Divide and Conquer
home delivery, home offices, home entertainment... today's technologies make it
possible to do more from the comfort of the ole homestead. At the same time, these
new lifestyles are putting more pressure on your existing space. But it may not
be time to drop big bucks on a home remodel or expansion. That's why you should
consider installing room dividers.
Room dividers offer a unique solution
to conflicting demands on space. For example, a den may have to serve as a home
office and family room. Or a dining area may need to be better defined from a
living area. With a divider, you can separate uses and reduce conflicts, noise,
and clutter. They're both practical and pleasing-dividers are available now in
many styles and materials that complement your d�cor. And they can be installed
easily and quickly with basic tools.
Panelized dividers are practical and
easy to customize. Decorative panels may consist of squares of wood framing covered
with finished plywood, glass or other materials in vertical supports. Place glass
or wood panels according to your whim-glass allows light while wood provides more
privacy. Or leave the panel off and create a cubicle for storage or shelving space.
In order to provide a secure, stable fit, wall modules are anchored at top and
bottom by adjustable pads that apply pressure to the ceiling and floor. You can
easily provide power for appliances, computers, and electronics by stringing extension
cords through the divider or installing conduits.
If you want to go traditional,
choose a solid-looking divider made from wood cabinetry. You can add tons of storage
and shelving space this way. See- through glass cabinets provide more light and
display space for your china, photographs or other heirlooms. Of course, this
solution is less pre-fab and more labor intensive than our panelized divider.
Another solution is to get twin French doors that fit the dimensions of your "wannabe"
wall, and to install vertical posts and framing around the doors.
approach is to purchase stand-alone, folding screens. It may sound tacky until
you actually see the quality and finish of screens on the market--everything from
highly attractive, louvered wood screens to solid screens finished with Oriental
art. These panels can be folded and taken away when the wall is not needed.
Sources used to create this article include writers William Nolan and Joseph
Boehm and Better Homes and Gardens Magazine.