How Can I Use Planter Boxes as Room Dividers?

By   | Last Updated :   October 26, 2021 | Filed In :   Garden Accessory Ideas

Dividing screens were historically used in Asia and Europe for modesty or privacy purposes in indoor spaces. Today, they’re often used to separate rooms into different spaces, for example dividing the kitchen from the living room or defining a work area.

It may be that you want to divide your workspace from your living area if you’re a home worker or a student or even divide the children’s play area from your tidy living room. Using a planter box as the divider offers the home decorator many design possibilities.

room divider planter

Get creative with a planted room divider. Image credit: Pinterest

Read on for ideas for room divider planter boxes such as a growing wall divider, ideas to upcycle an old chest of drawers and a K-drama inspired fish tank divider with foliage.

Dividing a room with an exterior entrance

A planter box for a space that contains an exterior door needs to be filled with dense foliage to help keep draughts at bay when the door is open. You can buy a suitable planter or DIY your own box from upcycled wood to suit the dimensions of the space.

Any plants in a hallway will get chilly at times so make sure you choose evergreen and hardy plants for these spaces. If your door opens into a living room, then making a divider screen will definitely help to keep the chill outside.

You could re-fashion a clothes rail (preferably with wheels for easy movement) into an attractive addition to your living space. Remember that any room divider has two sides and that you can change the view and the atmosphere depending on where you place it.

clothes rail room divider planter

A clothes rail can double up as a planted room divider. Image credit: IKEA

Consider both viewing points of your new planter box. From one side you will have a visible shelf and you may like to stain, varnish or paint this to suit your décor. From the other side, you will have a green, living wall that you can move around from time to time if the plants need more sunlight.

Keep reading for more creative living wall planter room divider ideas.

Hook in the ceiling ideas

These ideas will help to separate a space using hooks secured in the ceiling.

living room divider

Create a living room divider for your space. Image credit: Pinterest

A more solid room divider planter box

If you have high ceilings or a lot of space to fill and you want a solid room divider then you can also use ceiling hooks. 3 or 4 hooks may be advisable for heavy material, you may want to consult a DIY expert before you start. Bulky, natural material such as tree branches can be leaned against the wire supports. For extra support, add corner braces where they meet the floor and secure more wire around the trunks to attach them to the structure. The wood will fill your room with interest for many years.

birch tree branch room divider

Create a beautiful room divider using branches. Image credit: Pinterest

Once the trunks are in place, add planter boxes, at the base. Choose planters of varying heights, taller ones will help to stabilise the whole structure. You could place planter boxes on both sides of the divider so that it looks completely different from both angles.  Choose various plants to complement the tones of drying wood. Ferns would be a fabulous choice for the shadier side and bamboo would provide a striking contrast against the trunks.

This room divider will help to keep heat in so place it in an area where you want to enjoy cosy warmth!

Chinese, Japanese and Korean style screen dividers

These screens are classics in Asian films and are usually made from local wood. They often consist of a wooden frame with decorative painted panels inserted.

You could design your own wooden divider using these types of screens as a pattern and hinges to separate the three parts. I have seen DIY enthusiasts use three old doors to make these dividers and then make shelves across each “screen” area. These tiny shelves can hold small plant pots, trinkets or photos.

If you are worried about stability, fix one side of the first screen to a wall and also to the floor using L-shaped corner braces and screws. If you want to move the divider later, just remove the plants and the screws.

Include light plants such as small succulents or herbs that won’t grow too heavy over time. Plants can easily be replaced if they grow too large. They’ll also need regular watering. To avoid leakages, ensure that each plant sits on a saucer or tray.

japanese style room divider

Image credit: Pinterest

Good shelf lighting will show fabulous shadows of the plants, helping your divider to closely resemble the Asian screens. Use lights that will aid the plant’s growth.

This thick screen will completely block off the view of another room. If you’re happy with the location, you can add a more permanent planter box at the base to increase the stability of the whole divider. Fill it with light-loving plants on the side that has bright light and keep low light tolerant plants on shelves with artificial lighting. Voila! Two separate room environments with one divider.

A box planter to divide a bedroom from a living room

A fish tank bookshelf room divider.

Many students and flat dwellers live in spaces where the bedroom and living areas aren’t completely separate. I’m a big fan of Korean dramas and those inspire this next idea. You often see wonderful fish tank room dividers through which you can view the room behind. The fish make wonderful company and you can place reeds and fern-like plants in the aquarium, a floating accompaniment to your dreams! The swaying of the greenery and the colours of the fish create a wonderfully calming environment.

aquarium room divider

Incorporate an aquarium into a room divider. Image credit: Pinterest

To achieve this, use a free-standing bookshelf and remove shelves as necessary to make room for your chosen tank. It is a good idea to secure the whole bookshelf to the ground using a drill and nails so it’s secure.

Recycle old furniture as a room divider planter box

If you have a chest of drawers you no longer use, then this can be transformed into a small room divider planter.

old dresser planter box room divider

Plant up an old dresser and use it as a quirky room divider. Image credit: @balconygardenweb

Tina’s Tips:

Remember that one side of a room dividing planter box will tend to have lower natural light. Place evergreen plants on this side.  You may be able to use artificial lighting in this area.

Put light-loving plants like herbs, geraniums, begonias, cacti and lilies on the natural light side of the divider.

Hopefully, you’re now itching to change something in that big room of yours by bringing in a dividing planter box. Have fun!

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