution.

Or perhaps the only place you have to put a bookcase is between two windows, where a typical bookcase would block the view or the light coming in?

Again, the ladder shelves may be a good choice for that decorating dilemma. Your house plants would love the light and air circulation, too! And the open design lends a sense of openness that's essential when you're furnishing a smaller living space, so you never feel too closed in.

Convenience Concepts American Heritage Bookshelf Ladder, Black
Convenience Concepts American Heritage Bookshelf Ladder, Black

The black leaning ladder shelves are the most striking, I think. The stark contrast of the dark uprights and shelves against a pale wall, with a play of shadows behind the furniture in direct light, makes the shelf unit almost a work of sculpture by itself.


Ladder Bookshelf with Laptop Desk - 3-Piece Ladder Shelf / Desk for Your Home Office

Cappuccino Brown 3-piece Leaning Ladder Bookshelf with Laptop Desk
Cappuccino Brown 3-piece Leaning Ladder Bookshelf with Laptop Desk

3-Piece Ladder Shelf / Ladder Desk Sets - White, Black, Brown, or Wood Grain to Match Your Home Office Décor

If you love the look of a single bookcase ladder and can clearly imagine how useful it could be in that strange awkward space where nothing else quite seems right, to keep you organized while it's being all decorative too - just imagine what you could do with a space-saving and versatile three-piece ensemble to use all as one piece or, perhaps, as separate pieces to accommodate a very difficult-to-arrange living room, bedroom, family room or foyer. In an apartment too small for a proper home office, the leaning ladder set with a laptop desk built in can take care of you without poking holes in the walls or taking up a whole lot of floor space. Clever design!

Does the leaning ladder bookcase appeal to you?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I like it. It looks very cool!

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      audrey07 5 years ago

      It sure looks stylish and not too crammed up, unlike a cabinet.

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      I would love to have one, this is so neat!