10+ Stylish Bookends to Add a Creative Touch to an Ordinary Bookshelf

Cool Bookends

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A bookend might sound like an unnecessary piece of decor, but have you ever tried to arrange your shelf without one? Getting a collection of books to stand upright is hard to do without one of these handy pieces of decor. Luckily, designers everywhere are making creative bookends that are both practical and add statement-making style to your home.

Clever bookends go beyond their design to transform a shelf into a playful scene. Many makers do this by cutting thin sheets of metal into characters, plants, architecture, and even UFOs. When placed between books, these pieces come to life. Artori Design’s Supergal bookend, for instance, uses this idea to make it look as though the texts are about to fall down. But thanks to their Wonder Woman-esque figure, everything stays upright. The result is a whimsical conversation piece.

If the character-driven bookends don’t appeal to you, that’s okay—there are plenty of other styles to choose from. Concrete objects are a popular choice for fans of minimalism. The gray material is fashioned into simple shapes like spheres or Xs. In other instances, white cement has been made into air plant holders to add a little green to your shelf.

Check out our selection of cool bookmarks, below. They’ll make you want to take a shelfie—a snapshot of your bookshelf!

Here are cool bookends that add statement-making style to your home. They'll look so good that you'll want to take a shelfie when everything is arranged.


Whale Bookends


Mountain Bookends


Concrete “X” Bookends

Cool Bookend Ideas

Mica Rica | $31.02


UFO Abduction Bookends


Agate Bookend


Geometric Bookends

Awesome Bookends

RooLee | $16.99


Palm Leaves Bookends


Supergal Bookend

Cool Bookends

Artori Design | $27.50


Concrete Step Air Plant Holder

Interesting Bookends

Lil Maisons | $10.20


Concrete Bookend


Death Star Bookends

Interesting Bookends

Moku | $75


Solid Oak Personalized Bookend

Awesome Bookends

MijMoj | $47.58


Paris Bookends


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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