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Design by Poul Cadovius, 1948

The iconic shelving system ROYAL SYSTEM® was designed in 1948 by legendary Danish designer and manufacturer Poul Cadovius, and has been one of the greatest Danish furniture successes in history. It was one of the world's first wall-mounted furniture systems, and the idea behind the design was innovative. Poul Cadovius saw a challenge in the heavy, space-stealing traditional furniture, which occupied too much floor space. With the introduction of the new wall-mounted shelving concept, the furniture was simply moved off the floor onto the walls, leaving more space in the room - as Poul Cadovius expressed it himself: "Most of us live on the bottom of a cube. If we put the walls even with the floor, we get a lot of space to live on".

ROYAL SYSTEM® consists of wall-mounted wooden rails, shelves with hangers in brass or stainless steel and various modules such as cabinets, drawers and desks, which can be customized in multiple individual combinations - in fact, Poul Cadovius claimed that the original system had 16 million combination possibilities.

In 2010, dk3 relaunched ROYAL SYSTEM® in various wood types, and the shelving system still remains a timeless classic with a space-saving, flexible design offering numerous possibilities for a personal, modern expression.

Create your own ROYAL SYSTEM® shelving combinations with our configurator

Get inspiration from our ROYAL SYSTEM® presentation video 

Dimensions (W x D x H)
Rail 3,4 x 1,9 x 70 cm
Rail 3,4 x 1,9 x 100 cm
Rail 3,4 x 1,9 x 200 cm
Shelf 80 x 24 x 1,9 cm
Shelf 80 x 30 x 1,9 cm
Magazine shelf 80 x 31 x 1,9 cm
Desk shelf 80 x 60 x 1,9 cm
Table 80 x 125 x 72 cm
Table 80 x 175 x 72 cm
Table 80 x 125 x 109 cm
Table 80 x 175 x 109 cm 
Cabinet w/ 2 doors 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm
Cabinet w/ 2 sliding doors 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm
Cabinet w/ 3 drawers 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm
Cabinet w/ writing/bar flap 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm
Workstation (only available with cabinet w/ writing/bar flap)

Oak, black lacquered oak, smoked oak or walnut.

The rails are made of solid wood.
Rail screws same material as hangers.
The tabletops of the tables are veneered, and the table legs are made of solid wood.
The cabinet for drawers is veneered, and the drawers are made of solid wood.
The workstation is veneered, and the drawers are made of solid wood.
Shelves, magazine shelf, desktop shelf, cabinet w/ writing flap, cabinet w/ 2 doors and cabinet w/ sliding doors are veneered.

Raw brass or stainless steel

Surface treatment
Oil or soap

Sliding doors
The sliding doors are available in wood or laminate. See the laminate colours here.

Following colors have been taken out from the laminate collection and can only be ordered as long as stock is available:


Orange 0230
Glacier Blue 0706
Ice Blue 0708
Olive 0611
Terracotta 0661

Shelves will flex slightly over time but will still retain their structural integrity. We recommend a weight limit of 35 pounds/15 kg per shelf to maintain a straight profile.

New parts (produced by dk3) are not compatible with old parts (before 1985).