With all the extra time we’ve been spending at home, you’ve probably spent a long while reading, adding on to your TBR list, and organizing your bookshelves. Really, when you think about it, what on earth is better than a beautiful bookshelf stocked with all of your favorite reads? Not much, in our opinion!
We’re pretty big proponents of the idea that bookshelves are for just that — books. But, we also understand how important it is for your shelf to be a pretty thing to look at, too.
Whether you’re dealing with an overflow of books or you have some extra space on your shelves, there’s always room for some stunning bookends. From mantels to floating shelves to built-in bookcases, bookends are a great way to separate your collections, keep them in order, and add some value to those shelves of yours.
We’ve combed the internet for the best of the best when it comes to bookends, whether you’re looking for some bookends for a kid’s room or a stunning one for your living space. From modern to elegant, here are our picks for the best bookends to add into your shelves and spaces in 2020:
Best Bookends for Kids
Your kiddo probably has a massive selection of books, from nursery rhymes and bedtime books to chapter books and series collections. The key to finding the best bookends for kids? Finding bookends that do the job while still inspiring a smile, a giggle, and a joy for reading.
These fun children’s bookends show animals near and dear to the hearts of fun kids, making them a welcome addition to any bookshelf.
Made of metal and coated with gloss, these bookends actually hold all 25 Elephant and Piggie books, if your child is a fan! Otherwise, they’re a great fit for any shelf.
These pencil-themed A to Z bookends are a fun choice for any child who loves school (or their teachers!) With a non-skid bottom and a frame meant to prop up books, these alphabet bookends are a fun, whimsical touch to your kiddo’s bookshelf.
From the littlest books to the heaviest of books, they’re the ultimate bookend for your child who loves teaching others.
These small, giraffe-decorated bookends are perfect for smaller books, DVD’s, or little coloring books that your kiddo has on hand.
While they may not be the best choice for heavier volumes, they’re a fun addition to a shelf that has a lot of little books on it! They’re lightweight and a great decorative choice for a small child’s room.
These fun T-Rex bookends are the ultimate bookend choice for the adventure-seeking young reader.
The metal bookends show T-Rex holding his very own bag of books, and they’re great to store the heavier books that your child has on their shelves. They fit as many books as you want them to hold, and inspire adventure and imagination everywhere they’re placed.
These fairytale bookends are the perfect choice to hold volumes of fairy tales and fantasy books on your child’s shelves.
The heavy-duty pair of ends are decorated like fairy tale characters, and stand up the biggest of books that your child loves to read! The black bookends also go with everything, making them a great neutral option to pass down from child to child.
Best Metal Bookends
As a versatile material that can pack a lot of punch, metal is a favorite in many households. With these metal bookends, you’ll have an option that can either remain neutral with your book selection or add a little bit of design goodness to your book’s homes.
This pack of 10 bookends is a great, economical choice for the person with minimalistic taste and a lot of books.
The non-skid bookends are made of black metal, and are lightweight additions to your shelf while still holding hefty books in place.
These bookends are an arched metal pair that adds some sleekness to your shelves with minimal cost investment.
With a matte finish and protection on the bottom of the bookends to avoid scuffing your shelves, these black metal bookends are an easy yes choice for a great bookend that blends in with your shelves.
These black metal bookends have a fun design carved into them that gives a more unique look to your bookshelf, and they’re heavy-duty enough for your thicker, bigger books.
They’re padded with rubber on the bottoms, and the rounded corners also help to protect your books themselves.
These beautiful bookends are made of steel, and they’re powder-coated for a sleek addition to your bookshelves that also gives you some elegance.
With a geometric design on the sides and a nordic style, they’re fairly unique and inexpensive at the same time.
These simple bookends are a fun addition to your shelves, spelling out B-O-O-K on either side just for fun.
They’re black and made with iron, meaning they’re a high-quality book holder with a fun look to boot. These are a little better for your smaller, paperback books, but are still a great way to store some extra reads.
Best Gold Bookends
The best way to add some elegance and punch to those shelves of yours is with a gorgeous set of gold bookends. These bookends can add some vintage or modern vibes to your shelf, and they’re pretty additions either way.
These unique gold bookends are distressed and painted to draw attention to the special books you put in between them. They’re rustic while still being elegant, and they’re heavy enough to support your bigger volumes.
Add some intelligent and historical vibes to your shelf with these bookends in the shape of the famous sculpture of Rodin’s thinker.
With some history on your shelf, you might finally pick up that nonfiction book that’s been there for a while. These bookends are heavy enough for your thicker historical books, and they’re also fun to look at.
In the shape of hands, these bookshelves are a fun and modern way to add some class to your shelf. They’re not going to hold your biggest books, but they’re a great and unique way to showcase some of your most favorites.
Add some fun geometry to your bookshelves with these golden metal honeycomb designed bookends!
They look great for any space, but would be particularly beautiful holding some of your favorite books on a desk or nightstand. With a unique style and a heavy-duty build, they’re also functional.
These modern and stylish bookends are such a great way to add character to your shelf.
They’re in the shape of a dog for the most whimsical of book lovers, and they’re sturdy enough to hold quite a few of your books. With a gold color and padded base to keep your shelves safe, they’re a fun must-have.
Best Bookends With Unique Materials
Many book lovers are super plugged into their creative sides, which makes them a lot more likely to gravitate toward more unique designs for their homes. Sound like you? These bookends are made with unique materials that add luxe and whimsical feel to your shelves.
Add a natural twist to your bookshelf with these wooden bookends, which are made from tropical ironwood to withstand your heavier hardbacks.
They fit well with every style of home, making them a fantastic gift and a wonderful addition to your own book stack.
These triangular marble bookends look considerably more expensive than they are, and they add a touch of pure luxury to the books they hold up.
The sturdy, hard bookends keep your books from falling down while being beautiful to look at and are a great choice for those looking to up their bookend game without spending a ton of money.
Embrace your inner gemologist with these agate bookshelves, which are incredibly pretty as well as heavy enough to hold large, thick reads.
Cut in a unique shape, each bookend is also slightly different than the one before it. Whether you’re looking to buy a wonderful housewarming gift or add some class to your own shelf, these are your best option.
These rounded wedge bookshelves are a chic addition to any shelf, made of marble, and heavy enough for your bigger books.
While these would look fantastic on a shelf, they’re also a great option for entryway and side tables for a beautiful look. They’re quite artistic for bookends, making them an ideal bookend for someone who has elegant taste.
These unique bookends are stunning for those who love the rustic and industrial style, combining wood and metal for a unique vibe great for anything from studies to living rooms.
They’re not going to hold super heavy books, but these bookends are fantastic for those looking for a different way to show off some of their favorites.
Whether you’re buying a gift for a fellow book lover or decorating your own shelves, these bookends are the best of the best. Did we miss a set of bookends that you particularly love? Let us know in the comments below or by tagging us using #HookedToBooks.