Cool yet functional at the same time!
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 also multi-functional, just like these 8 ideas!
1. A partition + cat perching spot
Here’s one for the cat lovers! Instead of drilling shelves and platforms onto your walls, you can also carve out a hole in your (non-structural) wall for your feline friends to perch on. Doing this will also help to connect the two spaces while visually lengthening the room.
2. A partition + shoe-changing area
Demarcating spaces while adding a sophisticated touch, this frosted glass screen fits seamlessly into this home’s black-and-white contemporary theme.
It 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
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 + bicycle storage area
Bicycles aren’t the easiest thing to store – especially when you’re living in space-starved Singapore. So here’s an out-of-the-box idea for you: store it within your partition, which doesn’t just save on floor space, but also add a quirky touch to your home!
5. A partition + shelving unit
Greeting visitors with its show-stopping façade, wooden cubbyholes built from floor to ceiling make a convenient divider between the living and dining area.
But more than just a fancy feature ‘wall’, they double as shelves for the homeowner’s memorabilia and leafy greens too!
6. A partition + open wardrobe
Want a wardrobe that does more than store clothes? This is it. An open wardrobe system neatly splits the room into two, all while encouraging seamless flow throughout the space. A unique way to create some privacy for the bed behind, we think.
7. A partition + study
Seeing your bed while studying/working can be distracting, so why not build a partition to separate the spaces? It’s not only convenient – especially for the WFH warriors – but it also creates a conducive environment to do your work.
8. A partition + blackout curtain + projector screen!
You don’t need an empty wall to use your projector. As seen in this home, blackout curtains serve as a projector screen while also separating the living room from the rest of the communal areas, which give the homeowners the flexibility to transform their home into an open-concept space when the projector is not in use.
This article was originally published on 2 July 2018, and last updated on 1 March 2023.