32 Freestanding Shelving Systems That Double As Room Dividers

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Shelving systems that double as beautiful room dividers increase your home’s interior design possibilities. Situated tight against a wall, placed right-angled to it, or even completely freestanding, with limited effort, your interior’s appearance and function transform in a moment.

Considering the utter beauty of these shelving system-room divider combos, interior design nuts will want to rearrange them regularly. By creating a new spot for the piece, renewed focus makes these dazzling furniture pieces come even more to their right.

Just needing to create a room division to change clothes behind, make a work at home office spot in the living room, or another purely functional argument is valid too but let’s face it, these items transgress the functional, these are true works of art.

1. Juniper Bookshelf

Like the haunting but beautiful silhouette of a forest in winter, the Juniper bookshelf braces each shelf with a set of ‘branches’ to create a stunning visual for home décor.

Juniper is a freestanding shelving system that can also be a unique room divider. Its frame both catches the eye and captivates the mind, accentuating any items placed upon it. Mix and match the two color options for a dynamic décor element.


2. Monarch Specialties Hollow Core Bookcase

This bookcase looks AMAZING! Its modern vibe oozes sophistication. The Monarch Specialties Hollow Core Bookcase isn’t just for displaying your collection of literature, however – it can also function beautifully as a fancy room divider.

You can store all your favorite items with eight generously-sized cubes and add a modern touch to any room.


3. Z Modular System


As strong and sturdy as the pyramids of Ancient Egypt, the Z Modular System is built to last. Using triangle and pyramid shapes, this shelving system can grow from a single module to an entire shelving unit designed to hold a library of novels, decorations and knick knacks.

The stacking possibilities of the Z Modular System are endless, and users can rearrange the shelves in different configurations to suit their mood and space.


4. Yusong Geometric Bookcase

The Yusong Geometric Bookcase isn’t just a stunning addition to your home or office; it’s also a very useful and versatile furniture piece. The offset rows form a honeycomb pattern that lets you use both the storage cuboids and the negative space to fit in even more items.

The collection consists of distinctive storage pieces designed for use in a variety of living spaces. Multiple Yusongs are easily placed against each other to lengthen and expand its function.


5. Bricks Standing

I’m definitely one of those people who is proud of my book collection, but I’ve never had a really good display bookshelf. Well, if I ever get my hands on this brilliant piece, that’s exactly where my books are going.

Bricks Standing by Gerard De Hoop is a grid pattern bookcase that’s very selective in the amount of books it holds. If you have some classic novels, or you just want to show off your manga collection, they’ll be right at home here.


6. Kemanner Industrial Style Bookcase

If you need a bookcase that can hold even the heaviest of family photo albums, try the Kemanner Industrial Style Bookcase.

This handsome piece is made from durable wood and steel and can hold up to 75 pounds on each shelf, thanks in part to the thicker wood planks/shelves and X-frame. Kemanner is available in 3, 4, or 5 tier shelves, depending on your storage needs.


7. Shelf PIX With Drawers

Open, yet secretive. It kind of seems like a paradox of design, but Shelf PIX makes it work. The open concept of this unit’s broad shelves is perfectly balanced with closed cubbies for storing more sensitive items.

To make it more fun, you can choose colored cubbies to add a bit more cheer to a room; you can also customize how many shelves, rows and cabinets you’d like. What a sweet deal!

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8. Plain Sectional Metal Bookcase

These modular, elegant shelving options boast a sleek finish while getting rid of the bulk of regular, present-day shelving for homes. You can mount the shelves at different heights to provide different designs with which to decorate your home, and the lightweight nature of the material is in strict contrast to how sturdy the product is.

Plain Bookcase is functional, lightweight, and easily designable to any home’s decor.


9. 526 Nuage by Charlotte Perriand


Designed by Charlotte Perriand, who lived from 1903 -1999, this bookcase still has a very modern feel and dynamic look through the changing volumes and spaces.

526 Nuage is available in high and low two-tone vertical partitions varnished in black and white and the sliding elements are in satin anodized aluminum.


10. Woody Shelving System from oak and steel

Woody shelving
Woody Shelving System is made of soap-treated oak sticks and powder-coated steel. The here shown is the largest of the Woody collection. The dimensions are h 77.5″ x w 81″ x d17.5″  (196.5 x 206.5 x 44.5cm).

