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How to Divide a Dorm Room in Creative Ways

If the stress of school is causing you to snap at your roommate, this guide will give you both some much needed space.


  • Step 1: Rearrange furniture Use large bookcases and dressers to break up the room into separate areas or zones to study, sleep, and watch TV.
  • Step 2: Use shower rods Use spring-tension shower rods and curtains or simple bed sheets to create privacy areas.
  • TIP: Spring-tension shower rods don't require drilling or screws and can hold several pounds if using heavier curtains.
  • Step 3: Purchase a hinged divider Purchase a three-panel hinged divider to block light and muffle sounds; attach optional cork boards for more note-posting space.
  • Step 4: Hang a bed canopy Hang a bed canopy or mosquito net and reinforce it with a lightweight sheet to gain more privacy.
  • TIP: Check out a hospital supplies store for hospital curtains that can be mounted easily from a drop ceiling.
  • Step 5: Build a false wall Build a simple wood frame for a pocket door, cover it with drywall or soundproof tiles and temporarily bolt it to an existing wall using lag bolts.
  • FACT: The Great Wall of China has been called the longest cemetery in the world because of the millions of people who died constructing it.

You Will Need

  • Tall bookcase
  • Spring-tension shower rod
  • Bed sheet or shower curtain
  • Hinged divider
  • Cork boards
  • Bed canopy or mosquito net
  • Lumber
  • Pocket door kit
  • Drywall
  • Soundproof tiles
  • Lag bolts
  • Hospital curtains (optional)

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