Ideas for hanging fabric room dividers

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Hanging room dividers can be decorative and functional elements of a room's decor Create your own fabric room dividers to separate the dining space from the living space, to section off a small home office or to create additional storage space in a living area. Hanging fabric-covered room dividers can also camouflage a play area or unsightly pipes and other undesirable architectural necessities.

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Canvas Frame Fabric Room Divider

One of the simplest ways to make a lightweight fabric room divider suitable for hanging is to use an artist's canvas as the frame. Artist's canvases are ready-made with wood frames around the perimeter. The wood perimeter gives you a stable place to staple the fabric. Artist's canvases are available in a variety of sizes and shapes at craft and art supply stores. Cover a variety of sizes with fabric and create a hanging room divider by joining the panels together vertically with small chains.

Plywood Fabric Room Dividers

Create hanging room dividers by covering 1/4-inch thick panels of plywood with the desired fabric. Cut the plywood panels into 1- to 2-foot wide sections to fit the desired height of the divider. Wrap fabric around the plywood and staple it in place. Cover the staple seams by hot-gluing ribbon strands or other decorative trim over them. Hang the panels from the ceiling joist close enough together to create a slatted style divider.

Open Wood Frame Room Dividers

Build a variety of four-sided wood frames from 1-inch wide wood strips to make hanging room dividers. Nail, or screw, the wood strips together at the corners to create the desired size of divider panel; make one large panel or several thin panels to divide the space. Staple a section of fabric to the front and to the back of the frame; overlap the fabric when you attach it to the wood trim. This type of open frame design works best if you are using thin or sheer fabric to cover the dividers. There is no wood or canvas blocking the centre of the divider, so light can get through the panels.

Picture Frame Room Dividers

Create strands of hanging room dividers by covering a variety of wood picture frames with fabric, connecting them vertically and hanging them from the ceiling. Connect the frames using cup hooks, S hooks and small chains. Look for inexpensive wood picture frames at dollar stores and yard sales. The sizes are irrelevant, the more varied the better for an eclectic design. Cover each picture frame with a different, but complementary, fabric to make the room divider into an art piece. Remove the picture frame glass before covering the frame and save the glass for other craft projects.

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