The surge of interest in tiny houses has caused a trendy movement toward more minimalist lifestyles.
Whether it’s van life or living in a small apartment, a lifestyle that calls for making the most of tight spaces can come with big headaches. It can feel a little claustrophobic to have your cooking space, eating space, living space, and sleeping space all be within arms reach of each other.
But don’t despair! There are creative and simple ways to break up your rooms and create a space that actually works for your life.
Keep reading to see some of our favorite room divider ideas.
Top Room Divider Ideas
Splitting up your space to make it work will take some creativity and little trial-and-error. But isn’t a living room with a separate sitting area, or a guest room that doubles as an office worth it? Here are our tried-and-true ways to work with a small space:
You can create a fake wall using a bookcase. In a small space, storage is everything, so this bookshelf-wall’s function is two-fold: one, it creates a barrier, and two, it provides extra shelving.
To keep the space from looking small with a large bookshelf, make sure the bookshelf reaches to the ceiling. This will draw the eye up and make the ceilings look taller.
You can also find a bookshelf that doesn’t have a back. In essence, it is a freestanding set of shelves that you can see through and access from both sides.
It creates the illusion of a wall without actually walling anything off.
For your sleeping space, consider hanging curtains. They’re easy to install. They can be pulled back to expose the sleeping area, or closed to provide privacy.
The best part—curtains don’t take up a lot of room.
You can choose from something sheer (think: romantic and whimsical) or something that blocks light (think: functional and utilitarian). They can also add an interesting pop of color or texture to the room.
Splitting your sleeping space from the rest of the bedroom allows you to create a sitting room or work area in your bedroom without feeling like you should crawl back into bed.
Lighting goes a long way toward dividing a room. Cohesive lighting for the kitchen area marks it as a separate space from the different lighting used in the living room.
Pendant lights are a great option. You probably don’t have floor space to waste on floor lamps in your Fort Wayne apartment, so hanging all of your lights can create separate areas of ambiance without wasting precious square footage.
Free Standing Bar Counter
This is essentially a long bench that is elevated to counter or bar height. You can buy, or make, one that has storage underneath. You can also use the under-counter space to stash stools.
This bar counter can be a functional eating area or work area that divides the room. One side of the counter is the kitchen. The other side of the counter is the living room.
A little greenery goes far in a small space. Consider house plants. I promise you can find ones that are hard to kill.
Tall plants that can thrive in low light, like a snake plant, can be used to create an organic barrier between spaces. Set them up on multi-tiered shelves to block the view of your kids playroom from the main living room.
Divide it Up!
Use some, or all, of these room divider ideas to make your apartment, or other tiny home, work for your lifestyle.
You don’t have to discard organization in order to live minimally. You can have your small space and love it too.
Looking for more ways to declutter your life when moving into an apartment? Check out this article on things you can probably skip when packing to move.