Story Bookcase

Designed by Afteroom for Design Within Reach


Item Number: 100087331
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We want you to be delighted with your new purchase. If you need to make a return, we're here to help. Please review your item(s) upon delivery. If there is an issue with your order, contact your local DWR Studio or our customer service team at 800.944.2233  or service@dwr.com within three (3) days of receipt. If you receive a damaged, defective, or incorrect item, we’ll make it right.


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- Returns must be received in original condition within 30 days of receipt.

- Shipping charges are non-refundable. You will be responsible for outbound and return shipping and delivery charges.

- Returns are accepted only at our warehouse—not at DWR Studios, DWR Outlets, or company headquarters.

- Your refund will be reduced by a restocking charge equal to 10% of the purchase price (accessories, bedding, Sonno mattresses*, and towels are exempt).

- Credit card orders will receive refunds in the form of a credit back to the original account.

- Check and cash payments will be returned via a refund check or DWR Merchandise Credit.

- Be sure to retain the original packing materials, receipt, and all merchandise tags for returns. 


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- Custom or special order furniture.

- Floor samples and items purchased from DWR Outlets and eBay.



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We can accept cancellation of your order for items that have not yet shipped or are on backorder. In-stock items normally ship within 24–48 hours after an order has been placed.  Once an item has shipped, cancellation is not possible. 


- If you order by credit card, your card will be charged as each item is shipped.

- Custom and special order items cannot be canceled.



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Try Sonno risk-free for up to 100 nights (with a minimum of 30). If you decide to return the mattress, contact your local DWR Studio or call 800.944.2233 for a refund and free pickup. 


- One sleep trial per household annually. 

- Delivery fees nonrefundable.



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DWR Exclusive A real page-turner.

Fascinated by how spaces transform over time, Hung-Ming Chen and Chen-Yen Wei invented the word Afteroom to name their Stockholm studio. “We simply want to create things people won’t get rid of,” says Chen-Yen. In creating the Story Bookcase (2017), they brought a new twist to Sapien-style vertical book storage by allowing the user to position the shelves facing forward or to the side. By holding texts horizontally in a vertical stack, Story holds dozens of books in a very compact footprint. “It was not an easy task, though it appears really simple,” says Hung-Ming. “We hope people see it as a quiet, functional sculpture.” All-metal construction and a heavy weighted base provide strength and stability. Made in Taiwan.

Create a forest of book trees.

Mix and match the two heights to create a library unlike any other. Weight limit per shelf: 7 pounds. Ships in two boxes for easy handling. Simple assembly required; wall anchoring hardware and safety strap included.

  • Space-saving compact footprint saves valuable room.
  • Holds books horizontally in a vertical stack.
  • Also great for holding towels or displaying collectibles.
  • Shelves can be rotated to the front or side.



Founded 2011 (Stockholm, Sweden)

Afteroom is the creation of wife-and-husband design team Chen-Yen Wei and Hung-Ming Chen.

Wei grew up in Taipei City, Taiwan, the daughter of insurance clerks. With the family based in a crowded city, her parents “tried their best to give us more contact with nature,” she says, “and I’ve appreciated beautiful things ever since.” Wei graduated from National Taipei College of Business, ...

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Short: H 62.5" W 15.75" D 15.75" Tall: H 75.5" W 15.75" D 15.75" Each shelf measures 9.5" wide and 8" deep.


Galvanized steel column with powder-coated aluminum sleeves; powder-coated steel shelves and base; felt floor glides.

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Stunning simplicity
I love how this bookcase takes up so little space and allows me to showcase my favorite books, vases, and even greeting cards. It took my office from very nice to fabulous.
March 27, 2020
1 month ago
A welcome addition.
The bookcase looks great in our bedroom. It's contemporary and highly functional, holding a good number of books.
February 29, 2020
2 months ago
We love this!!! It fit in our space and allowed us to display not only books but cute knickknacks and pictures. This is great small spaces or the minimilast!!
February 15, 2020
2 months ago
Small footprint with lots of book storage!
Small footprint with lots of book storage!
February 12, 2020
2 months ago
Better than anticipated
Very easy for one semi-handy person to assemble.I opted to have the shelves face in each of the three available directions. Once loaded with reading material the bookcase came to life as an almost sculptural addition to the room. Love it.
December 19, 2019
December 6, 2019
4 months ago
Easy to build and met expectations
November 26, 2019
5 months ago
Tower bookcase
Love it, sturdy , functional and nice looking!
November 26, 2019
5 months ago
A great buy
looks elegant, colorful, and takes up just a corner
November 25, 2019
5 months ago
For book lovers a great place to organize books anywhere in your home!
November 25, 2019
5 months ago

