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#1 of 10 Old 12-05-2008, 01:28 AM - Thread Starter
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Hey! Thinking of moving into a one bedrom condo with two adults, a toddler and another baby on the way. I think we could do it if we really try some space saving techniques.

I'm just wondering, if there is a room that I want to divide into two....does anyone have any good ideas (places, companies, links) for moveable walls, temporary walls, curtains etc?


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I think these are cool, from Ikea
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you could do a curtain on a hospital track, so it's floor-to-ceiling, and i think you can get that at the hardware store. can you sew?
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These curtain wires from IKEA night work for you. I was going to use some in DS's room to create a separate play area, but have never gotten around to it.

Another idea is to use shelving to divide a room. We did this for a while in our last apartment to separate the living area from the office area. To make the shelving movable, you could always put it on some heavy duty, lockable casters. These shelves from IKEA might do the trick: I can picture it filled with little cube-shaped baskets for storage and a few vases or frames with family photos.
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Are you by chance in New York City? This is big business here. LOTS of people do it, and it works well. I like the walls that have some frosted windows so that you don't end up w/a windowless living room. Is this a rental? I'm assuming you don't want to do permanent work, correct?

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ETA: Doh, I see you're in Chicago. I imagine this is not terribly uncommon there either, though you're certainly quite as squished as those in Manhattan.
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I love this shelf and have been thinking about getting it to separate my living area from the kitchen, as is, it's one ginormous room and I hate it... but I have been hesitant to use a shelf because I have a rowdy two year old. Do you think it's sturdy enough to have around kids? I don't think DS would try to climb it, I just worry about him bumping into it more than anything.
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Well -- it came with anchors and bolts .. so mine is attached to the wall.

I think you could also attach it from the side as well.
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The company that my friend used is 1 wall 2 rooms.
I heard they where professional, curtious.
You can read a review at this website:
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We used the Expedit bookcase at our old place to separate a large bedroom into chunks-- the room was L-shaped so we divided it into three small squares, with the expedit dividing the office from the play area, and the kids' dresser dividing their bed from the office. We had baskets with their toys, and books, on the lower shelves, and my husbands' books on the higher shelves. My little one was 1.5-2.5 and my older 4.5-5.5 when we lived there. We used the wall-attachment.
Here are pics of the play area we had. In the first pic you can see the edge of the dresser, and the kids' bed is over in that corner. The office is in the corner formed by the bookshelf and dresser.
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