How can I use a dresser as a room divider?

Nita Jones
by Nita Jones

I need to divide an area for a bed and dresser in a living room. My plan is to use the dresser facing the bed but need idea to make the back side appealing as it will be facing the living room area. Any ideas

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  • Trudi Trudi on Nov 22, 2018

    A room divider would work, even a piece of plywood. You can get two 2x2's in the height you need to go from floor to ceiling, then attach plywood to them. Cover each side to compliment the room it is facing.

  • Beth Beth on Nov 22, 2018

    You could try putting a decorative wallpaper on the back of the dresser or decoupaging it. I bet that would look great!

  • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Nov 22, 2018

    Cover by stapling material to match your décor and trim over the staples with braid,(this can be glued with hot melt glue).

    Or back with wood strips that have been stained different shades of colour again to go with your décor.

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    • Sal3170064 Sal3170064 on Nov 25, 2018

      Yes you could put padding behind with wadding staple on before covering. Then when covered you can use a staple to make it look like a headboard effect, then stick on covered buttons with hot melt glue.

  • Chalkboard paint and write an inspirational message on the back of the dresser .

    • Nita Jones Nita Jones on Nov 24, 2018

      Thanks so much for this idea...I love inspirational quotes and love working with chalk as a medium for art work.

  • Pat Pat on Nov 23, 2018

    How about finding a bookcase the same size or slightly bigger to put up to the back of the dresser? Or could you arrange your furniture so the couch backs up to the dresser?

    • Nita Jones Nita Jones on Nov 24, 2018

      Thank you suggesting the book case or couch ideas. They are both very viable solutions I had not thought of. The dresser has a mirror do if using the couch I will need to cover the back of mirror. Maybe with another mirror above the couch or a piece of art work .All these great ideas....Thank you again.

  • Alice Alice on Nov 24, 2018

    Beadboard is easy to apply with either construction adhesive or small brads.

  • Nic Nic on Nov 26, 2018

    I'm wondering if it would be appropriate to turn the dresser around so that it backs up to the bed, like a footboard, with the front facing the living area you have planned. I don't know if it's feasible for the person using the bedroom/dresser to have to go around to access the dresser drawers but it's always interesting to play around with placement. You could then coordinate the back of the dresser with the bedroom area by painting it in a coordinating color, hanging pictures (or a framed mirror or some clothing pegs) on the back of the dresser and snuggling some pillows up against the back of the dresser. Then you could use the top of the dresser to for living room decor (candles, ceramics, plants, framed photos/art, etc.) and make the dresser seem more like a fancy sideboard.