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You could get any suitable type of room screen to create a little personal corner for yourself - this might be a corner near your bay window where you would love to appreciate the first rain while sipping a hot coffee. Or, it could be a space where you might love to say your blissful prayers.
In case you are expecting guests on Sunday evening, simply place a hanging or wicker Room Dividers to hide out your open kitchen from the view. You could as well get 'Vision' screens that come with a gap for communication - the screens would allow you to attend your guests as well as carry on with the kitchen chores or you could as well pass the food to them from the gap.
The multi-functional room screens could as well be used to make your studio apartment more stylish and roomy. Divide the open space apartment into a living room and a bedroom by putting up Concertina mobile room dividers. They could further be decorated with designer wall clocks, family photos, wall hangings or mirrors.
Another common type of dividers used these days are that made of stained glass that are used for a creating a partition in bathrooms - they allow you to take a relaxing bath with bit of privacy. They are popularly used to separate the bath from toilet or bathroom from dressing room in homes, offices and hotels in UK.
In homes, the screens could as well be used to design 'home offices'. In countries like UK people are getting to carry their work from home the more and thereby have started to invest in acoustic (sliding) room dividers that allow them to concentrate on their work. The screens are usually made from Velcro friendly fabric and thus could be used to replace bulletin boards in the office area.
The point is, whatever use you put them to, they are just perfect tools that offer both flexibility and functionality. What makes them more favourable is the fact that they are available at many online Room Dividers UK based suppliers' stores at discounted rates.