After spending four months at home, we’re all learning how to make the most of our available space. One way to get more from each room is to create areas for different activities. But, in an open concept home or a small space that you’re sharing with someone else, finding a separate area can sometimes be a challenge. If that’s your reality, a room divider might be your new best friend.
If you’re looking for creative ways to divide up your space or you just need a little privacy, here are six great room divider ideas:
Add Folding Screens
Let’s start with the obvious. Room divider screens are both versatile and handy. These folding screens are so convenient because you can place them anywhere, then tuck them behind a door or under a bed when not in use. And since they come in so many different styles, you’ll have no problem coordinating with your decor. If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to create some privacy, this is it.
Furthermore, if you want to save money or just like to DIY, you can easily build your own folding screen. All you need is a few panels and some hinges. Let your creativity flow when it comes to choosing the panels. Anything from old shutters or doors to oversized artwork to fabric stretched over a frame will do the trick.
Hang Some Curtains
Another quick and easy way to divide a room and create a bit of privacy is by hanging curtains in unconventional places. Try hanging a curtain rod from the ceiling to create some privacy around a bed. Or, in an open concept home, a long floor to ceiling curtain can turn one large room into two separate spaces.
Tip: choose curtains made from thicker material for extra sound dampening.
Use A Bookshelf as A Wall
For an option that feels a bit more permanent, a bookshelf makes a stylish and functional room divider. Look for a tall shelf to really give you the feeling of a separate room. Not only will you gain some privacy, but you’ll also get bonus extra storage space.
A modular system with baskets will create the most wall-like effect wall. But you don’t want to block off your natural light sources, so be sure to choose a more open option to let light flow through and give you plenty of opportunities for the perfect “shelfie.”
Make a Living Wall
Plants really can do it all. They add color and texture to a space. They can help improve air quality and provide us with an oh-so-important connection to nature. And with a little creativity, they can also increase privacy and divide up a room.
Living walls are becoming more and more popular as we learn the benefits of biophilic design. You could opt for a full vertical green wall system, or you can also create your own plant wall. A row of tall leafy plants will divide up the room while making it feel like you’re at the park. Or to keep floor space open. Create a wall of hanging plants. Hang them at different heights to add interest and include trailing plants to extend your wall to the floor.
Divide Up Your Office
Maybe the novelty of working right beside your significant other all day long has worn off. If you’re one of the many people trying to work at home and share an office – or worse – the dining room table, a tabletop divider could be a game-changer.
With a desk partition (and maybe some earphones), you’ll feel like you’ve got your own space again. You can purchase one ready-made or DIY your own. All you need is a panel approximately 2 feet high, and some shelf brackets for stability.
Use Sliding Doors
If you’re looking for a room divider that’s both effective and attractive, consider a sliding door. A sliding door on a wall-mounted track can transform any open space into two separate rooms with just a flick of the wrist. They work in both large and small areas, take up very little room, and create a better sound barrier than a screen or curtain.
Whether you want a private spot to sit and relax or some separation for your home office, one of these easy room divider ideas can definitely help.