Woody Shelving System looks light but has a very stable structure. The shelves come in three color combination’s, namely white and grey / white  / white and color. A superb product of Hay Denmark.


11. YITAHOME Multifunctional Bookshelf

This practical and stable shelving system with the minimalist look can be used in any modern living space. YITAHOME Multifunctional Bookshelf  is suitable as a bookcase or room divider for both private and public interiors.

YITAHOME, made from waterproof engineered wood and a sturdy metal frame, is available in two different colors and can be paired with multiple units.


12. Naturoscopie I –Shelf with organic flowing lines


Naturoscopie I – Shelf, a shelf with organic and fluid lines, is made from carbon fibre, paint and soft touch varnish, aluminium honeycomb and copper.

French designer and interior architect Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance draws inspiration for its designs from basic structures found in nature. Are you interested in this extraordinary bookcase and room divider? Look it up here.


13. Gorham Display Shelf

Sometimes a display shelf needs to be the display itself.                        Gorham’s Display Shelf is not only a capable bookshelf and display shelf, but it can also be used as a room divider.

Its gold finish and oak shelves make it an attractive piece in its own right, but once you put your favorite memoribilia and collections on it, it becomes a treasured centerpiece in your home.


14. Sundial with movable dividers By KartellSundial-by-Kartell

Sundial, a bookcase that is encased in a glossy white or black frame and four shelves with movable opaline dividers set at different angles, like the shadow of a sundial.

With multiple units a much larger bookshelf can be created. Sundial can be placed against a wall or used as a room divider. Sundial is a versatile bookcase designed by Japanese Studio Nendo for Kartell. Are you interested? See more here.


15. Ingravitta with sleek horizontal lines


Ingravitta from Spanish-based firm BK Contract is a multifunctional  modular shelf system and roomdivider with clean lines and emphasis on the horizontal aspect.

Consists of very thick horizontal shelves supported by a chromed steel rod structure with various storage options. More info at Architonic.


16. Boogie Woogie Shelves


Boogie Woogie for Magis is a modular shelving system consisting of square elements that can be arranged to your own wishes and needs. The elements are available with or without back in the colors white, black and red.

The dimensions are l52 x h52 x d28 cm. By placing the elements back to back, you can create a deeper shelving system as a room divider.


17. Drizzle metal and glass


Drizzle by Galotti&Radice is composed of multiple metal elements that support and frame the shelves which are made of either transparent or frosted glass.

This stylish shelving system is available in various colourways and can be arranged in a virtually infinite number of configurations.


18. TANGKULA  6-Tier Bookshelf

This Tangkula 6 Shelf Bookcase is most definitely a statement piece that is the star feature of any room you put it in. The towering bookshelf is uniquely designed in an S-shape, with divided shelves that leave just enough room on the end for an accent or decoration to bring everything together.

Homfa comes with an ‘anti-tilt wall tool’ for securing the book shelf to ensure it doesn’t wobble, keeping your valuables safe on its sturdy shelves. Available in the colors black, coffee and white.


19. Network


From the intricate fastening of wire frame and luxurious leather comes the Network shelving system. Its almost free-form style is open and makes a wonderful room divider, as well as an ample storage shelve. Several spaces of varying sizes add a flavor of variety to its minimalist design.

Each leather shelf is movable, giving you an endless array of options for shelving sizes and arrangement. You can change the look of your room with a simple switch. Check it out here.


20. Kallax MUltipurpose Shelving Unit

Your collection of novels can become a room centerpiece with the Ikea KALLAX shelf unit. Functioning as both a bookcase and room divider, the square slots in KALLAX’s form can fit any variety of objects, giving you ample storage while saving space.

KALLAX is an eye-catching furniture piece that stands out at all times, whether it’s fully decorated or bare. Multiple Kallaxes are easily stacked against each other to lengthen and expand its function. Available in black and white.


21. TT3 with magnetic system


TT3 shelving system consists of several tall single columns and a corner unit with rectangular shelves in Italian walnut.

The shelves are inserted by a simple magnetic system and seem to float in a thin metal frame, available in black or pearl grey.

