13+ Barrister Bookcases With Glass Doors for Traditional Elegance


Some furniture pieces go beyond mere functionality, standing out for their timeless charm and distinctive design. Barrister bookcases—characterized by leaded glass doors, stacked compartments, and overall smaller stature—epitomize this classic allure. Initially created to house legal volumes, these bookcases have evolved into sought-after pieces that bring sophistication and practicality to any space. You don’t have to be a lawyer to appreciate these elegant glass-door bookcases!

While you can use these barrister bookcases and other small shelves to store books behind glass doors, they’re also excellent choices for storing other prized possessions, from framed photos to awards to artistic souvenirs from your travels. 

Countryside Amish Furniture has selected some of our favorite barrister bookcases and similar glass-doored pieces to help you complete your office or living room set. Proudly display your favorite items (while keeping them dust-free) in made-to-order shelving that incorporates your favorite wood species and stain. 

Our Favorite Barrister Bookcases

An essential part of a 21-piece living room set, the Tahari Barrister Bookcase adds a touch of regal elegance with its traditional leaded glass doors. While other items on the list also feature the iconic leaded glass, the Tahari stands out by introducing vibrant splashes of saturated red and yellow. No matter what you place inside this Mission barrister bookcase, the elegant glass doors ensure that it takes center stage.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Four doors on roller glides
  • Leaded glass w/ caramel & red accents
  • Smooth gliding barrister doors
  • Custom hardwood & stain
  • Amish handmade in the USA
  • Feet levelers are included

Price: $2909

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For shoppers who appreciate barrister bookcases featuring leaded glass doors yet wish to fully showcase their cherished books and possessions, we introduce the Coronado Barrister Bookcase! Boasting a simpler glass design with subtle accents of cream and green, the doors provide semi-transparency and an overall contemporary feel. What's even better is that this barrister bookcase complements both the Coronado Living Room and Office sets, simplifying the process of purchasing other coordinating pieces, no matter where you plan to position this set of shelves.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • Amish made in the USA
  • Leaded glass doors
  • Four doors on roller slides
  • Four wooden shelves
  • Custom hardwood & stain
  • Feet levelers are included

Price: $2679

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This next barrister bookcase features a modern take on leaded glass while maintaining its traditional elegance, thanks to the predominantly transparent design of the doors. However, that's not the sole reason you'll appreciate this smaller shelving unit. Its sides display stylish paneling that extends upward to the crown molding crafted from thick solid wood. Similar to the barrister bookcase mentioned earlier, this piece is available for individual purchase or as part of comprehensive Living Room and Office sets.

Key Features

  • Amish handcrafted in the USA
  • Solid wood construction
  • Leaded glass doors
  • Roller glide door mechanism
  • Custom hardwood & stain
  • Feet levelers are included

Price: $2950

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We previously discussed how barrister bookcases and traditional elegance naturally go hand-in-hand, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Take, for example, the Montour 3-Door Barrister Bookcase, which opts for a streamlined aesthetic. Though rooted in Arts & Crafts and Mission design, the bookshelf’s features would look quite aligned with a chic, modern office thanks to its minimalist handles and interior LED lighting. The overall simplicity of this barrister bookcase allows its contents to be the true star.

Key Features

  • Handmade in the USA
  • Slide-in, hinged glass doors
  • Mortise & tenon joinery
  • LED lighting in each section
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Custom hardwood & stain

Price: $1718

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Mission furniture is known for its distinctive tapered legs and posts, but this barrister bookcase uniquely honors this iconic American style with a modern touch—a fully tapered silhouette! Further enhancing this barrister bookcase are the leaded glass doors; while the top level has more ornamentation, lower shelves are comparatively simple to let your favorite belongings catch the eye. Buy this barrister bookcase individually or as a part of the elegant Alaterre Living Room or Office furniture set. 

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Four doors with smooth slides
  • Antique glass with color accents
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Amish handmade in the USA
  • Feet levelers are included

Price: $2950

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The allure of this next barrister bookcase lies in its meticulous details, showcasing intricate carving on the crown molding, carved paneling, and understated handles. Subdued yet striking, this functional shelving unit is available in three different heights—36”, 50”, and 64”, with the tallest version captured in the photograph. Whether you acquire this piece to showcase your child’s trophies, display books in your home library, or exhibit photographs and keepsakes in the foyer, the potential uses are boundless. Its universally appealing aesthetic ensures it will remain in style for any purpose.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • 3/4-inch solid wood shelves
  • Sliding glass pocket doors
  • Dentil crown moulding
  • Custom hardwood & stain
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $2085

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The Chandler Barrister Bookcase pays homage to the Craftsman style, showcasing subtle flared legs and a winged top for a touch of tradition and sophistication. With two to five framed, leaded glass doors offering clear glass options, you can customize the height to your liking. Also customizable is the selection of the wood species, stain, and handle design, enabling you to shape the piece to flawlessly integrate with your home furniture. Regardless of which combination of design elements you choose, rest assured that this barrister bookcase is handcrafted by Amish artisans, ensuring copious care and attention to detail.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Four available bookcase sizes
  • 2-5 doors with leaded glass
  • Custom hardwood & stain
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $1345

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A dramatic departure from all previously shared barrister bookcases, the modern Brodnax Rustic Barrister Bookcase utilizes rough sawn maple to yield a rugged yet handsome look that would work wonderfully in a farmhouse themed office or living room. Like many of the other examples we’ve listed, it can be ordered in multiple heights ranging from two to five levels. However, a semi-unique feature of this barrister bookcase is that its shelves are adjustable, enabling you to move them as needed to accommodate your books and possessions.

