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Ideas for separating a large bedroom?

Our ski house has an extra large bedroom which currently contains 4 beds. We would like to separate it into 2 more private sleeping areas but aren't sure of the best way. It has beautiful hardwood floors that we don't want to damage as someday we may want to put it back to large bedroom. It has 1 door - which leads you to the middle of the room.

Should we use furniture?? Or build a temporary wall??? Has anyone else had a similar project??


Re: Ideas for separating a large bedroom?

Can you use curtains? You can get curtain wire and hangars from Ikea that work like hospital curtains.
Or separate the space with bookcases; cover the backs with something nice looking and you can use them for storage.

Re: Ideas for separating a large bedroom?

Put up a wall. Add door(s) as required and don't sweat the floor.

Re: Ideas for separating a large bedroom?

If you build a wall, enlarge the middle entrance door to accommodate two doors (one leading to each room) and wall space (door, wall, door). If you return the space to one room, the “door, wall, door” can be replaced by a wide double door like a French door, or a barn door type application. However, make sure each bedroom door is large enough to move furniture in and out.

You can also use a barn door system or doors that slide from a ceiling track to divide the room, but the barn doors usually require some portion of a wall be built. Make sure the ceiling can structurally support the weight if you hang anything directly from a ceiling tract.

Search on Pinterest for “barn doors in the house” to get ideas.


Re: Ideas for separating a large bedroom?

Dividers - if complete privacy and sound are not required.

Re: Ideas for separating a large bedroom?

Visual privacy for the sake of modesty is relatively easy. Sound privacy requires a substantial wall with even the tiniest gap caulked shut and sound insulation in the walls. Don't forget about where the heat ducts or devices are located. Each area will need its own heat source, especially in a ski area.

Re: Ideas for separating a large bedroom?

It is relatively easy to build a 'temporary' wall between both sides. Incorporate a door (or two) as you please. First consideration is safety- both parts will need at least one emergency egress window each. Next is HVAC and lighting considerations, with the lighting probably the biggest issue if the existing room has but one switch. If you must, one side could be lit with lamps; not 'code' but a workable solution. For the wall itself:

So that the existing floors aren't hurt, lay down old carpeting face down and build on top of that. Be sure the carpet is clean as there will be some movement and dirt will grind into the finish as that occurs. Build it like an upside-down wall but remember- this space is shorter so the studs will have to be trimmed to fit. Lay a plate down and stand on it. Hook your tape under it then extend to the ceiling. Deduct for plates, add 1/16" for tightness, and that's your stud length. Add doorways as needed etc. Double the bottom plate lapping any joints so that it acts as one solid piece. Make sure no nails protrude into the flooring undrneath! Toe-nail or screw it into the baseboards on each end; that will hold it's position. Tack a single top plate in position (or have a helper hold it) using a few nails into the sheetrock above to keep in in position. Toe-nail into the plates at each end. Jam the studs in and proceed as if a normal wall from there. To create a door way in the wall you'll need to leave room at the bottom by using a single plate in that area (remember that only the ends are secured so you can't take everything out). Diagonally cross-rip a 2X4 to place on either side creating a 'ramp' to eliminate tripping hazards (not to code but should be OK in actual use) and tack these well to the plate (watch that you miss the floor!) The extra 1/16 stud length should 'wedge' the wall firmly enough to prevent movement. If not you may need to shim a few studs tighter. Apply preferred wall covering (paneling for cheap and easy or sheetrock for 'nice') on at least one side for privacy. When removed later on, the only repairs needed will be a few holes in the sheetrock ceiling and top plate and the ones in the baseboard at the ends. There can be no utilities (wiring, HVAC, or plumbing) in this wall, nor can there be any shelves or heavy objects attached that can push or pull on it.

And remember- this does not "meet code" even though it works well- I've done office and warehouse space like this that lasted past 2 years with no problems and in a home there will be less stress on it. We always made sure to refer to these as "Temporary construction partitions" or "Storage partitions" so that there was no implication that they were legal walls, what happened after we left wasn't up to them ;)


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