When two adolescents that have never met before are expected to share a small room the result is potentially catastrophic. They may have different feelings about nudity or may simply be unaccustomed to having to be face to face with someone all the time. Privacy screens can be used in a variety of ways to alleviate problems that, left unchecked, could have them screaming and hollering to be transferred to a separate room.
The following are some suggestions of creative ways to use privacy screens in a college dorm room;
1. To separate your sleeping area. Some people don’t like to be on display when they are asleep. If you prefer knowing that you can drool on your favorite pillow or kick your covers off without worrying that your roommate, or worse your roommate’s friends, will catch you in the act then a privacy screen could be a great solution. Simply line up a couple screens next to one another and they will form a temporary wall around your bed that gives you the privacy you crave.
2. To create a changing area. If you are uncomfortable disrobing in front of others and you don’t want to monopolize the bathroom to dress while others impatiently wait outside the door, you can use a privacy screen. If your room is small you can make a general area to change and offer it to your roommate as well. This makes it easy to change without feeling embarrassed and avoids looking ridiculous doing the ‘beach change’ in the middle of your room.
3. To define your study area. If you and your roommate have completely different study patterns you can use privacy screens to block out the light while you burn the midnight oil. The privacy screen can provide you with a space that is free from distractions to study while the glare of your light will also not bother your sleeping roommate.
4. To differentiate your space. You may have a completely different style to your new roommate, but by erecting a privacy screen the both of you can visually block out the other’s decor. The trick is to choose a neutral screen that will complement both sides of the room so that it does not become more of a distraction that the styles themselves.
5. To set some boundaries. Sure you want to get along, but this does not have to mean that you want someone in your space all the time. Setting up a privacy screen as a room divider helps to define the space so you can retreat when you need to be alone and allows your roommate to do the same. If it is discussed beforehand it can help to create a rather healthy and respectful relationship, but it should not simply be thrown up because it may seem that you are uninterested in becoming friends.
Privacy screens are much more than decorative accents. They can be used in many different ways and should actually be considered a necessity on your dorm room shopping list if you are the kind of person that treasures their personal space.