CHI Good Questions: Compression Shelving as Partition?

CHI Good Questions: Compression Shelving as Partition?

Janel Laban
Jun 16, 2008

Mark is buying a home and has a good question: "I'm in the process of buying a 100+ year old duplex home in Denver and have and idea on how to partition the 'grand room.' Most of these older homes were built with small boxy rooms and are small. To open things up, people often remove the wall between the dining and living room and make a grand room. This has been done to the home that I'm buying...

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You can see the arch left over from the dividing wall in the picture (excuse the mess, a tenant was moving out when I took the picture).

I think it would be nice to partition the rooms by using a shelving system that is held in place by compression between the floor and ceiling. If I placed a couple of shelves in the middle of the room directly under the arch, it would partition the rooms but you could still see through the shelves so it would retain its open feeling. This is my hope, anyway.

So, first question: do you think this would work out well or would it close in the rooms again and make it boxy?

The second question is do you know of any shelving systems that are held in place by a compression system between the ceiling and floor? Vitsoe has one, but it's pricey.
I can use an open book shelf,
but I think something that went from ceiling to floor would look better.

look like the would work great and be affordable. BUT, I can't find them on the IKEA website. We don't have an IKEA in Denver :(

This turned out to be kind of long winded, but thanks very much for your help!

Mark, the IKEA shelving shown in on the IKEA site.

Has anyone use the Stolmen system at home? Please share your experiences and thought with Mark on whether this would work in this new place. Suggestions for other reasonably price compression shelving units are also welcome!


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