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The Obtainer

July 8th Edition

Cory Ohlendorf

Today, we’re talking about breaking up the space inside your home. Maybe you need a screen, maybe you don’t … but I’ll bet one will improve any room you put it in.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf


Buying Guide

Carve Out Some Space

Are you ready to divide and conquer—literally? Because these folding screens, shelving units and room dividers are designed to do just that. Perhaps you live in a studio or a small apartment without a lot of interesting architecture. Maybe that “open floor plan” that was once so airy and appealing suddenly feels a little too open. If you wish to have a separate home office or dressing room, you're in luck: A room divider allows you to add to your space without any complicated renovations. Sure, in a perfect world, we'd always have enough closet space or a separate changing area, but this is not a perfect world. A screen can keep your exercise equipment, printer and storage bins corralled and out of sight.

What's more, folding screens and shelves barely take any effort to set up. Simply position them where you need them most (more on that below) and then rearrange them as often as you'd like. It's a shape-shifting solution that many interior designers use because it not only makes extra square footage seemingly appear out of nowhere, but also because these stylish pieces of accent furniture add a touch of luxurious sex appeal to any room. Probably because folding screens were originally created for royalty and other nobility. They were first found in palaces, but continued to evolve and enjoyed a resurgence during the streamlined mid-century boom. Today, they come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. There's surely one that suits your style and budget. To help you get started, we pulled a few of our current favorites.

Our Picks

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Looking to create separation but not fully block out the light? These will conceal an area while still feeling light and airy.

Cervinia grid panel divider,
$1,499 / $599.97 by Gianfranco Frattini

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If you want to hide something behind your screen, opt for a solid divider for maximum privacy and cover.

Vintage Eames
ash wood screen,
$4,900 by Herman Miller

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These dividers provide a two-for-one benefit: They separate spaces, while also providing additional shelving space to display and store items.

Oak open bookcase,
$1,999 / $1,599 by Crate & Barrel

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5 Stylish Items to Buy This Week

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Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.

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Today's the last day for J.Crew's extra 60% off sale items. So pick up something like this breezy shirt, cut from the finest Baird McNutt Irish linen.

$98 / $26.60
(w/code JULY)
at J.Crew


These cutoff trail shorts by California brand Katin are relaxed and comfortable, with raw hems, a drawstring waist and large pockets at the front and back.

$69 / $34.99
by Katie


Everyone’s favorite rubber slip-ons, crafted from lightweight, quick-drying and flexible EVA, are now on sale at END. Grab them while there are still sizes available.

$55 / $39
by Birkenstock


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