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3 Smart Ways to Divide a Small Room Without Renovation

Maximize your tiny space with these clever tricks

Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Having a small floor area to work with is both a challenge and an opportunity. While you may find it hard to add privacy—especially when all areas are connected, you can take this chance to experiment with the layout of your home!

Since you can't just work on a renovation project in a snap, you can simply move the furniture around and use your pieces as special dividers! Be guided by these ideas: 

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Use shelves and storage boxes

Use storage boxes to create an "entryway." An open shelf allows you to compartmentalize your space while giving you extra storage solutions. Don’t dump all of your things inside the boxes without organizing and sorting your stuff. Group similar items together or put the things you use often in one box so you know where to get them. 

Hang paintings

Aside from using artwork as décor at home, it can also help you segregate the areas. Hang paintings in similar sizes back-to-back  to zone your areas. Fasten hooks on the top and bottom of the frame then hang the piece from the ceiling to the floor using high-tension wires.

Click here for more tips on how to maximize artworks.

Photo by  Louie Aguinaldo.

Arrange your furniture

Place your sofa in the middle of the room then add a slim console or buffet table against its back to create back-to-back areas. However, if your sofa is too bulky, try using two armchairs and a coffee table or a long ottoman, then place these areas in the middle of the room. Doing these tricks can help you define areas while providing additional seating without cramping your space or your style.

Click here for more tips on how you can create a room within a room.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

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