The word book ‘case’ suggests a closed object. However contemporary bookcases tend to be open fronted and made up of a simple series of shelves. This is because in recent times the simple shelf has in may ways come full circle in design. It’s just kept its later bookcase name.
The original wall shelf has evolved on from its earliest medieval form when scribes used it to store a book or codex. It was in the 17th century that shelves developed into bookcases. These bookcases were glass fronted cabinets of often architectural proportions. Our bookshelves today are much more straightforward in design. We use bookcases not only to store books but also to display accessories … and to celebrate empty shelf space!
Contemporary bookcases are usually freestanding. The most simple form consisting of two uprights supporting two or more horizontal shelves. The bookcase is kept rigid by a fixed back. To provide flexibility the shelves can be made adjustable. They can be supported on pins or pegs inserted into appropriately spaced holes on the insides of the uprights. The bookcase is then left open or can be fronted with glass doors. When you design your handmade bookcase with Steve the many different choices will all be decided by what is right for you!