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What to look for in room dividers and screens

Open floor plans are beneficial since they allow the occupants to interpret and use the space in a variety of ways. Room dividers and screens are furnishing items which can help to divide and organise the space within a room. They may be required to partition the space to assign a different purpose or create a smaller area for privacy. The room divider allows multiple activities to be carried out comfortably within the same space. If you are thinking of getting one, read on what to look for in room dividers and screens.

Type and size

It is best to do a sketch plan of the room and organise the different areas required. Once you have selected a location for the divider, measure the area to be partitioned. Make sure that you leave clearances for access. If it is important to visually screen the two areas, the partition height will need to be above the eye level. If the area needs to be marked off, but visual continuity is allowed, even creative placement of furniture and planters can serve the purpose. Desk dividers, desk screens and desk partitions are suited for common use in offices.

Transparency

Transparency is important since room dividers and screens can obstruct the passage of light. For rooms which do not get much sunlight or those which are small in size, a light screen is preferable. Transparency can be modulated in case the functions need to be visually segregated. Jali work screens, perforated metal sheets, fabrics and even frosted glass can regulate and filter the amount of light that passes through the screen.

Fixing and operation

Room dividers and screens can be fixed or movable. Movable partitions provide greater flexibility since they have the option of being folded or collapsed to allow the entire room to appear as one large space when required. When choosing a movable option, check the opening mechanism. Folding partitions can be folded to appear as a set of narrow-sized panels. They take up more space in plan. Space saving options like wall-mounted partitions or ceiling suspended partitions are also available.

Decor

Room dividers and screens serve not only as a functional purpose, but also have decorative use. They are available in a range of designs ranging from an art object to a functional divider. The design selection should be based on the room's decor and can also reflect your personal taste. Room size also influences the choice of design with larger rooms permitting darker designs or those with antique detailing. Thematic designs like oriental screens and jali screens can reinforce the theme of the room. Balance function, aesthetics and suitability to the room when buying a room divider or screen.

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