A Bookshelves is integral to any true Montessori space, whether that space is a bedroom, living room, classroom, or other. But not just any bookshelf will do. The purpose of the bookshelf is to display a carefully curated selection of toys from which a child can choose his or her own activity. According to Montessori principles, a child’s bookshelf should be;
low enough for the child to reach anything on display. Appropriate for displaying a minimal number of toys, usually one per cubby. Void of any bright colors or overwhelming decor. Choosing the perfect bookshelf for your child’s space can be overwhelming. Fortunately for you, we’ve scoured retailers to find 5 great Montessori-style bookshelves perfect for your space.
KidSpace 2-Tier Horizontal Storage Bookshelves
This two-tier shelf from ClosetMaid is ideal for storing books, projects, toys, baskets, and anything else your little one might be interested in. The shelf is made of laminated wood and comes ready for you to assemble. Parents can trust their children will be safe around the KidSpace shelf, as it’s thoughtfully designed with things like rounded corners.
Kallax Bookshelves Unit
Because of their aesthetic simplicity and high functionality, IKEA products are favorites of parents and teachers who adhere to Montessori. The Kallax shelf unit is one such product. Consisting of eight separate cubbies, the Kallax should be placed on its side so that each compartment can be reached by tiny hands. As with all IKEA products, the Kallax Shelf Unit comes ready to be assembled.
Bookcase with Reading Nook Bookshelves
Available in three colors — white, natural, and espresso — the KidKraft Bookcase with Reading Nook makes for a fun and functional addition to any Montessori space. The bookcase features six storage cubbies, all of which are situated at a convenient height for littles. Atop the bookcase is a comfortable reading nook. The bookcase is made of composite wood and is ready to be assembled.
Classic Playtime Multi-Cube Stackable Bookcase
While this good-looking bookcase from Hayneedle may look like a normal shelving unit, it has one particular feature that makes it ideal for a children’s space. It’s stackable! As it comes, the Classic Playtime Multi-Cube Stackable Bookcase includes five spacious cubbies for housing books, toys, and other work items. It has a sturdy base and is low enough to the ground to be appropriate for smaller children. As your child grows and more space is needed, additional shelving units can be stacked safely on top of this one thanks to the recessed lips on top and bottom.
Nienhuis Montessori’s Material Cabinet is designed for children ages 3-12. Thus, this shelving unit is a bit taller, with four shelves, two of which are adjustable. Should you wish to make this a closed-back bookshelf, there is also a solid panel designed for the back (sold separately).
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