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10 Best Bookends UK 2022

Bookends are a practical means of keeping your books in their rightful place - stored upright on your bookshelf - but they're also a great way of jazzing up your home's decor. Nowadays, there's a bookend to suit pretty much every interior, whether you're after traditional vintage oak or stainless steel bookends with a more contemporary design.


In this buying guide, we'll show you how to find bookends that look fantastic while they prevent your books from sliding all over the place. We'll then count down ten of the best bookends available from online stores like Amazon, John Lewis and Argos. Read on for our top tips on how to choose the perfect bookends for your home.

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  • Last updated: 22-02-2022
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Compare the Best Bookends

For those after a quick look, here is our Top 5:

  1. Royal Selangor - Teddy Bears' Picnic Bookends for £119.00
  2. Alessi - Cat Bookend for £48.00
  3. FossilStone - Marble Wedge Bookends for £28.95
  4. Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit Bookends for £18.99
  5. Chenhaolili - Tree of Life Bookends for £13.99


For a more in-depth look at the comprehensive top 10 selection, make sure to read on to learn more about the different types of bookends available and understand how our ranking was determined.

This article's chosen EC site price listings are reflective of its publishing date.

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Royal Selangor Teddy Bears' Picnic Bookends 1

Royal Selangor

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Alessi Cat Bookend 1

Alessi

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FossilStone Marble Wedge Bookends 1

FossilStone

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Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Bookends 1

Beatrix Potter

5
Chenhaolili Tree of Life Bookend 1

Chenhaolili

6
Sass and Belle Day Dreams Bookends 1

Sass and Belle

7
Daruite Expanding bookend 1

Daruite

8
Habitat Living Luxe Lion Bookends 1

Habitat

9
Acrimet Red Metal Bookends 1

Acrimet

10
XGOPTS Bamboo Bookend 1

XGOPTS

Name

Teddy Bears' Picnic Bookends

Cat Bookend

Marble Wedge Bookends

Peter Rabbit Bookends

Tree of Life Bookend

Day Dreams Bookends

Expanding bookend

Living Luxe Lion Bookends

Red Metal Bookends

Bamboo Bookend

Features

For Books That Deserve Only the Best

A Designer Bookend Made From Stainless Steel

Weighty Marble Bookends That Are Perfect for Protecting Heavy Tomes

Peter Rabbit's Mischievous World of Wonder

Bringing the Tree of Life Onto Your Shelf

Cute Bookends That Kids Will Love

An Expanding Metal Bookends That's Ideal for the Office

A Pair of Proud Lions to Watch Over Your Books

Colourful, Contemporary Bookends With an Anti-slip Base

Simple, Slim Bamboo Bookends

Price£119.00£48.00£28.95£18.99£13.99£11.85£14.29£18.00£10.90£11.82
MaterialPewterStainless SteelMarbleWoodSlimWoodMetalResin mouldMetalBamboo, metal
DesignWeightedSlimWeightedWeightedIronWeightedSlim, expandingWeightedSlimSlim
Weight Per Bookend600 g-2.1 kg250 g350 g300 g850 g1 kg180 g100 g
Number of Bookends Included2122222-in-1222
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How to Choose Bookends in the UK

Key Points to Consider

  1. Pick Bookends Made From a Material That Matches Your Room's Aesthetic
  2. Establish Whether You'd Prefer Heavy-Duty, or to Save Space
  3. Decide if You're Looking for a Single Bookend or a Pair

1. Decide Between Robust Marble, Sturdy Stainless Steel and Rustic Wood, Depending on the Room’s Aesthetic

1. Decide Between Robust Marble, Sturdy Stainless Steel and Rustic Wood, Depending on the Room’s Aesthetic

Perhaps more than anything else, it's a bookend's materials that establish its sense of style. Take marble, for example. It's a weighty material, highly effective at keeping even the bulkiest of tomes in their place. It's also smooth and looks incredibly sophisticated — there's a reason that marble has been popular for thousands of years!


