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Lexington Macarthur Park Thurston Bunching Bookcase

Buying Guide: Open Shelving

Open shelving is multi-functional design element that not only help in organizing your home but also serve as a place to display art and accent pieces. Take a look at some expert tips to find modern open shelving. But first, we need to know the two popular types of open shelving: étagère and bookcase. An étagère is a delicate and more modular bookcase, featuring an open back and usually glass shelves. A standard bookcase is usually for function, an étagère is more about form. Have a look at Barclay Butera Newport Beachcomber Raffia Etagere below.

Barclay Butera Newport Beachcomber Raffia Etagere

Size

Size is one of the most important factors to consider when buying modern open shelving as it determines the overall function and look of your space. Here’s what to consider:

Height: Tall bookcases make for a more dramatic appearance while shorter ones are more functional because of the usable top surface area and can lighten up a room. This way you can even use them as a media cabinet, buffet, or workspace. Have a look at Sligh Bel Aire Beverly Palms Deck below.

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Width: 

Narrow bookcases allow you to pair two or three together, and the flexibility to work the items in different spaces. If you buy a tall bookcase, getting multiple narrow units rather than a single large one can help you add or subtract storage space as needed. But if you get a shorter unit, getting something wide can make it look more substantial. Take a look at this beautiful Lexington Shadow Play Windsor Open Bookcase.

Lexington Shadow Play Windsor Open Bookcase

Displaying Space: 

Imagine buying open shelving units for your apartment and they end up not fitting the way that you want it to be. The solution for this is to look for shelves that are adjustable. For fixed shelving, verify the height and space you need before making the purchase. 
Look at this wonderful Lexington Carrera Rossa Bookcase.

Lexington Carrera Rossa Bookcase

Material

Etageres come in a variety of materials and the most common ones are made of:

Wood: Wooden Etageres look traditional and have a long-lasting frame that can withstand the substantial weight. Lexington Macarthur Park Royce Bunching Bookcase below, is a perfect example of a beautiful wooden etagere.

Lexington Macarthur Park Royce Bunching Bookcase

Metal: Metal ones offer sturdy storage and make a perfect choice if you wish to get a streamlined and contemporary look. Caracole Edge Occasional Vector Etagere is a perfect example of metal etagere.

Caracole Edge Occasional Vector Etagere

Bonus Tips

While buying the best modern open shelving unit for your space, after deciding upon the style, size, and material, you also need to take into account some other factors:

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Your Space: Always measure the area where you intend to place it as it can help you narrow down your selection options. Look at this amazing Macarthur Park Thurston Bunching Bookcase by Lexington Furniture.

Lexington Macarthur Park Thurston Bunching Bookcase

How you Intent to Use it: Before you get this new furniture piece, plan about how you wish to use your open shelving unit. If you are an avid reader and love collecting novels and books, get sturdier shelving so that it can withstand the weight of all your collection. If it is meant for display, you can focus on the form.

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Summary:

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