Shopping for Room Dividers

A folding display screen is beneficial for dividing area, however it might accomplish that rather more.

“It really is a great way to bring in scale, texture, artistry or a decorative moment,” mentioned Thom Filicia, the New York-based inside designer.

Screens, he famous, are basically pop-up structure.

Mr. Filicia makes use of them to separate varied seating areas in a single massive area, or to melt the corners of a room. He makes use of them to cover ugly heating and air-conditioning tools, and to border or emphasize furnishings, mirrors and artwork. And he has used them to create privateness in glass-walled flats.

While room dividers have been as soon as de rigueur in professionally designed interiors, they’re rather less frequent at this time. But Mr. Filicia thinks they’re due for a pandemic-driven comeback.

“Now that everyone’s doing home offices, I think screens are really going to go through a renaissance,” he mentioned, as a result of they’re a super approach to create some bodily separation between work and leisure. “Our personal spaces are becoming more multifunctional.”

How tall ought to a room divider be? That will depend on the place you intend to make use of it. Tall screens could be spectacular, however Mr. Filicia has used screens as little as 30 inches excessive to hide vents beneath a window.

Is an upholstered display screen a good suggestion? It’s a chance to make use of cloth with a ravishing texture or sample, Mr. Filicia mentioned, and it might additionally enhance the acoustics of an echoey room.

Should a room divider be opaque? If the objective is full privateness, sure, however semitransparent screens are sometimes a more sensible choice. “They’re sort of like lingerie for the room,” Mr. Filicia mentioned. “You’re seeing through them, but you’re not seeing everything.”

Betty Room Divider Screen

Upholstered display screen with panels of various sizes

$640 at ABC Carpet & Home: 646-602-3101 or

Blink Screen

Steel display screen with mirrored panels by Yabu Pushelberg

$2,200 at Stellar Works: 646-606-3760 or

Roma Room Divider Screen

Iron display screen with woven banana-leaf panels

$349 at Urban Outfitters: 800-282-2200 or

Anaise Cane Room Divider Screen

Black-stained wood-and-cane display screen with arched panels

$549 at Crate & Barrel: 800-967-6696 or

Venier Screen

Leather-and-metal display screen by Sebastian Herkner

About $7,700 at 1stdibs:

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