Key Features

  • Rough Sawn Maple construction
  • Available in four sizes
  • 2-5 plain glass doors
  • 2-5 adjustable wood shelves
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $1140

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Expertly blending old-world styling and modern functionality, our Kolin Lawyer's Bookcase is crafted from solid American hardwood with a bold finish.

Elegance meets modern tastes with the Kolin Lawyers Bookcase, featuring sliding glass pocket doors that offer uninterrupted views of your books and belongings. Not only can you choose the wood and color, but you can also select the number of levels for this barrister bookcase. The result is a highly functional addition to any law office or home office.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • Custom hardwood & stain
  • Three heights available
  • Glass sliding pocket doors
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $1775

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Additional Small Glass Bookcases You May Like

Barrister bookcases have a number of distinct characters that set them apart from other small, glass-doored shelves. The pieces featured below could be considered their first cousins; they share overarching design elements but offer slightly different features, resulting in elegant glass-doored bookshelves worthy of your consideration.

What makes this exquisite piece distinctly unique from barrister bookcases is its configuration. Glass doors slide rather than lift, revealing opaque drawers nested below the display shelves. This unit measures a relatively small 47 1/4"W x 17 3/8"D x 38"H, enabling it to accommodate empty corners or stretches of space with relative ease.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • Two dovetailed storage drawers
  • Sliding glass doors with mullions
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $2900

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Measuring 46"W x 14 1/2"D, the Wolcott 2-Door Bookshelf comes in four different heights, letting shoppers choose the ideally sized unit for their office’s needs. The smallest option measures 36"H and offers two adjustable shelves housed behind mullion glass doors, perfect for positioning under a window or a decorated wall. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the five-shelf tall option (delivering 72” of height) can fill the vertical space with available storage galore. Regardless of which version you choose, the bookshelf delivers simple decorative touches inspired by Mission design, from the corbels to the decorative hardware of your choosing.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • Glass doors with mullions
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Custom hardwood & stain
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $1428

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While we technically call this piece a buffet, there are no rules as to where you should use it or what to store inside, as shown by the photo. Its stout stature is perfect for individuals seeking a bit of extra storage that won’t obstruct views of decorative walls over the overall flow of the room. Smoothly slide the glass doors along the track, and adjust the interior’s shelf to the perfect height for the items you want to display.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • Sliding glass doors with mullions
  • One adjustable shelf
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $2355

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Put your favorite items on display behind the glass doors of our Ansonia Sliding Door Bookcase. This spacious cabinet protects your treasures from dust.

The standout feature of this elegant bookcase is, without a doubt, its sliding glass doors with a traditional mullion pattern, paired with a modern handle-free design. Behind the glass, you'll find two fixed shelves and three adjustable shelves, allowing you to modify heights as needed. Whether you're a lawyer seeking a bookcase for your volumes or a homeowner in search of a display case, the Ansonia Sliding Door Bookcase rises to the occasion!

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Sliding glass doors with mullions
  • Three adjustable wood shelves
  • Two permanent shelves
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $4730

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Handcrafted details and rustic hardware reflect the mission style of our Canaan 2-Door Bookshelf, a look further enhanced by its smooth finish.

Although lacking the leaded glass and distinctive door movements characteristic of barrister bookcases, this mission shelving unit is too delightful to omit from the list. The seedy glass mullion pattern is iconic of mission decor, achieving a look that works well in both stately and modern themes. Best of all, this elegant bookcase is available in multiple sizes to accommodate your office's dimensions most effectively.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Three sizes available
  • Two seedy glass mullioned doors
  • Adjustable hardwood shelving
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $2100

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Max out your midcentury modern design with this wooden bookcase. The Churubusco Glass Bookshelf features sliding glass doors and two adjustable shelves.

We love the Churubusco Glass Bookshelf for smaller rooms. Not only does its compact sizing help the bookcase not overwhelm the space, but slender legs lift the frame off the ground for a visual lightness, creating an expansive feel in its surroundings. Whether positioned in the office, bedroom, or hallway, the bookcase’s sliding glass doors and adjustable shelves provide functionality and will cater modern tastes.

Key Features

  • Solid hardwood construction
  • Sliding plain glass doors
  • Two adjustable wooden shelves
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $1558

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Complete your office or den ensemble with this timeless Meridian Sliding Door Bookcase, showcasing a crisp wood finish and adjustable wooden shelves.

How would we describe this next bookshelf? Classic, sturdy, and charming! Slide aside the glass doors of this elegant bookcase, and you’ll find three adjustable shelves. Not seeking a storage solution that is 58” tall? The Meridian Bookshelf Buffet and Meridian Display Case provide the same elegant design elements but with shorter heights.

Key Features

  • Solid wood construction
  • Sliding glass doors with mullions
  • Three adjustable wood shelves
  • Custom hardwood & finish
  • Catalyzed conversion varnish
  • Amish handmade in the USA

Price: $2935

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Why Buy Amish-Made Barrister Bookcases?

One truth should be clear—barrister bookcases are no ordinary bookshelf. They present an unconventional door motion (requiring specialized mechanisms) and are usually reserved for your most beloved readings and belongings. When taking all this into consideration, the dedicated, expert craftspeople of Countryside Amish Furniture feel like a natural choice for hand-crafting your very own elegant barrister bookcase. 

Our team builds each piece individually, granting you the power to choose the wood and stain. What’s more, our hands-on Sales team will answer all questions and work with you to ensure the piece comes out exactly as you desire. Whether you prefer traditional or modern styling, we have the barrister bookcase to match!

Dive deeper into our brand, our team, and our philosophy by visiting Why Countryside Amish Furniture.
 

Author, Baileigh Basham

Bailiegh Basham is Lead Sales & Marketing Strategist at Countryside Amish Furniture. She's been a team member since 2014. Bailiegh is deeply passionate about furniture design and home decor.