How To Make a Folding Screen Room Divider

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Using a folding screen room divider can offer privacy in certain areas of the house or can hide something from view that you don't want seen, like a kid's toy room, a messy desk or a dressing room or bathroom. It can also be used just as a centerpiece and a way of attracting attention in a room. If it is decorated in just the right way then it can be used as a painting, a decorative element, or even an architectural element. It can be the most amazing piece of furniture in your home.

To make your own folding screen room divider, you will need a few items and a few tools. You will need three 12 x 5 panels. You will need hinges, screws, a screw driver and probably a drill.

When you make a folding screen you attach three panels, if not more along, the edges by using hinges. Once the hinges are on, the panels can be balanced by moving them around somewhat. You can use a variety of different items for the panels. You can make then out of plywood or from doors. However if you should use plywood make sure you get plywood that has been smoothed and is at least 3/8 of an inch thick or even thicker. When you purchase thinner plywood you might risk having it warp.

Select the height of your panels. Usually 6 feet is enough and the higher that you go, the more panels you will need. When you have the panels, you will want to decorate them before you add the hinges. You can paint them yourself with acrylic paints. This really is the most impressive type of panel, but not all of us are artists so this may not be a option for some of us. You can also apply wallpaper, or you can apply fabric by stapling it directly to the panels.

Once your panels have been decorated, lay them down side-by-side. Make them all the same height so you don't set the hinges unevenly. Make sure you alternate the way the hinges bend so that you make the screen fold in a S shape.  You can use any type of hinge, including a cabinet hinge, but the strongest are piano hinges.

When you have placed the hinges, stand your screen up.  Move the panels appropriately so that the screen will stand on its own. Presto - you have a beautiful screen, one that will be noticed by anyone who walks into the room.


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