Mother-in-law suites are becoming increasingly popular, as they provide a private space for relatives and friends to stay. If you have an unused bonus room in your house, consider transforming it into a mother-in-law suite. Mother-in-law suites can be used as a guest room, home office, or even a rental unit and they often have their own private entrance, bathroom, and kitchenette. This makes them the perfect space for accommodating extended family or out-of-town guests. Converting a bonus room into a mother-in-law room is also a great way to add value to your home. But how do you go about it? One option is to use a room divider to create two separate living areas. This article will tell you more about this solution and it will show you how I helped a client achieve this goal.
Pain point: how to design the living space in a long and narrow room
Before our initial consultation, my client had already decided where the kitchenette and the bathroom would go, but she didn’t know how to arrange the rest of the space to create a living room, a bedroom, and a small area for a little desk.
We discussed her needs and came up with a layout that would work well for the space.
In this video you can see how the space looked before and after.
How a room divider help define the function of a space
One of the benefits of using room dividers is that they can help to separate the space and to define the function of different areas within the same room. For example, you could use a room divider to create a makeshift bedroom in a studio apartment, or to create a home office in a spare room. Room dividers can also be used to minimize noise levels in a room, but many people use them to simply add an aesthetic touch to a room. By choosing an eye-catching room divider, you can add intrigue and visual interest to any space. Whether you’re looking for utility or style, room dividers offer a versatile solution.
For my client, I picked a room divider by the Italian company Porada.
Cozy is a modular room divider in solid canaletta walnut or ash. You can use it to create many different compositions adding the desired quantity of single units. In addition, it is possible to have elements in different finishes in the same line to achieve an even more interesting effect.
However, there are plenty of creative ways to use room dividers to break up space in your home. Here are five ideas to get you started:
1. Hang a curtain
Curtains are an inexpensive and easy way to divide up a space. Simply hang a curtain rod near the ceiling and drape a curtain over it. You can open and close the curtain as needed, making it a great option for rooms that need to serve multiple purposes.
2. Use bookcases
A bookshelf is a great way to create a division between two areas without blocking light or views. You can either use an existing bookshelf or build your own.
3. Place a screen
Screens come in all shapes and sizes, making them a versatile option for dividing up a space. You can find screens made out of wood, fabric, or even paper. Place the screen in the middle of the room, and you’ll instantly have two separate areas.
4. Install a frosted glass partition
Frosted glass partitions are a great way to divide a room while still allowing light to pass through. They provide privacy while still allowing natural light to brighten the space. Frosted glass partitions are also relatively easy to install and can be customized to fit your space. If you’re looking for a way to divide a room without sacrificing light, a frosted glass partition may be the perfect solution.
5. Use plants
Plants are not only attractive, but they can also help to divide up a space. Place tall plants in pots near the center of the room, and they’ll create two separate areas while also adding some greenery to your home.
Room dividers come in all sorts of shapes and forms, so it’s important to choose the right one for your specific needs. If you’re looking to create a more functional space or want to define different areas in a large room, a room divider is the perfect way to do it. Have you used a room divider in your design? What type did you choose and what were the results? Let us know in the comments below.