Screens, how they are and how to use them

The term “screen” is a compound Japanese word meaning “windbreak” which was literally function when it was created. They are from China (the earliest dating from the time of the Han dynasty, which reigned from 206 B.C. to 220 A.D.) from where they went to Japan more or less in the eighth century. In this country they were widely developed and hence “traveled” to Europe where it became very popular.

The screens are panels made structures of different materials: wood, wrought iron, steel and coatings also of different materials, fabric through paper, wrought iron, wood and even mirrors. Eventually creativity in their designs has soared and found even heather or branches.

Initially, a structure consisted of a single panel. They were increasing parts, hinged together, allowing them to fold and expand their decorative functions. They change also the width and height of the panels to adapt its size to the spaces.

The screens became highly valued parts and support extremely delicate works: painting on rice paper or other works of decorative arts, both in support and in the same structure, thanks to the lacquer and wood carving are found in numerous museums.

Over time, this helper came to the West where he found several uses

• Its main use, preserve open spaces or areas drafty rooms.

• Divide a room in different areas.

• Hide an empty part of a room to make it cozy, and big eaters.

• Give a privacy of a bedroom, turning it into a dressing room. In ancient times it served to separate the bath or sanitary zone when there were no bathrooms as now known.

In general

Display them. E s the use that can be given to a screen of excellent workmanship, good for its age, due to their decorative value. Leaning against a suitable wall becomes protagonist of a stay.

Separate areas of a room. For example, a work area in a living room.

In a bedroom

Dressing room. Improvises a dressing leaving behind the screen or using an open closet for hanging clothes parabanes.

Bed’s headboard. There are many models. Choose the one that best suits your overall decor and just put it in place of the headboard. If you do not want to make holes in the wall, the same bedspring the subject.

In the hall

visually separating the entry hall of the house. When the living room and the hall are attached, a screen separator independence will both stays. Use some whose panels let light pass to keep the hall remains in shadow. If not weigh much and do not want it expires with the air currents, fixed to the wall side. You can extend or retract when needed.

In the living room

In the living room. You can use a wooden screen to highlight furniture or old. You’ll have to make sure that both furniture and combine contrasting enough to get that effect. The screen has to be the easier of the two.

Bring warmth. You may have a corner a bit cold, difficult to incorporate into the overall decor. It uses a decorative screen, instead of pictures or other larger items, so you will join decoration without taking up space.


Room divider. It will freeing the same functions inside environments. For example, separating two areas on the porch.

Avoid prying eyes. A screen can serve to prevent the seating area or another where you spend time is subject to prying eyes.

In support of a vine. You can use the screen as a climbing plant support or creeper.

These auxiliary units are very versatile because, being completely mobile can handle them according to the needs of each case. It also allows you not tired of them. You can relocate them according to the different seasons.

One caution: if the screens are not subject, you should be very careful with younger children and pets. They are heavier than they appear and can hurt if you fall over.