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Anthracite Floating Bookshelf

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Anthracite Floating Bookshelf


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Our Italian-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



  • 13-3/4" sq. x 60" h


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Anthracite Sapien Bookshelf is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 80.
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 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 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 Sapien Bookcase This bookcase went together very easily (15 minutes--max). We have a very small apartment and we're book lovers. This tower bookcase provided so much book storage in a minimum amount of space. It looks like a piece of art. We love it....
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome bookshelf This bookshelf is stylish and modern. It is a cool way to dusplay books.
Date published: 2014-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this bookcase! I needed a bookcase that would not take up a lot of room for my art "closet". This bookcase fit the bill perfectly! It holds all my art books and they are readily accessible. It also looks absolutely great!
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great space-saving bookcase! Works great in our small home and a cinch to assemble. Using it to store collection of children's books.
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from White Sapien Bookcase Handy next to desk to hold books for any project I'm working on. Keeps my desk surface clear.
Date published: 2014-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique and Easy to Assemble I just love the Italian design of the Sapien bookcase! The unique design holds a large number of books in a very limited amount of space. It easily holds much larger books then the small metal shelves would seem to indicate. Now I must say the box arrived very badly damaged with a very large hole. Almost the entire box was covered in tape. The metal pieces were in fine shape (no scratches or dents) but the instructions and screws were missing. Called the Container Store customer service number and got a very helpful associate who assured me the box did not leave the Container Store warehouse in such horrid condition and replacement screws and instructions would be sent ASAP. They arrived four days later. Bookcase is now assembled. It was a breeze to put together. Could hardly be easier. It looks great and love the uniqueness of it. Also, it holds many more books then I expected. LOVE IT!
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly Happy! Wow, this was a truly surprising find. Just as the description states, a nice way to display lots of books without taking up space. The books remain easily accessible. Aesthetically interesting and pleasing. Good, sturdy design. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2014-03-05
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Community Q&A

Can a large coffee table book fit on the shelf?

I have a few large coffee table books. The size is 10" x 13" weighing 5 pounds. Will it support these books securely on the shelves or will the bookcase be wobbly?
Asked by: bwaygirl
I ran across this issue. Large format books only fit on the bottom/base shelf.
Answered by: Yougadarlinginnyc
Date published: 2017-12-18

How Tall is the bookcase?

Asked by: Jana78613
Just under 60" tall.
Answered by: tumbleweed
Date published: 2017-04-29

Instructions for small black plastic pieces?

This product comes with a bunch of small (about 1 inch long) black plastic pieces. How are these used in the assembly of the shelves? The printed instructions do not mention or picture them at all. And there doesn't seem to be a logical place to put them. I wonder if they are simply for protecting the corners of the shelves while in transit? Please advise. Thanks.
Asked by: Laureen
Toss 'em. Not needed.
Answered by: Jiles7
Date published: 2015-12-26

What are the shelves dimensions?

What is the width and depth of the shelves? Are they all the same size?
Asked by: Tere
All of the shelves are the same dimensions 5.5" by 7.5" and there are 10 shelves. They are each 5" apart and are amazingly strong. I am very impressed with how sturdy they are. I have heavy books on these 5.5 by 7.7 shelf stacks and it is not wobbly and the shelves are not bendable at all. The base place anchors it all. It is a 13" by 13" heavy metal plate that the spine of the bookstack rests into, like a pipe into a shaft, and this holds it all together.
Answered by: Elfy
Date published: 2015-04-25


I assume this needs to be anchored to the wall at the top? Or is it simply a matter of stacking the smaller books at the top, larger at the bottom?
Asked by: PaulaV
no anchoring necessary ... you will balance the presentation of the books and the base is very stable
Answered by: CBsf
Date published: 2016-02-20

How safe is this around children?

My grandson is age 3. There may be more in the future. How hard is it to be knocked over or pulled down by a child? I would like to put children's books on it. I have a lot from when mine were kids, but not a lot of space for a traditional bookshelf.
Asked by: creaturekeeper
The books are stacked on 10 intermittent shelves so a child of 3 could pull any book out that they can reach and with that they could pull out all the books on that shelf. There's only 5 inches between each shelf so it would result in only those 5 inches of stacked books to fall but I would not have any unsupervised child around it. It is very sturdy and the base plate is 13" by 13" so it won't knock over easily but if a small child were shaking it, they could drop books on their head. It is not a child's room bookcase.
Answered by: Elfy
Date published: 2018-01-03

Is this bookcase stable on carpeting?

Asked by: JoyG
This product is stable on all even floor surfaces.
Answered by: tcbeall
Date published: 2013-12-19

Do you have this item in white?

Asked by: elenazu
Our Sapien Bookshelf is currently available only in anthracite grey.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2017-11-11

I am considering this for piano music shelving. Has anyone tried this? I'm concerned that the music will eventually sag/droop over edges.

Asked by: Keyboardist
We don't recommend our Sapien Bookshelf for your application. The individual shelves of are 7-1/2 w x 5-1/2" d and will not support sheet music or paper-bound scores. For storing music, we recommend our Large 5-Bin Storage Tower (shown below). The interior dimensions of each bin are 17" w x 12" d x 5" tall and each bin can hold approximately 8 pounds.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2017-12-02

Where is this product made?

Asked by: Drizzle13
The Sapien Bookcase is made in Italy.
Answered by: tcbeall
Date published: 2018-01-03

How far apart of the shelves?

What's the distance between each shelf?
Asked by: shenan
The shelves are 5-1/4" apart.
Answered by: mbdefreitas
Date published: 2014-08-01
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