Tabletop Bookshelf

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Many of us still love getting our information (and entertainment) through the pages of a physical book, even if we don’t have enough to fill an entire bookcase. And that’s when getting a tabletop bookcase can be a great choice. Tabletop bookshelves hold a small number of your favorite books or the ones that you want to keep close. Fill one of these bookshelves with reference books for your home office, with cookbooks for the kitchen or with novels in your bedroom.

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Updated 14/06/2022
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Expandable Tabletop Bookshelf
Anjela 7.2'' H x 17.3'' W Wood Geometric Bookcase
Anjela 7.2'' H x 17.3'' W Wood Geometric Bookcase

Expandable Tabletop Bookshelf

Rosalind Wheeler

This tabletop bookshelf can expand its length from 12.2” to 17.3”. Made in two sections that fit together, the book ends simply slide together and apart to perfectly fit the number of books you want to keep upright. A polished and smooth opening is located at each end, allowing you to pick up the entire shelf full of books easily.

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Perfect for a casual country vibe, the whitewash finish on this table top book shelf is a handy way to store a small number of books. The ends of the shelf stand 7.2” high while a back bar keeps your books from sliding off the shelf. The book shelf is only 5.9” deep — perfect for paperbacks and small hardback books.

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Two Shelf Tabletop Bookshelf

Two Shelf Tabletop Bookshelf

The shelves and back brace on this tabletop bookcase are made from engineered wood. The two ends are crafted from iron and are fitted with rubber feet to protect your table. The bookcase measures 15.7” wide and stands 15.7” tall. The space above the bottom shelf is 10.5” high.

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Choose from two color options with this square two-shelf tabletop bookshelf. The first option comes with rustic and distressed antique brown shelves that are held together by a black x-shaped iron frame. The second option comes with light birch shelves and a white x-shaped iron frame. Four adjustable feet let you make sure the shelf sits level on your desk. The back brace and ends only extend 3.25” tall, so it may not keep extra tall books from toppling. 

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Tree Branch Bookshelf for Tabletop

Tree Branch Bookshelf for Tabletop

Everything you need to assemble this tree-branch bookshelf for your tabletop is included with your purchase. The tabletop bookcase has four open shelves and is held on its base by a back support shelf. It stands 23.6” tall by 12.2” wide and 6.7” deep. 

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A wide support area and strong load base help keep this tabletop bookcase balanced. The maximum weight load per shelf is about 11 lbs, and overall can store 15-20 books. It’s unusual design lets you display your favorite books and easily pull out the one you want. The bookcase is made from manufactured wood and comes in black, rustic brown or a white finish. 

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Table Book Rack with Drawer
Funkhouser 12'' H x 24'' W Standard Bookcase
Funkhouser 12'' H x 24'' W Standard Bookcase
Funkhouser 12'' H x 24'' W Standard Bookcase
Funkhouser 12'' H x 24'' W Standard Bookcase

Table Book Rack with Drawer


A sliding panel lets you decide where to end the vertical support for your books on this 24” wide by 8” deep table book rack. A shallow drawer extends the full 24” and is great for organizing small items. Made from solid and manufactured wood in a walnut finish. 


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We love that the back of this table book rack is also finished so it can be placed to face the room. The same black knobs that are on the front drawer sit on the back side of the rack as a decorative touch. The rack ends measure 12” high to helpfully keep taller books upright. Fully assembly required.

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Table Top Incline Bookshelf

Table Top Incline Bookshelf

Two screws (included) are all that are required to assemble this table top incline bookshelf. Made from lightweight acacia wood and finished in a walnut stain, an embossed gold stamp decorates the panel end. The shelf measures 14.2" deep by 5.1" wide by 6.7" high. Holds about 15 books. 

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Tabletop Bookcase With Five Shelves

Tabletop Bookcase With Five Shelves

Available in black or a light birch color, this tabletop bookcase is crafted from engineered wood with a clear coat finish. It is wear-resistant, water-resistant and free of formaldehyde. The shelves are 7.5” deep, and the bookcase is 16.3” wide by 16.3” tall. 

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Tabletop Bookshelf

Buying Guide

In order to display your favorite books, you can ditch traditional shelves and get creative with some unique and beautiful shelving options. Don't allow your shelves to look sloppy; instead, color-code your home library to solve this problem.

To create a more relaxed look, arrange your color-coded books horizontally and organize books by color and size for a more formal appearance.

Showing off your books on a display cabinet or turning them into a DIY coffee table are other unique ideas for displaying your books.

Create a functional and stylish shelf that sits on your tabletops for a beautiful decorative design. If you want a more industrial look, opt for a pipe shelf or go for repurposed scaffolding.

For a simple yet effective shelf, stacked crates will grow with your book collection.

Optimize space, and go for a rotating shelf or turn the world upside down with an inverted shelf.

The table space taken up by table-top bookshelves really depends on the design of a specific model, from its depth to the number of books that it’s meant to display.

Since they’re mainly known as a space-saving solution, table-top book shelves usually aren’t too cumbersome, but it’s still worth checking a model’s dimensions and measuring your table surface before purchasing one.

Table top bookshelves are most commonly made from wood, with pine, birch, and oak being the three most common woods used. Pine is a lightweight softwood that is affordable to use, so it is a popular choice. Birch is a great choice if you plan on painting your table top bookshelf.

Other woods commonly used to build tabletop bookshelves are maple, mahogany, cherry, teak, and walnut. Maple is great because it can be easily stained in various shades. Cherry, teak, and walnut are extremely durable and sturdy, so your tabletop bookshelf will last for a long time.

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