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Bookshelves are a go to room divider.

In a huge city such as New York City, small apartments are as common as hot dog carts, perhaps more so. Lucky for the millions of renters in that hustling, bustling metropolis – small apartments don’t have to feel small. Thanks to some room divider tricks, there are ways to define the rooms zones and make the apartment seem bigger. These design ideas can be applied to any room that has to double as more than one – a studio apartment, for example, might need a custom table that is combined with a shelving system so that it breaks apart and delineates areas for eating, sleeping or watching TV.

Bookshelves

Perhaps the most commonly used item to divide a room is a bookshelf. That’s because a bookshelf system can be a perfect and practical way to divide a smaller apartment. The back of the shelf can be open or closed, depending on your preference. Not every shelf has to hold a book, mind you, the shelf can contain a houseplant or fun and decorative sculptures. Choosing a bookshelf that is not taller than waist high, leaves an open air feeling and can set the room apart without blocking it off completely. This might be a good option if you are short on tabletop space.

Custom Room Dividers

With a little bit of creativity and know-how, you can even build your own custom furniture dividers from scrap material or re-purposed items. Salvage an old door that you find at garage sales, flea markets or even second-hand stores. With a little sanding and some careful painting, the doors can add a quirky and whimsical feel to any room, while dividing it.

The same can be said for shipping pallets. Cleaned up, stained or even painted, these slatted wooden structures can take on new life in your apartment as a room dividers. Just give them a little TLC and once they are standing on end, fastened together and properly placed, they can separate the living areas. The slats are great because light and air can still flow through them, while they also double as easy to use picture hangers or places to add hooks.

The standard window treatment can be used as a clever room divider too. They’re designed for adding privacy by covering windows, so why not hang one in an advantageous location that creates a private area? All the fixtures you need come with it, or are easy to come by, so give it a shot. You don’t have to stick to traditional uses when it comes to long draperies either, jazz it up with some elegant scarves and you can give the room a look from the Far East or even add some white holiday string lights to provide softer mood lighting for an intimate nook.

There are pre-made room dividers available at just about every major retailer. The styles and varieties are numerous which can be overwhelming to make a selection. For more ideas and tips, you can visit furniture services stores in NYC to get an expert opinion.