DESIGN YOUR HOME
Shelves as Partitions
Architect Mason Kirby Inc.
Open shelves that divide a space provide both storage and partitioning - two birds with one stone! Below are some lovely examples of shelves that are not only furniture but spatial elements providing visual access as well as room definition.
Unlike a solid wall, this shelf partition divides the space without compromising visual access, and keeps the feeling of open space and unified rooms.
Shelves need not be full height to serve as attractive and practical dividers. her a single low shelf successfully creates two rooms from one.
Here the shelves and closet space become more of a solid partition, but the open space above keeps it airy and simple.
This simple shelving unit creates a foyer where before there was none.
The hanging shelves in this kitchen allow natural light in without compromising storage space.
These low bookcases mimic the linear hallway and partition off the living room while keeping it central and accessible.
The bench of this eat-in kitchen handsomely backed by open shelves on the side that can't have windows above.
Mixing areas of open shelf and opacity adds spatial interest to these free-standing shelves.
A low headboard with built-in storage creates a space for the bed in this room.
Putting shelves in a doorway seems counter-intuitive, but this case of treasures fits perfectly into the progression of spaces here.
Big kitchen windows bring in lovely light but limit the amount of upper cabinet space available. These open-shelves are certainly an adventurous solution!
This is truly more of a partition with a few shelves rather than shelves that create a partition, but the effect is original and modern.
Keeping the shapes varied and the color in step with the wall color gives the objects stored in this partition the appearance of floating.
Lining the stairs with a wall of books is an unexpected source of storage, and turns the stairs themselves into a tiered reading room.