Room divider ideas – 8 ways to separate an open plan space

Finding room divider ideas that are just as stylish as they are functional, is often easier said than done. But, if you live in an open place space, maybe it’s a studio apartment or perhaps you have a kitchen and living room in one situation going on, you will know the importance of creating ‘zones’ (rooms within rooms). And the best way to create those zones is by means of room dividers. So we have found five actually stylish and super easy ways to separate your space almost instantly, just keep scrolling…

1. USE SHELVING AS A ROOM DIVIDER IDEA

We reckon this is the easiest of room divider idea – use a shelving system to create the illusion of a wall. And in fact, this is way more practical than just having a wall. Can a wall store all your books? Can a wall display all your cute knick-knacks? Can a wall be personalized to perfectly fit your space and your storage needs? No didn’t think so, but a shelving unit can!

2. HANG A CURTAIN AS A ROOM DIVIDER 

(Image credit: Benjamin Edwards/Ikea)

If you want something softer looking to work in the bedroom or even around your bed area if you live in a studio flat, curtains are your best bet. IKEA sell a curtain rail that you can mount to the ceiling and create a track that completely wraps around your bed. Pick out a soft, slightly sheer curtain to create a really gorgeous relaxing sleep space that’s separate from the rest of the room.

3. CREATE A WALL WITH WOODEN BEAMS

(Image credit: Ikea/Benjamin Edwards)

This room divider idea is a bit of a DIY project (or you could get a joiner to help out), but the overall effect looks so fab. In this studio apartment, the homeowners have created a divided with reclaimed wooden beams, it clearly separates the living room for the kitchen, but doesn’t block off any light so the space still feels light and airy.

4. SIMPLY PUT UP A SCREEN TO DIVIDE YOUR ‘ROOMS’

(Image credit: Ikea/Lisa Cohen)

How gorgeous is this apartment? And you can take quite a few room divider ideas from it actually – by far the easiest is the screen between the living room and bedroom. Pick on that’s semi-transparent if you still want the light to flow around the space and basically go unnoticed.

5. REARRANGE YOUR LAYOUT TO CREATE A NATURAL ROOM DIVIDER 

(Image credit: Ikea/Lina Ikse)

You might find you don’t even have to buy any new room dividers and you can make the furniture you already have work for you. We have a habit when deciding on the layout of a room of pushing everything to the edges, but if you have a larger open plan space, then all you are left with is a big empty space in the middle of the room. 

We like how here the sofa has been placed in the middle of the room, acting as a room divider. By adding the storage unit against the headboard, it only created more of a feel of these separate zones, making the room feel cozier and clearly zoned.

6. CREATE A ‘GREEN WALL’

This would work as room divider in any room – it’s used here in a bedroom but we think it would look so cool in a kitchen. This is just a Rigga clothes hanger from Ikea with some hanging plants and a few pots popped at the bottom. Easy peasy.

7. DESIGN YOUR KITCHEN TO BE A ROOM DIVIDER

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

The shape of your kitchen can easily be the starting point for dividing up and creating zones in your open plan space. If you want the kitchen to feel slightly separated, design a kitchen with a breakfast bar or add a kitchen island to divide the cooking area from the dining and living area.

8. KEEP THE OPEN PLAN FEEL WITH GLASS DOORS

(Image credit: Malcolm Menzies)

And if totally open plan isn’t quite working in your home, you can create that effortless flow between rooms using glass doors. In this 1930s house, opting for more traditional internal French doors looks lovely – they are a real feature of the space. If you are after something more modern, the ever popular Crittall style doors would do the trick.

Courtesy of: https://www.realhomes.com/design/room-divider-ideas


Room dividers instantly make something out of nothing, turning single-use rooms into double spaces with separation and privacy. They can even create the illusion that a room has more square footage.

Some room dividers can be built with such substance and sturdiness that they serve nearly the same function as interior partition walls. But it’s more typical to scale down the divider—because when you are doing it yourself, who wants to make things complicated?

Here are our Bonus Creative and Simple DYI idea that you can try:

Simple Jute Rope Room Divider

This DIY room divider is very-simple, and the materials are cheap. Thick jute rope, available at hardware and craft/hobby stores, is very inexpensive. And if you are willing to go with thinner 1/16-inch jute rope, costs drop even more.

 

Frosted Glass Room Divider

IKEA PAX wardrobe doors with frosted glass come in sizes large enough to stretch from ceiling to floor. They slide effortlessly on tracks and, like a just-sharpened knife, slice one chaotic room into two separate calm sanctuaries.