No More Walls: 8 Smart Partition Ideas for Small Homes

July 3, 2018
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Sometimes, it feels like you can’t win. On one hand, too many walls can make a small home look dim and cramped. On the other, a space completely free of them can come off ‘bare’ and exposed!

A perfect compromise between two extremes, lightweight partitions thankfully help to divide and add a sense of privacy – without taking much physical or visual room. And unlike plain ol’ concrete walls, they can be customised to any theme, creating stunning features that are even multi-functional as well, just like these 8 ideas! There you go, problem solved:


1. A Partition + Bar Counter

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Interior Designer: Uno Interior

Used to distinguish and separate the dining area from the connecting living room, this home’s slatted-wood panels creep up, giving the ceiling a visual pop. But that’s not all this hardworking partition does! Extending from the bottom, individual slats form a slim bar counter as well, providing extra seating room for when guests come over.

2. A Partition + Shoe-Changing Area

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Interior Designer: Metamorph Design

Curving in to create an entryway, criss-crossing lines on this partition screen echo this lofty apartment’s angular theme. Which conveniently, also doubles as a fetching back rest for the settee-slash-shoe cabinet piece that’s built underneath it. Perfect, if you’re constantly fumbling with strappy heels or shoelaces when you get home.

3. A Partition + Swivel TV Console

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Interior Designer: Crescendo Interior and Lifestyle

Your mum (or dad) might have nagged at you once not to eat dinners in front of the TV, but it’s your home, your rules. Helping to divide the living and dining spaces, this freestanding partition is actually a swivel-TV console that can be turned to face the dining table or sofa; whichever you’d like to binge-watch your favourite shows at.

4. A Partition + TV Console + Fancy Dashboard

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Interior Designer: Fatema Design Studio

Think this intricate-looking TV console is a wall? Think again. Take a few steps back, and this sturdy-looking surface turns into a slim, latticed paneled partition that separates the living room from the open kitchen and foyer. While one end holds up the television and keeps cables hidden from sight, the other face transforms into a classy dashboard for putting up knick knacks.

5. A Partition + Shelving Unit + TV Console

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Interior Designer: Asolidplan

Greeting visitors with its show-stopping façade, wooden cubbyholes built from floor to ceiling make a convenient divider between the living room and entrance. But more than just a fancy feature ‘wall’, they double as shelves for the homeowner’s leafy greens too! Meanwhile, a TV console unit makes up the base, helping to prop up the TV (and hide any unsightly cables).

6. A Partition + Wall Art Piece

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Interior Designer: Habit

Want a partition that screams more ‘art’ than ‘divider’? This is it. Custom neon lights hitched upon this home’s ventilation-block screen remind us of underground bars and hipster cafes! Pretty apt we think, for adding a hint of privacy to the bar counter and study area built up behind it.

7. A Partition + Bookshelf

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Interior Designer: Uno Interior

Every bookworm’s dream - filled to the brim with written tomes, this part bookshelf, part partition wall splits the living and bedroom areas in this compact condo. Its open shelving allows one to peek into the communal area whilst maintaining privacy. But let’s admit it, having it set up conveniently beside the bed provides the perfect excuse for curling up and reading the weekend away in.

8. A Partition + Standing Bar + Shelf

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Interior Designer: Asolidplan

Taking home dining to the next level, slatted wood panels wrap this condo’s dining area, creating an eye-catching ‘pavilion’ that wouldn’t look out of place in a Japanese ryokan. But more than just a feast for the eyes, the partition is also a smart functional piece. Gaps in between each wooden strip allow precious light to filter through the condo’s elongated layout. Meanwhile, wide, rectangular cubbies double as shelves to hang ornaments. Or, as a convenient bar top where the homeowners could hang about and join in on the action happening in the living room.


Divide and conquer.

Limited square footage has got nothing on smart design. And that's where interior designers come in - helping homeowners make the most out of their small homes with space-savvy ideas! We can help - request for free quotes here, and we can connect you with up to 5 interior firms, based on your budget and style. All recommendations made by Qanvast will be eligible for the Qanvast Guarantee, an opt-in programme that safeguards your renovation deposits up to S$50,000*.

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