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Room Dividers: A Temporary Solution to a Permanent Problem

Apr 29, 2020 by Marc Rapport

As any parent whose teen is currently wearing high-waisted pants and chunky sneakers can tell you, trends come and go and come back around.

That applies to floor plans and interior design, too. Following the trail paved by tech giants seeking to encourage interaction and even cooperation in their workforces, open floor plans made their way into home design, too.

But now some are seeing the tables turn back to more walls and more privacy as a desirable concept in home environs. Room dividers are a perfect way to accomplish that in your existing space.

Too much togetherness

It's easy to see why creating division in interior design is now coming back in style. Open concept rooms make a space seem larger and airier; however, it can be hard to organize in such an open area -- and difficult to hide the messy parts.

Big, open rooms also limit privacy. At some point or another, we all need a little bit of privacy. Room dividers don't particularly block sound, but they're an easy way to block views, and they can also add another element of design to a home.

Another plus is that room dividers can help delineate multifunctional spaces. So if you have rooms doing double duty, like an office/spare bedroom, playroom/media room, or home gym/guest room, you can break up the space to fit each use.

Room dividers are also great for small spaces, where they can organize and provide structure for multiple uses in a small amount of square footage. This is a popular option for big-city apartments.

So, the question becomes: permanent or temporary?

A permanent expense

Adding a wall is the more expensive way to go. HomeAdvisor says that can range from under $1,000 to over $2,500, depending on the size and features, such as electrical outlets and doors.

And if you decide your new wall doesn't work in your space, you're looking at around $1,000 to remove it and repair damage to the floor and ceiling.

A temporary solution

Luckily, there is another, less permanent option: a temporary room divider. It may not provide the same privacy as a wall, but it's significantly cheaper and may be even more functional than the permanent option.

Using a temporary divider can allow you to open a room up or close off sections as needed. For instance, if you have company, you may want to obscure your child's toys, a storage area, or a makeshift office space. You can also move a temporary divider to another area of your house.

Dividers as a DIY dream

While there are certainly many options for buying room dividers, they are also an exceptionally easy home decor item to make, for anyone from the novice do-it-yourselfer to the seasoned weekend warrior.

From bookshelves to windows, doors, or curtains -- the options are only limited by your imagination. And temporary room dividers can also be very cost-effective, depending on the materials you use.

Back to the future

So, while permanent walls might be your ultimate solution, don't overlook temporary room dividers as a fun and creative way to create the spaces you need while allowing for flexibility to move or remove them as you please.

Because, after all, trends come and go. You might want that wide-open look back one day.

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