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For years, renters have used temporary walls to subdivide apartments into affordable slices for roommates. But due to a fire-safety-related crackdown by the city, many management companies and landlords no longer permit walls that reach the ceiling. Enter the bookshelf wall, like those pictured above. They don't reach the ceiling--typically topping out about a foot below--so they are technically considered furniture.

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How to Build a Temporary Wall

If you need to divide a shared kids' room or transform a corner alcove into a home office, then a temporary wall may be just the ticket. Here's how to build one.

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DIY Home Decor: How To Make a Sliding Door for Under $40 — Apartment Therapy Tutorial

Would be a great way to divide a space (wallpaper the Masonite with a pattern) - inexpensive DIY temporary sliding door or wall partition for renters

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