Use a cabinet back wall as a room divider


In large or winding rooms, a cabinet back wall as a room divider can perfectly improve the layout. Very large hall-like rooms receive two smaller units of use. L-shaped rooms can be separated and the cabinet continues the wall corner. By the way, the room divider creates a lot of practical storage space.

Assess the back wall

If a cabinet is to be used as a room divider, the design of the rear wall is of great importance. Unfortunately, many furniture manufacturers give little attention to the back wall. Thin multipurpose boards, cardboard, compressed wood and low-grade plastics are not uncommon. These usually come only on one side with protective coating coated sides that protrude into the cabinet interior.

In order to be suitable as a room divider, the back walls should at least have rigidity without bulges. The attachment, usually by small nails, must be checked for durability. Unlike the location on the wall, the back wall can be easily pushed out when using the cabinet in bad cases. The tight fit is also important for the overall stability of the cabinet.

Adjust the rear wall

A mounted on or in front of a wall cabinet can always "lean" a little and thus gaining stability. For cabinets that are freely placed in the room, the design must completely take over this task. Multiple interventions are possible to increase stability:

  • To reinforce the cabinet rear wall, for example, by attaching a cross-piece. It can also be mounted inside the cabinet.
  • A thin rear wall can be completely blinded by the application of a supplementary or cladding panel. Important are stable fixings, ideally by screwing.
  • To stabilize a cabinet back wall, it can also be replaced. A stronger and heavier material may be stably fixed with metal angles.
  • A special design option creates the removal of the cabinet back wall. Either the cabinet is open from both sides similar to an open shelf used or imposed for example with curtains.

Embellish the back wall

Several design options fit the cabinet rear wall optically or let in the perception almost "disappear":

  • Dress the back wall with fabric
  • Paint back wall
  • Paper the back wall
  • Dress the back wall

Tips & Tricks

When you start designing or disguising from the ceiling, you can create extra storage space on the top of the cabinet and underline the character of a partition.

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