Attention Studio Dwellers: Here Are 9 Room Divider Ideas Perfect for Your Living Quarters

room divider idea for the living room with curved cane folding screen with black trim
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The question of the moment is: Who isn't all about an open-concept floor plan? Any abode where you can simultaneously cook in the kitchen and chat with someone lounging in the living room is just dripping with design appeal. But, what happens when this type of layout and a small living space collide? When you're already short on square footage, not having any visual indicators that one "room" ends and another begins can actually make your humble home seem smaller — or, worse, just plain cluttered.

But, never fear — we've rounded up simple room divider ideas for your living room from screens to bookcases that go beyond ideal for not only tinier spaces, but are also 100% renter-friendly. Keep scrolling to see our top picks, and then put your fave to work in your own space.

This feminine wooden room divider idea for the living room owes its airy vibe to intricate cutouts. It's ideal for tiny spaces, since it mitigates any claustrophobic feels (which are most definitely a thing).

Stack your items as much (or as sparingly) as you so choose atop this architectural divider. Natural walnut fabrication means that knots and graining vary piece by piece — it's almost as though it were made just for you.

Free-spirited, boho types will be naturally drawn to this semisheer macrame panel with fringe trim. Remember: You can add extra panels for even more texture and depth.

room divider idea for the living room with patterned screen
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Opposites attract in a two-tone wooden screen emblazoned with a floral motif. For studio dwellers, the sturdy fabrication means it will make wardrobe changes easy when you're craving a little privacy.

room divider idea for the living room with bookcase for books
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Slanted bookshelves in teak wood make an instantly eye-catching room divider idea for the living room, especially in a small space. Need to create more of a barrier? Place a pair next to each other to create a quasi wall.

room divider idea for the living room with handcarved floral motif in folding screen
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For those who find something special in the details, the intricate floral motif of this room divider is handcarved by artisans in India. Style suggestion: Place it near a window so it can cast some cool shadows in your space.

room divider idea for the living room with storage
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This room divider idea for the living room is on wheels, which means you can change your mind about placement at a moment's notice. Plus, it works double duty to keep clutter out of the way with plenty of spots to hang, rest, and drape your everyday essentials.

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Calling all plant parents: This unique room divider idea for the living room can showcase up to 13 of your fave pieces of greenery. But don't get hung up if you don't have a green thumb, since you can corral literally anything in the industrial pots (beauty products, art supplies, you name it!).

room divider idea for the living room with curved cane folding screen with black trim
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Room divider or work of art? With HK Living's gorgeous handmade design featuring a curved silhouette complemented by bold black trim and dreamy cane panels, it's up to you to make the call.


Michelle Guerrere

Michelle Guerrere

Michelle Guerrere is a NYC-based lifestyle, fashion and beauty writer. She's currently trying to find the best set-up for her 300-sq. ft. Manhattan apartment.