How to Build a Dressing Screen

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How to Build a Dressing Screen
You can cover canvas stretchers with decorative fabric to make your own dressing screen. (Fabric image by cacheman from

A dressing screen is a handy structure for the bedroom or dressing room. I can also serve as a casual room divider in a loft and will do a great job of hiding a home office from view. The basic construction elements of this screen are canvas stretchers, which are available in a wide variety of sizes in art supply and craft stores. By building your own dressing screen, you can tailor it to your own personal style and decor.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 6 2-foot canvas stretchers
  • 6 6-foot canvas stretchers
  • 6 1/2 yards 54-inch wide upholstery fabric
  • Staple gun
  • White glue
  • Small paint brush
  • Four door hinges
  • Electric drill

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  1. 1

    Slide the canvas stretchers together to create three panel frames measuring 2 by 6 feet each.

  2. 2

    Cut the fabric into six rectangles measuring 27 by 78 inches each.

  3. 3

    Position one fabric rectangle over one panel, centred. Attach the fabric to the edges of the frame with the staple gun, beginning at the centre of the edges and moving toward the corners, alternating each staple at opposite ends.

  4. 4

    Fold the corners of the fabric at neat right angles and staple them to the frame. Turn the frame over and repeat to create a frame covered by fabric on both sides.

  5. 5

    Apply white glue with the paintbrush to all fabric edges to keep the fabric from fraying.

  6. 6

    Cover each stretcher panel frame in the same manner.

  7. 7

    Attach two evenly spaced door hinges to connect the side edges of one pair of fabric-covered frames with the screws and drill.

  8. 8

    Attach the hinges to connect the third frame, positioning the frames to open in the opposite direction, so the completed dressing screen will stand in an accordion fashion.

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