Maximize your space with a humble—yet hardworking—room divider.
Is your small home cramping your style? There are many ways to maximize your space and spatially define rooms, but one of the best is the humble, yet hardworking, room divider. Be it a wood-slatted partition, an upholstered screen, or a frosted glass wall, a room divider can create a sense of intimacy, provide privacy, hide unsightly household items, or liven up a lonely corner. Open floor plans are all the rage these days, but unfortunately, they can waste space in the home and be difficult to decorate. A simple room divider has the power to transform your studio apartment into a one-bedroom or create a cozy living room reading nook—all without any major construction. Done right, a room divider will define new areas while still maintaining a sense of flow and easy movement from one section to another.
Room dividers can also be used for more ornamental purposes, adding texture, color, and personality to your space. Get crafty by using a glamorous folding screen as a unique headboard for your bed, or employing a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf to display all of your favorite art pieces and indoor plants. For creative and budget-friendly options, check out our roundup of the best DIY room dividers that will help redefine your living space.