How to Partition a Bedroom

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There are many reasons to partition a bedroom. Multiple people may share the room, or it may just look better being broken up a bit. Whatever the reason, there are a number of room divider options available to you. Some of these solutions tap into decorating resources that many homeowners already have, while others require a small purchase. However, you should be able to implement any one of these ideas with relative ease in the space of an afternoon.

Locate a sturdy bookcase that has a broad base. You want one with sets of large shelves on the bottom or the capacity to move the shelves so that the bottom shelves can accommodate large books, craft baskets and other items, the heavier the better. Both of these elements -- the broad base and large, heavy items on the bottom of the bookcase -- will help it stay upright.

Place the bookcase between the two areas of the room you want to separate. Think about how you want to do this; if you position the bookcase correctly, you'll be able to use both sides. For example, the back side of the bookcase becomes another wall on which you can hang artwork or photographs.

Decorate the bookcase according to the decorating style you've chosen for the room and according to how you've positioned the case. For example, if the shelves face your coffee corner, fill them with your favourite books so that they're in easy reach of your chair. Face the back of the case toward the bed to add more wall space to this area.

Locate a room divider that fits your decorating style. For example, if you're decorating in Japanese style, a Japanese shoji screen makes sense as a room divider. Choose a partition that is tall enough to suit your needs.

Determine what parts of the room you want to separate. One logical way to do this is to look at how you use each section of the room. For example, if your bedroom is either part of a studio apartment with a living room and kitchen area or you have a large room with areas like a sitting room place a divider between the individual areas.

Slide the partition in place. Some screens tend to be easily knocked over. Prevent this by placing heavy plants, a small table, or a trunk in front of the screen on both sides.

Get a tension rod that fits the length of the room. Some rods measure up to 10 feet. This solution works best for a small room.

Find a curtain that either attaches to the rod using clip rings that fit around the rod or a curtain that hangs from the rod by straps. They're simple to work with and usually lightweight.

Put the curtain on the curtain rod. Place the tension rod between two walls, ensuring that the fit is snug. Hang it high enough so that the curtain doesn't drag on the ground.

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