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.

You will need

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

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.

Step 2 Hang a curtain Hang a curtain to cordon off half of the room.

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.

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.

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.