Your handmade bookcase can do much more than simply hold your books—when used right, it can also serve as a great decorative feature in your home! So what can you do to make your wooden bookcase stand out? Here are a few ideas to help you get started.

Collection Display: From fine china to baseball cards, many of us have unique collections scattered around the house. Gathering these items together and using a shelf on your wooden bookcase as a display area is a great way to show off your collection.

Big Objects: Want to make your handmade bookcase truly eye-catching? Try placing a single large decorative object on one of your shelves. This can stand in sharp contrast to the books on other shelves, creating an interesting visual effect. A piece of art or a photograph can also be great for creating this contrast.

Unique Book Displays: Obviously, the main point of having a bookshelf is all about the books. But why settle for a cluttered mix of books? Create a more unified look by arranging your books by color or size. Alternatively, you could lay some books on their side on certain shelves. And don’t forget about the power of bookends! A unique bookend can add a lot of flair to your shelf.