How to Convert a One-Bedroom Apartment to a Two-Bedroom

If you want to convert a single bedroom into two, use these suggestions to divide the room without permanently altering the interior structure.


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You Will Need

  • Folding screen
  • Curtain
  • Bookshelf
  • Plexiglas
  • Framed wall
  • Shims
  • Anchoring materials (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Add a folding screen

    Install a folding screen. This lends privacy to both sides of a shared bedroom. Screen panels are available in a wide variety of materials, including Plexiglas, fabric, wood, and paper.

  2. Do not place a room divider where it can block the airflow to a room.

  3. Step 2

    Hang a curtain

    Hang a curtain to cordon off half of the room.

  4. Step 3

    Add a dividing bookshelf

    Place a bookshelf across the middle of the room. With a tall enough bookshelf, the room will feel private on both sides.

  5. Make sure heavy room dividers like bookshelves are securely anchored to the permanent walls of the room.

  6. Step 4

    Add Plexiglas blocks

    Construct a room divider by stacking interlocking Plexiglas blocks. Frosted blocks afford privacy on either side of the room divider.

  7. Step 5

    Frame a wall

    Frame a temporary wall partition if you want still more privacy. A temporary wall is constructed like a permanent one, but is secured to the permanent walls with shims rather than nails.

  8. In Japan, the term shoji refers to a paper screen or paper sliding door.