Due to the magnetic system the shelves can be placed where desired and subsequently moved. Each shelf can support a weight of up to 15 kilograms.
A magnificent design by Israeli designer Ron Gilad.


22. BookShelf by GAEAforms


Bookshelf by Gaeaforms, made of polyurethane foam, has a  composite shell and metal legs. This multifunctional shelving unit stands as a room divider. But not only creating a space for privacy this bookcase allows also for interaction among people.

Available in the colors: white, black, green, purple, navy blue, dark brown, red, turquoise, sand. Dimensions: d 30 x w 175 x h 160 cm.


23. Totem Bookcase cubist style


Much like the ancient piece of architecture it’s named after, the Totem Bookcase by Nico has a design that’s both mysterious and attractive. Mismatched lengths and a smooth lacquer finish make this modular bookcase a piece to be greatly desired.

Each shelf fits its angles against the next, creating a sturdy base and seamless interlocking, and shelves can also be flipped upside down for a more striking visual appeal.


24. Unicatum expressive design


Due to its expressive design and exceptional harmony of its lines Unicatum offers a variety of high level design options. The Mondriaan-like floor elements and side panels are freely movable and combinable together with high-quality, colored glass elements, which allows you to create highly individual pieces of furniture.

And all without the use of tools. Designed by Nadia Zaoui & Bernd Müller for Manufacturer ANB art & design.

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25. Romboidale Bookshelf geometric harmony


Romboidale Bookshelf by Pietro Russo, a stylish and functional design, creates a light division between two space ambients.

The uprights are is made of iron painted in black and cross pieces and legs in brushed brass. The shelves made of birch plywood veneered with different wood: oak, maple, walnut. The maximum high is 300 cm.


26. FUN with dividing elements


Fun by Bonaldo is an open bookcase that can be positioned side by side on the wall or in the center of the room. The irregularity of the spaces between the dividing elements creates a dynamic game of volume.

Fun Bonaldo bookshelf in lacquered MDF is available in various sizes.


27. Séverin small and elegant Bookshelf


Séverin Bookshelf  designed by Alex de Rouvray, can be placed in a corridor, against a wall or can be used as a room divider in the middle of a room. An elegant design winning bookcase with a huge storage capacity for small format books, DVDs and CDs.

Dimensions : H 175, W 65 and D17 cm.  and available in various color combinations.


28. Frames 2.0 open shelving system

Frames-2.0 with metal containersFrames 2.0 is built up of 12 wooden frames that can be used as free-standing cabinet or as a room divider. This makes them suitable to impose books or beautiful objects.

The shelves have different widths, are open in the middle and offer exciting lines. Special metal boxes can be hung in the open shelves, which may serve as a planter or for storing other stuff. More info at Dutch designer and interior architect Gerard de Hoop.


29. HOMCOM Room Dividing Bookcase

Due to its robust, yet open and airy feel the HOMCOM Room Dividing Bookcase can be used as a natural partition in the home.

A modern structure consisting of five solid planks and square, ladder-shaped metal supports. The stable lightweight construction makes it easy to move.


30. Opus Incertum funky shelving


The units of Opus Incertum can be used both indoors and outdoors as shelves or room dividers. Made from expanded polypropylene, a 100% recyclable material and available in white, black, grey, gold and orange.

By rotating and reversing the units many different configurations can be arranged. Each square unit measures 100 cm x 100 cm x 35 cm and weighs less than 4kg. Check it out here.


31. Tangkula 4-Shelf Corner Bookshelf

Tangkula’s design is a refreshing change from the usual rectangular bookshelf. Built with descending shelves that look like a set of steps,

Tangkula uses cubicles of varying sizes to provide storage space for books and décor. Its natural wood finish lets it blend in with a variety of home styles. You can even use the Tangkula Corner Bookshelf as a room divider or a decorative focal point.


32. Slim Irony steel tubes and massive wood


There’s nothing wrong with a classic, and the Slim Irony Bookcase is just that. Lacquered wood and steel rod shelving make it easy for this shelving system to fit in with any décor. Don’t worry; you aren’t limited to placing only books on it.

It also works well for vases, house plants, and just about anything that you need up and out of the way. The diamond frame keeps the shelf from wobbling despite its sometimes bulky contents.



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