These 35 Simple Room Divider Ideas Are Truly Transformative (2022)

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Paul Raeside

As someone who once lived in a bedroom without its own door to slam shut, I know firsthand how transformative a room divider can be. I used an antique folding screen to create just a tad of privacy, but there are also tons of other designer solutions, from flex walls to interior glass partitions and more. Plus, aside from being functional, room partitions, folding screens, and separators can also introduce texture, dimension, and color. Whether it's the illusion of privacy, some decorative personality, a small-space solution, or a strategic layout you're after, these room divider and separator ideas might be just what your space needs. From folding screens to ceiling-high bookcases and even some makeshift rooms, read on for 35 ingenious (and, of course, stylish) room divider ideas from designer spaces.

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Lauren Miller

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Build a Partial Glass Wall

This guest bedroom in a Toronto loft designed by Natalie Chong features glass separators extending between the partial wall up to the ceiling so that it feels somewhat private and distinct from the rest of the home while letting in natural light.

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Simon Watson

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Opt for Pocket Doors

Jannette Whitson made this home library extra cozy by closing it off from the nearby sitting room. A pocket door allows for privacy while the deep Hague Blue walls and tented ceiling give it a distinct personality from the adjacent rooms.

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Mali Azima

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Mirror a Folding Screen

In this small living room designed by Melanie Turner, the mirrored folding screen bounces light, making it feel larger and more open.

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Marili Forastieri

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Suspend Shelves from the Ceiling

Rodney Lawrence carved a foyer out of the larger living room by hanging shelves by Zanini de Zanine from the ceiling. They distinguish the entryway and can actually hold books and accessories, even though they look delicate.

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Stephen Karlisch

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Hang Curtains Around a Nook

Heather and Matt French splashed this media room in bold pattern, dramatic color, and tons of texture, then crowned the design with a curtained trundle bed and added closed door, trellis-inspired cabinets

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Alison Gootee

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Bring the Outside in

An indoor trellis is the perfect room divider between the sunroom and sitting area in this home designed by Martyn Lawrence Bullard. It ties the greenery and decor scheme together seamlessly.

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Stephen Kent Johnson / OTTO

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Add Texture With a Trellis Screen

Here's another example of an outdoor used as well decor. In this New York City dining room designed by Shawn Henderson, it introduces texture and dimension. Down the line, it could also be used as a folding screen room divider.

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Nicole Franzen

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Match the Ceiling

The cream walls are the perfect off-white tone to complement the warm marigold ceiling in this living room by Casey Smith. Instead of painting the walls the same color, which may feel like too much of a commitment or simply be too bold, opt for a vintage screen that features it.

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Stephen Kent Johnson

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Create an Entrway

If your front door opens right up into the living room—and if space allows—create a small makeshift entryway with a floor-to-ceiling folding screen. Designer Juan Carretero used the textural intrigue of a screen inspired by a collage of found objects to create a small, intimate sitting area. It's the perfect place to greet guests when they walk through the door.

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Nicole England

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Install Sliding Doors

This primary bedroom in a Berkshire, England home designed by London-based architecture and interiors firm McLaren.Excell has a few great room separator ideas packed into it. First, take note of the barn door. It's much simpler to install and takes up less space than a classic door, and the partial wall behind the bedframe also helps enhance the sense of intimacy and privacy.

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MAX KIM-BEE

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Hide Unsightly Essentials

A blush pink upholstered folding screen in this living room designed by Lisa Tharp is cleverly disguising an exposed pipe while also bringing in a nice sense of dimension and depth by the cozy window nook. Whether it's random household supplies or an architectural quirk like a door to nowhere that throws off the layout, a strategically placed folding screen is a sneaky, stylish way to hide it.

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Valerie Wilcox

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Renovate a Two-Way Fireplace

An A-frame chalet in Collingwood, Ontario designed by Sarah Richardson has an open and airy feel to it, but Richardson wanted to create a few intimate moments within the open floor plan. A two-way fireplace helps separate the dining and living spaces while also providing a cozy vibe for both.

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Nicole Franzen

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Fake It 'Til You Make It

This tip is all about facking it until you make it. Designer Kristin Fine made her family room feel separate from the open plan by placing an 18th-century Swedish long table slash bench behind the sofa custom. If you're similarly floating your sofa, this is a great way to visually separate it from the rest of the space.

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Nicole Franzen

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Put Art on the Divider

Soft, organic curves give this corner screen an easy elegance. For an extra punch of character and style, the artwork is secured directly to the screen instead of the wall. It's offbeat and unique without being too visually domineering.

