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How To Partition Spaces Without Using Walls

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How To Partition Spaces Without Using Walls

Walls are a building block in the development of a building, a gymkhana, a mall or an apartment. They play an important role in supporting a gigantic building. A wall is a structure that defines an area, carries a load and provides shelter. There are different types of wall:

  • Defensive walls in fortifications
  • Walls in buildings that form a fundamental part of the superstructure separate interior sections, sometimes for fire safety
  • Retaining walls, which hold back dirt, stone, water, or noise sound
  • Walls that protect from oceans (seawalls) or rivers (levees)
  • Permanent, solid fences
  • Border barriers between countries
  • Brick wall
  • Precast wall
  • Stonewall
  • Glass wall (only when most of the wall, in smaller amounts it is called a window)
  • Doors are mobile walls on hinges which open to form a gateway

In ancient times, to protect a kingdom from attacks walls were used as a barrier to prohibit the entry of the rivals. Walls are also metaphorically used in a Pink Floyd album to represent isolation of their protagonist. For a fact, in a real-life example, the Berlin Wall, constructed by the Soviet Union to divide Berlin into NATO and Warsaw Pact zones of occupation, became a worldwide symbol of oppression and isolation.

Walls are normally used to divide or partition the spaces inside a society, or an apartment or some workspace. It is the most important architectural element used to partition a room, living area. It becomes mediocre enough to use a wall to divide a space in today’s contemporary houses.

Let’s go through some innovative and crazy ideas on how to demarcate the spaces without using the ordinary way of separating.

  • These folding screens take up a little visual weight. They are also on casters, making them easy to move around.
    Folding Thin Wooden Screens
  • Use wallpaper to signal the “end” of one room and the start of another.

Wallpapered Side Wall

  • Using a series of stacked Expedite shelves to create a functional entryway with lots of storage.

series of stacked Expedite shelves

  • Instead of visually closing things off, play with different levels within a room instead. This child’s room, with its elevated bed.

Elevated Bed in Child Bedroom

  • Even without a nook, curtains can split a room in half.

Without a nook, curtains can split a room in half

  • Narrow walls are sometimes all you need, and mirrored ones keep the space light and feeling open.

Narrow Spitted Walls

  • A pony wall keeps spaces more open but provides enough of a barrier.

pony wall

  • Your headboard can do double-duty as a wall, turning one space into two.


  • And lastly, outdoor spaces can be flexible too, as with these freestanding green walls, from Studio Pepe, that create an intimate seating area while entertaining.

Outdoor Spaces Area

  • Create a furniture vignette. A cluster of pieces clearly intended for a specific purpose can help define that space.

furniture vignette

  • Don’t let walls dictate furniture placement. Lining walls with furniture are often the instinct, but it’s also often the worst way to strategically divide a space.

Lining walls with furniture

  • Rugs, the classic space definers. Both small and large spaces require the division of space, The rug here clearly outlines the living area as distinct from the dining area. Also note the way the back of the couch faces the dining table, further and strongly underscoring the separateness of the spaces. The same technique is used in the lead image.

Wooden Theme Living Space

  • Bookshelves as “walls.” Another way to divide space without building walls is to create your own walls with bookshelves, the white shelves effectively separate the bedroom from the living area, yet blend effortlessly with the decor and don’t block the light from the large windows in the sleeping area.

Bookshelves as walls

  • A Transparent, Glassy Division!
  • The extensive use of glass in contemporary homes is no coincidence. Its transparent, brilliant presence gives a room dominated by stone, concrete, and wood both textural and visual contrast. Glass partitions and sliding glass doors are a perfect way to organize and separate a large room into a smaller area without creating an opaque obstacle.

There are numerous ways of designing your apartment, living space, bedroom, workspace and other space without following the ordinary way of using walls to separate the available spaces. Our Bangalore’s interior designers have evolved with many innovative and creative ideas to not squander the available spaces. So before you commit any mistake by constructing a wall and waste the space in your room go through the articles available on the internet or contact an interior designer to make your room look innovative and royal!




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