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The Best Bookcases Under $50 on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve written before about the best affordable home décor and cheap accent pieces, here we’ve rounded up the best-reviewed bookcases under $50 on Amazon for organizing your literary collection on a budget. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best three-shelf bookcases

Casual Home 3-Shelf Folding Stackable Bookcase
$44 at Amazon

“I just ordered my sixth of these items to stash my books. That proves two points: I’m a book hoarder and these shelves are great. The packaging was excellent, nicer than expected. I do not like assembling cheap furniture, and this item required no assembly, which is why I purchased it. As promised, you just remove it from the packing box, unwrap, and it unfolds. The piece is very easy to carry and looks great.”

Sauder Beginnings 3-Shelf Bookcase, Highland Oak
$37 at Amazon

“These bookshelves are of incredible quality, especially for that price. They are heavy and sturdy, and you can put heavier books on the shelves without worrying about them coming down, though I typically save my heavier books for the bottom shelf anyway to prevent the bookshelf from becoming top-heavy. I bought two of these and ended up having more space than I needed, which was wonderful — guess I’ll just have to buy more books to fill them up!”

Best four-shelf bookcase

Furinno Turn-S-Tube Compact Multipurpose Shelf With Square, 4-Tier
$41 at Amazon

“I love the size of it! It’s not too big but not too small. It doesn’t take up a lot of space, so it’s perfect for small rooms like in apartments or townhouses. It fits a lot of stuff on it and it’s sturdy for the price. The shelves are sturdy enough that I was able to stack a bunch of books on it as well as two laptops on another shelf. It was not difficult to assemble and I love the color!”

Best étagère-style bookcase

Mainstays Home 8-Shelf Bookcase
$46 at Amazon

“This bookshelf is everything I could’ve wanted. It’s affordable and not too hard to assemble. For months, I’ve been using it for board games, vast amounts of books (as an English college student), and video games. My roommate and I have used it for proper storage as well as décor — it’s eye-catching more so than a more simple bookshelf — and its design also allows space for decorations like candles and picture frames.”

Best corner bookcase

Furinno Turn-N Corner Square Display Multipurpose Rack
$40 at Amazon

“I needed a shelf for the corner of my room near my entertainment stand to hold books and other collectibles, so I could finally pull them out of a box and display them. It is perfect for this purpose. I actually really love it and think it added a lot to my living space. It was crazy-easy to put together and great for a graduate-student apartment. If I had another corner, I’d get a second one in a heartbeat.”

Best cube-shelf bookcases

Songmics 3-Tier Storage Cube Organizer
$26 at Amazon

“I bought this item for my books and I must say that it was worth the buy. It didn’t take long to put together. The material is durable enough to hold both softcover and hardcover books. I will recommend that if you do have more hardcover books, though, that you’d place them on the bottom level. Overall, it can handle all the books I’ve bought, read, or been instructed to use during my college days, and that’s a big plus for me.”

Better Homes and Gardens Bookshelf
$46 at Amazon

“I can’t believe how sturdy this is for the price! It is also very heavy, and I had a hard time moving it on my own. The instructions are very easy to follow, and it was easy to put together. I would highly recommend this to anyone, especially if you are on a budget.”

Best glass bookcase

Convenience Concepts Designs2Go Go-Accsense 3-Shelf Glass Bookcase
$44 at Amazon

“We love this shelf! It took me about five minutes to assemble this piece. It took me longer to organize and place the books on the shelves than it did to assemble the shelves themselves. The glass is heavy, so it is a very sturdy piece. It looks great in our study!”

Best desktop bookcases

MyGift Adjustable Wood Desktop Bookcase
$30 at Amazon

“I’ve had this shelf for about six months now, so I can testify to how great it is. As a college student, I wanted something that was stylish yet useful. Since its expandable, it easily holds all of my books, plus I can keep plants and mugs on it for decoration purposes. If you’re looking for a smaller, more compact, and stylish shelving unit, I would definitely recommend this one.”

Jerry & Maggie Desktop Adjustable Wood Display Shelf
$26 at Amazon

“I rarely ever leave a review for anything, no matter how good or bad. But this was really such a great buy that I felt compelled to write a review. I received it just yesterday, easily put it together, and immediately brought it to work to put it to use. Every single co-worker who walked past my desk complimented just how cute and organized it looked. I was skeptical at first, thinking it would look better in the picture than it might in reality, but I was very pleasantly surprised.”

Best kids’ bookcases

Naomi Home Kids Toy Sling Book Rack
$20 at Amazon

“Very cute. It doesn’t hold a ton, but it’s a good size to hold some books and is a nice height for my toddler. I got this so he would be able to see the book he wanted and not pull every book out looking for it, and I think it’s going to work pretty well.”

Iris 3-Tier Storage Organizer Shelf With Footboard
$42 at Amazon

“I honestly wasn’t expecting much because of the price, but I was wrong. Besides being incredibly easy to put together, this little unit is sturdy and well-made. The three shelves are pretty spacious and perfect for my son’s books and stuffed animals. The blue color is exactly like the picture and it fits perfectly in his room. I recommend this product and find the quality to be a lot better than similar ones from Ikea that are higher in price. I am looking to purchase a second one for the rest of my son’s toys.”

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The Best Bookcases Under $50, According to Amazon Reviewers