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String Shelving System - Configurable Storage System

Designed by Nils Strinning


The String Shelving System by Nils Strinning is a Swedish design classic and you'll find every single component from the String catalogue all here in one place.

The modular system consists of shelves, side panels, cabinetry, desk and much more. You can select each component separately below to configure the perfect shelving system for your space. Start small or go big - mix and match whichever components you like - String's endless options allow for a product that can grow with you and your space.

Need some help? Our live chat team are available 9am - 5pm weekdays (you can access live chat at the bottom of your screen) and feel free to email our sales team at sales@utilitydesign.co.uk

Also, you can utilise String's own "shelving builder" to get a visual representation of what your shelving unit will look like before purchasing.

Note : The "From" price stated above is for the cheapest complete shelving solution that can be purchased from String. It consists of two 50x20cm side panels and one pack of (3) 58x20cm shelves. See in image (left).

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String Shelving System - Configurable Storage System
Unit Price: £156.00
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String Shelving is a highly flexible system of storage which lends itself to large and small compositions. Designed in 1949 by Swedish architect Nils Strinning it has won several coveted awards. Its simple construction of a powder coated steel frame on which wooden elements hang gives the String Shelving system a refined, timeless unpretentious appeal which add to its enduring popularity and highly practical versatility. Whilst it may appear daunting initially the composition of String Shelving is surprisingly simple.

First choose your side or support panels on which the shelving, desk and cabinet elements hang. Floor panels (standing on the floor and mounted on the wall) are 200cm or 85cm high and 30cm deep. Wall mounted panels (for mounting higher up a wall) are 75cm high and 30cm or 20cm deep, depending on your requirements. These can be purchased singularly or in packs of 2.

Next choose your shelves and modular units. Shelves come in pack of three and are either 58cm or 78cm wide with depths of 20cm or 30cm (depending on the depth of side panels you have chosen) in several finishes - birch, walnut, oak, grey, white, beige and black.

Once you have a basic shelving system you can add further elements for extra storage or if you want to expand your String Shelving system. These elements include a work desk, a magazine shelf (in the same powder coating as the supports or wood), a glass display or solid door cabinet with sliding doors and a two drawer chest. There's also a Folding Table in a range of finishes, which is used in conjunction with Floor Side Panels and a white plastic bowl shelf - ideal for a variety of uses for storing or displaying plants etc. Finally, String Orgmix are available for your String composition. These 3 pockets, of varying sizes, hang neatly on any string composition and can be used to store small items like stationery.

Modules Explained
Floor Panels - Low: H: 85cm; High : H: 200cm. Standard depth : 30cm. Skirting Board Clearance : 12cm
Wall Panels - Either 30 or 20cm deep - standard height of 75cm
Cabinets & Drawers : H: 42cm; W: 78cm; D: 30cm. One steel lined finger holes in each drawer/door.
Mirrored Cabinet : H: 37cm; W: 78cm; D: 20cm. One steel lined finger holes in each drawer/door.
Workdesk : W: 78cm; D: 58cm. Can only be used with 30cm deep panels
Folding Table : W: 78cm; D: 96cm. Can only be used with floor panels
All Magazine Shelves : W: 78cm; D: 30cm. Can only be used with 30cm deep panels
Plastic Bowl- W: 78cm; D: 30cm
Orgmix - 3 pockets that hang on String Shelving - Small: 7cm x 12cm x 9 m; Medium: 8cm x 8cm x 19.8cm; Large: 7.7cm x 8cm x 12cm

Note: The "From" price listed at the top of this product listing relates to the cheapest full shelving configuration you can create from the components listed. This would include a pack of 58x20 shelves in white and a pack of 2 50x20cm wall side panels.

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String Shelfie

String Shelving is the ultimate in modular shelving systems. The plethora of options available make almost every String composition unique. A design classic that

If you're looking for small wall storage in the home then the compact String Pocket will be perfect (pictured left). If you want a custom String System that you can expand over time then the original String Shelving will allow for just that.

Shop the full String Shelving collection here .

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I have rarely experienced such excellent quality advice, support and reliability. Your staff communicate effectively and helpfully. I am a truly satisfied customer. I love my String Shelving and I will not hesitate to return to Utility for my next purchase. Thank you!

Oct 24th 2019 | Sarah

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