Floating Bookshelves

Terry Hurley
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If you love the look of fun and unique home furnishings and accessories, one of the many styles of floating bookshelves may be the perfect choice for your home or office. Each design provides the mysterious look of books floating in midair or shelves magically levitating as they hold their literary treasures.

The Umbra Conceal Bookshelf

For a clean, modern look that is contemporary and minimalistic in design, the Umbra Conceal Bookshelf will have your friends wondering how your books are floating in the air. Manufactured from powder coated steel, the bookshelf becomes completely hidden behind the books that are stacked on it.

Umbra invisible bookshelves are available in two sizes. Measuring 5.5 x 7 x 6.5 inches, the large size floating shelves hold books that measure up to ten inches in depth with a maximum weight load of twenty pounds. Small bookshelves measure 5 x 5 x 5.5 inches and have a maximum weight of fifteen pounds. This size Umbra floating shelf holds books that measure up to eight inches in depth.

Umbra invisible bookshelves create the illusion of books magically suspended in air, creating a unique and unusual wall display. These floating bookshelves can be used alone or you can group several together. An interesting way to add visual impact to the pile of books that appear to be stacked on nothing at all is framing them with a large interesting wooden frame.

Display Your Paperback Books on a Sticklebook

A Sticklebook Invisible Bookshelf is a unique way to display paperback books. Each unit holds approximately thirteen average size paperbacks making them appear as if they are floating in the air in a vertical line.

These invisible bookshelves are made of an aluminum extrusion and have a combed strip of polypropylene. When a book is placed into the combs of the Sticklebook, the pages and cover are held securely in place. Although this is a great way to hold paperbacks, buyers should be aware that the comb does leave a small mark on the ends of the book's pages.

Unique Places for Unique Shelves

Although floating bookshelves are a great choice for small apartments and other small spaces, their use should not be limited by the size of your space.

Here are some fun ideas on how to use these unique floating invisible bookshelves:

Where to Find Floating Bookshelves Online

The Internet provides many excellent online retailers that offer floating invisible bookshelves. The following is only a small sampling of these websites:


Whether you use one floating shelf by itself, group several of one type together or mix different kinds of shelves for real eye appeal, these easy to install floating bookshelves are a fun way to display your favorite books while adding visual interest to your wall.

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Floating Bookshelves