Easy Steps To Make Your Room Divider And Folding Privacy Screen Under $200
Updated: Jun 16
A room divider and folding privacy screen is a quick and easy way to divide a space or simply add a decorative touch to your home. If you don't want to completely cut off the view, you'll love this project. The little gaps between the slats in the screen give a hint of what lies beyond and by giving them a twist, you create a pattern that plays tricks on the eye, making the view just that bit more interesting.
"Life's never a straight road. Live a little and add a few twists and turns along the way."
Gather Your Supplies:
1) .2400 x 1200 x 25 mm plywood (2),
2) .75 x 40 mm brass butt hinges (6),
3) .1220 x 2440 x 3 mm plywood (1),
4) .12 x 12 mm x 1.2 m pine beading (3),
You will also need:
Track saw; combination square; jigsaw; utility knife; chisel; hammer; trimmer fitted with a straight-cut bit; straightedge; Gorilla Glue for wooden work; staple gun and staples; sandpaper; 20 mm nails; stain and varnish in black; clear varnish; painting equipment.
For you to note
A track saw will make this project a lot quicker and easier. It's a handy addition to your toolkit and you can pick up a cheap one for under $200.
Here is how to make a twisted room divider step by step
STEP 1:- Using a track saw, cut 25 mm plywood into three 1800 x 510 mm panels that will make up the screen.
STEP 2:- Using a combination square, mark a line around each panel 75 mm from the edges.
STEP 3:- Cut along each line with a track saw, stopping at the corners. Finish off the cuts in the corners using a jigsaw.
STEP 4:- On the panels,mark out for the hinges that will join them together. Each join has 3 hinges, one hinge in the center, then 2 more 75 mm from top and bottom. On the center panel, make the hinges on the edges face in the opposite direction to each other so the whole divider will concertina.
STEP 5:- Screw the hinge to the edge of the panel, then cut around it using a sharp utility knife. Remove the hinge, then cut a rebate where the hinge will sit using a sharp chisel. Repeat for all hinges on all panels.
STEP 6:- At the top and bottom of the cut--out, use a trimmer to cut a 14 mm deep x 11 mm wide rebate. Use a straightedge as a guide for the trimmer. Square off the corners using a sharp chisel.
STEP 7:- Cut the 3 mm plywood into strips 25 mm wide and 1670 mm long.
STEP 8:- Glue and staple the strips into the rebate at 1 end of each panel. Make the first strip 10 mm from the side of the rebate, then allow 10 mm between each strip.
STEP 9:- Glue and staple the strips to the other end of the screen, maintaining the same spacing. Before fixing the strip, put in the twist by turning it 180 degree.
STEP 10:- Use sandpaper to slightly round 3 corners of the timber for the beading. This will create a slight shadow-line between the beading and the panel. Cut beading to fit over the ends of the strips, then glue and nail in place. If required, sand the beading to make flush with the panels.
STEP 11:- Apply 2-3 coats of stain and varnish to the faces of each of the panels, leaving the edges raw. Let dry and sand lightly after each coat. Follow with 2 coats of clear varnish.
STEP 12:- Screw the hinges to each panel, then join them all together.