Screens and Room Dividers

Screens and room dividers are an excellent and decorative way to partition a large space into smaller areas on a temporary basis. They tend to be lightweight and easy to move and rearrange as necessary. Some have support feet; others have more than one panel connected with a zigzag-style fold. The taller they are, the more they can reduce noise and create a more private space.

Traditionally made from fabric, you can find screens and room dividers made from rice paper, leather, wood, glass, plastic, canvas and metal. Their style and decoration can range from elaborate to functional. By simply moving the screen or room divider, you can adapt a space to create an entirely different feel and atmosphere to a room.

The colour and design of screens and room dividers should complement the décor of the room. Heavier, darker screens and dividers tend to provide a more formal look; lighter colours give off a modern, more casual feel. The height of a room's ceiling might determine how tall a screen or room divider should be; likewise, the room size will help you choose if a screen is big enough or whether a room divider would be better.

Uses for Screens and Room Dividers

Depending on the material they are made out of, screens and room dividers can be used as alternatives to curtains or blinds as a way to screen a room from view while still allowing light through. They can be used to temporarily conceal areas that are unsightly, hide a work area, provide a decorative background, be a modesty screen or to direct foot traffic.

Screens and room dividers can separate large spaces into smaller ones and are ideal for large venues like halls, where they can provide flexibility within a space. Even within the home, they have multiple uses, such as dividing a bedroom and creating a study area or being strategically placed to block off part of a room.