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Quinn contemporary corner ladder style bookcase from Matalan

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Did you know Matalan sells furniture? It’s online only at, but they sell a good range of furniture that’s stylish, on trend and affordable.

We’d never experienced Matalan furniture before, but were sent a corner bookshelf in oak, from their bestselling Quinn range, to review. The style of the piece is inherently contemporary – it’s based on the popular ladder design – and it’s an attractive and functional piece of furniture that could effectively be used in a variety of different rooms.

The Quinn corner bookcase arrives in two boxes – one long, large one which contains three vertical pieces of wood, and one square one, which contains four shelves in graduated sizes.

You also get the super essential instructions, all the screws, dowels and fittings you need, plus a little Allen key to help you put the whole piece together. So there are no worries if you haven’t got a tool kit on hand, as you can assemble it without the need for any other tools.

Unboxing the Quinn corner bookcase in oak. Affordable flat pack furniture from Matalan.

Once unpacked, the wood seemed to be of a good, sturdy design and the oak finish a lovely warm colour.

Assembling the flat pack Quinn bookcase

Is it easy to put together? Well, it seemed to be…

The doweling rods were easy to insert into the shelves and the shelves initially seemed to fit well into the uprights. It could be put together by one person, but we found it useful to have two of us.

How to build the flat pack Quinn corner bookshelf from Matalan.

One shelf though seemed to be missing a screw hole, so couldn’t be as securely attached as it should be. When everything else was screwed together it looked finished, although we somehow ended up with a slight gap at one side at the very top.

As it wasn’t really the perfect, nicely aligned finish we’d hoped for, we took it apart and did it again. Sadly, that didn’t really rectify the problem. Whether it was something we’d done wrong, or perhaps that the upright piece of wood wasn’t quite cut to the right size at the top, we’re not sure.

Here’s an image showing the gap on the right hand side – it’s not a major issue, but something that could be annoying in the long term, knowing it’s there and not quite perfect.

The tiny top shelf of the Quinn bookcase provides just enough space for a small ornament

The gap issue aside though, the finished bookshelf is a lovely contemporary design and definitely fits into the ladder style shelving trend.

It’s nice that it’s a corner design and can fit into a spare gap. It also felt reassuring that it was going in a corner, as it didn’t feel 100% sturdy when standing (it might be better, for example, if you screw it to a wall for super security).

Styling the Quinn corner bookcase

The bookcase would work well in a living room, dining room, study or even a small space in a hallway or on a landing.

In our case, it fitted perfectly in a corner of a bedroom, against the side of a similar coloured wooden wardrobe.

Got an awkward corner to fill? Try the Quinn corner bookcase in a stylish ladder design.

There are five shelves in total, each a different size. We used the bottom shelf for books, and the others to display vases and other decorative accessories.

Of course, there’s not a lot of scope for storage on the smallest, top shelf (just room for a small owl), but the lower shelves do provide ample space – in fact, more space than we’d anticipated.

The bottom shelf is a brilliant height and width for large hardback books. We could have easily filled all the shelves with books – as you can see, the other shelves are quite deep too and could easily accommodate more hardback or paperback books:

The shelves on the Quinn corner bookcase are of a good depth and provide plenty of storage options.

It’s a really elegant and functional piece of furniture. In terms of value, it’s pretty good too – the original price was affordable at £79, but it’s currently reduced to £59 in the sale, so an even better buy.

Modern corner ladder style bookcase - perfect to store books or display accessories


If it’s a style of furniture you like, there are other coordinating pieces in the Quinn range, and options in a white finish too. One nifty aspect is that other pieces can be joined together if you wish. There are spare screws provided and easy-to-spot connecting points on the Quinn bookcase.

It was good to see the value and options that Matalan furniture provides and it’s definitely something we’ll be exploring again in the future.

(Disclosure: We were sent the Quinn bookcase to review, but all views and opinions are our own). 

