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skeeter 152 11-18-2008 12:52 PM

column room divider
looking for ideas/examples.have approx.12' opening with 12" header between two rooms. thinking of 4' halfwall/bookcase coming in from each side with column between halfwall and header. doesn't have to be structural. also stairrail deadends into ceiling. any ideas? pics. would be great. I have added a picture to the album of what I'm talking about. thanks

timp 11-18-2008 04:06 PM

If I understand correctly, you're talking about a colonnade. See this example at a Chicago salvage place:

We had something like this at our previous home, a 1913's vintage American Foursquare between the living room and dining room. Ours didn't include bookcases. Instead, there were lower, boxed in areas with square columns above. We bought a salvaged colonnade with the thoughts of adding it to the family room we always planned to build. Instead we moved! So, I have the two bookcases from that set in my office and the columns are overhead in our barn.

The craftsman style would be fairly simple to build, no turning or carvings. Try Googling for "colonnade room divider" -- that's how I found the example above.


skeeter 152 11-18-2008 04:14 PM

thanks tim :thumbsup:

bradnailer 11-18-2008 04:26 PM

You could also pretty easily frame out a knee wall and trim it out with oak if you are going for the craftsman look. Once side could be painted and textured drywall to match the room and the other side either bookcases or glass front cabinets.

Another idea would be to purchase some unfinished or finished upper kitchen cabinets which are 12" or so deep. You could mount them to the floor and put a wood top on them then run a spindle from the cabinet top to the ceiling.

skeeter 152 11-18-2008 04:34 PM

yes i have alot of ideas in my head.would like to see some pics.its for my sister in law:eek: thanks

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