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Semi-Permanent Room Divider

How do I divide a bedroom, semi-permanent? I have a 13 yr old boy an a 14 yr old girl sharing a 10 x 11 bedroom. I'd like to provide them with some privacy and a quiet space to escape to. Something more noise dampening than a curtain; but ultimately removable, as we are renters. I'm thinking dry wall and some kind of brackets to attached it to the existing wall and ceiling? Any suggestions? Thanks!


Kathryn from Escondido, CA

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By Ben (Guest Post)
September 23, 20080 found this helpful

If you can find a store that sells used or wholesale office equipment, you could get some cubicle walls. They come in varying heights and widths, and are often covered with fabric that dampens sound.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

You might try to make screen room dividers with door panels and then have a little curtain on top to the ceiling?? or a combination of screens + curtains...
Or use bookcases back to back to form a room divider - that's what we did in college.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

Friends of mine divided their son's and daughter's room by purchasing a ready-made fence panel with lattice top @ the home improvement store. They anchored it on the side to the wall stud.


It was really quite charming in their house with it's country decor.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

You might try the ReUseIt Store. (Habitat for Humanity program) for a few doors and some hinges - hinge the doors together like a screen - secure to the wall with anchored eyelet screws at the top and bottom of the wall and the hooks at the top and bottom of the screen.

The ReUseIt Store in our area often carries the office area dividers that Ben mentions. If a screen idea isn't a go, how about a bookcase? Try Amity, Salvation Army Store, GoodWill. Look for a bookcase or two so that you could divide the space and create some extra space at the same time. Good luck

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By sgrahl (Guest Post)
September 23, 20080 found this helpful

A friend of mine used bookcases to divide one of her rooms. she used a total of 5 so that each side had 2 shelves and there was an end cap of shelves.


you may want to anchor them together for stability. of course you can use what would fit your room, but this makes a divider and adds some extra storage.

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September 23, 20080 found this helpful

You could use bookcases, but rather than put them back to back, which would take up a lot of floor space, put them side by side, but facing in opposite directions, so that the kids each have shelves to use. Using a fence panel sounds nice, too; you could add a roller shade to each side to fill the gap between the top of it and the ceiling, as well.

Plywood comes in 4-foot by 8-foot sheets, and the big-box lumber stores usually offer one cut for free (and a nominal charge for additional cuts).

If you were able to get the wood panels cut to ceiling height, you could probably find a wood molding that would help keep it from shifting (like a "U" channel) with only a few screws into the ceiling and floor, if it is carpeted. (I am sure the store could recommned the best hardware to anchor it--with earthquake codes, there is probably some nifty method that we don't even know about back east!) Combine that with putting some furniture against it, and it should be quite safe.


Your son could paint his side one color, your daughter could choose her own, as well. Maybe a mural if they're artistic. You could add a curtain from the divider to the wall for each kid, as well, for privacy. It would not need to go to the ceiling; so a shower bar would probably suffice, with sheets or shower curtains. (And the shower bar would add additional stability.)

Incedentally, you might want to ask your landlord (if you are on good terms) before you remove it, when it comes time to move. He might like the option of offering the room as a divided kids' bedroom!

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September 24, 20080 found this helpful

hi, my freind had two teenage daughters in one large room, she put the girls wardrobes in the middle, one facing one way and the other next to it but facing the other way, this worked well

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September 25, 20080 found this helpful

When my husband was growing up he and his step sister shared a room for a while. They took a set of bunk beds and placed in the middle of the room. One side of the room was for the top bunk and a sheet of plywood from the ceiling down to the top bunk.


On the other side another piece of plywood was placed from the floor to the bottom of the top bunk. They each had their space but they were in the same room. Hope this helps.

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By Polly (Guest Post)
September 26, 20080 found this helpful

You can make the divider you talking about out of wood chip board and brackets. Use a straight design or an offset design. Your local lumber yard should be able to tell you how to do it exactly Before hanging buy wallpaper remenants and let each child decorate his/her side of the room to their taste. You might want to paint part of it with chalk board paint and they can then write their own slogans, or glue cork board to it for a bulletin board or a combo of the three. Take pictures and let us see how it turns out.

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