Stunning handmade tree design shelves by Bespoak Interiors

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Love this stunning oak tree design handmade wooden shelf by Bespoak Interiors

For shelving that will turn heads and show off your books or decorative accessories in style, look no further than a tree design shelf.

These are handmade in the Cotswolds by Bespoak Interiors, a company who specialise in producing quirky and unusual furniture that stands out.

Clearly they’re achieving their aim, as these shelves certainly do stand out. In fact, as well as a functional piece of furniture, you get an amazing decorative sculpture too.

What a fabulous way to store books, on your very own hazel wood tree!

Each piece is made to order, so you can be sure that you’ll get a one-of-a-kind shelf. They’re fixed to the wall, so you can be sure your tree shelf will be secure and not prone to toppling over.

Choose from an oak tree shelf, a hazel tree or a mini oak tree designed especially with children in mind.


Quirky wall shelves for distinctive storage

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

Liven up your storage solutions with these quirky wall shelves!

Funky fire escape design wall shelf unit

The humble fire escape design has been transformed into a cool shelf unit. Designed to be wall mounted, it’s made from coated steel and provides plenty of space to display your favourite home accessories. Available from Lindsay Interiors.

Cute birdy wall shelf

Celebrate a love of birds, with this birdy shaped wall shelf. It’s made of metal and finished in a lovely shade of green. There are several shelves within the unit and it could be ideal to hang on the wall in a child’s room or nursery. Available from I Love Retro.

Quirky wooden multi tier shelf unit  from I Love Retro

This solid wood corner display shelf is hand made from Douglas Fir and provides an unusual multi-shelf arrangement. The tiered effect is really striking and it’s a great place to store your favourite things. It’s available from Lime Lace.

Moby Dick style whale design quirky wall shelf

How about a deep sea creature on your wall? This quirky whale design wall shelf has multiple shelves, which are attractively decorated. Great for livening up the wall in a child’s bedroom. Available from All Things Brighton Beautiful.

Nifty and distinctive home shelving ideas from Loaf

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Unusual, quirky and with a rustic – and sometimes verging on industrial – feel, these nifty home shelving options from Loaf have caught our eye…

Crate style home storage shelf

King Crate Mate is a larger version of their already popular Crate Mate shelves. Designed for laid back living, this piece incorporates a selection of crate style shelves and storage alcoves, all stacked together in a seemingly haphazard way.

Compact desk for a small room

If you’re short on space and can’t fit a standalone desk in your room, then Birdie to the rescue. This cute little wire and wood wall mounted shelf cleverly incorporates a drop down desk with a bit of shelving. It’s wonderfully compact and rustic-meets-industrial in style. Perfect for a studio flat, where space is at a premium.

Steel and reclaimed wood shelves

Another neat shelving option is the Carriage shelf. This no-fuss design is effective and compelling. The shelf is hand carved from reclaimed fir, which provides a unique grain and colour tint on each piece. It’s finished with a sturdy steel frame in a matt black finish.

For more shelving or home furniture ideas, we recommend a browse at Loaf.



Unusual butterfly design shelf

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

How to create a statement wall

This caught our eye this morning and is it any wonder why?

As far as shelves go, this is a really unusual option that doubles up as a striking wall feature. The butterfly shelf is made from metal, in a sea green shade, and the edges of the butterfly’s wings have a decorative flower effect.

There’s space inside on the open shelves to display a few favourite accessories, small vases or candles.

The shelf is available from Graham and Green, but hurry if you’re interested, as they’re flying off the shelves and there are currently only five left.


Triple shelf mirror from Dwell

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Modern contemporary mirror ideas

Mirror with shelves

This contemporary mirror is made up of a random arrangement of seven rectangular mirrors.

What sets it off even more is the addition of three small shelves, which are perfect for displaying decorative accessories on, like candles, a clock or a photo frame.

The triple shelf mirror could be used to make a small room feel bigger, or add reflective light into a narrow hallway. It costs £129 from Dwell.

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