Are you looking to create distinguishable rooms in your apartment or home? The most obvious solution to partitioning your residence would be to build new walls. However, this is not feasible if you’re on a tight budget, are time-constrained, or are renting. It’s particularly challenging to condominium renters due to space considerations and the need to ask permission from either one’s landlord or the property management of the building.
Thankfully, there are easier ways to divide a room without adding new walls. Whether you want to separate your dining room from your living room and bedroom or just want to create a separate space for each area of your life in your home, there are affordable and stylish ways to consider.
Moreover, a lot of the items you need can be found easily in any one of the many home improvement stores in the Philippines, or even in trusted online marketplaces. A good recommendation would be to start with an audit of your current furniture, whether that’s a beautiful but clunky dining room set with vintage dining chairs or a large bed frame that takes up too much space. You can place this bed frame and dining chairs for sale and then buy smaller secondhand furniture instead.
To give you some ideas on dividing a room, listed are three ways to consider. Keep in mind that you are not limited to one over the other. You may find that implementing all three works best for your home. No matter what you decide, always remember to take your budget and personal style into consideration.
3 Ways to Divide a Room:
Using curtains as a partition is the easiest and most affordable option you can opt for. A lot of stores and online marketplaces sell curtains of various lengths, designs, and materials. They’re also relatively easy to set up; some curtain rods can even be placed on the walls without screws. (This helps if you’re renting and can’t drill into your walls.)
Depending on the layout of your residence, you can consider installing end-to-end curtains or simply using a tension rod to create sections in your room. You’re not limited to traditional cloth curtains, either. Some interior designers, such as world-renowned Filipino artist Kenneth Cobonpue, suggest playing around with various textures such as beads, seashells, tassels, or even rattan artwork. But whatever curtain style and material you choose, make sure that it fits your budget and suits your personal style as well.
Screen dividers work best for studio apartments or more compact homes. These foldable screens help divide a room without completely closing it off, which means that you can choose when to divide your wall whenever you want. This is perfect when you’re planning to have guests over and want to separate your bedroom from your dining area.
Screens come in an array of designs and measurements. It’s a good idea to measure the space you’re willing to allocate (including the height) for your screen and then match this to any item you find when shopping. Take note of the measurements of folding screens as well. That’s because if you’re planning on storing your foldable screens somewhere, you need to make sure that they will fit in your intended storage space.
You should also consider purchasing partition screens to create good feng shui, if you’re a practitioner. For this year of the Water Rabbit, Lifestyle Asia recommends separating your dining area from your living room to create an airier space so that good luck will flow more freely. A delicate screen divider can demarcate rooms and spaces so that you can attract better fortunes for 2023.
This is a multifunctional option and is ideal for those who have a lot of books or knickknacks that they want to display. A smaller bookcase with openings on both sides easily creates a partition without closing the room off. They also work as additional storage spaces for books, plants, and other home décor that you may have.
When shopping for the right bookcase divider, you should also look for one with a closed cabinet at the bottom, especially if you have kids at home or a playful pet. This helps you store away valuable items you don’t want them playing with while creating clear division between spaces. It also helps in terms of safety by preventing children and companion animals from stepping into or climbing on the lowest level of the bookcase.
Your home, whether rented or not, is a place for you to relax and destress. It should reflect your personal style while also being functional to your specific needs. Dividing your residence is a great way to set boundaries.
If you’re working from home, for example, it’s good to know the area where you can put on your working hat and know the area where you can rest. If you don’t want (or are unable) to build a new wall, then these three suggestions can help you demarcate certain areas so that you can live life to the fullest.
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