Using Curtains as a Room Divider

Whether you want to create a private escape away from roommates, or just want to designate a living area away from your sleeping area, how to divide your space is often one of the first things you need to tackle in a new apartment.  And you want to do it in a way that does not make your apartment look unnatural or inconvenient.

When I was decorating my studio apartment, I separated my kitchen from my living room in a way that actually enhances the look of the room, instead of making it look divided.  To accomplish this I hung a curtain instead of using another room divider. The key to this look is to use a curtain that is light and airy (I chose a lightweight transparent black curtain to go with my black&white color scheme) and to tie back the curtain so that it always stays open.

Leaving the curtain open does not at all diminish the effect of how the curtain provides a separation within the room. In fact, I found that keeping the curtain closed cuts the room too much and makes it look way too small. Having the curtain draped open clearly shows that you now have two separate areas in your apartment, without the claustrophobic effect of using a heavy piece of furniture as a room divider.

When I did this in my kitchen, I kept costs down by purchasing inexpensive curtains (you’ll need 2 curtains so that you can tie them back) and by making the tie-backs myself!  For the tie-backs I purchased some ribbon from a local art supply store. It was super cheap- just a few dollars. After having my maintenance guy hang my curtain rod and curtains, I tied the ribbon into bows and then used some flat metal tacks to secure the bow tie-backs to the wall.

I really encourage you to try this! Whenever I make something myself, I love it even more. 

What have you used as a room divider? Please share in comments.

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I am the type of person who likes to get involved in everything I can, which keeps me endlessly busy! I moved into my very own apartment in Manhattan after graduating college, and every day has been more exciting than the last. Furnishing my apartment is just one of the many ways I satisfy my shopaholic tendencies; I especially enjoy finding cute one-of-a-kind items that fit my style. Most recently, I created, a New York-centric blog dedicated to the best addition to my home: my little puppy named Minnie!

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Comments (4)

    • Alex Alex

      A hardware store will be able to help you with the curtain rod … just make sure to measure the distance you need before you go. The curtain can be purchased anywhere from high-end fabric stores to someplace as simple as Bed Bath and Beyond (watch out for their 20% off coupons in mail).

  1. Avatar Shanna White

    thank you for this cute blog! I just recently moved into a new condos with not that much extra space. I will definitely be using a curtain to create more “rooms”. Thank you!