Panels Used for Dividing a Room

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Panels Used for Dividing a Room
A portable Shoji screen is ideal as a room divider. (Ryan McVay/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Open plan living spaces are a popular construction style in homes and apartments. Kitchens, dining areas and living rooms occupy one large space without the benefit of walls or doors for separation. In studio apartments, bedrooms and living areas share the same space. This brings in a lot of natural light, but can make defining spaces more complicated. Creatively decorating an open floor plan to make rooms without walls can be accomplished with stationary or movable dividing panels.

Notice Board Panels

Multi-panelled notice boards in the shape of a screen make ideal room separators for an office located within a living room. On the office side, use the board to tack up useful information. On the public room side, use the boards as your personal easel for added colour or decorate the boards with artwork or photographs.

Mobile Room Dividers

Office supply stores sell single and multiple panels in a variety of colours, with wheels attached at the bottom. This creates a flexible moving divider that can be used where it is needed, when it is needed. The panels are covered in a fabric and personal items can be attached if desired. The fabric can be covered with one that coordinates with the decor of the room.

Office Baffles

Many offices use a soundproofing baffle as a divider between desks. These come in a variety of heights and widths. The fabrication is soft. Personalise these panels with your own choice of fabric stapled onto the existing fabric. The baffles are portable and can be moved to suit your immediate needs.

Shoji Screens

The Japanese use Shoji screens made of translucent washi paper as room dividers. Plastic is also used in the panels. Shoji screens are attached to the floor and slide open and closed to create privacy. These are widely available and can be customised to blend with your personal decor A Shoji panel in a multi-frame can also be used if your preference is for a partition that can be moved from room to room.

Asian Screens

Chinese, Japanese and Indian screens are popular room dividers. The Indian screens are intricately carved pieces of wood that allow light to stream through the designs. The Chinese and Japanese screens use artwork for the backdrop and often feature semi-precious stones as inlay work. These screens are pieces of art and can be hung when they are no longer needed as room dividers.

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