Room dividers partition rooms into separate areas. They allow you to make multi-functional use of space and to enjoy flexibility and privacy. There are many room dividers on the market or you could design your own using commonly available components, according to DIY guru Tommy Walsh. A top-and-bottom track system with pre-drilled holes makes the job easier.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Joist and stud detector
- Cable and pipe locator
- Drill and bit
- Plumb-bob or line laser level
- Fixing plugs
- Hanging roller assemblies
Decide where the room divider will go and set up a ladder to give you access to that part of the ceiling.
Measure the length of track required.
Saw the top and bottom tracks to length with a hacksaw.
Locate the nearest beam. If it is not visible, use a joist and stud detector or similar device.
Check that there are no cables or pipes immediately above the ceiling, using a cable and pipe locator.
Hold the top track in place and draw through the screw holes to give you a guide for drilling.
Drill the holes into the beam.
Screw the top track into place.
Align the bottom track on the floor with the top track using a plumb-bob or line laser level.
Hold the bottom track in place and draw through the screw holes to give you a guide for drilling.
Drill the holes into the floor. Plug them with fixing plugs if necessary.
Screw the bottom track in place.
Fix the hanging roller assemblies onto the room divider panels.
Hold the divider panels at a slight angle as you hang them by the roller assemblies onto the top track and fit them into the bottom track. Check that they open and close smoothly.
Adjust as necessary.
Tips and warnings
- Two people are better than one for some parts of this job.
- Consider using a system that utilises rubber rollers in the hanging roller mechanism, as these are generally less noisy than their plastic counterparts.
- Two hanging roller assemblies per divider panel, one near each top corner, are usually sufficient.
- Wear protective eyewear when drilling holes.
- Ensure the ladder is in the fixed position before climbing onto it.
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