LA Good Questions: Unique Room Dividers?

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Carrie's looking for a room divider that creates the illusion of two room in her new shabby chic space. She'd love to use a window frame as a divider but is unsure of how to hang it:

In my new apartment my living /dining room is somewhat small. My style Im working towards is beach / shabby chic. So my idea was to use an old window pane and hang from the ceiling to create a visual division between the two rooms.

Is this possible or do you have a twist or a good alternative to this idea. Reason I like this idea:

  • It doesn't cramp either area and you can still through the room

  • It adds character

  • I love old window panes and love to find new ways to use them - without being cheesy


My questions / concerns:

  • How do I mount this to the ceiling? or is there an alternative to this idea?

  • California - earthquakes - glass - could be unsafe but I suppose I could remove the glass

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ATLA's own Abby forwarded us her take on dividing a room creatively. She's hung her pots on a rack in her kitchen to visually divide her kitchen area from her dining area. S hooks let it swing gently during an earthquake although we'd suggest keeping small objects out of the way of its arc. Living Room hangs their cut metal divider in a similar fashion. If you don't want to use a window frame, we think this could be another way to go. We would suggest having the frame's panes replaced with safety glass and reinforcing them, or removing the glass altogether (rice paper?).

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