Do you have a large room that looks just too spacious and overwhelming? Maybe you want to divide the large space to use it for other purposes like storage or an office space. You want to figure out a sensible way to cordon off the space in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and reasonably priced, too.
Whatever the reason, dividing a room into smaller sections is often preferred by many people. Though building a separating wall to split the room comes across as the most common option, it is not suitable for all - especially in cases where the division has to be temporary or the budget is very small. In this case, things like dividers and curtains seem to be the best option.
Before dividing the space, you might first consider some clever alternatives likes filling the space with interesting furniture alternatives. Cafeteria tables, church furniture, and school furniture are all interesting ways to fill a large room at a reasonable cost. If you have kids, you might put a portable stage into the space, transforming it into a performance room. The great thing about portable stages is that they can be removed if you want to use the big space for other purposes.
If these alternatives don’t work for you, there are many easy and cost effective ways to divide a room for your consideration.
A room divider is the best option for separating a room into two different sections, if you are able to work it into your budget. A divider usually comprises of three or four door-size pieces which are connected to each other by hinges. They generally stand in the middle of a room, dividing it into two.
There are a number of options as far as room dividers are concerned. One type of room divider comprises of thin layers of paper or fabric stretched across foldable, wooden frames. Then there are dividers made of solid wood, bamboo and other materials. If it is a children's room that you want to divide, go for dividers that can also serve as chalkboards. This can make for a fun and playful alternative. For office dividers, dry erase boards and bulletin boards will be the perfect option. These selections are easily found in home décor stores and furniture stores.
Depending on the type of room, sometimes you can make use of an old bookcase as a divider. Remember the bookcase needs to be tall enough to serve as the divider, with a minimum of 4 or 5 shelves. In case the space you need to place the divider across is large, you can utilize two or three bookcases in a line. Apart from dividing the room, the bookcase(s) will also serve as a great storage space for books, office supplies, kids' toys, clothing, and so on.
There are a number of options as far as the bookcase materials are concerned. You can choose from different materials, including wood, plastic, and metal, depending upon your budget as well as the overall décor of your room. There are two styles in bookcases: solid backs and open backs. You should go for bookcases with solid backs, as they offer much more privacy. You may even try to find these at used furniture stores where you can get a good deal on them.
The most inexpensive of all the divider options are curtains, which are practical and simple to install. You can buy a divider curtain from the market or make one from bed sheets or shower curtains. There are a number of options for hanging the curtains as well, like rods and wires. You can also make use of a spring loaded pole or a simple clothesline. You can either have ceiling-to-floor curtains or those that go up to a certain height. This also allows you a lot of options with color and patterns which can liven up a large space.