Ideas on a Hanging Room Divider

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Traditional room dividers are hinged, rigid screens placed into position on the floor, but sometimes limited space requires a room divider that doesn't consume floor space. Hanging room dividers can be installed with a few innovative techniques. Whether you wish to separate a bedroom, create storage space in a corner or provide a decorative sectioning off of a room for different spatial purposes, hanging a room divider created from tab or tie curtains, retractable shades or beads of varying materials can serve your purpose with minimal expense.

Tab or Tie Curtains

Tab or tie curtains can be used to create stationary hanging room dividers by attaching the tabs or tying the ties to large cup hooks screwed into the ceiling. By installing mounted traverse rods to the ceiling, curtains can be attached to hardware, allowing the room divider to be opened and closed. When attaching traverse rods or cup hooks to the ceiling, try to screw the screws into ceiling joists for the most secure installation. Stud finders are slid over the ceiling and emit a sound to indicate the presence of a joist. Stud finders, traverse rods and cup hooks can be purchased at hardware or home improvement stores. Choose curtains dense enough to create privacy; the Room Divider Curtain website suggests choosing curtains with fabric that looks the same on both sides. Bedding sets and furniture covers often have coordinating fabric curtains that provide an exact match with the room decor.

Manipulative Shades

Insert shade hardware into the ceiling (preferably in the ceiling joists) directed downward. Insert a retractable shade into the hardware. Pull the shade to the floor when a room divider is required. Shades that can be lowered and raised are made of vinyl, bamboo and other natural or synthetic materials. Sturdier shades can be fitted with a grommet or loop around the rigid bottom slat to affix to the wall by means of twine, ribbon or wire to a cup hook screwed into the wall stud near the baseboards.


Hang beads used for door and window decor from the ceiling as a room divider in places not requiring high levels of privacy, such as creating a study or reading nook around a corner in a teenager's bedroom. DecorLicious website suggests hanging strings of beads over a wooden dowel or rod. Rest the wood rod on two cup hooks screwed into ceiling joists, or suspend the wood rod by loops of clear fishing line tied to cup hooks. Strands of beads, usually strung on knotted cotton or natural fibre strings or clear synthetic string, such as nylon or polyester, can also be stapled with a staple gun to the ceiling. The density of the hanging beads can be controlled by the installer by stapling bead strings closer together or farther apart.

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