Good Questions: How To Separate My Bedroom for $500

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Hello AT,

I just saw a show on HGTV featuring an Atlanta 1-bedroom condo with the most creative structural design I've seen for a simple 1-bedroom apartment (see pic at left).

I'm buying a studio Co-Op in DC in a couple of weeks, and I'm trying to find the best way to block off a section for my bed (a "bedroom" area) without taking up too much space. It's a small studio (just under 400 square feet) that doesn't get much light at all, so anything to maintain an airy feel would be great....

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I love the circular wall that only goes up halfway to the ceiling in the condo pictured; I think it gives the most space for the bedroom area as well as the living area.

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I'd love to do something like the condo shown on HGTV's "Design to Sell" (I've attached pictures of the bedroom area), but can't afford to spend more than $1000 on the bedroom enclosure. Ideally, I'd like to spend under $500 because I'm a graduate student with no income outside of school.

Thanks!!
Parwana

PS: The pictures I've attached are of the Atlanta condo (1 showing the bedroom from the living room view, the 2nd showing the bedroom wall from the bedroom view); I've also attached a floorplan of my studio.

Dear Parwana,

The best thing we can think of for $500 is to use hospital curtain track and curtains that will pull around your bedroom (just like Lenny Kravitz does!).

Here's a link for Hospital Track and curtains we would get from IKEA, where they sell them very long.

Anyone else?

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