How to build a fabric folding screen

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How to build a fabric folding screen
Hospiutals and clinics use fabric folding screens. (3drenderings/iStock/Getty Images)

Folding screens are a fashionable way to divide a large room or add an artistic flare to your existing home decor They come in a variety of designs, fabrics, shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, purchasing a folding screen can be costly and finding the perfect fit for your home can be time-consuming. Custom building a folding screen is quick and saves you money. Follow these simple steps to construct your own fabric folding screen.

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Things you need

  • 9 Square dowels, 2.5 cm by 2.5 cm by 1.8 m (1 inch by 1 inch by 6 feet)
  • Saw
  • Finish nails
  • Hammer
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric, 6 m (6 yards)
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • 2 hinge kits, narrow utility hinges complete with screws, 2 per kit
  • Screw gun

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut three of the square dowels into 45 cm (18 inch) pieces, creating 12 dowels, 45 cm (18 inches) each.

  2. 2

    Lay two of the 1.8 m (6 foot) dowels flat on your working table or floor about 45 cm (18 inches) apart. Create the cross bars of the panel by placing an 45 cm (18 inch) dowel between the 1.8 m (6 foot) dowels at the top and bottom. Using the finish nails, attach the 4 pieces to create a 1.8 m by 45 cm (6 foot by 18 inches) rectangle.

  3. 3

    Mark the 1.8 m (6 foot) dowels at 60 cm and 1.2 m (2 feet and 4 feet). Insert a 45 cm (18 inch) dowel at each mark to provide reinforcement for the panel.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process to complete the additional 3 panels. If you wish to paint or varnish the dowels, do so before continuing to the next step.

  5. 5

    Cut the fabric to fit each panel with a 6 mm (1/4 inch) allowance on all sides.

  6. 6

    Attach the fabric to each individual panel by placing the fabric right side down over the panel. Beginning with the top edge, fold the 6 mm (1/4 inch) allowance under to create a clean edge. Staple the fabric to the dowel all the way around the frame. Repeat the process for each panel.

  7. 7

    Fasten the hinges to the outside edge of the centre panel as directed by the kit. Complete the screen by attaching the outside panels to the centre hinges.

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