Easy to Build Room Dividers

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Easy to Build Room Dividers
Room dividers provide a measure of privacy. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Whether you need a privacy solution for children sharing a bedroom, students sharing a dorm room or a studio apartment that calls for private space, room dividers provide an instant fix. If you want a room divider for a short time or plan to install it as a permanent feature in a room, there are a variety of quick and inexpensive ways to create your own.

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Fabric

There are a number of ways to use fabric as a room divider. The easiest is to gather material on a tension rod and attach the rod to the ceiling. Shower curtains come in a wide range of materials and styles and can easily slide onto the rod. You can also purchase an inexpensive room divider screen from a discount store, remove any paper veneer that's between the frames and replace it with a rich, luxurious fabric that coordinates with your room.

Bookshelf

A well-anchored bookshelf will not only serve as a room divider, but will also create usable storage and display space. Look for a large free-standing bookshelf at a discount retailer or garage sale, paint it a colour that coordinates with your room and anchor it securely to the floor.

Blinds

Blinds are an inexpensive and simple option for room dividers. They can easily be attached to the ceiling and the size of room divider you want will determine the number of blinds you hang. An advantage of blinds is that they can be pulled up when you want to open the space and let down when you want privacy.

Reclaimed Wood

Old doors, window frames and barn planks are quite often available at construction tear-down sites and material recycling stores. Choose three or four pieces of approximately the same height and attach them using simple hinges. Leave them as you found them for a raw, industrial look or sand and finish them for a more polished look. These hinged doors will be used like any pre-manufactured floor screen to provide privacy and to separate space.

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