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Room Dividers DIY

Updated on August 23, 2017

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?

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Hanging Room Divider DIY
Hanging Room Divider DIY

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)

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.)

  1. Vinyl records?
  2. Hanging potted plants at various heights in a row?
  3. Embroidery hoops with fabric encased inside; link the hoops together and suspend from the ceiling?
  4. Placemats? What could they be connected with?
  5. 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?

Quick Links
Quick Links

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
Room Dividers - DIY Rope Wall via The Brick House

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)

Minimal Sew Fabric Room Dividers
Minimal Sew Fabric Room Dividers

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! :)

DIY Yarn Art Room Dividers

Room Dividers DIY Yarn Art Screen
Room Dividers DIY Yarn Art Screen

Yarn bombing just got a whole new look thanks to this clever blogger! No instructions are included but you get the idea, right? So cool!

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DIY Room Divider Made with Wood Doweling

DIY Dowel Wood Room Divider via Desire to Inspire
DIY Dowel Wood Room Divider via Desire to Inspire

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 Room Divider via WorkBenchMagazine.com
Wooden Room Divider via WorkBenchMagazine.com

Wooden DIY Room Dividers

via WoodWorkersWorkshop.com

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.

Have you made DIY room dividers? - What materials did you use or would you like to use?

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      ElsieNew 3 years ago

      Thanks for liking my tiny houses and commenting on them.

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      ElsieNew 3 years ago

      I like your room dividers. I need one for my finished basement around my bedroom and bathroom down there.

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      I've never lived any place large enough to use a divider, but I did once use tall plants to provide buffer zones between cubicles in an office. The boss wanted cubicles. The staff did not, and the plants were our compromise solution.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      very unique!

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      Interesting ideas, they are all very original. I need one of these by the way...

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      Mohan Babu 3 years ago from Chennai, India

      Really novel ideas that would give a lift to our homes. Some of your ideas lend so much of flexibility that we can move the divider across different places.

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      We use furniture as a way of separating living from dining areas, but I've thought about doing it this way and may prefer it after some of your examples.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Great ideas. I like the way that many of these are see-through. That can be a great decorating touch.

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      mattcut 4 years ago

      So amazing, your ideas are truly original and useful - hanks for sharing with the world !

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      UrbanAccentsNY 4 years ago

      @Joy Neasley: That's a great idea, however you have to make sure that the screen is heavy and sturdy enough to hang artwork. Another idea you could so is get a blank canvas screen and have art work printed as an adhesive decal and stick them on the blank screen to create an artwork collage.

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      HelloKittyCat 4 years ago

      I really like the jute string one, what a unique idea.

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      Resident-Nerd 4 years ago

      Great idea, not much need in my neck of the woods but i know for some places this would be perfect.

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      bilafond lm 4 years ago

      Very good lens with super ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I found a room divider (standing) on sale from $580 to $140. It was espresso so it naturally matched my dresser. But to add some color and flair I painted highlights of turquoise into the design. It only stood 5 feet tall, so I screwed in metal stands from the floor raising the divider so you can see the majority of the headboard behind the bed.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This lens was quite a treat for me because not only am I looking for some great DIY room divider ideas, but I got some great points because this lens was my 900th squidlike!

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      Ronlove LM 4 years ago

      Very neat. Awesome Lens.

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      Guided Abundance 4 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Its one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do the re-work a space. Looks great too. Blessed

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      marsha32 4 years ago

      Yes, we once lived in my mom's basement so we divided the rooms in several ways. I even used up all my yarn to crochet a room divider!

      Cool lens with great ideas.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      I like your bamboo room divider. That might work for a project I have in mind. Hmm...

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      ArmchairBuilder1 5 years ago

      Since I'm a builder, I would normally put up a permanent wall. But you offer up some great ideas here...especially for situations where you don't want it to be permanent. Thanks for sharing.

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      SilmarwenLinwelin 5 years ago

      no, but I need one now. Great ideas!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No I never tried it before. The only time I split a room was a permanent division so we put up a full wall, frame sheet rock et al.

