Dividing a room

The Guardian, Saturday 9 October 2010

We’re trying to sell our flat, but the open-plan kitchen and sitting area – separated by a rectangular arch – is, apparently, a deal breaker. Any stylish (inexpensive) ideas?

“The cheapest option is a mobile room divider,” says Julian Cassell, our DIY guru, “available from naturalliving.co.uk, with prices starting at less than £100. For something more permanent, you’d ideally need to remove the arch to create a square aperture – it may be of arched formers that you can knock out; or use studwork to square up the opening. You may need professional help here, and to check ventilation in the new kitchen area. For easy-to-install sliding door room dividers, see spaceslide.co.uk.”

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