19 Sep 2012
Open plan designs in houses, apartments and townhouses are becoming more evident these days. But not everyone enjoys having only ‘one room’ and so they look for ways to divide the space in a cost effective way. Room dividers are perfect, as they are easy, mobile and effective in essentially outlining spaces.
The more conventional way to section off living spaces has previously been to use bookcases and cabinets - or room dividers. This type of division works well if you are renting a home - at least you can take them down when you move. But there are alternative ways to partition or separate open plan living spaces.
If you live in a studio apartment or open plan townhouse, it’s up to you to define areas in the absence of walls.
Aside from more traditional options such as a cumbersome wood room divider, consider new and easily affordable options for privacy.
There are so many affordable options for designing a modern room divider that serves to section off without dividing up.
Tip: A sliding track (available at your local Builders Warehouse) allows stiffened fabric panels to glide effortlessly across an opening yet still look fabulous when closed.
As an alternative to steel rods, wooden dowels can be stained or painted to match any décor.
Tip: Steel rods mounted in a top and bottom frame serve as the perfect way to separate an open plan lounge and dining space. The addition of framed boxes solidifies the boundary.
Previously considered a no-no in many homes, bamboo is returning as a product of choice when taking sustainable materials into consideration.
A framed bamboo panel is a fairly simple DIY project that can be used to section off and add privacy to any area.
This is another room partition design that uses bamboo poles.
Tip: Lengths of dark stained bamboo are mounted into a timber frame to provide essential privacy in a full bathroom.
This design has two wooden frames drilled out - the top one with a hole saw to cut right through - and the bottom one with a spade or MAD bit to hold the bamboo poles in place.
Use Rust-Oleum 2X in kona brown or espresso for the dark colour.
A more permanent option to think about would be to install partitioning as a way to break up open spaces. Small, designer features are fairly affordable and don't involve the same amount of mess and inconvenience as typical brick walls.
Slats and slatted panels provide a reasonably affordable solution for dividing up open spaces or partitioning off areas.
The only problem with this style or divider or partition is finding wood slats that are perfectly straight, especially in large quantities.
Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za
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