Bookcases & Cabinets

Organize your rooms and find homes for all of your smaller objects and accessories. Our bookshelves and cabinet furniture collections provide ample space for large number of household items, from books to craft supplies. Choose from a wide range of contemporary and classic styles in a selection of materials, finishes and colors. Pottery Barn features many different storage options. Shelves offer easy access to books, media and everyday items such as dishes and glasses. They also provide open spaces to show off decorative objects, photo frames and candles. Cabinet doors keep necessities such as fabric, tools, pantry items or cookware out of sight. Drawers are handy elements for organizing smaller items such as mobile devices, cutlery, napkins, cables, remotes or office supplies.

When selecting bookcases and cabinets, size is an important thing to consider. Choose a space for the furniture before you start shopping and take measurements of the width and height. You may also find it helpful to measure the room and any major pieces of furniture to get an idea of how the shelf or cabinet will fit into your existing space. For example, a large cabinet may appear overbearing in a smaller room, even if there is ample wall space available.

Color and finish are important considerations. To create a cohesive style in the room, choose a unit that matches the materials and colors in your existing furniture. Ideally, your pieces should match exactly, as this unifies your overall decor scheme. If you cannot match the finish of the other furniture in the space, you can also opt for a complementary style. For example, pair a simple wood bookcase with a minimalist glass table.

The style of the unit and the types of storage it contains should also play a key role in your decision. There are many different types of bookcases and cabinets. Bookcases can be closed or open. Closed units have panels along the backs, whereas open units are open on both sides. Open bookcases can do double duty as room dividers, making them excellent storage options for larger rooms. Because bookcases include visible shelving, these make better choices for storing items you want to keep visible and accessible such as books, DVDs and CDs. However, boxes, baskets and bins can be useful for organizing items that you want to keep out of sight.

The major difference between cabinets and shelves is in the type of storage each offers. Cabinet doors make useful pieces for stowing objects out of sight in the living room, craft room, workshop or family room. They also offer some protection from dust and debris, which is handy for storing tableware in the dining room. If you want to protect dinnerware, decorative objects or collectibles from dust but still want to show them off, opt for a cabinet with glass doors.

Depending on your space and the items you want to store, you may want to opt for a customizable bookcase or cabinet. Units with adjustable shelves can be handy for stowing books or collectibles, as you can adjust the height of the shelving to accommodate your collection and make the most of the available space. If your space is limited or you want to work around features such as windows and corners, consider a modular cabinet or shelving unit. These options let you choose elements such as hutches, cabinets, drawers and shelving components to create a single wall unit that works with your space. If you want to customize the style of your cabinet, you can swap the handles and pulls for different hardware options.

When purchasing a new bookcase, cabinet or set of drawers, you may want to pick up organizational accessories at the same time. Baskets and boxes are useful for keeping small objects out of sight on open shelves, but they are also handy for dividing space within your cabinet doors. Racks and file stands are helpful for keeping smaller books, magazines and papers tidy. Use trays and smaller holders to sort change, pens and other small objects within your drawers.