Renters Solutions: 4 Things to Consider When Using a Room Divider

Renters Solutions: 4 Things to Consider When Using a Room Divider

Shifrah Combiths
Jul 22, 2014
A curtain used as a room divider, spotted on My Little Chambre.
(Image credit: My Little Chambre)

Room dividers are frequently the perfect solution in a small space that needs some functional areas to be defined. They offer privacy, boundaries, and often a pleasing aesthetic element, all without altering structural components of a space. Following are a few things to consider when choosing a type of room divider for your space.

Easy to Move or Permanent

Custom room divider from The Sliding Door Company.
(Image credit: The Sliding Door Company)

Do you need a divider to make a nursery for the baby, or to provide temporary privacy for a makeshift guest room? These considerations will inform your decision about the type of divider you need: a sturdier, more permanent solution for a long-term space division, or a mobile, easy-to-fold and store screen type of option for occasional use.

Doubles as Storage

This beautiful bookshelf divides a large space and serves as a resting place for books and treasured items. Garrison Hullinger via Home Adore.
(Image credit: Home Adore)

Especially in a small space, a room divider that doubles as storage can solve a few issues. Often (if they're done right) room dividers made of bookshelves are somewhat camouflaged as well; they don't scream room divider but rather provide the illusion of a bookshelf against an actual wall. On the other hand, see-through bookshelves used as room dividers keep things open and airy.

Small Footprint

This felt woven room divider seen in Dwell Magazine is gorgeous, unusual, and features a very small footprint.
(Image credit: Dwell Magazin)

Sometimes, a room divider that takes up as little space as possible is more important than extra storage. Especially when space is at a premium, you don't want to add extra bulk if you don't actually need that space for books or collections.


A room divider made of windows lets in an abundance of light. Living2Design via Houzz.
(Image credit: Houzz)

When dividing a room, it's always important to consider natural light sources. If possible, place room dividers in such a way that all areas receive some light from the outside; you (probably) don't want to inadvertently create a cave. Sometimes this can be achieved not through placement of the divider, but through sheer or non-solid divider materials.

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