10 Ideas for Dividing Small Spaces

1. These folding screens (above), from VT Wonen, take up little visual weight. They are also on casters, making them easy to move around.

(Image credit: Lonny)

2. Use wallpaper to signal the “end” of one room and the start of another. Ellie covered her small entryway in Cole & Son’s Palm Leaves pattern— a stark contrast to the black paint in the hallway. As seen in Lonny.

(Image credit: Jay’s Chelsea Loft)

3. Jay used a series of stacked Expedit shelves (framed with millwork) to create a functional entryway with lots of storage.

4. Instead of visually closing things off, play with different levels within a room instead. This child’s room, with its elevated bed, was created by Studio Oink.

(Image credit: My Little Chambre)

5. This Moroccan riad uses an alcove as a bedroom space, and curtains add a little bit of privacy.

(Image credit: Houzz)

6. Even without a nook, curtains can split a room in half. Willa Kammerer devised a way to hang curtains from conduit pipe in her 300 square foot studio.

(Image credit: Elle Deco Sweden)

7. Narrow walls are sometimes all you need, and mirrored ones keep the space light and feeling open. If you’re confident with your DIY skills, Better Homes and Gardens shows you how to build a freestanding one.

(Image credit: Damon Liss Design)

8. A pony wall keeps spaces more open, but provides enough of a barrier. This bedroom/office was designed by Damon Liss.

(Image credit: Mi Casa Spain via My Second Storey)

9. Your headboard can do double-duty as a wall, turning one space into two. This apartment in Madrid, from Mi Casa Spain, cleverly partitions bedroom from bath.

(Image credit: Studio Pepe)

10. And lastly, outdoors spaces can be flexible too, as with these freestanding green walls, from Studio Pepe, that create an intimate seating area while entertaining.

What have you found that works in small apartments? Have you tried any like these?


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