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      Joy Neasley 5 years ago from Nashville, TN

      I am thinking of a room divider made out of a really large easel, a covered board, and several pieces of artwork hanging on each side. Can you tell that I am a bit short of wall space....LOL....Great lens! Thanks for the ideas. I liked the one with the reed fencing hung on the wood. It was private but can see through to what else is going on in the room.

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      justmelucy 5 years ago

      Super lens, super ideas never would have thought of the old bed springs. In my somewhat primitive digs I could get away with it.

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      darciefrench lm 5 years ago

      Nice, we're looking for an easy sew room divider, thanks

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      evitaa 5 years ago

      Great ideas. Especially like (â¤) your No2. idea - hanging potted plants at various heights in a row.

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      Renaissance Woman 5 years ago from Colorado

      I have used shoji screens to make a room divider. I have also made stained glass panels.

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      weheartjunk 5 years ago

      Cool ideas. Definitely cheaper (and a little funkier/hipper) than building a traditional wall, haha. I like it.

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      JodiFromFlorida 5 years ago

      Awesome lens!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      Fantastic resource, great inspiration and just the quality of lens we can expecxt from veryirie!

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      Bill Armstrong 5 years ago from Valencia, California

      Nice lens thanks for sharing

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I used cloth in the past when living in an apartment to make walls for a bedroom. I love your ideas.

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      CCTVwebmaster 5 years ago

      Yes - I've used both bamboo and fabric. Great lens!

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      I have hinged 4 bi-fold doors together to form a room divider, using pre-painted doors. It was super easy and very adjustable. It worked perfectly!

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      Annamadagan 5 years ago

      I haven't made them, but I think it would be fun to play around with temporary dividers. Nice lens!

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      sujathayder 5 years ago

      love it..

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Yes, when I lived in a garage conversion. I made long curtains from sheets.

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      truorder 5 years ago

      Thanks for the tips.

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      VeseliDan 5 years ago

      These are really beautiful designs!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very simple and elegant designs!

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      mistyblue75605 lm 5 years ago

      I love bamboo and the Asian look. Always wanted to try a silk screen and use old photos!:)

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have not made any room dividers would would like to and enjoyed this lens.

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      domain19 5 years ago

      no.. not yet.. but your lens give me more idea when i want to divide my room... thanks

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      SPhilbrick 5 years ago

      I've done dividers with shelf units and curtains-sheer and solids. I've had many more unique designs in my head. I love the way you think ! :-)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I think I might be trying this one since I'm moving into a vintage looking apartment and buying a record player as a centerpiece. I'd piece them together by creating a wooden frame where I could attach them in the back to the frame. At least that's what I envision.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You'll have people's minds going with ideas to create DIY room dividers that are unique. I'm still tying to visualize your idea for using old vinyl records.

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      poutine 5 years ago

      no, never made one.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      love your diy lenses. thanks for your useful info on room dividers.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes I made one using old shutters that I found at a garage sale and used hinges so that it folded back, it was a great project, I got the idea off better homes and gardens

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      I like the reed room divider.

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      gottaloveit2 6 years ago

      What a wonderful idea for a lens. With more and more people not able to move, changing the rooms around with dividers is a great DIY idea.

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      vauldine 6 years ago

      These are just great ideas!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      No I havn't but I have made curtains many times and love DIY projects, great lens :)

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      jseven lm 6 years ago

      I haven't done it in my current place, but did at my old house with curtains. I like the tropical one. Good lens!

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: Yeah, I especially love the hanging dividers. Kind of a "semi permanent" solution that's low-cost too. Even better!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like these ideas for room dividers. I could use one to wall off my living room and dining room.

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @jasminesphotogr: Wow, now that is a cool idea!

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      When my fiance and I buy our first house we'd like to divide a room with a huge aquarium. :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      these are really nice dividers! I wanted something like a Japanese style screen. i've been trying to find something like that DIY style :)

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