What kind of types are they usually available in?
There are a number of different types of room dividers such as cubicle partitions, pipe and drape screens, shoji screens, and walls. Room dividers can be made from many materials, including wood, fabric, plexiglass, framed cotton canvas, pleated fabric or mirrors.
- Begin with a floor plan
Before you even think about dividers, you should know the space you want to create. Decide which corners and areas of your studio will become your bedroom, living room, dining room, and kitchen. Partition designs between living and dining areas, sleeping and cooking areas, etc. are to be thought of.
Once you map this out mentally, begin grouping furniture that fits both the space and function of each area, and remember to include entryways. It may all begin in your head, but like any floor plan, it has to remain as accessible as possible.
- Bookshelves make a beautiful partition
When one of your goals is to maximize space, the more practical a solution is, the better. Set bookshelves perpendicular to a wall to divide living areas and add valuable storage space in your small apartment. The bookshelves don’t have to stretch to the ceiling, but for the sake of illusion and the extra room, go tall.
- Curtains for thin dividers
In a studio, like in any tiny apartment, every square inch counts. So if you want to physically separate your sleeping quarters, choose curtains.
When extended, curtains give you plenty of privacy yet take up millimeters of space. When you’re ready to get out of bed and expand the room, all you have to do is slide them out of your way with one hand.
- Projector screens for movie buffs
The installation is pretty simple, and the sheer panel allows light to pass through, keeping the small area open.
- Color-coordinate each living area.
Whether or not you add physical dividers, every living area in your studio needs tonal separation. Your mind should sense some distinction between sleeping and dining areas, and color accents can do the trick. Hall partition designs can be color coordinated too.
For each separate space in your apartment, choose a subtle color and theme to make it psychologically distinct. As a whole, your apartment should flow together, but even little choices, like pairing a blue throw blanket on the couch with a ceramic bluebird on your coffee table, can separate each living area.
- Hang pendant lamps.
Hang two or three strands of light to create an understated and practical barrier that separates your kitchen and dining area from your couch or bed.
- Bar carts are an economical storage solution
You don’t need a separate room for your kitchen to create a separated kitchen. Use a bar cart to divide the area organically and add valuable counter and storage space for your baking and boiling endeavours.
A bar cart is also an economical solution in every sense of the word. Many bar carts only occupy a couple square feet, and you can find inexpensive options just about anywhere.
- Create a floating closet.
While you can send seasonal clothes off to storage, you still need to make space for the rest, and we suggest building a floating closet. Like the brilliant design above, floating closets can maximize storage space while adding a unique magical element to your tiny home.
- Put your couch at the foot of your bed.
Separating your living areas doesn’t get easier than this trick, which works for almost any studio apartment. Set your couch at the foot of your bed so that your back faces your sleeping area whenever you’re seated. With or without an additional physical barrier, the psychological division is clear.
What is a shoji screen?
A shoji is a sliding panel that is made of translucent paper in a wooden frame. They are used as doors, interior walls and windows in traditional Japanese houses and buildings. Paper shoji screens typically require maintenance every 5 to 10 years or so.