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Is there a weight limit on book sizes?
Mary M on Nov 13, 2019

On the Story Bookcase we recommend a weight limit of 7 pounds per shelf.
Can this be assembled without using all of the shelves, i.e. if I want more distance in between each shelf? Also, I see someone referenced a minimum distance from the wall required - what is the minimum distance required? Thanks
CC+DWR on Nov 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the Story Bookcase can be assembled without utilizing all of the shelves. The back edge of the base to back of column is approximately 4", and the back edge of the base to the front of the column is 5.5". If the bookcase is placed with the base against the wall, books would be 5.5" away from the wall (and the back of the column would be approximately 4" from the wall).
How do you secure this shelf so it doesn't fall. Its for a toddler's bedroom so want to ensure it is safe? Thank you.
Stephanie on Oct 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Stephanie,

Included with the Story Bookcase is a safety strap and wall mounting hardware to secure the bookcase to the wall, we also recommend sticking to the 7 pound weight limit per shelf to eliminate any tipping risks.
Is the strap required? Or can it be stable on its own?
Mary F on Nov 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The strap that is included in our Story Bookcase is only for precautionary measures, the heavy weighted base provides strength and stability for the tower to stand on it's own. We recommend staying within the 7 pound weight limit for the shelves in order to avoid any weight disbursement issues.
Is it easy to put together? Does it require special tools? I just purchased the Short.
Pamela M on Mar 28, 2020

Yes, the Story Bookcase setup is very simple! All tools are provided within the shipment, as well as detailed assembly instructions.
Hi, for the short one - what's the size of h/w/d of shipping box? And its weight including box?
Daisy S on Mar 2, 2020

The shipping dimensions on the Story Bookcase are as follows, W 18" H 5" D 83" - weight 48 pounds.
Hi! The photo with the plants - is there an attachment or are the plant pots sold separately to attach to the book shelf? Trying to figure this out but I can’t zoom in! Thank you! It’s photo #26 of 36
Nicole B on Feb 16, 2020

Yes, the Planter Bowls are sold separately and can be added onto the Story Bookcase, (https://www.dwr.com/accessories-vases-indoor-planters/story-planter-bowl/2516941.html?lang=en_US).
Can I orient all the shelves to the side so the front of the base platform can slide under my bed?
Lori C on Feb 13, 2020

With the Story Bookcase you are free to arrange the shelves to your own liking, we would not recommend shifting all the shelves in the opposite direction of the base as this would increase the likelihood of tipping. Included within the shipment is a safety strap and mounting hardware which will help to stop the bookcase from falling, the weight limit per shelf is 7 pounds.
How many books does the tall story book shelf hold?
Lynda N on Jan 25, 2020

There is no set limit on the amount of books the Tall Story Bookcase can hold, each shelf has a weight capacity of 7 pounds. Depending on the size and weight of the books desired that would effect the amount of books the whole case can properly hold, we would encourage you to stop by one of our Design Within Reach studios (dwr.com/stores?lang=en_US) to see if it's the right fit for you!
Hi is this available to look at in your stores?
M B on Nov 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Story Bookcase is available to look at in many of our retail stores and studios, I would recommend giving the store a call before arriving to check availability.
What size is the tall bookcase when boxed for shipping?
Josie H on Oct 28, 2019

Both sizes of Story Bookcase come in two boxes. The first box contains the base, column sleeves, shelves, and hardware, and the second box has the long internal column. The box containing the long internal column for the tall version is approximately 76" x 2" x 2"

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