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Whether you live in a small studio or a spacious family home, chances are, many of your spaces are doing triple duty these days. They’re now our gyms, our offices, and the center of our social lives, too—often meaning that even sizable spaces are feeling more cramped than ever.
Room dividers have become a popular way to delineate spaces in a way that doesn’t sacrifice style, but actually adds panache and elegance to your home. These practical and aesthetically pleasing folding screens come in a range of sizes, styles, and at different price points, and we’ve rounded up the best of the best, providing you with 10 smart and stylish ways to slice up your space.
Best Room Dividers
What to Consider
There are a number of factors at play before you can make a sound decision on a room divider. Keep the following in mind and you’ll be on your way to making an excellent choice.
Size: If you want to just block out a small distraction from your line of vision, you’re not going to need an 8-foot-long screen. But if noise and general privacy are your top considerations, go big. Think carefully about your needs and the size of your space before selecting a divider, and make sure to measure your space before making a purchase.
design: Depending on your age, the aesthetic of your home, and where the screen will go, the desired design will be quite different. A painted screen may look great in an otherwise minimalist home, but it may overwhelm spaces with patterned furniture, or could be distracting in a space that’s being used as an office.
Additional features: Some screens also feature shelves, while others block out sound or sunlight.
How We Evaluated
We thought of all of the different reasons people might need screens for their home, school, and work lives. We also kept different aesthetics, space, and budget needs in mind. We surveyed the market, consulted professional designers, and read through hundreds of product reviews to come up with our top picks.
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Panel Wood Frame Divider
- Dimensions (W x H): 70 x 69.2 inches
- Weight: 20 pounds
- Fabric: Pine, MDF, non-woven fabric
- Special Features: Folds flat for storage, fully assembled on delivery
This Giyano four-panel room divider will work well in contemporary, modern, rustic, and traditional settings. It features an intricate mosaic MDF board design, backed by high-quality non-woven fabric, and framed in solid pine wood. It arrives fully assembled, and is light enough for most adults to move and set up without assistance.
When not in use, this screen will fold flat for storage. Each panel is 17.3 by 0.8 by 70 inches, and the four panels combine to create a sizable screen perfect for dividing up larger spaces.
- Great bang for your buck
- versatile style
- Comes in three colors
- If the screen gets torn, it’s tough to repair
Best Beachy Style
Handwoven Bamboo Room Divider
- Dimensions (WxH): 97.4 x 70.9 inches
- Weight: 14.4 pounds
- Fabric: Bamboo
- Special Features: 5 bamboo frame panels with two-way hinges, folds into compact size for storage
This intricate handwoven bamboo screen features diamond design patterns, giving its otherwise neutral look a pop of style. The foldable panel screen is 8 feet long and 6 feet high when fully extended, making it a helpful addition to large open spaces. The five panels have two-way hinges, which means it’s easy to fold in either direction.
The elegant but natural-looking panel would look great in farmhouse-style living rooms, bedrooms, and offices, but isn’t recommended for outdoor use. The bamboo it’s made of is both eco-friendly and highly renewable, and factors into the screen’s light 14.4-pound weight.
- Ideal for large spaces
- Some say it has a strong smell initially
Tiered Cecilia Screen
- Dimensions (WxH): 49 x 72 inches
- Weight: 25 pounds
- Fabric: Hand-upholstered solid pine frame
- Special Features: handcrafted
This three-paneled tiered screen comes in several solid colors (including sand, white, dove gray, mauve), patterns (paradis abstrait, petit jardin, dune), and fabrics (plain weave, textured weave, velvet).
The distinctive screen will add a mod touch to any home, and design enthusiasts will dig its top-quality frame, handcrafted upholstery, and six brass metal hinges. The screen works as an elegant space divider for large and small spaces, and the solid construction means it will block sound too. The curved panels and staggered height also make it a gorgeous backdrop when not in use as a room divider.
- Versatile design
- Eye-catching shape
Best With Shelves
White Breault Panel Folding Room Divider
- Dimensions (WxH): 64 x 67 inches
- Weight: 32 pounds
- Fabric: Manufactured wood
- Special Features: Comes with nine shelves
This stylish four-panel wooden room divider comes in white and natural wood shades. It has nine shelves with a maximum weight capacity of 22 pounds, so you can display knickknacks, plants, picture frames, or books without worrying about it toppling.
