In this digital age, it's easy to believe that there is little need for bookcases. I don't subscribe to that notion -- just because you may not have a load of books, doesn't mean you don't need a place to put your pictures, trophies, and miscellany; it turns out that's what bookcases are for.
I like the modern styling of this Sauder Ladder Bookcase ($90); with its five shelves for ample room for your books, periodicals, and collectibles, this contemporary piece of furniture is built of solid wood and wood veneer components and is overlaid with a coffee espresso finish. Some (easy) assembly required.
For a corner (in the kitchen, perhaps?) that cries out for something to fill it, the La Fuente Mexican Rustic Pine Bookcase ($598). This combination bookcase pulls double duty with its open display area for cookbooks and knick-knacks in the middle, and a pair of covered storage areas at top and bottom to hold your bulk items. Crafted from kiln-dried Ponderosa pine and finished with a honey-colored wax, the bookcase is accented with hand-forged, distressed hardware. This furniture is all solid wood -- no particle board or laminates are used in its construction. Nice. And sturdy.
This classic Mission-Style Bookcase ($143) will more than fill the need for your book storage; the Asian hardwood stringers and shelves of the 5-tier open bookcase make for ample storage of your books, ledgers, and miscellany. The bookcase is 2 1/2' wide x 5' tall x 1' deep and requires some easy assembly with common household tools. I like the very open appearance of the bookcase, and the fact that the items displayed may be viewed not only from the front, but also the side, for a three- dimensional look.