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Stephen Kent Johnson

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Flank Art With Two Screens

Upholstered in an iridescent, geometric fabric, the folding screens flanking the moldings frame the living room designed by Frank de Biasi They create a nice symmetry and provide the room with a subtle sense of movement.

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Leanne Ford Interiors

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Put Up Traditional Drapes

Not all room dividers are folding screens. Interior designer Leanne Ford got crafty with a drapery rod and curtain to make this attic office nook serve double duty as a guest room.

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Stephen Kent Johnson

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Let the Light In

Here's another great room divider idea for anyone who wants to incorporate indoor plants. An open folding screen brings the same dimension you'd get for an upholstered or solid version but doesn't block light.

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Paul Raeside

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Ground Bright White Walls

This eclectic living room designed by Montreal-based Les Ensembliers feels open and airy, thanks to the large windows, high ceilings, and bright white paint. The printed drapes, dark coffee table, navy geometric rug, and mural folding screen with a black backdrop ground the space to prevent it from feeling one-dimensional.

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Hecker Guthrie

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Opt for a Tall Bookcase

Customized or not, a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf can function as a room divider while also providing extra storage and display space. In this open space designed by Hecker Guthrie, the sculptural wall unit speaks to the geometric motifs throughout, so even though it breaks up the room nicely, it doesn't mess with the flow or feel out of place.

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Tamin Johnson

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Liven Up an Empty Corner

Folding screens, especially antique ones, tend to boast intricate designs and textural elements. This means they function as sculptures and works of art, too. In this living room designed by Tasmin Johnson, the room divider in the corner transforms the entire space, infusing it with personality.

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Fantastic Frank

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Hang Extra-High Curtains

Hang curtains from the ceiling to create a canopy bed effect—you can even use tiebacks when you want to keep your "doors" open. This trick is perfect for drawing attention to high ceilings and is an especially good call for creating sections in multi-purpose rooms and studio apartments.

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Arent & Pyke

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Use it to Set a Scene

In this space designed by Arent & Pyke, an average corner is elevated to gallery status thanks to the dreamy room divider with a silver-brushed ground and painted weeping willows. Even the angles are well-thought-out: the bends in the divider look like they're embracing the chaise.

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Create a Makeshift Wadrobe

In a studio apartment, create a little wardrobe/ dressing room by folding the screen and sanctioning off a corner. You can hang your outfit for the following day there, too, to speed up your morning routine.

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Arent & Pyke

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Let It Dictate Color Scheme

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If you're not sure how to start the decorating process, choose a large artwork or one statement piece of decor with multiple colors in it. In this bedroom designed by Arent & Pyke, the elaborate room divider sets the tone for the color scheme. The designers pulled out the marigold, navy, and burnt orange-red hues, then softened things up with a cool white ceiling, gray carpet, and rattan accent chair.

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Ngoc Minh Ngo

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Hang Floating Art

In interior designer Max Sinsteden's studio, he made his sleep zone feel separate from the rest of the room by hanging a super high curtain and then suspending a floating painting to break it off even more. "I hate seeing a bed from the front door, so I added a curtain to partition that space. When you close it, you honestly feel like you're in a Parisian hotel," he tells us. This means you can entertain, too, without feeling like everyone's hanging out in your bedroom. "A small space doesn't hamper me from inviting 50 people over. It's very Breakfast at Tiffany's—I always make room for people and keep plenty of ice."

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JONATHAN HOEKKLO

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Create a Vignette

Corners have a tendency to look awkward when empty, and folding screens are an easy way to liven them up. Then add large plants. To make sure it's not just your floors getting some love, hang a plant high up on the corner wall. It's all about creating dimension.

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THOMAS LOOF

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Hang It Above the Sofa

Similarly, room dividers can be fastened to the wall (or simply leaned if it's tall enough) for wall decor that brings more dimension than a simple framed piece of art. In this living room designed by Nick Olsen, a hand-painted screen sets the tone.

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STACEY BRANDFORD

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Section Off Nooks

Installing curtains won't just come in handy in a makeshift guest room. In this dining room designed by Sarah Richardson, the reading nook becomes its own cozy little space thanks to the whimsical curtains.

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MIGUEL FLORES-VIANNA

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Introduce Texture

Just lean a carved-wood piece directly against the wall to bring more textural intrigue into the space. In this bedroom designed by Cathy Kincaid, the wall divider drives home the Moroccan-inspired aesthetic. The designer actually cut the screen in half to flank each side of the bed for a symmetrical look.

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Laura Resen

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Use Wooden Slats

Wooden slats that partially section off the room into two areas offer a more open effect than a solid screen. In this home designed by Ray Booth, it partitions the stairwell from the living area nicely—and there's still a sense of flow and easy movement from section to section.

