A freestanding room divider can be arranged to create a private dressing area or to separate one part of a room from another when desired. Freestanding room dividers also camouflage a bad view without sacrificing the light from windows. Whether you buy a ready-made room divider or create one yourself, keep in mind design elements for the best results in your home.
Pay Existing Decor a Complement
A self-supporting room divider should complement existing decor. Unless you have eclectic tastes and included a little bit of everything in your home design, choose the materials for a room divider to enhance and meld with the design elements in your room. For instance, to avoid a design clash, do not use a bamboo or Asian-themed wood room divider in a home with Danish modern furniture.
Divide and Conquer
When you have the skills, you can design a standalone room divider by cutting solid wood or plywood into three separate panels joined by piano hinges between each panel at the height requirements you need, typically between 5 and 6 feet tall. After sanding the panels and joining them together by the hinges, you can stain the wood to match existing furnishings, paint it to correspond with wall color or trim, or cover the individual panels with fabric to match window coverings or upholstery.
Stay on Solid Ground
Instead of designing a room divider with movable panels, design one that stays in place by adding feet on the bottom of the panel. This kind of panel takes two people to move, but it is a straight divider instead of one that zigzags as a panel divider does. If you have artistic skill, paint a mural on the room divider. Choose a theme for your mural that corresponds to your interests, preferences and overall room design.
Make It to Go
When you have a great room that incorporates the kitchen and dining areas into the living or family room area, at times, you may want to separate the dining area from the living area with a movable room divider. Build a small section of a false wall with a rectangular opening in it near the top, and put the wall on a metal frame with legs and wheels to keep it level. Paint it a bright color that complements your existing color scheme, and move it out of the way when it is not needed.
A quick way to design a separate room divider is to use see-through cubbies to create an airy bookcase between areas in your home. Set five cubbies against the wall, and stair-step down from there. The next column contains four cubbies, then three, two and one. This creates a graduated room divider that easily comes apart for a move. Use it for plants, to store books or to showcase art.