When a family lives in a small home, with children having to rub along in one room, there may be disagreements and quarrels over personal space. If the kids are a boy and a girl, and you have no way of resettling them in different rooms, even more problems arise. Looking for ways to solve them, consider the idea of installing a room divider, which will separate out private areas for either of the children within one room.
For dividing a kids’ room into two equivalent parts, USA designers have developed several solutions. For this purpose, they recommend to utilize the following pieces:
- curtains, which are simple to and budget-friendly;
- shelving units, which are functional and don’t encumber the space;
- case furniture, such as two-sided cabinets or wardrobes;
- folding screens and partitions, which can be removed when necessary;
- solid decorative room dividers – opaque or semi-transparent;
- large decorations, such as aquariums.
Let’s have a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of these solutions.
Curtains are the simplest and the most budget-friendly idea of dividing a children’s room into two areas. Just install a curtain-rod on the ceiling and attach a curtain to it. Such a solution instantaneously creates two visually separated zones. Make sure both of you children are good with the color, texture and design of the curtain, and also arrange something to fix the curtain at the wall at daytime, so that the daylight reaches the far corners of the room. Pros and cons of the curtain divider are:
- easy to arrange and remove;
- takes up little space, thus suitable for small rooms;
- you can easily add new accents to the interior by hanging a new curtain;
- darkens the far corners, thus it’s recommendable to arrange it perpendicular to the window;
- easy to spoil, thus unsuitable for small children.
Shelving units or stands are a good option when you need to provide personal space for either of the children within one room. Shop around and consider advantages of different units, and take into account that shelve stands can be either immovable or portable. Immovable shelving units are firmly attached to the ceiling with the help of a robust fixing system and may include not only shelves but also writing tables and chests-of-drawers. For increased privacy, a shelve stand can always be complemented with a curtain. As distinct from case furniture, shelving units and stands appear ethereal and almost weightless, dividing the space without overloading it. The pros and cons of the solution are:
- doesn’t darken the farther part of the room, thus can be arranged parallel to the window;
- functions not only as a divider, but also as a storage unit;
- the room doesn’t look encumbered;
- provides little privacy if the shelves are half empty (an additional curtain helps);
- a tall shelving unit is not as stable as desirable, unless fixed to the ceiling.
A cabinet or wardrobe unit can also be used as the divider of the room; however, you’ll probably need a custom-built one. Your best choice is a cabinet with both sides functional, as two children will have to use it. A unit with an embrasure is certainly better for the interior than a monolith one. If you cannot avoid using a solid wardrobe for zoning the kids’ room, see about additional lighting in the far part of the room, as the formidable unit may prevent the daylight from getting in there. Thus, pros and cons of using case furniture as the room divider are:
- provides excellent privacy;
- functions both as a divider and as a storage;
- custom two-sided unit is needed;
- darkens the farther corner;
- may look too massive and clumsy.
Room dividers proper — screens, partitions and more.
For dividing the kids’ room into two area, US expert designers recommend transparent dividers made of heat-strengthened glass. They do not darken the room, while helping to create a personal corner for either of the children without much expense. There are also transforming dividers that slide to the side and can be rotated around their axis. When installed in the room, such a structure allows for dividing it for the night or when one of the kids is busy doing homework. Large rooms with at least two windows offer more scope for taking run.
Another interesting idea that your kids will surely admire is a transparent glass or plastic divider consisting of two leaves, with special gas between them. Such a divider has a remote control system, which allows for making the panel absolutely transparent or covered with a light haze.
Pros and cons of a divider proper:
- takes little space;
- highly decorative;
- usually fold-able, removable or able to become transparent when necessary;
- glass and fold-able units are not recommended for younger children, as the former may shatter and the latter may catch the child’s finger.
The final word.
Creating a comfortable environment for two (or several) children within one room is possible, but difficult. Privacy and coziness should be your first considerations. If the size of the room allows for no dividers to be installed, thinks of allocating a larger part of your home for the kids.