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FAQs

Are room dividers a good idea? ›

Room dividers are a great way to break up your space and can also double as décor, even in a small bedroom or small living room. Your options include folding dividers, curtains, large bookcases as room dividers, and more.

Why is it a good idea to divide a room into small activity areas? ›

Arrange your space wisely.

If a space is too open, you may find children running wildly. Pay attention to where behavior problems occur. Set up shelves and other furniture to divide the room into separate learning and play areas. This will cut down on running and help children find activities more easily.

How do you make a good room divider? ›

So the first thing we need to do is drill our pocket holes. On each side of our 500 more pieces and

What can I use instead of a room divider? ›

For materials, almost anything is fair game to create a divider: rope, license plates, plastic pipes, chicken wire, repurposed doors, pallet wood, vinyl records, metal, and more. Here are 25 room divider ideas to add to your home.

How do you make a room in a room? ›

To construct a soundproof room within an existing room, follow these steps:
  1. Decouple the Walls. The first step to building a room in a room that you can use for soundproofing is to decouple the walls, which can be done in several ways. ...
  2. Add a Floating Ceiling. ...
  3. Insulate. ...
  4. Install Drywall. ...
  5. Fill in Air Gaps. ...
  6. Choose the Right Door.
5 Oct 2021

Why is it important to provide a safe environment that teaches children safe practices? ›

Safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments are essential to prevent early adversity, including child abuse and neglect, and to assure that all children reach their full potential.

Why do you think indoor safety is important in a childcare setting? ›

A child's indoor environment is where play, learning, development and interactions occur. For infants and toddlers to take full advantage of these experiences, they must be safe to explore and make discoveries.

What are dividers used for? ›

Dividers are the tools used for measurement in geometry. Dividers are used for scribing circles and also for taking off and transferring dimensions. Dividers are one of the most basic and useful types of mathematical instruments. Dividers consist of a joint pair of legs, each with a sharp point.

How do you attach a room divider to the wall? ›

How to Install a WallMount Room Divider Bracket - YouTube

How do you divide a room with furniture? ›

Easy ways to divide your room with furniture - YouTube

How do you separate a small kitchen and living room? ›

Here are seven ways to employ some sort of separation between your living room and kitchen when your living space is not very big.
  1. Foldable room dividers. ...
  2. Partial glass walls. ...
  3. A shelf of some sort. ...
  4. Color blocking. ...
  5. Strategic placement of plants. ...
  6. Hanging wall partition. ...
  7. Sliding divider.
12 Sept 2022

How do you split a large living room with furniture? ›

Divide the space visually.

Even a sofa with its back to another space, or a chaise lounge, a large bench, tables between chairs, an attractive screen, large lamps, curtains, or plants can help divide the spaces.

How do you divide a room for privacy? ›

For instant space partitioning, call on a curtain. Suspend a rod from the ceiling and use rings or hooks to attach drapery panels. Think velvet for drama or go gauzy for a lighter look. Pull closed for privacy, open for spaciousness.

How do you divide spaces without walls? ›

9 Creative Ways to Split Rooms Without Walls
  1. Wooden screen. ...
  2. Stylish curtains. ...
  3. Bookshelf or cabinet. ...
  4. Floor to roof panels. ...
  5. Beaded curtains. ...
  6. Fixed or sliding glass partitions. ...
  7. Set up a counter. ...
  8. Play with furniture.
10 Sept 2021

How do you soundproof a wall? ›

How to Soundproof a Stud Wall - YouTube

How do you make a small room in a living room? ›

Small living room ideas
  1. Choose furniture with legs. (Image credit: Future PLC) ...
  2. Create a focal point with a gallery wall. ...
  3. Enlarge with wide flooring. ...
  4. Break up a neutral palette with boho patterns. ...
  5. Hide corners to enhance the sense of space. ...
  6. Go oversized with artwork. ...
  7. Hang easy breezy curtains. ...
  8. Soften with curved edges.
16 Sept 2022

How do you turn an open room into a bedroom? ›

How to divide a living room into a bedroom
  1. Install a quick and easy room divider.
  2. Create a cozy space with curtains or sliding doors.
  3. Stock up on books and create a bookshelf your guests will envy.
  4. Divide space by what's on your walls.

How important is the role of a nurturing environment in the development of children with emotional and behavioral disorders? ›

Environments that foster successful development and prevent the development of psychological and behavioral problems are usefully characterized as nurturing environments. First, these environments minimize biologically and psychologically toxic events.

