Dividing space to create distinct areas for working, sleeping and relaxing is essential for the human psyche. This becomes challenging when you live in a small apartment and don't have the luxury of multiple rooms.
In the past, standing room dividers, often made of wood, provided a literal line separating one space from another. The unfortunate side effect of these solid dividers is that they confined space as they defined it. When space is limited, it's even more important to keep things as open and airy as possible. Using soft see-through room dividers offers the best of both worlds. Space is delineated, but without fully enclosing an area so a room can still feel expansive.
Many types of material can be used to divide a room without slicing its proportions. For example, modular plastic, silk thread, wooden sticks, laser-cut paper and cotton fabric are used in the sample pictures. These materials can be hung from the ceiling, cemented in the ground or placed in a frame. In fact, creating one of these dividers could be a fun DIY project!
Shown above, left to right:
1. Trendir: Lightfacet Room Divider by Blooming
2. Dydra Consulting: Porada Room Divider
3. Inhabitat: Globalhaus's Stick Screen
4. This Next: Tord Boontje for Artenica
5. Eclectics: Kyoto Sliding Panel in 'Spirit'