So, in my shared sibling room post I promised to bring some cool organizing gear to the table. We’re going to start with room dividers. And tomorrow the extra storage gear.
Now, room dividers don’t work in every space. You obviously need a space that’s large enough to occupy a room divider. Also you need to have your furniture set up in a way that can accommodate the divider. That said, if you can manage a room diver can really work wonders to split spaces, provide privacy, and some even contain extra storage perks.
Here are some basic room divider tips:
- The younger the kids the sturdier you need. Frail dividers and kids just don’t mesh. You may need to do some handy work and attach a divider to a wall.
- For older kids try for thick layered dividers or dark colors. These block some light from nighttime reading or homework, plus offer even more privacy. Or at least the illusion of it.
- Don’t try to use items not meant for room division as room dividers. No one needs a bookshelf falling on them in the night. Actually if you live in an earthquake prone area it’s really wise to attach any stand alone item like a room divider to the ceiling with chain hooks. (I used to live in Cali).
Some ideas for little siblings: Note that as your kids grow, these dividers will need to be changed out for older kids more developed decor tastes, but in the meantime these are really cute.
Tri-Panel Room Dividers in white board and chalkboard styles. Short, no large topple over risk, and way fun.
Playhouse Prop: This is less privacy based and more sectional in nature. You can have your children’s beds on one side and their play area on the other. A great fun way to divide up space in a larger shared room. The pictures below show front and back views. As you can see their is some nice built in storage on the back side. Plus, you could add more.
Quiet Dividers Sound Absorbing Space Divider: I love these. These flexible dividers come in short and tall, block sound, and have easy magnetic attaching. Basically you buy them as panels. Best of all when used in a curved design, no extra support is needed – they’ll stand fine. They come in a variety of colors as well. The pistures below show them in a playroom – classroom setting, but they’d be great in a bedroom.
Ideas for older kids:
Arc Top Photo Screen Room Divider: Earlier on, this works well for art projects and later it’s perfect for teens and all their friend photos. It comes in black, a cherry red, and honey as well as natural shown below.
This Case Study 420 Storage Unit is my favorite. Mod, but not too mod, and all that storage is awesome. Plus it has a nice older kid feel to it – not a baby divider at all. You have to call to learn more, but what it looks like to me, is that it can be customized with shelving on either or both sides. This would make it work two sided for both siblings.
Ideas for all ages:
Nomad from MIO is something I’ve been obsessing over for a while and it would make a stunning room divider. It’s a green option, made from recycled, double-wall cardboard, and is utterly cool. Here’s MIO’s description:
“Nomad is a modular architectural system that can be assembled into free-standing, sculptural screens, temporary partitions, rooms or even displays without hardware, tools or damage to existing structures. Available in nine colors, Nomad can be arranged into open or closed configurations; creating private environments or light and airy dividers. The Nomad system can be configured to create entry-ways and corners, easily adjusting to any indoor space.”
Color Options include: Olive Green, Grass Green, Forest Green, White, Slate Grey, Dark Grey, Ochre, Orange and Red.
Take a look. It starts out like this…
And goes to this…
Last up are the very good looking screens from dVider. These are customizable white room dividers. There are a multitude of easy to mount, removable vinyl decals to choose from. Really your design options are endless. Following are some custom designs from their gallery, but note, you choose the decal so your divider can match any decor. If you’re really feeling nice, your kids might enjoy a few decals each, to swap out once in a while.
Visit dVider to learn more.
Ok, that covers room division. Next up some nice storage options for kiddos that share a room.