How to Build a Fake Wall Out of Screening

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How to Build a Fake Wall Out of Screening
Use 2x4 wood slates to build the frame for your fake wall. (lumber image by JJAVA from Fotolia.com)

You can create a fake mobile or stationary wall from ordinary window or sliding door screening material. From design to construction, building a fake wall out of screening should not prove too difficult. The most important things to remember are the wall's dimensions, its end location and making sure you have the correct supplies and tools to finish the job. Your end product will be a fake wall that gives you added privacy from prying eyes.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Screening material
  • Coloured paint
  • 2x4 wood slates
  • L-shaped metal brackets
  • Screws
  • Saw
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Staple gun
  • Staples
  • Level

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Measure and decide on the dimensions of the wall. Make this determination based on where the fake wall will stand. If you need a small wall to stand behind for changing in your bedroom, make sure the wall's dimensions are smaller than the bedroom's ceiling. For example, a 6 1/2-inch high by 5 1/2-inch wide wall makes for a suitable changing area.

  2. 2

    Cut or saw four 2x4 wood slates into your desired dimensions. You will need two wood pieces for the width of the wall and two 2x4 slates for the wall's height. Sand the ends of the wood pieces after you have cut them down to the right sizes.

  3. 3

    Lie down the 2x4 wood pieces into the structure of a frame. Two pieces when pushed together should form a "L" shape or 90-degree angle.

  4. 4

    Nail the four wood slates together by their ends. When finished your wood frame should be stable.

  5. 5

    Attach the L-shaped metal brackets into the frame's corners. Use your screws to attach the metal bracket to the wood frame.

  6. 6

    Cut the screening material into the exact measurements of the wooden frame. You will need two screening sheets, one for each side of the frame.

  7. 7

    Stretch one screening sheet across the wood frame. Secure it in place and use the staple gun to fix it in place. Staple the screen in the corners. Additionally, staple it in a few spots along the wood pieces.

  8. 8

    Flip over the wood frame and repeat the screening process on the second side. Make sure you eliminate any slack in the screen by tightening it up before stapling.

  9. 9

    Stand up and check your fake wall. Make sure it stands upright and there are no defects in your design and construction.

  10. 10

    Paint the fake wall's screens. You need to paint each side. After painting, let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes to dry.

  11. 11

    Move your fake wall to the location you would like to use it.

Tips and warnings

  • Build your fake wall outside, but make sure it can fit in through doors if intended for indoor use.
  • Keep a clean working area and layout all your tools and supplies before starting your project.
  • Use safety goggles to avoid injury.
  • Paint in a well ventilated area to avoid breathing toxic fumes.

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