How To Make A Room Divider Screen

Wouldn't it be nice to have a room divider screen? It's hard to find them at the local department store so just make your own.

Sometimes you see something on tv or at someone else's house but you never know where to purchase one for yourself. You know those great room divider screens that you see in movies where the beautiful woman ducks to change her clothes? You can make those yourself and although it will take some time you'll be very impressed when you're finished.

The screens can be made from various purchased items rather than building them on your own. Slotted louver doors are one great choice for making the room dividers. Purchase them unfinished and make your own design. Paint the doors a solid color and add rub-on appliques or stencil work. Hinge three or four of the doors together to make the completed screen. Glue, nail or screw on small blocks of wood to the bottoms of the doors for legs. The doors are available in different heights and widths so you can choose how high and wide the screen will be. Spread openly for a divider or scrunch together to set out of the way.

Old doors from a secondhand shop are another way to make divider screens. Solid wood doors are heavy and aren't ideal for this project. A better choice are the types of doors that look like wood but are actually hollow on the inside. These are lighter in weight making it easier to move them around. Hinge these doors together using three or four doors. It's important to get the doors without the knobs or knob holes already installed. If you use doors that have the knobs they'll need to be removed before hinging together. To cover the knob holes put a peg above each one and hang a hat on them or think of other creative ways to hide the holes. You can refinish the door completely, filling in the hole then sanding and refinishing but it's quite a bit of work.

You can build your own screen by using one-by-fours. Make three or four sets of the frames then hinge them together. To make the frame cut the one-by-fours to the desired width, one and a half to two feet. Cut the one-by-fours to a height of four to five and a half feet. Nail them in a rectangular pattern. The center of the rectangle will be open. Use cloth, rice paper or even wallpaper to fill in the open center. Glue or staple the cloth onto the frame pieces. Identical frame pieces lay on top of the first one. Nail or screw the frameworks together then hinge each section to the next. Instead of making a second frame set for each section you can use one-by-fours to make the original frame then glue or staple in the cloth. Now cut a piece of nice paneling for the final piece. This way the framework and cloth show on one side but there is nice paneling on the opposite side.

Styrene sheets which are approximately two foot by five foot by three inches thick are a really quick way to make the screens. Rather than hinging them the styrene slabs can be connected by strips of cloth. Use three strips of equal size for each hinge. Cover in dimensional paint or cloth to take away from the look of the styrene. Large pieces of cardboard which are very thick can be used in the same manner. The cardboard or styrene designs tip easily so be aware of that before hanging many items on them.

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