• Wardrobes and Armoires. I have yet to live in a home with adequate closet space, and in some apartments, rooms abroad, and older homes, I've had no closet at all. I love this idea of using a beautiful piece of furniture to add storage while also providing a separate changing area.
• Bookshelves. There is nothing ground-breaking about this suggestion — if you've been reading Apartment Therapy for a week, you're bound to be well acquainted with the EXPEDIT — but I can't help but think it's genius everytime I see it…which is often. Storage and division without the weightiness of a wall! The shelves need not surround the area, just separate it enough to distinguish it from the rest of the room.
• The Back of a Sofa. A sofa floating in the middle of a room or jutting out from a wall is the perfect place too eek out an extra zone. Sofa tables are a great invention, and in a space-challenged room, the concept can be expanded to include a whole home office. Many of Apartment Therapy studios include some sort of variation on the theme.
• Hanging Decor. Think bead curtain…without the hippie den associations. If it's creative visual separation you want, suspending decorations from the ceiling is a quick fix. For privacy, try curtains on a hospital track, but if it's just the illusion of division, things like picture frames or clusters of air plants (in hanging bubble terrariums or on their own) can divide a space without closing it in.
• Rugs. I've already sung the praises if the area rug earlier this week. Visually they can do wonders in anchoring a seating area or creating a separate feel for each living zone without actually dividing the space with walls.
What other space-dividing tips would you add to the list?
Images: 1: VT Wonen , 2: Apartment Therapy NY: Carl and Laurent's Bright White Live/Work Loft, 3: Apartment Therapy LA: Matthew Mau's Creative Loft in the Chapman Building, 4: Apartment Therapy LA: Dave's Tiny Urban Austin Studio, 5: Coastal Living