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« on: December 21, 2010 10:19:21 PM »

I would like to find a good way to separate our large living area through semi-permanent/permanent means.  Right now, it's pretty much this long rectangle with absolutely no complete wall separations.  (See pic)  I'm willing to construct new walls if necessary, but I don't want to make things seem too crowded.  

It just looks really tacky with the dining table between the tv/couch and pool table.  I don't want to move the couch to the middle because the flow of traffic would cut right between the couch and the tv.  The pool table also seems perfect in the far corner because that's also where the large sliding glass door is.  The place isn't that big, so I feel like constructing rooms may make the place look smaller.  I'm also willing to get a smaller dining table to a 4 seater.
I would LOVE to get some ideas on this.  I've been saving up money to fix this place up and really want to do this, but have absolutely no idea as to what I should do. :/

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« Reply #1 on: December 31, 2010 09:13:33 AM »

I had the same problem in my bedroom/craft room/library. I needed a way to divide it up, rather than walking in and being overwhelmed by what seemed to be random crap everywhere.

Do you have any tall book shelves? What about those stack-able cubes made of wire (http://www.concordsupplies.com/_webcache/saf5279bl_1_1.jpg)? If you stacked those up high, or used tall bookshelves, all along the back of the couch (facing the dining room table, but not extending in to the walk way), you would create a "wall", that is both useful and temporary.

You could also hang a curtain, by either putting hooks into your ceiling (you could find some old vintage looking ones!) and using large eyelets, or by putting a track in, so the curtains slide, though the track, in my opinion, would be more work.
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« Reply #2 on: January 02, 2011 05:55:16 AM »

Why not move your dining room to not be between the entertainment stuff? Then put up large bookshelves behind the table or couch to visually break up the space:

couch, tv, pool table VS. dining room.

Or, there is an awesome post here somewhere under completed projects where this lady put up several sheers around her exercise equipment and created a secondary room. It really looked nice!

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2011 12:03:53 AM »

I agree that it makes more sense to have the dinning area next to the kitchen and the entertainment stuff separate.  You can use the couch and other furniture to block out paths so that the natural path of travel isn't between the couch and the TV.

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Or buy an entertainment unit and use it as a room divider to separate out the dinning area.  If the back isn't a pretty as you would like try finding some nice home dec fabric and making panel to hang on the back.  Keep them light colored to help make the room more airy.  If the dinning area seems small try hanging a large mirror on the back wall.  That should help some. 


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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2011 05:23:20 PM »

I have this http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80208652
I always thought it would be great for sectioning off a room, plus great for storage!

« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2011 02:20:44 PM »

You could make wood screens or use fabric curtains as a divider between rooms as well. I have two books on making room divider type screens. Making and Decorating Stylish Screens:30 Beautiful Projects by Katherine Duncan Aimone and Screen Works: Practical and Insporational Ideas for Making and Using Screens In the Home by Marion Elliot. I love looking at the ideas in these books.


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