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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

“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
$33
$33

“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

“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
$84
$84

“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
$33

“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