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20 ideas for using shelves and cabinets to partition rooms

Asha Bogenfuerst Asha Bogenfuerst
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Many modern homes follow an open floor plan design in which the living room, dining room and kitchen are not separated by any walls. While this design gives the home a generally more spacious and open feel, there is also less privacy—not everybody is comfortable with guests having an open view of their kitchen. This is why subtly partitioning the different areas of the house is beneficial. Instead of using wall panels and room dividers to partition a room, why not use shelves and cabinets which can also function as storage. This is clearly a more space-efficient design. Today we want to demonstrate how shelves and cabinets can be used to partition rooms though pictures we have compiled from interior designers in India. We have also included some helpful links and tags which can help you get more ideas and inspiration. 

1. Wooden bookshelf and sliding door partition

When kids grow up, privacy becomes more important and siblings that used to share a room might not want to anymore. The best way to solve this problem is to create a partition in the room as demonstrated here.  

2. Cabinet with lighted display shelves

Display shelves for decorations and lighting to enhance it. 

3. Kitchen cabinets

Full storage and island kitchen Modern kitchen by homify Modern

Full storage and island kitchen


Functional storage which can also create more privacy for the kitchen. 

4. Glass panel with motifs combined with narrow shelves

partition & living room Modern living room by Bluebell Interiors Modern Plywood
Bluebell Interiors

partition & living room

Bluebell Interiors

Mobile and versatile as it can be moved around and placed anywhere. 

5. A medium-sized wooden cabinet

A modest cupboard does the job for a small home with low-seated furniture, 

6. Floating cabinet

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The cabinet or shelves don't necessarily have to take up floor space in order to partition the room. This can save even more space. 

7. Cabinets combined with wall panel

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Modern Living Room Ideas


Wall panels can be undeniably pretty, but you don't have to sacrifice aesthetics for functionalism—you can have it both combined. 

8. Display shelves with beautiful inlays

Shelves, even on their own, can be beautiful too. Opt for display shelf with some patterns and keep the decorations minimal for a contemporary minimalist style.

9. Pooja unit

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mandir unit


pooja unit can serve as a partition too as you can see here. For more inspiration, here are 10 creative puja units ideal for small homes.

10. Pooja room partition

The pooja room is another space you may want to partition. Here are 7 beautiful pooja room designs to inspire you. 

11. Unique shelves that lay low

For a more youthful design. 

12. Display shelf which reaches to the ceiling

For a more comprehensive design. 

13. Wooden display shelf with opaque glass

For the natural style combined with elegance. 

14. Bench cabinets

hall room Modern living room by homify Modern

hall room


Bench cabinets can serve three functions—it provides seating, storage and can also serve as a partial room divider (just to draw the border the subtly). 

15. Wooden and minimal display shelf

Geometric shapes are popular in modern display shelves. 

16. Focal wall

Dr.Z.S.'s Residential House Modern living room by DESIGNER GALAXY Modern

Dr.Z.S.'s Residential House


The display shelf and room divider can also serve as a focal wall. 

19. Ladder shelves and room dividers

Partition & feature wall in drawing room Modern living room by Bluebell Interiors Modern Glass
Bluebell Interiors

Partition & feature wall in drawing room

Bluebell Interiors

Ladders can be used as shelves and room dividers. 

20. Display shelf with attached seating

The partitioning shelf can also include a seat with storage. 

We hope you've enjoyed the ideas here. For more articles like this, check out 10 pictures of stylish room dividers for Indian homes.

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