With the popularity of open floor plans in today's homes, rooms may be used for more than one purpose. Sometimes the need arises to temporarily divide these rooms. Whether the need is for privacy or simply to decorate, a room divider is a quick and easy solution. Purchasing a room divider can be expensive, and you may not be happy with it when it arrives. Instead, make your own for a fraction of the cost.
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Things you need
- 4-by-8 sheets of 1/4-inch thick plywood
- 1-by-2-inch boards
- Tape measure
- Table saw
- Spray adhesive
- Wood glue
- Small nails
- Hinges with screws
- Paint or stain
Use a tape measure and pencil to divide the 4-by-8 sheets of plywood in half lengthwise. Cut along the marked line with a table saw, and smoth the edges with sandpaper.
Cut each panel to the height you'd like the divider to be and sand the edges.
Cut fabric two inches narrower and two inches shorter than each panel. Use spray adhesive to attach fabric to both sides of each panel. Spray the wood with an even coat of spray adhesive following manufacturer's suggestions. Center each piece of fabric on a panel leaving a 1-inch border of plywood. Smooth the fabric with your hands or a ruler if necessary.
Build a frame out of 1-by-2 boards the same dimensions as a panel. Mitre the corners by cutting them on a diagonal, or create a straight joint by cutting the two side pieces the exact height of the panel and the top and bottom pieces to fit between the two side pieces of the frame.
Place the frame on the panel so the outer edges are even and edges of the fabric are covered. Attach it using wood glue and a small nail every six to eight inches around the frame. Repeat this process for the back side of the panel.
Make as many panels as needed, and paint or stain the wood.
Place the finished panels side by side lengthwise on the floor. Equally space three hinges vertically between two panels. Attach the hinges following manufacturer's directions.
Flip the attached panels over and attach the third panel following the same procedure. Hinges should be on alternating sides so the room divider can fold like a fan.
Tips and warnings
- Cover the centre of each panel with wallpaper or paint and stencilled designs instead of adding fabric.
- Use a different colour on each side of the divider.
- Leave a small gap between each panel when attaching the hinges so the divider will fold properly.
- Use three to five panels for a stable room divider.
- Do not use a room divider in an area where a small child may be hurt by it.