Although current trends lean towards large open-plan living spaces, it is sometimes necessary to create a partition to maximize space. Creating this separation with the bedroom can be a wise choice, both as a way to visually isolate the sleeping area as well as to create a sense of intimacy. Fortunately, today there is no need to engage in masonry work and build walls to structure an interior. Movable partitions and clever arrangements can divide the space for you in a flash. Here are 15 ways to easily and economically define the sleeping area in your rental


  • Curtains

Veils or opaque fabrics; curtains allow for modulating an area according to needs through rods, a curtain rail or a steel cable.

Partitioning with curtains © agv-architecte


  • Sliding doors

Following a track gives these doors the added advantage of opening horizontally instead of at an angle.

Partitioning with sliding doors © Lapeyre


  • Glass partitions

Removable, rotating or sliding glass partitions are now easy to install due to a pressure system on both the floor and ceiling.

Partitioning with glass and polycarbonate prtitions © Glass partition on the left and polycarbonate partition, on the right, Castorama


  • Polycarbonate partitions

No drilling and adjustable legs, this partition filters in the light.


  • Wooden palisades

Made from unprocessed and white-washed wooden slats, the palisade surrounds the bed isolating it from the living room.

15th St Bednook TBHCo Home © The Brooklyn Home Company


  • Plants

Potted plants on cylindrical structures, or on a simple rod frame as seen here, are great for creating a nature inspired visual barrier.

Partitioning with plants and screens © Ikea plant stand on the right, Castorama screen ont the left


  •  Screens

Made with doors, windows or other reclaimed items, screens are the perfect accessory to create two separate areas in seconds.


  • Japanese screens

Now made from wood and textiles, Japanese screens are very decorative and can be easily installed on a rail.

Partitioning with japanese screens and panels © Japanese screens on the left, japanese pannels on the right, Castorama


  • Japanese panels

These strips of stiff fabric compartmentalize without overwhelming the space. They slide on a multi-track rail.


  • Rope

A distinctive separation achieved with an assembly of rope on wooden mounts.

Partitioning with rope and ribbon © Rope partition The Brick House on the left, ribbon partition on the right, Conforama


  • Ribbon

An easy DIY achieved by cutting strips of any type of ribbon and fixing them to the floor and ceiling.


  • Slat partitions

The decorative and adjustable slats allow for easy installation thanks to adjustable feet.

 Partitioning with slat and movable partitions© Slat partitions on the left, movable partition on the right, Castorama


  • Movable partitions

With adjustable feet, this pinewood partition requires no drilling and can be painted to match the interior decoration of the rental.


  •  The bookshelf

Bookshelves are a practical solution. They can be filled with baskets, books or decorative items depending on how much of a visual separation you wish to create.

Partitioning with a bookshelf © Ikea


  • Color

Paint or wallpaper strips on the walls and ceiling allow to visually define spaces.

Partitioning with colour © Castorama


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