"You gotta keep em' separated"

Deepest apologies for the outdated Offspring reference in the title. Today we're discussing room separation and I couldn't get that song, (which is etched into most of my memories from middle school), out of my head. Yesterday we took a trip down to our basement where I shared some new built-in shelves  and we're going to stay down there again today! Our L-shaped basement is our go-to place for family time, (see a full tour of this room on our Spaces page). But, it's also where our guest room is! We are so grateful to have a little place for guests to stay, but I wanted to make the spot feel a little more private since it's technically out in the open. 

To create a bit of separation I hung 4 sheer white panels of IKEA TERESIA curtains using two DIGNITET curtain wires attached to the wall.

As seen on IKEA's site:

These were really simple to hang once I understood the instructions, which were par for IKEA. I mean, with IKEA instruction manuals, the whole righty-tighty, lefty-loosey rule goes right out the window. Basic instincts mean nothing, am I right?! All in all, I am so pleased with this solution for a bit of division in our basement. It's not intrusive but rather adds to the aesthetic when you're down there looking from one room to another. And when guests have stayed we've already heard how nice it's been to draw the curtains closed for bedtime!

Another view of how it's attached to the wall. The wire line has remained nice and tight, (despite the kids swinging the curtains back and forth daily).

Let's take a little peek around, shall we?

Fun tip: Turn a large, unused bookcase over on it's side and use it as a sideboard! A tension rod hangs a curtain to hide our unattractive extra office supplies and devices, and the vertical 'cubbies' on either end stash off-season pillows.

And if you wanted to get really technical here, that 'curtain' is actually a pair of standard pillowcases! I loved the cross pattern that echos the Swiss Cross rug I made for the sofa area on the other side of the room.

 

 

 

  With the curtains in place, I was able to create a small sitting area at the foot of the bed with some family pieces - a rocking chair from my husbands side and an original painting by my grandmother.

With the curtains in place, I was able to create a small sitting area at the foot of the bed with some family pieces - a rocking chair from my husbands side and an original painting by my grandmother.

One last curtain call!

This particular project really satisfied my wish to create a cozier, more peaceful spot for visitors. What are some other ideas you've seen to create room division in one large space?

Thank you all so much for stopping by! (and our guest room has been added to our Spaces page along with a handful of other fun rooms to tour!)