Design by Poul Cadovius, 1948

The iconic shelving system ROYAL SYSTEM® was designed in 1948 by legendary Danish designer and manufacturer Poul Cadovius. It was one of the world's first wall-mounted furniture systems and was created on the innovative principle to move the furniture off the floor and onto the walls. Poul Cadovius saw a challenge in the traditional heavy furniture, that took up too much floor space, and by introducing the new system he wanted to add more space and light in the furnishing. As he put 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 cabinets. The system can be customized in multiple individual combinations – either as a modern writing desk system or as a library with different cabinets. Already int the sixties, ROYAL SYSTEM® was known for its versatile design and was referred to as the shelving system with “up to 16 million combination options”.

In the fifties and sixties ROYAL SYSTEM® was manufactured at Poul Cadovius’ own factory in Randers, Denmark, and was also produced under license in more than 30 countries. The system is still considered one of Danish furniture history's greatest successes ever, and therefore it was both with pride and modesty that dk3 could relaunch it in 2010.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the iconic furniture system, dk3 is now relaunching four new cabinets. The reintroduction of the classic and elegant LP storage cabinet gives all “vinyl enthusiasts” the opportunity to store their record player and favourite LP records in the most exquisite way. And just as well as the vinyl records evoke memories from the fifties and sixties, the fine little desk also has a touch of retro. The desk comes with a small, finger joined drawer, and together with the Poul Cadovius PIA CHAIR it invites to a quiet moment of writing or reading. Additionally, both the cabinet with push doors and the cabinet with drop front are now available with a beautiful handwoven veneer front, which was a part of the initial ROYAL SYSTEM® collection in the early fifties.

Though it has been 75 years since ROYAL SYSTEM® was first launched, the shelving system remains a timeless classic with a space-saving, flexible design offering numerous possibilities for a personal, modern expression.

Measurements (W x D x H)

Rail H70 cm: 3,4 x 1,9 x 70 cm

Rail H100 cm: 3,4 x 1,9 x 101 cm

Rail H200: 3,4 x 1,9 x 200 cm

Shelf D24 cm: 80 x 24 x 1,9 cm

Shelf D30 cm: 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

Cabinet w/ 2 push doors: 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm (doors w/ plain or woven front)

Cabinet w/ 2 sliding doors: 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm (doors in wood or glass)

Tall cabinet w/ 2 sliding doors in glass: 80 x 24 x 56 cm

Module w/ 3 drawers: 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm

Cabinet w/ drop front: 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm (plain or woven front)

Cabinet w/ drop front and preinstalled workstation: 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm

(plain or woven front)

LP storage cabinet: 80 x 38 x 42,4 cm (optional cable routing)

Desk module w/ 1 drawer: 80 x 38 x 13 cm


Oak, black lacquered oak, smoked oak, or walnut

Rails and drawers: solid wood

Shelves, modules, doors, and workstation: veneered MDF

Surface treatment

Oil or soap

Normal oak and walnut also available in matt lacquer

Hangers and shelf supports

Brass or stainless steel

Screws same material as the hangers

Since brass is softer than steel, shelves w/ brass hangers are expected to "warp" more than shelves w/ steel hangers

The shelves may deflect slightly over time. To maintain a straight profile, we recommend a max load of 15 kg per shelf.

Tested at Danish Technological Institute EN16121:2013 / EN16122:2012 in 2016

New parts from dk3 are not compatible with old parts made before 1985.

We recommend that ROYAL SYSTEM® is installed by professionals. Please also see our assembly instruction and installation video.

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