You might have realized that children tend to grow up quicker than in the blink of an eye.
Though it all happens day by day you can’t really tell how and when they got so big. With growth and maturity, they outgrow their little cribs and eventually need their individual personal breathing space.
While moving to a new place to adjust all the members of the family might sound like the best idea, but it may not be the economical one.
Certainly, there are other options that you could try to give the kids their space.
One of these ideas is the use a room divider to partition the room and allocate the kids their separate portions.
Read on to learn more about the dividers, their purposes, and alternate apportioning options that can be used in the kids’ rooms.
Kids room divider ideas
Room dividers, as the name suggests, not only function as makeshift walls to divide the room, but also give the kids their due privacy and training to be responsible citizens of their living spaces.
You could opt for a classy open bookshelf-style room divider, which gives you the additional benefit of storage. These dividers are available in full-size and smaller versions.
Another option you could have is the set of folding screen panels. These are available with huge variations in the number and the transparency of the panels.
And if these don’t suit your needs and budgets, there are still a few options that could make your day.
Kids’ room dividers can be classified by their intention of use; meaning the design selection is based on the purpose of buying it and the ages of kids you are buying it for.
What to choose – Styles and features
When planning to buy a divider, you have to first figure the type of divider that would make the right choice for you and the kids. Do you need a complete partition, a partial partition, a total obstruction of visibility, or just a demarcation of areas, all these factors influence the type of divider to pick.
Commonly, there are two kinds of pre-made dividers available in the market, number one the bookshelf room dividers, and number two the panel screens.
The storage room dividers are like the open bookcases; bulky and more-or-less immobile. These have built-in shelves for storage and sometimes also have cabinets and drawers. The shelves are usually wide enough to accommodate a lot of items and storage bins.
The Kallax series at Ikea is like the basic design for these types of dividers. And with the variations, you could do with the shelves and sliding bins, it has endless possibilities to benefit from.
So coming to the reason you need the divider for. If you are looking to add a steady division for the kids’ room then think of a storage room divider. The extra storage space never hurts anyone, especially with kids.
You would also need to see the size of the divider needed to make the adequate partition. Most of the dividers are quite high, but the lengths and widths vary. And as I said before, it’s for you to decide the extent of the partition you need.
Depending upon the ages of the kids, for younger kids, you can get the smaller versions with less height and easy access for the kids. You can look at the Delta 9-bin Toy Organizer available at Amazon or if your kids love to read, the Bookcase/Reading Nook at Wayfair.
The DIY Adjustable Bookcase at Amazon is even adjustable in height, less bulky, and easy to move. Another interesting option would be to place two Toy Organizers back-to-back to form a makeshift wall and give both parties equal storage space.
Custom shelving is a unique idea for dividers that considers the differences in the children’s age and therefore height access and usability.
On the contrary, the panel dividers also referred to as the privacy screen, have three or more panels that are connected via hinges. This makes the divider flexible and movable, for instance, the New York City Double Sided Room Divider available at Target.
The panel screens can be quite narrow and smaller in total structure, depending on how much opened and closed the panels are to each other.
Plus, the panel size could be made of lots of different materials and artistic designs, which have variable translucency. The Shoji screens are usually not so see-through.
You might be wanting such dividers for the bigger kids’ rooms so to add a more elaborate touch to the room with privacy, then go for something like the Van Gogh Double Sided Panel Divider or the one with clips to hang their photos and art masterpieces, the Leela 3 Panel Room Divider.
More ideas for room dividers
A traditional alternative to bookshelves and screens is the use of roof-to-floor curtains as room dividers.
Heavy fabric Curtains can completely block the light while curtains of beads or artsy materials are less consistent.
For instance, the Hanging Room Divider Curtains with a variety of available colors at Wayfair are quite inexpensive yet easy to install. Or the Sun Bamboo Beaded that brings happiness and light into the room.
The Shoji screens are traditional-Asian kind of panel dividers that use translucent rice papers in the panels.
The 4 feet tall Eudes Shoji Screen is available in four, five, and six-panel sets with different wood color options giving a great decorative accent to the rooms.
You could use other furniture to make the divisions. The chic Etagere Metal shelf makes the room look spacious yet creates division and extra storage space.
Similarly, an open closet feature Pipe Clothing Rack with an adjacent standing mirror can also be placed instead of the divider to give a mod-look.
While the one I absolutely adored is the Shade Screen With Mirror And Coat Hanger. Though a little on the higher end but one-of-a-kind piece.
If all else fails, you still have the option of putting up a partition wall using a frame and drywall.
When opting for these, make sure you think and measure out twice before you take any action because these are usually lasting constructions.