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.