How to divide a room into three separate areas?

by Ya
Living/dining combo is 12x24, and I need to have the tv/living area, the dining table, and a small office area. I want the office area blocked off somehow so I don't have to see it all the time - any ideas?

  8 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Jun 20, 2018

    hang a curtain from the ceiling, use a room divider

    • Ya Ya on Jun 20, 2018

      That's a great idea - I have a really cool printed curtain set that might just work!

  • Gk Gk on Jun 20, 2018

    Can you make or install floor to ceiling bookshelves? It would separate the space and you could leave the bookshelves open on both sides or you could back one side of the bookshelves to close it off. You could arrange the bookcases in such a way that there is a large doorway space for flow from one area to the next in the 12 x 24 space. As for a small office--do you have a closet you can convert into a small office area so you could close the door when not in use. I think that if you divide a 12 x 24 space into two sections--giving you two 12 x 12 spaces--adding an office area would make it too crowded once you add your furniture.

    • Ya Ya on Jun 20, 2018

      I wish I had a closet big enough, but I love the bookcase idea!

  • Sharon Sharon on Jun 20, 2018

    I used a row of tall bookcase to block off an office area, and I wallpapered the backs of them with grasscloth to make it attractive. If this is with kids, I would bolt them to the ceiling joists to prevent tip over,, they have these long steel bolts with screws on both ends.

    • Ya Ya on Jun 20, 2018

      I love the idea of wallpapering the backs of a bookcase. Thanks!

  • Eroque022810 Eroque022810 on Jun 20, 2018

    OK so a rectangle. How big is your dining table and what shape and do you have a hutch or any other thing that will go into dining area and do you really eat in it or do you eat in the kitchen or on the sofa? I asl because we don't use our dining room at all but I have an eat in kitchen which sometimes gets used mostly eat in front of tv. Next do you have big bulky sofa and love seat or a sectional? Howhat long is it and must it face a certain way? Where exactly is your kitchen locsted? Is it excess from dining area? OK so many questions because in order to help you we need more details. In the meantime though I will assume a straightforward rectangle with kitchen off of dining room. Oh and I have no idea of window placement so take that into account as well. OK I would place office area in the front hopefully windows their the reason is that it's off of the entrance and creates a border you don't just fall into living room. You can place a low book case by the entrance to block it off. Then place your desk centered on the wall facing the street. You can place your printer and filing cabinet along the outer wall by the windows. Now this doesn't block it off as much as you may want but a screen or book shelves take up space. You don't have space to waste. I would then place the sofa to have its back towards the desk creating a barrier visually and physically to desk area. That way you really have to be nosey to look at your dedk. Continue placing tv and chairs or a lives eat across from sofa to we'll box it in and allow a flow into dining area. Hopefully you have a 4 seat table, nothing large. If it's a 6 seater place the length way to be perpendicular to the 12 foot wall. You should be able to walk around it. OK well I hope that helps and makes sense.

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 20, 2018

    IKEA has a book case series called KALLAX... there is one option with a desk attached.. and there are drawer and door options to insert into the cells for more function... fill others with books or accessories

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  • Ya Ya on Jun 20, 2018

    Thanks so much! I think furniture placement is really going to be key. I'll have to play around with placement - good thing I've invested in a couple sets of furniture sliders lol.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Jun 20, 2018

    Arrange your furniture in 3 separate areas with distinct functions. Use tall furniture between sections like book cases or etageres.

  • Ya Ya on Jun 21, 2018

    Great idea!