A clutter-free life starts with decent storage that allows us to free up important floor space while keeping our favorite things safe and accessible.
If you are working with an uneven wall or want to furnish an attic room, modular shelving allows you to create a (almost) individual solution that works around these unconventional dimensions: think about triangular attic spaces that require wall storage between eaves, or period houses that they could do without furniture, paying attention to sloping ceilings.
Rarely will a freestanding book shelf reach the full width of your living space, but with modular shelves, you can create a wall-to-wall library.
If you have an enviable collection of vinyls, choose modularity to both maximize the space and show off these spikes.
And if you just want to display your favorite trinkets somewhere, choose a sculptural box that will bring an art gallery into your living space.
How we tested
From freestanding units to large-scale cubic installations, we test our best modular shelving for high style and functionality.
The best modular shelves for 2022 are:
- The best modular bookcase – Ikea Ivar 2 sections / shelves, Pine: £ 203, Ikea.com
- Best for a light, open look – Gassien 25 Esther shelf, brass oak base: £ 289, Smallable.com
- The best standalone unit – Polygon rack made: £ 425, Made.com
- Best for inexpensive storage – Symple Stuff: £ 32.99, Wayfair.co.uk
- Best for tailor-made shelves – On & On shelving system: £ 62, Madebyonandon.com
- Best for hidden storage – Tikamoon Easy wall shelf in solid oak: £ 329, Tikamoon.co.uk
- Best for versatility – Customizable storage system: £ 179, Utilitydesign.co.uk
- Best for inconspicuous shelves – Kriptonite Krossing bookcase 133 x 100 cm: £ 417, Conranshop.pl
- Best for larger installations – Veneer bookcase Only type01: £ 2,099, Only.com
- Best for designed racks – Mogg Metrica bookcase: £ 405, Gomodern.co.uk