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The Smart Approach to Using Room Dividers

Even if you are not claustrophobic, you probably feel uncomfortable with a large floor plan. Meanwhile, an open space is far from being useful for a home or office. The room dividers can solve this problem in a flash without any expensive wall building.

 

4 Types of Room Dividers

Room dividers come in all shapes and sizes. Some of them are DIY while others require a professional approach.

  1. Curtain dividers slide open or closed. They require a piece of fabric or strings of beads and a curtain rod, which can be installed right near the ceiling or a foot below depending on your needs.
  2. Sliding dividers are similar to sliding closet doors. They are built-in and sturdy. Special niches can be provided in the walls to accommodate the open dividers. They come in a variety of materials, including wood and glass.
  3. Folding dividers are versatile. They can be used anywhere in the house and folded in the corner or even closet when not in use. These dividers are easy to install. They are usually lightweight and not very sturdy.
  4. Structural dividers involve using furniture to section off the room spaces. They include bookshelves, sofas, and cabinets. Such dividers save space since no extra materials are needed to make them.

 

Why Install Room Dividers?

The obvious answer is to section off separate spaces in a large room. Room dividers are a common choice for people who have small apartments or homes with large open spaces. As the family grows bigger, large rooms can be divided into smaller sections to create private space for each family member. In addition, room dividers can create a special space for hobbyists, who require privacy for drawing, sewing, embroidering, doing puzzles, etc. Many people, who work at home, can appreciate sectioning off a private area for their computer desks.

  1. Décor

The dividers can be a wonderful complement to any room’s décor. For example, folding screens come in a variety of colors so they can brighten up any room beside making extra space. People, who live in studio apartments, appreciate the versatility of the screens that help them create a certain ambiance without too many expenses.

Room dividers can make a great addition to the office décor as well. Sliding doors can section off work area or executive’s office without extensive construction work.

  1. Privacy

Most of the time, people don’t need a thick wall to enjoy their privacy. They can readily settle for a wall that keeps the others from looking inside. Room dividers don’t factor out the noise but they can certainly give a person the much-needed feeling of privacy. Curtains are wonderful room dividers for various businesses, such as small boutiques and tailoring shops.

Folding screens can be a good choice for a doctor’s office or hospitals. Meanwhile, sliding room dividers are perfect for homes and offices.

  1. Concealment

Room dividers are often used to conceal something inside the room, such as some unsightly things. Folding screens can do a great job doing just that. Meanwhile, sliding wall panels can conceal a bad wall design or hide a wall safe or a mirror. Such panels and screens can also camouflage a window in order not to have the neighbors looking in.

  1. Organization

Room dividers can be perfect for business owners, who need to organize space. In most cases, an office has a large room with no dividers. Sometimes, the dividers are installed in the way that doesn’t suit the needs of a new office owner.

Sliding screens, wall panels, and folding screens are a great choice for office décor. They can be used to section off space for storage or create cubicles for employees. The room dividers allow the imagination to run wild while offering a variety of choices.

The best part about the room dividers is that they can be custom made. You don’t have to be the one to give up and take the home or office space as it is. The dividers can make you enjoy your dream room to the fullest extent.

7 Tips To Help Secure Your Sliding Doors

Keeping the house secure is one of the most common problems homeowners face. While interior sliding doors usually don’t need to be locked, the front or back doors require a bit more attention. Below we share the important tips that can keep your worries at bay and make your home as secure as a fortified castle.

  1. Check the Built-in Lock

Most sliding doors, even the interior ones, come with a lock. Usually, such lock or latch is located inside the handle. This lock keeps the door securely attached to the frame. Before going further to fortify your door, make sure that this lock is operational. Lock the door and try pulling as hard as you can to open it. If the door slides even a little bit, it means that the lock is not doing the job. You can address the issue by contacting the manufacturer for a replacement or hiring a professional to fix the problem.

  1. Apply Window Film

Glass doors are a great way to enjoy the daylight. While allowing the light to come in, they are also letting the burglars know what’s going on inside your house. If you don’t want them to give them a hand in finding a way to get in, keep their eyes out. If your sliding door is made out of transparent glass, apply a window film to make it a little harder to peek inside. Besides making it tougher to see through the glass, the film makes it shatter-proof. So even if your doors are made out of tinted glass, window film can still help keep the burglars out.

