How to make temporary room dividers

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How to make temporary room dividers
Curtains make attractive room dividers. (through the curtains image by Gina Smith from

Sometimes you need to turn one room into two rooms, or to separate spaces in one room. This can bring out your creativity. There are a myriad of ways to divide a room into different areas. You can use large furniture or a table to separate areas. Stand-up partition screens can separate a corner office area from the rest of the room. Ceiling-to-floor curtains across the middle of a room makes a divider that is very versatile. You can open and close the curtains as needed.

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Things you need

  • Stud finder
  • Pencil
  • 2 heavy screw hooks
  • Heavy metal wire
  • Pliers
  • Stepladder
  • Curtain circle hooks
  • Ceiling-to-floor curtain panels

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  1. 1

    Find the studs in two walls across from each other where you want to divide the room. Mark the studs near the ceiling with a pencil.

  2. 2

    Use a stepladder to reach the ceiling. Screw two heavy hooks into the studs 1 inch from the ceiling in the opposite walls.

  3. 3

    Tie a heavy wire on one hook. Pull it as tight as possible across the room and secure it to the second hook by wrapping the wire tightly back on itself with pliers.

  4. 4

    Put circle clip curtain hangers on the wire. Use six per curtain panel.

  5. 5

    Clip heavy sheers or light cotton curtain panels to the circle clip hangers on the wire. Hang as many as needed to reach from wall to wall plus one extra panel. Leave closed or pull back as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Be careful using a stepladder.

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