Sometimes, a room is just too big to be left only as one room. If you have an open space in a loft, for instance, you want to make the best of that area and divide the room. However, building a wall is not always an option – particularly when you do not want to destroy the entire architecture of the place.
Moreover, smaller spaces are cosier– so, it’s understandable that you’d want to turn a single room in two smaller areas.
So, how do you add a little privacy to a particular spot in the room without having to close it off completely? That’s simple; you go for a room divider. It may not be as isolating as a regular wall, but it will still give you some privacy. Here are some ideas for room dividing that you might want to check out.
Curtains represent the easiest and least expensive way to divide a bigger room into two smaller ones. Granted, they may not be soundproof. However, at the very least, they will prevent intruders from peeking into your sleeping quarters – or whatever else you may be planning to build there.
All you need are some long curtain rods or poles suspended from the ceiling, some hooks or rings – and of course, the curtains. For a better effect, choose some thick custom drapery that compliments the design of your room. After they install them, all you have to do is to easily open and close the curtains.
- Wooden Trellis for Plants
When you have a big room, plants will always make you feel cosier– so, why not kill two birds with one stone? Take a wooden trellis the size of your room and place some climbing plants underneath it.
It might take some time until the plants grow, so you need some patience. However, you can also buy an already-grown plant that you may weave yourself within the trellis. In the meantime, you may paint the trelliswhichever way you want to fit the design of the room.
- Folding Screens
Folding screens are also very commonwhen it comes to dividing rooms. Their advantage is that you may easily remove them from the roomwhenever you want. So, if you want your roomto be whole again, then all you have to do is remove the screen.
You may get a screen to divide the entire room – or you can get a smaller one only to separate a particular corner of the room. This way, you may have your privacy whenever you need it. You can also choose any colourand pattern that you want, as folding screens come in a variety of crazy (or simple) models.
If you want to turn your room divider into something multifunctional, you may go for shelves. The advantage of these shelves is that they can hold anything: from books to flower vases and everything you may want to put on a shelf. And the best thing is that you can pick the items up from either side of the room!
If you don’t want visibility through the shelf, you might want to panel it in the middle – or turn one side into a panelledwall. This way, one sidewill look like a regular shelf whereas the other will look like a wall.
- Sliding Door
A sliding door – at least the rails – may still have to be built within the room. However, these renovation hacksare less troublesome compared to building an entire wall. The good part is that with today’s technology, you can purchase a sliding door that is not only light-isolating – but noise isolating as well. You justhave to be willing to do some research before settling on a certainmodel.
- Shipping Pallets
Do you have a bunch of shipping pallets lying in your garage or backyard, being eaten completely by time? Well, good news: you can repurpose them by nailing them together and turning them into a wall divider. They justhave to be painted, secured in place – and then decorated to fit the style of your room.
- Vinyl Record Room Divider
If you are a fan of vinyl, you might want to turn the volume down and listen. Gather all the vinyl records that you no longer need (or that are no longer functional), drill four holes on each edge until you get a square, and then connect the vinyl on each end using metal sings.
The result will be a vinyl “curtain” that will still allow you to see on the other side of the room – to some extent. If you are not a fan of the classic vinyl look, you can paint over the LPs or use contact paper to cover them.
The Bottom Line
As you can see, you don’t always have to build a wall to divide a room. Sometimes, all you need is a little bit of imagination.
Zana is a window treatments consultant with over 20 years of experience.
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