Divide and conquer open plan

Room dividers offer you a way to divide up open plan living spaces without spoiling your paint job!


When you need to divide up an open plan space, or perhaps a studio apartment, the last thing you want to do is have to bring in the builders to start adding walls. While drywall is an option, there are ways to section off areas and create private zones simply by adding a room divider. We put together a collection of clever ideas for wall dividers that don't involve knocking down or building up.

Super simple to make and with all materials readily available at your local Builders or hardware store, a simple wood partition is an easy way to create zones within an open plan living area. PAR pine is available in various widths and in lengths of up to 3 metres.

Timber is an easy material to work with, and you don't necessarily need fancy tools to craft a basic room divider. Of course, if you have some DIY savvy you can take it to the next level and create a wooden room divider that complements your style of decor.

Due to the fact that many of the ideas shown here are not available for purchase, you're going to need to put on your thinking cap. You can choose from a variety of materials to make a room divider, so decide on the style and how much privacy you need. Once you know what you want, do a local Google search to find craftsmen in your area that can do the work for you - if you can't do it yourself.

In a studio apartment you may need to create a privacy screen to section of a sleeping area. Again, this is an easy project to do with some pine planks and a basic plan.

In a rental home, where privacy is necessary or areas need to be divided, think mobile. Design a custom divider that not only meets your immediate requirements, but can also move with you when you leave.



In an open plan space that is short on floor space, it's always practical to look at pieces that serve more than one function. A room divider, for example, can also serve as decorative shelving, or with one side closed off for practical storage.

Designing your own room divider allows you the creative freedom to create a unique feature that complements the style of your home. You also have the ability to make a divider that is a permanent feature, or one that you can take with you if you live in a rental home.