According to experts, UK properties are getting smaller. New living accommodations have shrunk by an average of 32 percent. You need to get creative when it comes to maximizing the space these smaller homes have to offer. ;
Flexible living spaces are one of the best solutions to making the most out of a small space. However, that’s assuming you can hire a contractor to put up temporary walls and sliding partitions. But if you’re working with a smaller budget, do-it-yourself room dividers can provide the same benefits and allow you to express your artistic abilities at the same time.
The Perks of DIY Room Dividers
DIY room dividers have a few advantages that make them an appealing way to create flexible living spaces.
- You’ll have a lot of material to choose from when building your own dividers. From commercially available dry-lining equipment to upcycled materials such as jute and wire mesh, your imagination is the only limit.
- You can get creative with the design and the materials of your room dividers. You can paint floating panels of drywall suspended from hooks, glue designs on interconnected CDs, or even sketch on repurposed chalkboards.
- You’ll find that creating your own room dividers is more affordable than hiring a contractor or buying expensive pre-made designs from catalogs.
- Unlike sliding partitions and other permanent dividers, DIY dividers offer true flexibility in terms of placement. You can shift your rooms to whatever dimension you desire with little to no hassle.
DIY Room Divider Designs
Ready to flex your craftsmanship and artistic talents? Here are a few designs for DIY room dividers you can build to make the most out of your living space.
- Buy portable clothes racks or put a moveable laundry rack. Paint the rack any color you want. Now you can either attach vibrant drapes or any heavy fabric to the rack and have a light and very portable room divider.
- Attach a curtain rod or a long metal pipe to the ceiling with hooks. Connect it with another metal rod using very long jute twine, strips of fabric, or even lengths of chain. Voila! You have a very artsy room divider that easily allows air to circulate.
- Upcycle or repurpose wire-metal shelving by stacking several units so that they form a small wall. Secure them with Ziplock ties or with aluminum wiring. Attach small rollers on each bottom corner. This wire-metal room divider not only segments your rooms, but it also serves as additional storage space.
- Collect enough old LPs or CDs. Using a heated needle or a small drill, poke small holes on their edges and connect the LPs or CDs using twine or metal jewelry wire. Suspend your retro room dividers using hooks.
- Repurpose old chalkboards by cutting them into tall segments and joining them using small hinges. This foldable room divider can be easily packed away and provide you with an impromptu drawing or note-taking surface.
As you can see, coming up with more designs for room dividers is only limited by your creativity and available resources. If you have enough of either, transforming your small home into a sea of flexible rooms won’t be a problem at all.