A room divider or room screen, as it is sometimes called, is a piece of furniture that you may have never considered needing before, but not only do these look great, they are also incredibly useful.

Available in a variety of styles and guises, use a screen to break up or subtly define the different zones in an open-plan living space or studio apartment.

Put one to work concealing clutter in a bedroom or combine it with a clothes rail to create an instant walk-in wardrobe. If you have children sharing a bedroom, a room divider also enables them each to have their own private area of the room.

From folding works of art to more sculptural numbers, we bring you the best room dividers on the market.

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La Forma Hester Room Divider with Cord Design, 155cm x 183cm x 2.5cm (W x H x D), £375, Cuckooland

Each panel of this mango wood-framed screen is a miniature piece of modern art in its own right. The brightly coloured, corded designs subtly mask areas from full view, while still letting light penetrate. This screen will work in any space in your home, from the entrance hallway to the playroom, lounge to bedroom and when you want to open up your space for entertaining, it folds neatly up too. A super versatile piece of one-off furniture.

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Chinese Circular Display Shelf/Room Divider, 196cm x 184cm x 27cm (W x H x D), £1,895, Shimu

Finished in elm, this Chinese-style unit can be used as a singular circular piece or as two separate semi-circular pieces to further divide up a space. It also doubles up as a shelving display unit, so it can be filled with books, plants and ornaments to screen a space off further. It’s expensive, but you do get storage, room divider and display area all in one. It’s an all round winner.

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Amala Decorative Screen, 120cm x 183cm x 2.5cm (W x H x D), £285, Sweetpea & Willow

The intricate repeated silver filigree pattern on this hand-finished, three-panelled iron room divider gives it a calming, meditative quality, and its reflective surface throws beautiful patterns of light across a room. Plus, if you ever want to open the room up, perhaps when entertaining, it can be easily folded away. A simple, classic screen that will never date.

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Rhonda Antique Gold Room Screen, 138cm x 182cm x 3cm (W x H x D), £330, Artisanti

This geometric art deco-style, three-panelled screen in on-trend antique gold adds a touch of early 20th-century glamour to any bedroom, entrance hallway or living space. It will throw interesting diamond shadows across your room too. A lovely versatile piece of furniture that will work in almost any setting, but not the one to go for if you’ve something to hide.

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Porada Hilton Screen, 81cm x 191cm x 66cm (W x H x D), £4,130, Go Modern Furniture

It’s possible to build a wall for far less than the price of this room divider, of which there are two shown here, but it wouldn’t be as beautiful or flexible and this can go with you when you move. Designed by Tarcisio Colzani for Italian design house Porada, it is crafted from interlocking sections of solid canaletta walnut and it cleverly allows light to flow through it, while also screening whatever lies behind it. A piece of furniture that could easily become a family heirloom.

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Arthouse Palm Leaves Dark Room Divider Screen, 120cm x 150cm x 2.5cm (W x H x D), £89.99, very.co.uk

Add a tropical feel to your home with this palm-leaf printed canvas screen. The solid screen will ensure complete privacy, making it perfect for a bedroom or dividing up a studio space and its three-hinged sections can be easily folded away when it is not required. A striking piece of moveable artwork at a great price point.

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Ferm Living Unfold room divider, 150cm x 180cm x 1.8cm (W x H x D), £874.65, Nest

Inject some mystery into your home with this alluring staggered-height opaque screen made from a high-gloss painted MDF. Use it to create a private dressing area in the master bedroom, to fashion an entrance hallway where your front door opens straight into your living room, or to separate your dining space from your lounge area. A versatile scene setter with a luxurious feel. 

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Veberöd room divider, 85cm x 180cm x 45cm (W x H x D), £95, Ikea

Coming with a selection of hooks that can be fixed to the mesh panel and two cubby holes underneath, this unit both stores and screens. Use it to hold shoes and clothes and to demarcate a hallway or sleeping area or place in a kitchen space and hang utensils from it. A funky functional screen for a compact home or studio apartment.

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Aaron Black Metal and Mirror Screen, 141cm x 178cm x 2.5cm (W x H x D), £344, Maisons du Monde

If you want to make your room feel brighter and larger and you could do with a full-length mirror (or three), this mirrored screen is the screen for you. This black metal-framed, industrial-style screen will both create a private room within a room and bounce light around the space making it feel lighter and bigger. A winning mirror for a space that lacks depth and light.

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Palmeral De Beauvoir Screen, each panel measures, 45cm x 190cm x 5cm (W x H x D), £3,250, House of Hackney 

Upholstered in two contrasting colour-ways from Shoreditch design house House of Hackney’s statement cotton-linen Palmeral print, this beech-framed screen is a sure fire way of injecting some Hollywood glamour into your boudoir or lounge. Sure it’s pricey, but it could become a collectors’ item in the future, so it may hold or even go up in value. An iconic forever piece.

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The Verdict: Room dividers

All of these screens are beautiful and practical, but the stand-out piece for us – taking into account its reasonable price point and eye-catching design – is Cuckooland’s La Forma Hester Room Divider with Cord Design. This is a piece of furniture with a one-off look and feel, it subtly screens without blocking out the light and it works well in the more intimate setting of the bedroom or in a more public space, such as a living room or playroom.

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