News jockeys are now squawking about economic recovery and improved employment stats, but that doesn’t change the fact that U.S. homeownership has dropped for six consecutive months since the last census was taken in 2010.</br></br>That means more people are renting, which in turn means more people are living in smaller spaces. And, to further split the wedge, it means that more people are <em>sharing</em> smaller spaces – even one-room studios.</br></br>People have been butting heads over small living spaces since … forever. And, if you’ve ever had to do it, you know it really does boil down to survival. Eventually, even the smallest encroachment incites feelings of bloodlust.</br></br>The end looks something like this: “I <em>know</em> you moved my pencil holder. Now you must <em>pay</em>.” Depending on your age and temperament, what followed after such a declaration was either fisticuffs or a whiny Facebook meltdown.</br></br>So, what to do? Perhaps one of these options may help:</br><ol style="list-style-type: none;"></br> <li><strong>1. </strong><strong>Room Dividers</strong></li></br></ol></br>There’s a pretty big difference between a privacy screen and a room divider, although both may be useful in a small space. A <a title="Room Dividers" href="http://www.atgstores.com/room-dividers_1169.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">room divider</a>, however, can be expanded with additional panels to fit the size of the room, but also be folded away when there is peace between nations.</br><ol style="list-style-type: none;"></br> <li><strong>2. </strong><strong>Wall Shelving</strong></li></br></ol></br>The floor of any studio space can be like the DMZ between North and South Korea – it’s heavily guarded and everyone knows the rules, yet things still manage to go wrong on a regular basis. Sometimes the best way to divide an area is not to put something in the space, but to take things out. The walls on either side of the room, however, are usually considered claimed territory, so storing things on them using <a title="Wall Shelving" href="http://www.atgstores.com/wall-mounted-shelves_1447.html?linkLoc=topnav" target="_blank">wall shelving</a> can clear things out of the contested space.</br><ol style="list-style-type: none;"></br> <li><strong>3. </strong><strong>Étagères</strong></li></br></ol></br>An <a title="Etageres" href="http://www.atgstores.com/type_1441.html?&option0=optionA=234082|16752~Valu" target="_blank">étagère</a> is a backless bookcase, more or less, and while they are usually not wide enough to span the gulf of an entire room, two or three of them can surely do the trick. The average étagère is usually fairly thick, so only single rooms with more real estate would benefit, but it can be a classy answer to an issue that produces some pretty classless behavior if left unattended.</br></br>We hope these tips for studio living can save you from a life of misery, whether you’re in the college dorms, your first apartment or the trendy Tribeca studio that looked like a sharp deal at $8,000 a month.