Delineating spaces and partitioning rest and relaxation areas from workspaces are the practical functions of room dividers. Room dividers may be constructed solely for the aesthetics of complementing spaces with functional art and creative screenings. Any material that has length, width and height can be made into a room divider. Find the right materials and embark upon a do-it-yourself room divider project.
Construct basic room dividers made from plywood panels. To imitate the Shoji screen design, hinge together three or more panels in a folding pattern. Cut fancy patterns into the panels, router the edges and dress up each panel with engraved or painted designs. Add stability to your screen dividers especially if it has more than five panels by hinging one end of it to a permanent wall. When you decide you want an opened space, just fold the unit up and push it to the wall.
Building a self-supported solid panel frame also makes a functional room divider. This can be constructed as narrow or as wide as you choose, or you can build a few and line them up together. Frame a panel of plywood or acrylic plastic sheets with wood 1 to 2 inches thick and 1 to 4 inches wide, depending upon how dominant you want the wood frame's appearance to be on your wood divider.
Affix the plywood or acrylic plastic sheet to the wood and build perpendicular footings underneath the two ends of the panel to prevent it from tipping over. Add wheels to give the room dividers mobility and to give you flexible room-dividing options.
Bookshelves serve as a functional room divider solution. Line up bookshelves of the same height or vary the heights in a step or staggered pattern. Bookshelves are heavy, semi-permanent room dividers once the shelves get lined with books. Use standard bookshelves or bookshelves with open shelving.
Face the shelves to the area designated for reading and lounging, and finish the back of the bookshelves to accent the other space. A sturdy bookshelf arrangement is to back two rows of bookshelves together with each side serving a functional shelving role on each side of the divided space.
Build permanent half-walls to divide your room. Make the half-walls as high or as low as you need them to be, making sure to anchor it to an existing structural wall. These walls are not load-bearing yet they can be constructed out of the same wall-building materials--2-by-4-inch or 2-by-3-inch wall studs, tracking to anchor the studs, drywall sheets and drywall screws. Install insulation to warm up the space and to create a sound barrier. Once the walls are complete, paint it and use it as you would any other wall.