I want to divide my large room downstairs into two rooms, one for watching TV/entertaining, and the other for whatever (clutter). I want to do it as inexpensively as possible. It's quite a wide room. I was kicking ideas around in my head... anyone ever put up some kind of fabric divider?
I never made one but there are lots of ideas on the web
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Great ideas VG!
Craigslist always has someone selling folding screens.
I love the drapery idea, it can be translucent or shower curtain type (the fabric kind) that you can pull back on a rod when you want the space opened up. Hang the rod from the ceiling.
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Another option could be a temporary wall. They're often used to create roommate living spaces in small, city apartments. Most of them, IIRC, use tension rods and are fairly inexpensive. You can check them out online.
It may be possible (w/o a pic, it's difficult to suggest) to place bookcases out into the room to create a wall especially if solidly grounded on a hard surface floor (?). Keep stability/safety in mind if you opt for this idea. Then, a short tension rod can be used along w/ drapery panels to simulate a doorway. The bookcases can serve also to house things like books, art objects, photos, boxes/baskets. The backs can be upholstered or papered to coordinate w/ the room's walls and decor.
Many years ago when we lived in an apt and had a large bdrm, DH built a wall to give himself some studio/study space. It was a very easy job and went from ceiling to floor. It was really like a partition, not wall to wall.
You could also mount a metal curtain rod upside down on the ceiling and just hang curtains from it. I mean the kind that is a U shape. However any fabric unless applied to something else will give movement.
If you hang fabric as a room divider you can weight the bottom using a dowel or narrow molding strip. This keeps it from moving around as much. Sheets work well for this.
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Doubling up several bookcases back to back and attaching them together normally makes them very stable, even on carpet. Then there is storage on either side. Craig's list can sometimes offer some deals, when folks don't want to move with them.
Even if you invest in new ones, they are still very useful and can always be resold when no longer needed.
Actually a framed partial wall is not really that difficult nor expensive, and may be the best option of all?
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