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?
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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)
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
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!
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.
Have you made DIY room dividers? - What materials did you use or would you like to use?
ElsieNew on February 01, 2014:
Thanks for liking my tiny houses and commenting on them.
ElsieNew on February 01, 2014:
I like your room dividers. I need one for my finished basement around my bedroom and bathroom down there.
Kathryn Grace from San Francisco on February 01, 2014:
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.
chrisilouwho on January 31, 2014:
evawrites1 on January 19, 2014:
Interesting ideas, they are all very original. I need one of these by the way...
Mohan Babu from Chennai, India on January 02, 2014:
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.
David Stone from New York City on October 25, 2013:
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.
Aunt-Mollie on March 31, 2013:
Great ideas. I like the way that many of these are see-through. That can be a great decorating touch.
mattcut on March 28, 2013:
So amazing, your ideas are truly original and useful - hanks for sharing with the world !
UrbanAccentsNY on January 15, 2013:
@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.
HelloKittyCat on January 13, 2013:
I really like the jute string one, what a unique idea.
Resident-Nerd on December 21, 2012:
Great idea, not much need in my neck of the woods but i know for some places this would be perfect.
bilafond lm on November 29, 2012:
Very good lens with super ideas.
anonymous on November 28, 2012:
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.
anonymous on November 28, 2012:
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!
Ronlove LM on November 21, 2012:
Very neat. Awesome Lens.
Maurice Glaude from Mobile, AL on November 14, 2012:
Its one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do the re-work a space. Looks great too. Blessed
marsha32 on November 07, 2012:
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.
Frischy from Kentucky, USA on September 30, 2012:
I like your bamboo room divider. That might work for a project I have in mind. Hmm...
ArmchairBuilder1 on September 26, 2012:
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.
SilmarwenLinwelin on September 23, 2012:
no, but I need one now. Great ideas!
anonymous on September 19, 2012:
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.
Joy Neasley from Nashville, TN on September 06, 2012:
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.
justmelucy on August 28, 2012:
Super lens, super ideas never would have thought of the old bed springs. In my somewhat primitive digs I could get away with it.
darciefrench lm on July 27, 2012:
Nice, we're looking for an easy sew room divider, thanks
evitaa on July 16, 2012:
Great ideas. Especially like (â¤) your No2. idea - hanging potted plants at various heights in a row.
Renaissance Woman from Colorado on July 04, 2012:
I have used shoji screens to make a room divider. I have also made stained glass panels.
weheartjunk on June 30, 2012:
Cool ideas. Definitely cheaper (and a little funkier/hipper) than building a traditional wall, haha. I like it.
JodiFromFlorida on June 27, 2012:
UKGhostwriter on June 06, 2012:
Fantastic resource, great inspiration and just the quality of lens we can expecxt from veryirie!
Bill Armstrong from Valencia, California on May 28, 2012:
Nice lens thanks for sharing
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on May 09, 2012:
I used cloth in the past when living in an apartment to make walls for a bedroom. I love your ideas.
CCTVwebmaster on May 04, 2012:
Yes - I've used both bamboo and fabric. Great lens!
KateHonebrink on May 03, 2012:
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!
Annamadagan on March 12, 2012:
I haven't made them, but I think it would be fun to play around with temporary dividers. Nice lens!
sujathayder on March 10, 2012:
KimGiancaterino on March 09, 2012:
Yes, when I lived in a garage conversion. I made long curtains from sheets.
truorder on February 16, 2012:
Thanks for the tips.
VeseliDan on January 25, 2012:
These are really beautiful designs!
anonymous on January 25, 2012:
Very simple and elegant designs!
mistyblue75605 lm on January 23, 2012:
I love bamboo and the Asian look. Always wanted to try a silk screen and use old photos!:)
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on January 23, 2012:
I have not made any room dividers would would like to and enjoyed this lens.
domain19 on January 13, 2012:
no.. not yet.. but your lens give me more idea when i want to divide my room... thanks
SPhilbrick on January 05, 2012:
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 ! :-)
anonymous on December 07, 2011:
@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.
anonymous on November 25, 2011:
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.
poutine on November 20, 2011:
no, never made one.
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on November 17, 2011:
love your diy lenses. thanks for your useful info on room dividers.
anonymous on November 16, 2011:
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
Joan Haines on August 16, 2011:
I like the reed room divider.
gottaloveit2 on July 29, 2011:
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.
vauldine on July 18, 2011:
These are just great ideas!
anonymous on July 06, 2011:
No I havn't but I have made curtains many times and love DIY projects, great lens :)
jseven lm on July 05, 2011:
I haven't done it in my current place, but did at my old house with curtains. I like the tropical one. Good lens!
Pam Irie (author) from Land of Aloha on July 01, 2011:
@Scarlettohairy: Yeah, I especially love the hanging dividers. Kind of a "semi permanent" solution that's low-cost too. Even better!
Peggy Hazelwood from Desert Southwest, U.S.A. on June 30, 2011:
I like these ideas for room dividers. I could use one to wall off my living room and dining room.
Pam Irie (author) from Land of Aloha on June 28, 2011:
@jasminesphotogr: Wow, now that is a cool idea!
jasminesphotogr on June 27, 2011:
When my fiance and I buy our first house we'd like to divide a room with a huge aquarium. :)
anonymous on June 15, 2011:
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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