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Room Dividers DIY
DIY Room Dividers - Choosing a Style
One very important consideration regarding making DIY room dividers could very well be the initial brainstorming session. Choosing between a hanging room divider or a room divider that stands on its own, selecting type of construction materials, etc. all depends on several factors:
1.Are you renting or do you own your home? If you are currently renting, you may want to construct a room divider that stands as opposed to one that hangs. (The landlord may not appreciate holes in the ceiling).
2. What style of room divider are you looking for? Do you want a purely decorative room divider to break up an expansive living area or perhaps you would prefer a room divider that serves also as a functioning piece of art?
3. Privacy factor? See through, peek-a-boo style of diy room dividers (like an old set of bed springs hanging from the ceiling with philodendron vines entertwined throughout the coils) or perhaps something more solid and substantial?
4. What size is your budget for this DIY project?
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
DIY Tropical Style Room Dividers
Easy, inexpensive DIY project.
Tropical style room dividers like the hanging divider shown here can serve to define separate work areas while still allowing light to filter through. My daughter and I constructed this tropical style room divider using 1x4 pine boards, reed fencing from the home improvement store and some chain to hang. This hanging room divider was a very quick project which turned out to be extremely budget friendly.
(Photo credit Pam Irie)
Making DIY Room Dividers and More
Affordable Materials for Hanging DIY Room Dividers - Use your imagination, but this list will get you started.
Making room dividers shouldn't take a big chunk of a decorating budget if recycled materials are used. I once saw a room divider made by suspending an old rusty coiled bedsprings from heavy chain. A huge planter box filled with philodendron vines sat directly underneath creating a stunning combination diy room divider and plant trellis. (In the intro of this article I have a picture of the type of bed springs needed for this diy room divider, but you'll have to use your imagination for the rest.)
- Vinyl records?
- Hanging potted plants at various heights in a row?
- Embroidery hoops with fabric encased inside; link the hoops together and suspend from the ceiling?
- Placemats? What could they be connected with?
- Maybe slice 1 inch thick portions of those colorful, foam fun noodles (pool toys) and string together? Great as a divider for a kid's room, perhaps?
Hardware for DIY Room Dividers
Hanging DIY room dividers requires the use of chain link and eye screws. Wood glue or liquid nails are sometimes handy along with quick links that allow easy connecting of the chain link to the eye screw. (Quick links come in various sizes and make hanging room dividers and other items much easier and faster.)
Piano and/or door hinges are commonly used to join panels together when making stand-alone room dividers or privacy screens. Purchase these hinges new or look for salvaged hardware if that is more your style.
Room Dividers - DIY Rope Wall
via The Brick House
Jute rope was used to make this incredibly clever room divider. Discover how the designer at The Brick House created this innovative and thrifty partition here.
(Photo credit The Brick House)
It's Sew Easy DIY Room Dividers
Fabric Room Dividers (with minimal sewing)
This clever DIYer used a tension rod and fabric to create a fabric room divider that shows the RIGHT side of the fabric on both sides of the curtain. It's a quick project which requires very little sewing. See how Examiner writer, Samantha Baldwin, made her fabric room divider.
(Photo credit Samantha Baldwin)
Canvas Drop Cloth - for an easy DIY fabric room divider project!
This drop cloth is already hemmed. Just make sure to pre wash to shrink, then clip and hang! :)
Hang a DIY Canvas Room Divider
DIY Yarn Art Room Dividers
DIY Room Divider Made with Wood Doweling
Look closely and you'll see this simple wood doweling room divider at Desire to Inspire definitely looks like a can-do DIY project. It's running on tracks (sort of like a sliding door, right?).
(Photo credit Desire to Inspire)
Always locate ceiling joists BEFORE attempting to hang a heavy room divider. - voice of experience
Wooden DIY Room Dividers
You can make wooden room dividers like the one pictured with a good drill, a jigsaw, some sandpaper and a few hinges. Find a directory of FREE woodworking plans for an assortment of room dividers and privacy screens at WoodWorkers Workshop online.
(Photo credit WoodWorkers Workshop)
These Links Made Hanging Room Dividers a Quick DIY Job
I LOVE these links for connecting chain to eye bolts, etc. They are available in so many sizes.
More Good Resources
- This Old House
How to Make a Folding Screen Using Old Hinges and Shutters by Amy R. Hughes
- Habitat for Humanity ReStores - the affordable alternative
A great place to go to find new and salvaged building materials very generously discounted.