When it’s not in use, the room divider can be easily folded up and stowed away. This versatile divider will work in living or office space, and its six durable hinges allow you to change the direction of the panel as needed.
- Shelves make it versatile
- fully assembled
Best Single Panel
Walnut Lapierre Single Panel Divider
- Dimensions (WxH): 38 x 68 inches
- Weight: 9 pounds
- Fabric: Cotton, bamboo, metal
- Special Features: Floor-to-ceiling design
This room divider is quite different than the usual accordion-style space slicers. This Bay Isle divider features floor-to-ceiling design with two vertical tension rods—which expand up to 120 inches in length—to hold it in place.
Because the divider is a little north of 3 feet wide, it will work best in smaller spaces—or you may want to consider getting more than one. The privacy panel does require some assembly, but it’s manageable. It should also be noted that the panel itself can be moved up or down, making the look and privacy level customizable.
- Easy to assemble
- Can be used outside (on porch)
Best Shoji Style
Panels Room Divider
- Dimensions (WxH): 52 x 71 inches (for three panels)
- Weight: 16.8 pounds
- Fabric: White shoji rice paper, wood frame
- Special Features: Two-way hinges, comes in multiple sizes and colors
Shoji-style doors and screens are traditional to Japan. They feature latticework wooden frames, and tough but translucent white paper that diffuses light. This room divider comes in multiple colors, include black, white, and red, and multiple sizes, from three panels on up to eight.
This functional and attractive piece will meld well with a wide variety of home design styles, and features brass two-way hinges that fold in both directions. This divider will beautifully divide up large and small spaces, and multiple units can be used together.
- classic design
Best Curtain Panel
Aanya Hanging Room Divider
- Dimensions (WxH): 100 x 84 inches
- Weight: 6 pounds
- Fabric: Polyester
- Special Features: Reduces noise, creates broad privacy zone
If you need a serious dose of privacy in your living space, this hanging room divider might be your best option. The polyester curtain comes in charcoal, gray, pearl, stone, and white, and fits any curtain rod up to 1.5 inches in diameter. (The rod is sold separately). This panel is a great find for studio apartments, dorm rooms, and anywhere you need flexibility and privacy.
While this polyester curtain won’t win awards in the looks department, it gets the job done, is affordable, and earns bonus points for also reducing noise.
- reduce noise
Best Portable Office Divider
Indoor Portable Room Divider
- Dimensions (WxH): 102 x 71.3 inches
- Weight: 12.13 pounds
- Fabric: Polyester, steel
- Special Features: Lightweight, easy to clean
If you’re looking for a lightweight and versatile room divider, this model is a great option. It isn’t the most aesthetically pleasing model out there, but it’s perfectly functional, made with water-resistant polyester and opaque cloth that can be used to block sunlight. This divider would work well in offices or casual family rooms that need to be portioned up.
The frames and the cloth on this divider are built to last, and while it has to be assembled, it’s easy to do so. Once put together, it’s easy to move around, and features three flexible dividing panels. When not in use, it can be folded up and stored.
- Can block sunlight
Most Artistic Design
Parisian Street Room Divider
- Dimensions (WxH): 48 x 71 inches
- Weight: 13 pounds
- Fabric: Poly-cotton blend canvas, wood frame
- Special Features: Colorful street scenes
If a trip to Paris is off the table, but you’re still craving a transatlantic escape, this room divider is worth checking out. The sturdy, well-made three-panel divider showcases beautiful and colorful street scenes from Paris. The lightweight and portable screen serves as a privacy protector and a decorative accent at once. This screen—which features prints on both sides—would work well in a dorm room or family room. The panel exudes a vintage feel, and its canvas fabric is tough and durable.
- Budget-friendly option
Six-Panel Room Divider
- Dimensions (WxH): 98.4 x 66 inches
- Weight: 16.3 pounds
- Fabric: Wood
- Special Features: Six panels that fold 360 degrees
This classic wooden room divider will work in traditional, farmhouse, and rustic spaces. The six-paneled divider will elegantly slice and dice your living space, with two-way hinges making it easy to arrange at different angles. It is formaldehyde-free, eco-safe, non-toxic, and durable, and its 16.3-pound weight makes it easy to move, despite its size. When it is not in use, it can be folded up and stored. Minor assembly is required. Esright also provides excellent customer service if anything goes wrong.
- Some assembly is required
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