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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Do not place a room divider where it can block the airflow to a room.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Make sure heavy room dividers like bookshelves are securely anchored to the permanent walls of the room.
  • 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.
  • FACT: In Japan, the term shoji refers to a paper screen or paper sliding door.

You Will Need

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

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