Published on March 1, 2019

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When the entirety of your home is confined to 250 sq ft it’s hard to tell where your bedroom begins and where it ends. Nevermind being able to carve out an ounce of privacy or degree of separation from the rest of the teeny space you live in. Enter room dividers.

When thoughtfully executed, room dividers can function as the ultimate source of style and storage. Not an easy feat to tackle successfully. Luckily, we found a handful of ultra cool and clever ways to make the most of your cozy home with the contraptions that inspired it all.  

From using planters for and added touch of color or bringing in a chic bookshelf that’s outfitted in a vibrant hue, we scoured the internet to find the smart room dividers that work especially well for tiny spaces. Peek ahead for our favorite small studio apartment room dividers we simply can’t get enough of.

Low-sitting storage units

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Take a style cue from this 410-square-foot apartment in Sao Paulo, where a low-standing modular storage unit conveniently establishes the confines of the living area without visually breaking up the space.

A ceiling length bookcase

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A tall bookshelf not only allows you to store your essentials with ease, but it also warrants enough empty space to allow light to funnel through both sides of the room. Tour the rest of this dreamy, tiny Austin home.

Beaded curtains

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Less on the functional side (storage-wise), something as simple as a beaded curtain can make for an ideal method for setting your bed apart from the rest of the home.

A DIY screen

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Get some inspiration, DIY-style, with this unbelievable hack that works perfectly for a small space. By using rattan accents and a simple selection of colorful yarn, you can create a divider that’s entirely your own. We suggest mixing colors that already vibe with your existing home decor. Get the full DIY on Sugar and Cloth.

Plant shelves

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You’ve heard of a bookshelf, but what about a plant shelf? In this sunny NYC studio, an open wood and metal shelf filled with greenery shelf separate the bedroom from the living space without blocking light.

Open modular shelving

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A low and open shelving unit helps break up a room without seeming closed off. Add in plants to green up the space, along with books and a handful of decorative accessories to complete the look.

A bookshelf-meets-headboard

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A solid-back bookshelf is the perfect option when it comes to small studio apartment room dividers—especially if you’re keen on sectioning off your bed from the rest of the living area. Bonus: It gives you extra space for storage.

Temporary walls

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Install a temporary wall between two living spaces and turn it into your very own mini gallery by displaying a curated mix of wall art and prints.

Floor-to-ceiling gridded shelves

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An oversized wall planter hardly constitutes as essential when it comes to small studio apartment room dividers, but we must admit this grid-lined piece might just be too stunning to pass up. Its minimalist design lends an effortlessly chic element to the space, providing to be an ideal solution for housing greenery.

Bonus tip: Insert narrow planks of wood across the grid lines for makeshift shelves, and style them with an assortment of decorative accents.

A sleek bar-counter

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For the kitchen that extends itself into the bedroom, intersect the space with a sleek bar to double as extra counter space, or even a high-rise table.

A free-standing bookcase

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Position a shelf against a wall (along its width and directly adjacent to the kitchen) and pull up a pair of stools for an improvised bar. Add a sconce directly above the shelf for an additional source of light.

This story was originally published May 2, 2017. It has been updated with new information.

See more small space ideas:

How To Squeeze a Dining Room Into a Small Space
11 Finds From IKEA That Were Made For Small Spaces
The Best Shelves for Small Spaces

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