How to make a folding screen room divider

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How to make a folding screen room divider
Create a changing space or hide clutter with a folding screen divider. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Folding screen room dividers serve multiple purposes. They can divide a large space into smaller "rooms," add decorative detail or hide messy areas from unexpected guests. Making your own divider allows you many options for style, colour and extra functionality, giving you the chance to put your personal stamp on the project.

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Things you need

  • 6-foot recycled wooden window shutters
  • Sandpaper
  • "All in one" paint
  • Drill
  • Two-way hinges
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Sand the shutters to make a rough surface to which paint will adhere. The number of shutters required depends on how wide you want the divider to be.

  2. 2

    Brush the base colour of paint onto the shutters and allow it to dry completely. With the "all in one" paint, you do not have to apply primer and top coat separately.

  3. 3

    Paint accent colours or designs on the shutters, as desired. Give your screen a bit of whimsy by painting the underside of the louvres a different colour than the tops.

  4. 4

    Hold the hinges at the desired attachment spots and mark the screw holes on the shutters. Set the hinges aside.

  5. 5

    Drill pilot holes at the marks to make attaching the hinges easier.

  6. 6

    Screw the hinges into place.

Tips and warnings

  • Another alternative for decorating your screen divider is to découpage large posters or photograph enlargements on each panel. After the découpage medium is dry, use a craft knife or razor blade to slit the paper at each louvre, if you want to be able to open them.
  • Make wider, flat panels by substituting folding closet doors for the shutters.

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