Eight Room Dividers Perfect for Any Space
If you're like us, you love a good decorative screen. And what's not to like about a chic room divider? If they were good enough for Coco Chanel's apartment, then they're good enough for us, too! As anyone who calls a studio apartment or a space shared with roommates home can attest to, foldable partitions are essential for making the most of a small space living. In fact, they've been doing this job for a long time. Screens have been dividing spaces for more than 2000 years—they date back to China in 200 BC.
Trying to find a spot in your house for a home office? Just spread open a screen in a bustling living room to create a quiet nook that's all yours. The best part is it will keep distractions—like the pile of dishes you still haven't done or the stack of mail sitting on the counter waiting to be opened—out of sight and out of mind. If you can, look for a screen that includes little shelves, which will make organizing your supplies so much easier.
For those living in a studio apartment, an airy paper screen allows light to stream in while still creating boundaries; best of all, they won't make your space feel smaller. If space isn't the issue, consider treating a screen like a large art object that adds visual interest and brings in color and pattern without having to commit to painting or wallpapering an entire wall. This process is a much easier and rental-friendly way of personalizing your. Plus, you get to take statement-piece with you when you leave.
Whether you want to bring a touch of Old-World glamour into your bedroom in the form of a chic changing area or are just looking for an unexpected space to stash coats when company arrives for your next party, a screen can help transform any space.
A pair of sturdy bifold closet doors was the basis for this brilliant decorative screen. Join them with extra hinges, then cover the unfinished wood with wallpaper of your choice—you need only a few strips, so even a designer price will be right. (For a faster result, use the paste-free, peel- and-stick kind.) To finish the raw edges, hot-glue on ribbon in a contrasting color.
Hermès "H Pointelle Wallpaper," in Terre de Sienne, 26.97" by 393.7", $274, hermes.com. Jeld-Wen Unfinished Flush Hardwood Closet Bifold Doors, 24" by 80", $51 each, homedepot.com. Pratt Retail Specialties Premium Moving Blanket, 80" by 72", $18, homedepot.com. Jenni Kayne Oak Side Table, $1,295, jennikayne.com. CB2 "Kaishi Chair" in Snow, $599, cb2.com.
Upholstered Gingham Screen
This fun, easy-to-make gingham folding panel breaks apart an open room while adding a pop of color and texture to an otherwise quiet, monochromatic space.
This pretty floral-print screen looks just as good dividing up a room as it does leaning against a wall as a decorative headboard.
Office Space Folding Screen
Struggling to section off a workspace in your home? This room divider not only makes it easy to create a cozy, isolated space for a desk and chair, but it actually functions as part of your office, thanks to a chalkboard panel for your brainstorms and a bulletin board panel for your important papers and reminders.
Drop-Cloth Patio Divider
If your problem area is your patio, you can section off an intimate sitting area in an otherwise open layout by adding a few hanging drop cloths that you can easily roll right up when it's time to head inside.
Sheer Curtain Room Divider
If you want to break up a room but are afraid an opaque folding screen or other divider will be too dramatic for your small space, try for a sheer curtain, instead. This divider helps make different parts of your room feel a little more private without really making each individual space feel smaller or too closed off.
Keep this leaf-motif screen perpetually in season by easily rotating out the leaves to coincide with the time of year.
Entertainment Center Screen
Sometimes all it takes is tucking away a small component of a room, like a TV, to make it feel like a slightly converted space. So, even if the area you're working with is too tight for a full-on room divider (or if you're just not a fan) consider inserting openable screens where possible to make any room in your home feel a little more versatile.