Bookends made from metal are also popular. Stainless steel, for example, offers a polished, clean look and is weighty enough to hold most books in place. On the other hand, pewter's mix of metals brings about a uniquely silver-like finish. It's also easily moulded into all sorts of shapes, so you're guaranteed to find a bookend that reflects your personality.


Then there are wooden bookends. The advantage of wooden bookends is that they're virtually limitless when it comes to their designs. They tend to be quite large, though, in order to compensate for their lightness. They do, however, have a beautiful traditional look. The same is true of bamboo bookends, which, while not as vintage-looking as their wooden counterparts, possess a beautiful, smooth finish.

2. Select Slim Bookends if You Need to Save Space, or Go For a Weighted Design to Secure a Heavy Stack of Books

2. Select Slim Bookends if You Need to Save Space, or Go For a Weighted Design to Secure a Heavy Stack of Books

For the most part, you can place bookends into one of two groups - slim or weighted. Both better suit specific needs, and that's why it's essential that you make the right choice.


A slim bookend sits flush against the end of your row of books with a metal bracket that slides underneath them and keeps it in place. If you're looking to save space, they're a fantastic choice, sticking out no further than your last book. Their downside is their weight, as they rarely weigh more than 200g. However, unless you've got a shelf full of Stephen King novels, they should be more than up to the task.


Weighted bookends are the exact opposite. They're guaranteed to keep everything in place, from Baudelaire to The Bible! However, they do require extra space, and you'll need to ensure that your shelf can handle the weight!

3. Check if the Bookend Works Solo or Comes as a Set of Two

3. Check if the Bookend Works Solo or Comes as a Set of Two

The clue's in the name — we use the plural 'bookends' far more than the word 'bookend', and you'll find that bookends almost always come in twos. Even if you only need one, manufacturers usually expect that the next shelf down could do with something similar, and so a pair of bookends usually makes sense.


However, not all bookends come as a pair, and many of the more high-end offerings are purchased one by one. Individual bookends are great news for people with a single bookshelf but could be disappointing for those with more extensive libraries that forget to check before buying!


There's also the hybrid 'expanding' bookend. A single unit that nevertheless features two bookends, it can be stretched to accommodate your ever-growing bookshelf. It doesn't quite possess the traditional look of a pair of bookends, but it's great for keeping your books in place.

10 Best Bookends in the UK

This ranking has been compiled by the writing team at mybest UK via careful evaluation of the points made in the buying guide and thorough research of each product and comparing multiple verified customer reviews across the EC sites used.

1

Royal SelangorTeddy Bears' Picnic Bookends

£119.00

MaterialPewter
DesignWeighted
Weight Per Bookend600 g
Number of Bookends Included2
2
MaterialStainless Steel
DesignSlim
Weight Per Bookend-
Number of Bookends Included1
3

FossilStoneMarble Wedge Bookends

£28.95

MaterialMarble
DesignWeighted
Weight Per Bookend2.1 kg
Number of Bookends Included2
4

Beatrix PotterPeter Rabbit Bookends

£18.99

MaterialWood
DesignWeighted
Weight Per Bookend250 g
Number of Bookends Included2
5

ChenhaoliliTree of Life Bookend

£13.99

MaterialSlim
DesignIron
Weight Per Bookend350 g
Number of Bookends Included2
6

Sass and BelleDay Dreams Bookends

£11.85

MaterialWood
DesignWeighted
Weight Per Bookend300 g
Number of Bookends Included2
7

DaruiteExpanding bookend

£14.29

MaterialMetal
DesignSlim, expanding
Weight Per Bookend850 g
Number of Bookends Included2-in-1
8

HabitatLiving Luxe Lion Bookends

£18.00

MaterialResin mould
DesignWeighted
Weight Per Bookend1 kg
Number of Bookends Included2
9

AcrimetRed Metal Bookends

£10.90

MaterialMetal
DesignSlim
Weight Per Bookend180 g
Number of Bookends Included2
10

XGOPTSBamboo Bookend

£11.82

MaterialBamboo, metal
DesignSlim
Weight Per Bookend100 g
Number of Bookends Included2

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