What is a pony wall? Interior designers explain

by HomeDecorBeauty

Pony wall is a term you might not have come across before when it comes to your home, and out of context, it can sound a little obscure. However, given that they’re sometimes called half walls, too, you can start to get a picture of exactly what a pony wall is. It’s something you may have inherited as part of your home already.

But what is the point of a pony wall? And how does it help (or hinder) your interior design scheme? We asked the experts for their advice on whether a pony wall is worth keeping as a room divider, or worth installing in some cases, and how they can best be used.

Hugh Metcalf

Hugh is the deputy editor of Livingetc.com, and an experienced homes and property journalist who specializes in design and architectural ideas. Here, he defines what a pony wall is, and picks some of his favorite ways they’re embraced in modern and interesting ways.

So, what is a pony wall?

an entryway with a pony wall between the living room

(Image credit: Thomas Kuoh. Design: Emily Munroe)

‘Simply put, pony walls are just short walls often used to create a divide within a space,’ explains interior designer Marie Flanigan (opens in new tab). In height, pony walls tend to be under half the height of the space – just imagine a pony sticking its head over in a stable.

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