  1. Install Alarms

One of the best ways to make your sliding door, or any door for that matter, secure is to install alarms. There are special alarms that react to the sound of the glass breaking. If you also install a surveillance camera, the alarms can set it off so everything that goes on can be recorded.

Another type of alarms reacts to the windows or doors being opened. It won’t help if the glass is shattered but will call for help if someone forces the door open.

  1. Install a Locking Rod

Many sliding doors come with slide-locking rods. If your door doesn’t, you can install it on your own. A wooden dowel or a metal bar installed into the tracks can keep the door from being opened even if the burglars manage to open the lock.

  1. Don’t Forget About Regular Maintenance

Make sure to check your door on a regular basis. Sliding doors often have plastic rollers that can become damaged over time. If you see that the door is not sliding as smoothly as it used to, the tracks might be dirty. You need to pull the door from the track and clean whatever dirt settles there. If the problem persists, consider adjusting the rollers.

  1. Buy an Additional Lock

The locks and latches the door comes with might not be sturdy enough to withstand forceful pulling. Consider buying commercial locks to add security to your sliding doors. They can either be an addition to the built-in latch or come as a more secure replacement.

  1. Buy a New Door

If cleaning, adjusting, and adding locks doesn’t work, perhaps the time has come to replace your old sliding door. Unless your door and the frame are made out of high-quality materials, they can wear out over time.

How to Paint an Interior Door on Your Own

Whether you are moving into a new house or looking for ways to freshen up your old one, painting doors should be on your top-10 list. Interior doors take a lot of beating since they work without weekends. The paint can get cracked, chipped and just outright dirty. While hiring a specialist to paint your interior door is an easy way out, it’s also an expensive one. You can do just fine painting the doors on your own. In the worst-case scenario, you won’t like the result and pick up the phone to get professional assistance.

Before whipping out the paint and the brush, you need to prepare your door for painting:

  • If you are planning to take the door down before painting, it’s a smart idea. It’s always easier to paint a flat door than a hanging one.
  • Take off the knobs and handles. If you take the door down, remove the hinges as well.
  • Use a sander to smooth imperfections on the door surface.
  • Clean the door with a vacuum cleaner, wipe it with a wet cloth and allow it to dry.

Now that the door is clean, the next step is priming. This step is relevant if your door hasn’t been pre-primed or painted before. If your door was painted with an oil-based paint and you are planning to use a latex paint, you need to prime it as well.

  • Priming is done using the same order as painting (from edges to horizontal rails)
  • If you have new wooden doors, which were primed beforehand, consider priming top and bottom edges, which are often left unprimed by the manufacturer.

Now, the time has come to take out the paint and brushes. Depending on your preferences, you can use either a brush or a roller or both. If you’ve never painted a door before, it would be better to purchase both. Rollers are great for flat surfaces while brushes are good for uneven ones.

You can paint the door straight out (top to bottom or side to side). However, you can consider a more interesting approach that will allow the paint to dry well all over the surface. If you have a classic six-panel door, considering using the following order:

  • Paint the edges and the cavities/holes for knobs handles and hinges
  • Paint the verticals strips on the sides of the doors
  • Paint the vertical strip in the center
  • Paint the horizontal rails
  • Paint the door panels

After applying the first coat, you need to allow the paint to dry before the second one. Depending on the type of the paint you are using, it takes a certain amount of time to dry.

  • Latex paint is the fast drying option. It’s also the most commonly used paint for interior doors. You can apply the second coat after about 4 hours
  • Oil-based paint is more durable than latex but it takes longer to apply while being harder to clean up. You have to wait 24 hours before applying the next coat.

Make sure to reduce the humidity to a minimum when waiting for the paint to dry. Close all the windows, turn on the air conditioner, and plug in a fan.

Once both coats are ready, flip the door and repeat. If you are doing the job while the door is hanging, you can do both sides simultaneously.

As you can see, painting a door is as easy as pie. Once you get the first one done, you’ll see how much easier the next painting process will be. Good luck and have fun!

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