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Anthracite Floating Bookshelf

  • Dark Grey Sapien Bookcase
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Our European-designed and manufactured Floating Bookshelf turns traditional library storage on end. Ten shelves hold stacks of books horizontally to occupy a minimum of floor space. When fully loaded, the bookshelf virtually disappears behind the books for the ultimate expression of minimalism. It's artistic organization at its best!

  • All-steel construction
  • Weighted base for stability
  • The fixed shelves are 5-1/4" apart
  • Bookshelf dimensions are 7-1/2" x 5-1/2"



  • 13-3/4" sq. x 60" h


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Anthracite Floating Bookshelf is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 91.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good design, but defective shelf upon delivery Sleek design and very easy assembly, but one of the shelves was welded incorrectly and does not fit flush to the spine. Expected better quality control. Will have to repack, take to the store, and order a new one. Inconvenient. Love the design and small footprint. The anthracite color and material are neutral and look elegant.
Date published: 2018-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cleverly Designed Bookshelf This is the best design for my space. It makes finding a book super easy. I still like paper books vs e readers. This bookshelf is easy to put together. The bottom shelf supports large paperback books. Highly recommend!
Date published: 2018-12-06
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Kid Friendly My husband and I spotted this bookshelf at our local store. We loved it, and added it to our purchase. Unfortunately, we took it home and put it together, and felt that it wasn't stable or heavy enough to withstand the tugging, climbing, and pulling that our toddlers would inevitably do to it. We weighed it down with all of our books, and it just wasn't making a difference. Another downside is that it is even more wobbly on carpeted surfaces. This would be a great bookshelf for anyone without small children. Very modern and sleek design.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to assemble - Good quality and space saving I really am happy with my purchase of this bookshelf. It didn't take very long to assemble and was packaged well. This product comes in two packages - one with the base and one with the shelves/spine. This bookshelf has a small footprint, does a great job of utilizing vertical space and fits quite a lot of books. I definitely won't hesitate to order another when I fill this one up. The anthracite color is a dark grey - almost black but not quite.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very functional and love the modern design Sleek, unobtrusive design. Utilizes vertical space so is wonderful to place in a living room corner or by your bedside to house your books. Looks more beautiful full of books. You will not regret this purchase. Extremely easy to assemble.
Date published: 2017-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bought one for myself and one for my daughter This is the best bookcase for a small area. It holds more than you think it can hold. Perfect for a bedroom where stacks of books and magazines pile up on the nite stand. Because the shelves sort of disappear (they are so thin), the books look like they are floating. This is sturdy, not light and cheesie! Very contemporary and modern. Impressive design classic.
Date published: 2017-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Space-saving! I wanted something space-saving to hold my books due to the lack of real estate in my very small bedroom. This was the perfect solution to display my books and love that I can see the titles horizontally instead of vertically. Visual appeal in a great design!
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love It! Best bookshelf I have ever owned. It was easy to assemble and I love the curb side service to my vehicle. I will definitely will be buying another one.
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love, love, love this space saving cool bookcase Holds the heaviest books and lots of them. Easy to a seemly and also to move. High quality. Always out of stock because it is so popular!
Date published: 2016-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy, Fast & Cool This took me less than 5 minutes to assemble, and it is built beautifully which helps the easy assembly. Anyone who can change their own car's oil can build this in 5 minutes flat. Installing and lining up the books took another 30 minutes and one glass of wine, which is where the fun is. It looks fantastic tucked in my small media room. Gotta give a shout out to the fantastic staff at The Container Store at The Grove in West LA. This was the only store in all of Southern California that had this in stock, so I called to confirm and a nice lady on the phone secured one for me. Then I had to drive up from Orange County on a Sunday afternoon and brave the jammed LA freeways, crazy west LA surface streets, and packed parking at The Grove. But once I got in to the store the staff were kind and efficient and I was out of there in under 10 minutes even though their store was very busy. All I had to do then was brave the journey out of LA to the gracious sanity of Orange County, and the bookcase was home!
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exceeds expectations This is expensive but surprising it exceeded my expectations. I have bought two of these and could not be happier with the quality and design. You can get an amazing amount of books on the shelf and still be able to get a book out in the middle due to the multiple shelves. Really big books can be placed on the bottom. Happy, happy.
Date published: 2016-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great design Most beautiful, functional, simple design. Bought for my teen daughter to organize all her books without taking up a lot of space. Base and spine are high quality heavy duty metal, sturdy. Only had two screws to secure everything. Amazing!
Date published: 2016-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding! The beauty of this brilliant design is in the amount of books that it holds in such a small space. It is sculptural and striking, It is a tad awkward to assemble, since both the base and the pedestal are heavy and must be aligned exactly, but an assistant or a workbench will make it easy. Even without either of these, it is manageable, even to the assembly-challenged. The ten shelves simply tilt in, so no problems there. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2016-04-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pricey But Perfect! The Sapien Bookcase costs more than I would like, but it really is attractive, efficient, and useful. It takes up very little space, yet allows me to easily organize and locate different types of documents / books / magazines / etc. At the moment, it is right next to my desk to organize the various things I am working on - paying bills, handling correspondence, working on volunteer boards stuff, and family items. It's useful for presorting my filing, too. I am thinking of getting a white one for my walk-in closet. I could stack several glass top watch and jewelry boxes, one on each 'platform'. Then I'd have the ability to see what is in each one and grab the box I wanted at the time.
Date published: 2016-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect We used this to showcase special, hardbound/library edition books in an artful way. It was easy to put together. A perfect, funky solution that takes up little space.
Date published: 2016-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small footprint good for tight spaces I have three of these in white and really like them. The unit is quite sturdy. I use them to fit books in small spaces around my old house. Between the radiators and molding around my house, it's difficult to squeeze in regular bookcases. The only downside is that the little shelves can't handle larger or longer books or magazines. Only the lowest shelf could handle items like that. For smaller standard sized books or items it's great.
Date published: 2016-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Bookcase ever This is the 2nd time I have purchased this bookcase...first in the darker tone for my has lived in a modern apartment, a loft and now a more traditional layout apartment. I love it so much I just purchased the white one for my office at work....great to show off my business books in a way that is efficient and stylish!
Date published: 2016-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really pleased I bought this bookcase for my psychotherapy office. After I got it out of the box, I had about 5 minutes to put it together before my first client arrived. It was a snap! Easy-peasy. It's very sturdy and well-made. It accommodates a lot of books. Looks great. My clients have commented on how much they like it and want to know where I purchased it. I will likely purchase another for the office and one or two for home. Thanks, CS!
Date published: 2015-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sapien Bookcase This is a nice heavy duty spacer saver. Easy for two people to put the 2 screws in. That's all that needs to be done. I use this to hold small jewelry containers, and a small mirror. When I get tired of that I will probably put books on it.
Date published: 2015-11-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Space-saving Bookcase The Sapien Bookstack holds 68 of my books. It is a space saver and it is visually appealing. I love the optical illusion when you pull books out from the middle and it looks like the books above it, are suspended in air.
Date published: 2015-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what my room needed Picked up this item through the service offered--I ordered online, drove to the store, and it was placed in my vehicle, no need to get my toddler out of the car! Assembly was simple, and soon my books all over my bedroom found themselves on this bookcase, with room to spare. I'm now thinking of buying another, for another part of the house.
Date published: 2014-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dark Grey Sapien Bookcase This is the second one I have ordered for my daughter. She loves them!! Of course, you MUST be certain to put your larger, heavier books on the bottom shelves.
Date published: 2014-12-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from vertical book case vertical book case is a great space saver looks great in room & holds large stack of books
Date published: 2014-10-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Love the looks but did not last! I bought this and immediately fell in love. It looked great initially. However after few months (maybe 3-4 months) it started tilting and now it looks like the Pizza tower, totally bent. Very disappointing....
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great purchase This holds more books than I expected, and will handle even large 9x12 hardback books. Takes very little space, but the books are still easily accessible. It was easy to assemble, although a bit heavy for one person to do it single-handedly.
Date published: 2014-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Looking Space Saving Book Organizer Living in a one bedroom condo and being an avid reader, space is of utmost importance to properly display my books. Finally, with the Sapien Bookcase, I was able to organize and display my books in a very sharp and modern looking bookcase which easily fit in a small nook area of my condo. This was a perfect product that met my needs.
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top Notch Stylish Bookcase Much more stylish & versatile bookcase than I imagined. Holds all size books, notebooks, magazines & media materials with a small footprint. Looks gorgeous as well. Putting it together is a 2 person operation because of the height of the bookcase & the proximity of the screws, but easy nonetheless. Very sturdy. Holds much more material than I had envisioned.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Good Bookshelf Looks good. Does it's job (holds books). Takes up very little space.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book organizer! I love this book case. It is very sturdy and holds a lot of books. The shelves are pretty strong. The base is secure and so it holds up pretty well. Love the white color, it goes great with our condo. Best part is that it can be put practically anywhere, it doesn't take up much space.
Date published: 2014-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My second Sapien This is my second Sapien small footprint bookshelf. I love them. They hold a ton of books but only take up a foot of floor space. Extremely easy to put together and very sturdy. I have the dark grey which, in all honesty, I thought was matte black. Can't say enough about how sleek and modern they look and their functionality.
Date published: 2014-06-11
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Community Q&A

