A partition wall is any wall that divides an area into separate spaces. Partition walls are nonstructural, meaning they are installed for design purposes. They are not load bearing. Partition walls are generally like any other wall in the house and can be installed to create privacy and define individual spaces in a home. But with partition walls, spaces often seem roomier and less closed off than they would with regular, full-sized walls.
Instead of installing a full wall, install a half-wall as a partition. A column can be placed on the outer side of the wall, running from the ceiling to the top of the half-wall, making the partition more defined. Consider installing slate tiles on the top for a natural look. Arrange rows of photographs facing in both directions. Alternatively, place decorative items, such as small sculptures or vases, in a row on top of the half wall. Accent lighting on the objects from the ceiling creates an elegant look.
Glass Partition Walls
A glass partition wall can have the visual privacy of a regular, full-sized partition wall without blocking the light from entering either room that it separates. There are many different styles available, from paned to etched to frosted to curved. Glass walls can be mounted to the ceiling and floor like normal, stationary walls. When glass walls are placed on a track, they can slide. Glass can be mounted into regular walls, creating a window from one room to another. Unless you are using glass blocks, which are stacked and held together with mortar, you'll want a professional to come in and do the job. Contact a custom glass service in your area and find out if they do residential work. Plan out your project with a professional to see what will work best for your home.
Walls with Cutouts
Consider having spaces left out of the wall, creating holes. A large hole could be fitted with cubby spaces, accessible from either side of the wall. Alternate round and rectangular-shaped pieces in the cubbies, such as books in one hole, followed by a round vase, followed by more books. Install lights in the cubbies to show off the pieces placed inside. Consider painting the insides of the cubbies with a bold colour for a dramatic look.
Cutting out a section of a non-load-bearing wall is something any handy person can do. Use a stud finder and cut out sections of wall between the studs. Finish the jagged edge with dry wall and paint to match. If you want cubbies, cut your cubbies to the desired size so that they fit in the hole you've created in your wall and attach them.
What Spaces to Separate
Non-standard partition walls are great for separating a kitchen from a dining area or a dining area from a living area. They can also define a small foyer and extend it without the foyer feeling closed off. Home offices benefit from a partition wall, and a toilet can be separated from the rest of a master bathroom with one, creating a more private space.