What is the importance of caring and nurturing our environment? ›

A caring and nurturing environment will also develop improved cognitive skills, ethical and moral behavior, as well as peer bonding skills for improved academic performance and social behavior.

What is a positive home environment? ›

A positive home environment is one that supports your lifestyle. Consider what sorts of things cause friction between family members or add frustration to your life and look for solutions.

What are the benefits of children playing indoors and outdoors? ›

Research increasingly suggests that the amount of time a child spends in nature – or indoors – can significantly impact their psychological health throughout their life. One 2019 study found that increased childhood exposure to fresh air and greenery is associated with better mental health later in life.

What makes a safe indoor environment? ›

Here are some ways that you can create a safe environment for the whole body: Clean regularly and thoroughly, using natural products when possible and being cautious around potent chemical-based substances, such as indoor pest control products.

Why is the indoor environment important for children's learning? ›

The indoor environment provides a safe, secure yet challenging space for children. For some children, it is like a second 'home', providing a place for activity, rest, eating and sleeping. The indoor environment contains resources which are appropriate, well maintained and accessible for all children.

How many types of dividers are there? ›

There are 4 types of dividers: Full Bleed divider.

How do you use dividers tool? ›

30 use of divider measuring distance 2 - YouTube

Why is it better to use divider than ruler? ›

It is better to use a divider than a ruler, because the thickness of the ruler may cause difficulties in reading off the length. The angle at which we are viewing also matters. However, divider gives the accurate measurement as it measures the distance between two points.

How do you make an indoor privacy screen? ›

How to Create an Indoor Privacy Screen - YouTube

How do you make a one bedroom two bedroom? ›

How to Convert a One-Bedroom Apartment to a Two-Bedroom

How can I make my room divider more stable? ›

If you host parties regularly or you have young children or pets, chances are high that the divider will be bumped into and knocked down. To prevent such an accident and possible injury to someone, anchor the divider to a wall with a hinge. The divider will be a lot more stable when folded in or opened up.

How do you make a freestanding room divider? ›

How To Make Your Own Room Divider - YouTube

How do you split a room into one window? ›

Sheer curtains

The main purpose of curtains is to divide the room into two parts and soften the space at the same time. It means, the curtains should create soft lighting in the room. That way, the room can maintain a decent amount of light through a single window. Curtains are considered the simplest room dividers.

How do you build a room in a room? ›

To construct a soundproof room within an existing room, follow these steps:
  1. Decouple the Walls. The first step to building a room in a room that you can use for soundproofing is to decouple the walls, which can be done in several ways. ...
  2. Add a Floating Ceiling. ...
  3. Insulate. ...
  4. Install Drywall. ...
  5. Fill in Air Gaps. ...
  6. Choose the Right Door.
5 Oct 2021

How do you divide a small bedroom? ›

10 Bedroom Partition Ideas - YouTube

How do I build a partition wall? ›

How To Frame a Wall - Build a Partition Wall Like a Pro - YouTube

How do I make my kitchen and living room flow? ›

Interior Design Tips: Make your home flow together - YouTube

How do you separate open living kitchen from living room? ›

Interior Design Tips: How to divide open concept living - YouTube

How do I add privacy to my open kitchen? ›

If you have an open plan kitchen, but still want to maintain your privacy, then create a boundary with a breakfast counter or an island. Alternatively, you could also have movable boundaries like a partition or a dining table.

How do you partition a living room? ›

Top 100 Living room partition design ideas - YouTube

Do room dividers make a room look smaller? ›

You have to be careful with dividers.

Because dividers literally cut off the space, they often make studios look smaller than they are, particularly if they're dark and go from floor to ceiling.

Are room dividers in fashion? ›

Room dividers are going to be the biggest must-buy for 2021. We've all been struggling to separate work and leisure time in 2020.

How do you divide a room for privacy? ›

For instant space partitioning, call on a curtain. Suspend a rod from the ceiling and use rings or hooks to attach drapery panels. Think velvet for drama or go gauzy for a lighter look. Pull closed for privacy, open for spaciousness.

How do you make an indoor privacy screen? ›

How to Create an Indoor Privacy Screen - YouTube

What is divider used for? ›

divider, instrument for measuring, transferring, or marking off distances, consisting of two straight adjustable legs hinged together and ending in sharp points.

Can you use a bookshelf as a room divider? ›

Freestanding bookshelves and shelving units with cubbies are the perfect non-permanent way to divide a small space. They create physical and visual separation while providing new storage surfaces for books and decor.

How do I attach a room divider to the wall? ›

How to Install a WallMount Room Divider Bracket - YouTube

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