I have the tall case but have lost the steel inserts for the shelves. Can you order those separately?

Asked by: SMBA
Please contact our Customer Solutions Department via live chat, email (, or phone (1-800-733-3532) for assistance in obtaining replacement parts.
Answered by: snzeigler
Date published: 2021-03-09

What is the width of the base and the depth of the entire bookshelf?

Asked by: Aviy
The width and depth of the base is 13-3/4" sq
Answered by: Hcordray
Date published: 2021-03-08

How much weight can it hold In all?

Asked by: noraspers
The Floating Bookshelf can hold up to 100 pounds. Thank you for your question. We apologize for the late response.
Answered by: snzeigler
Date published: 2021-03-01

how much weight can each shelf hold

Asked by: ptyler44
Our Floating Bookshelf will support approximately 10-15 pounds per shelf without any loss of stability.
Answered by: snzeigler
Date published: 2021-02-25

Is this able to be shipped to Australia???

Asked by: H Keogh
Yes, additional shipping fees do apply. Through our partnership with Borderfree, we are pleased to provide an enhanced international shopping experience for customers in select countries and territories, with more countries to come! You are able to see product prices in your local currency, guaranteed order totals, cost-effective international shipping, and much more. You can find a list of available countries by changing the country flag on the homepage in the top navigation.
Answered by: snzeigler
Date published: 2021-02-23

how high is the unit?

Asked by: Vally
The White Floating Bookshelf is 60" high.
Answered by: snzeigler
Date published: 2021-02-15

how much does this bookshelf weigh?

Asked by: EJG5
The White Floating Bookshelf weighs approximately 30 pounds.
Answered by: snzeigler
Date published: 2021-02-12

What are the dimensions of the bookshelves themselves, also the width of the vertical spine?

Asked by: PaulW
The bookshelves dimensions are 7-1/2" x 5-1/2". The vertical spine measures 59" long. Thank you for catching this missing information. We will get this added.
Answered by: snzeigler
Date published: 2021-01-27
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