The Coolest Way
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The best open shelving for your place, at any price

Best open shelving for guys Best open shelving for guys

When outfitting their place, most men start with the essentials and work their way out. After you've gotten your entertainment system in place and a comfortable couch to sit on, you might invest in a lounge chair and a few side tables. But lately, when visiting the homes of my male friends, I've noticed something missing: shelving. Maybe it's the Marie Kondo effect. Or how comfortable we've gotten reselling stuff we don't want anymore. Unnecessary clutter is one thing, but what about the stuff we do want to keep and maybe show off?

You don't have to have a big wall of built-ins, but some well-stocked shelves speaks volumes about a man. A few stacks of books and a unique item you've brought back from a trip serve as a reminder—both to yourself and anyone who visits—that you're well-read, worldly and interesting. According to interior designer Phillip Thomas, these tall shelves (known in the design world by their French moniker, étagères) are as versatile as they are handsome. He uses them in living rooms to display objects, as well as bedrooms in place of nightstands. They can also work as room dividers. But which one is right for you? There are a lot of variables to consider, from budget and space to material and style. So we scoured brands big and small to bring you the best options to buy right now.

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The Best
Open Shelving for Guys

TRNK Stick System Modular Shelving

Stick System modular shelving,
from $449.95 at TRNK

A favorite among design bloggers, this low-cost, glass-and-metal shelving unit is simple and straightforward (which makes it look more expensive than it really is).

Ikea VITTSJO Glass Shelf

VITTSJÖ glass shelf,
$49.99 by Ikea

Jayson Home Studio Bookshelf

Studio bookshelf,
$3,495 at Jayson Home

A study in cool design contradictions, this is espresso-finished oak open shelf is finished with a back board secured with natural leather straps.

McGee & Co. Barret Bookshelf

Barret bookshelf,
$1,485 by McGee & Co.

With Great Style, Comes Great Responsibility

If you’ve got shelves, you’ll need to dust them. Besides the allergic reaction, dust on surfaces can make furniture and items look dingy and dirty. Wood cleaner Experts recommend dusting your surfaces at least once a month but ideally every other week.

Nate Berkus And Jeremiah Brent Pavilion Open Shelf

Pavilion open shelf,
$495 by Nate Berkus And Jeremiah Brent

CB2 Caged Black Marble Bookcase

Caged black marble bookcase,
$1,399 by CB2

Article. Caliper Walnut Shelf

Caliper walnut shelf,
$449 by Article.

Design Within Reach Aero Low Shelving

Aero low shelving,
$1,495 at Design Within Reach

West Elm Mid-Century Wall Shelving

Mid-century wall shelving,
$299 by West Elm

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With Great Style, Comes Great Responsibility

If you’ve got shelves, you’ll need to dust them. Besides the allergic reaction, dust on surfaces can make furniture and items look dingy and dirty. Wood cleaner Experts recommend dusting your surfaces at least once a month but ideally every other week.

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