Sliding Room Divider

The sliding room divider is another way to break up open spaces and create privacy between rooms. A sliding room divider can also be used to cover windows, patio doors, bookshelves and work spaces, even built-in entertainment centers. And it can be used in any doorway instead of a door.

Although a sliding room divider must be installed, installation is easy and, once installed, the divider is secured on a track to stay put. It can be either partially of fully opened, and the tracks allow you to easily slide it shut. However, sliding room dividers, once mounted, are not mobile. They also cost more than folding panel screens at about $500 each.

A sliding room divider uses the same concept as a sliding patio door and, while patio doors are made of glass, a sliding room divider is most often a shoji screen that slides rather than folds. Most sliding shoji screens are very simply designed, with plain white rice paper panes.

For something different, the Fusima Door Set at Chopa has a wood frame with two large panels made of Washi paper. The panels feature screen prints of Oriental designs in soft, peaceful colors. Oriental sliding doors offer more shade, privacy and color than the traditional sliding shoji screens.

There are also dificult to find sliding room dividers made of fiber-paper and polyester instead of paper. The fiber-paper style is a very simple and tasteful divider that blends perfectly with any decor, especially if you want to avoid a sliding room divider that has an Oriental flare.