How to Decorate a Window With a Folding Screen

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How to Decorate a Window With a Folding Screen
A screen in front of a window can be quite decorative. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

A folding screen provides an option for blocking an undesirable view or increasing privacy. It's useful for controlling light, shielding a computer or TV from glare and enhancing your home decor. Folding screens, also called room screens, come in a variety of materials, including canvas, silk, rice paper, wood, rattan, wicker and metal. A folding screen stands on its own, offering an alternative to installing shades, drapes or curtain rods and curtains. Setting up a room screen as a window treatment gives the room a fresh look.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Decorative folding screen

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    Measure the width of the window you want to decorate with the folding screen. For example, to decorate a picture window, extend a measuring tape from the outside of the window frame from one side of the window to the other. Add 2 feet to the width measurement to assure the folding screen will stand securely. The panels of the folding screen must sit at an angle so the screen can stand by itself.

  2. 2

    Extend a tape measure from the floor to the desired height for the folding screen. For example, if you have neighbours who could see in through the top of the window, measure from the floor to the top of the window to assure privacy. Make a note of both the width and height measurements for your decorative folding screen.

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    Choose a folding screen that coordinates with the colour and style of the room. For example, select a rattan screen for a tropical-themed room, an antique screen to go with a room decorated in antiques or a shoji screen to complement a vintage, eclectic or other decorating theme. A traditional shoji screen is made of rice paper framed with wood. The paper panels filter light and add privacy. An opaque folding screen will block most of the window's light.

  4. 4

    Arrange the folding screen so that it's in the centre of the window. Angle the folding screen's panels. This helps the screen stand securely, decorating the window from one side to the other.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a feather duster or other soft duster to dust off your folding screen.
  • If you spill anything on a fabric or rice paper room screen, blot the spill up carefully with a soft rag. Don't rub the screen.
  • A photo-frame room screen allows you to create a display of personal photographs or art prints. Some furniture and home accessory stores carry photo-frame room screens.
  • Flexible room dividers serve a similar function to folding screens and allow you to create a curved screen window treatment.

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