How to Make Temporary Walls Inside

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One way to maximize your interior living space is with multipurpose areas. Create a combination guest room and storage room, or a living room and dining room, or a den and office; then create separation between the two zones by making a temporary wall. You can do this using one of several creative techniques that look good, are simple to do, and are removed when you no longer need the space to serve dual purposes.

Things You'll Need

  • Temporary wall
  • Furniture
  • Room-dividing items: curtain, benches or potted plants
  • Build a wall. Putting up a freestanding, prefabricated wall is an ideal temporary room-dividing solution. You put together this portable, interior partition yourself and place it wherever you need it. Find them online or in a home-furnishing store. Temporary walls are durable and sturdy, constructed from such materials as wood, acrylic, glass or aluminum. They come in a range of not only colors but also styles, so you can easily find a design that will complement the decor of your room.

  • Make a wall with furniture. Try a folding screen, which you can purchase or make yourself by attaching three lattice screens, wooden panels, doors or something similar together with hinges from a hardware store. Another option is to divide the areas by putting a large piece of furniture between them: a wardrobe, china cabinet, bookcase, entertainment center or comparable piece is big enough to act as a wall and also has the necessary visual weight.

  • Make a non-traditional wall. This is a good option if you want some but not total separation. Create a half wall between the two spaces: use a row of large potted plants or artificial trees or a couple of benches. Line up a row of tall vases, and put spray-painted tall branches or decorative sticks in them. Install a ceiling-mount track for hanging curtain between the spaces — opaque or sheer depending on how much separation you want.

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