How to Separate Your Living Room & Den


No matter how your living room and den are arranged, separating the two areas can be tricky. While the homeowner may want to have a sense of continuity between the two rooms, he also may want them to have their own identities because they serve two different purposes -- one for relaxation and the other for work. To separate these two areas in a home, try using panels, French doors or built-ins.

  • Install open shelving. Place backless bookshelves in between two sections of a room to create a divider between the living room and office space. Because you can see through the shelving, it still lends a sense of openness while creating a divider between the two rooms. Place books, vases and other mementos on the shelves.

  • Add French doors. If the den and living room are in two separate rooms, but are adjacent to each other, use French doors as the entrance to the den rather than a standard door. French doors with glass panes allow two rooms to have a feeling of continuity while still giving them their own separate identities.

  • Invest in built-ins. More expensive because they must be constructed, built-in partitions may feature nooks, cabinetry and other storage options.

  • Hang panels. Whether they're curtains, art work or glass, hanging panels between the living room and den can add flair to the area while separating the two rooms.

  • Add columns. Having floor-to-ceiling columns installed can add a sense of architecture to the space while separating two living spaces. Consult a contractor who will help you design and install the columns.

  • Build a wall. The easiest way to separate a living room and den in the same room is to build a wall between the two. However, this could create two small spaces and make the rooms feel more enclosed.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult a professional contractor for any construction work that is out of your realm of expertise.

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