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    Updated on Sep 1, 2020. Posted on Mar 8, 2013

    27 Ways To Maximize Space With Room Dividers

    Just think of all the things you can do with your new "wall." You can paint a mural on it, push a desk up against it, or even project a movie onto it. Just don't assume that your roommates won't hear you having sex behind it.

    1. IKEA hack! Attach 4 Ikvar side units with piano hinges.

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    Get the directions here.

    2. Build a divider wall.

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    A bit complicated, but if you've got the handy skills, this is a very professional look that gives you extra wall space to place seating against.

    3. Use Billy bookcases from IKEA.

    View this video on YouTube

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    Watch the tutorial.

    4. Or use a staggered bookcase system for a more airy feel.

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    Plants work very well to fill up vertical space.

    5. Make a recycled wooden pallet room divider that you can easily hang things on.

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    Not only does this give you extra wall space for art and photos, especially if you aren't allowed to nail holes in a rented apartment. Get more information here.

    6. String thick rope from floor to ceiling.

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    Mentally section off an office area with these custom-built wooden boxes and jute rope.

    7. Here's another version, created with dowels.

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    Get more information here.

    8. Put a barn door on sliders.

    Check this site out for a great tutorial.

    9. Instead of hanging clothes on a rolling rack, hang a curtain.

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    This way you can also move the room divider around.

    10. Create a secret door with moving bookcases.

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    Get the directions here.

    11. Use floor-to-ceiling pole shelving in a Danish modern inspired home.

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    One of the staples of the '50s and '60s modernist style are free-floating shelves made from teak. Get a tutorial for a similar look here.

    12. Save even more space by adding a desk to the shelving unit.

    13. Hang pots from a ceiling rack to divide the kitchen from another space.

    14. Use IKEA's Pax closet system for its sliding doors.

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    Get more information here about how to install sliding PAX doors.

    15. Or use it as a freestanding closet divider.

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    In this loft, the PAX system served as an entertainment center for the living room and a closet for the bedroom in a large loft space.

    16. Revamp an old screen divider with chicken wire.

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    Get the directions here.

    17. Attach 2 or 3 doors with hinges to make a screen-like divider.

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    If you've got that shabby chic look going on. Get the directions here.

    18. Hang garlands, either vertically or horizontally.

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    Check out these tutorials from Curbly and A Beautiful Mess.

    19. Create a wall from old vintage LPs.

    20. Cover wooden frames with fabric and make a folding screen out of them.

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    Get the tutorial here.

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    Here's another tutorial for a slightly different take.

    21. Or hang the panels from the ceiling using hooks.

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    You can easily detach the panel, too, in case you need a more tentative divider solution. Get the DIY here.

    22. Use picture wire and cafe clips to hang curtains in an unusual space.

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    Get the directions here.

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    Get fancy with your curtains.

    23. Cover a store-bought screen divider with chalkboard paint.

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    Use it to help customize your decor for holidays, or write down the day's menu for a kitchen space.

    24. Create lit panels using IKEA's Orgel paper lamp.

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    Get the directions here.

    25. Use upright branches, bamboo, or tall houseplants to visually divide a living space.

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    There's no tutorial for this, but you could place a series of tall plants in planters if you don't feel like making your own holder.

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    This planter-on-casters is a super clever way to provide a movable divider.

    26. Salvaged windows divide a space while giving a light, airy feeling.

    There's no DIY for this, so you might want to consult a professional before attempting to erect a huge panel of glass.

    27. Hang screens or tapestries.

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    You could use a ceiling mounted curtain rod like this one and use wire to hang the screens off of them.

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