Creative Ideas for Wall Partitions in a Home

Updated February 21, 2017

Wall partitions can turn a studio apartment into a multifunctional living space or divide a room to give siblings their own private space. There are many materials that can be used to create a wall partition. Wall partitions can be permanent structures or temporary additions that can be moved or taken away when they are no longer needed. You can create beautiful, functional wall partitions that enhance the look of your home.

Dry Wall

Use dry wall as a more permanent wall partition. Install the dry wall per the manufacturer's instructions. You can paint and stencil each side or cover it with cork board squares. Remember that this will not be a load bearing wall, and a stray elbow or bed corner will punch a hole through it. Dry wall will provide a minimal sound barrier.


There are many types of stand alone screens that can act as a wall partition and provide privacy. Japanese screens can be hinged, three-part frames made entirely of bamboo or wood and silk cloth. They can hide an alcove, bed or bathing area, providing a partial partition. Select or make a screen with a wide base to ensure that it will not tip over.

Accordion and Pocket Doors

Accordion and pocket doors provide a semi-permanent wall partition. Both require installation, but can be folded back or pushed out of the way when they are not needed.

An accordion door can be made out of stiffened canvas or plastic and can be drawn across or folded back against a doorway, running on a ceiling track. It does provide some sound muffling.

Pocket doors are installed on a ceiling and floor track and can be pushed back into recesses in the door frame. They are made from solid materials such as wood and provide more of a sound barrier than accordion doors. Leave the doors out of the wall if you paint or varnish them until they are dry. Damp doors pushed back into the wall can get stuck in the wall recess.

Plastic Crates

Plastic crates can create a useful wall partition, especially if noise control is not a factor. Use one wall of colourful plastic crates to provide colour, a partition and useful storage space. Use a double wall of plastic crates to provide storage on both sides of your colourful partition. The wall can go all of the way to the ceiling or any other height you choose. Fasten the stacks of crates together and to the floor and ceiling with bolts and wire to keep them stable and to prevent them from falling.


Curtains can be a useful wall partition. They can be made from a variety of materials and can be pushed aside on a tension bar when not in use. Use heavier, bright materials to create your favourite look and partition a room. Beaded curtains provide a semi see-through barrier, while quilts provide a bit more of a sound barrier.


The furniture that you already have can create new spaces in your home by acting as a semi wall partition. Place your bed foot first into a window alcove and then place a couch back against the bed headboard to separate a bedroom into a sleeping and lounging space.

Raise two twin beds up near the ceiling to create lofts, and then use dry wall to create a mini study area with a door under each loft.

Instead of putting your banquet, hutch, sofa or dresser against the wall, move these pieces out into a large common room to create "semi walls" that delineate areas for watching TV, studying, meeting or playing games.

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Mary McNally has been writing and editing for over 13 years, including publications at Cornell University Press, Larson Publications and College Athletic Magazines. McNally also wrote and edited career and computer materials for Stanford University and Ithaca College. She holds a master's degree in career development from John F. Kennedy University and a bachelor's degree from Cornell University in counseling.