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Room Divider Ideas: How To Make A DIY Room Divider?

We discuss room divider ideas as well as how to make a DIY room divider, the materials to be used, the cost of these materials and construction tips.

Room dividers have a single purpose that makes them useful; walling off a specific areas of a room. There are many reasons you’d want to do this, but it all starts with a room divider of substantial quality. Going cheap won’t really get you the results you want, although there are alternative options. Making your own room divider can equal or exceed the quality of even the most expensive one on the market. It’s also a fun project to get rid of extra materials you have lying around the house. All it takes is a little creativity and time to put your crafting skills to the test and make a worthwhile room divider.

The Pros And Cons Of Room Dividers

You’re not going to magically make two rooms out of one with a divider. It gives the illusion of space rather than giving you extra space. Dividers are all about privacy, placement and quality of the materials. Putting a divider in the wrong place will leave both areas worse off, so plan your placement before creating a room divider. Room dividers aren’t limited to home and apartment spaces, and can be used in any area that needs a ‘movable wall’ to split the room.

Pros

  • Works in any room no matter what size it is. You can shrink or expand the divider to give or take away space.
  • Cheap and easy to do, with the only limitation being your imagination. Any fabric or material can be used when making your own room divider.
  • Makes a studio apartment look larger than it really is while offering extra privacy to guests. This is particularly useful if you have a studio apartment that lacks good spacing. Using a room divider will give it the visual boost that it’s lacking.
  • When making big alterations to the home, you can use a room divider to take the place of a knocked down wall. It’s a lot less jarring to have the divider up during construction than to look at a missing wall in your home.
  • A DIY room divider is much better than the standard cubicle divider which is shorter, and less sturdy. Although cubicle dividers are common, their only benefit is convenience.

Cons

  • A bad looking room divider will throw off the look of an entire room. So even if it is a stable piece of craftsmanship, it still is judged by appearance.
  • Intricate or special designs will take a lot of time, sometimes days to complete. Creating a room divider isn’t hard, but making it blend in to your expectations may take time.
  • DIY room dividers made of glass are particularly difficult to mold into what you want. Only experienced users will get the most out of using glass as a material.
  • Some rooms are harder to set a divider in than normal. No matter how good your positioning, it will always look out of place.
  • Even if you go all out, room dividers won’t stop sound or smells that come from the other side.

Materials Needed

This DIY room divider takes the simple approach by only requiring four main components. You can cut out a lot of the extra costs this way while getting a basic idea of core room dividers. For something more advanced, you’ll start by following these instructions. This folding room divider can be used indoors or outdoors, and due to the weight, is light enough to be carried by one person. It’s truly a flexible one size fits all DIY room divider.

Removable WallpaperYou want removable wallpaper for simplicity. If you decide to upgrade the divider into something more advanced, removable wallpaper will make stripping it down easier. Damaged wallpaper can be peeled off and replaced in a matter of seconds. Making a quick alteration to your new divider after the wallpaper gets ripped won’t be an inconvenience.

Narrow Brass HingesThese hinges are used to keep the pieces together. It is a simple but effective piece that can be as strong or as loose as you want based on the amount used.

Hollow Core DoorsPicking out ahollow core door seems like a simple task until you go into a store. Just because you’re putting wallpaper over the door that doesn’t mean that the design (indentation/look/etc.) of the door doesn’t matter. This is the one material that you’ll spend the most time on since it makes up the bulk of visual appeal.

Cordless DrillYou could always go the cheap route and use a screwdriver, but cordless drillscordless drills have come down in price. It will save you a lot of time and wrist pains if you use a cordless drill to attach the brass hinges to the door.

Scissors/Utility KnifeYou can go either way with this, just make sure that the knife’shandle is comfortable and the blade is sharp.

The Job

Positioning is still the most important part of the project. If you don’t get the position right, then everything will just look weird. Remember that some areas just don’t work well when they’re split in two. You have to do a little bit of surveying before you even think of getting the materials. That way you can plan ahead and decide the size of the room divider you need to build. There are also color and designs considerations to think about. Do all of this planning before you go on a search for the correct materials and it will save you a massive headache later on.

Start out by clearing the work area, as you’ll need a lot of space to operate. Even if you’re making the divider small, this is a necessary step. Place your hollow core doors on the floor, a couple of inches apart from each other. Next line up the wallpaper with each door, giving yourself room for error by making sure it can wrap around the sides. This extra bit will keep you from undercutting the wallpaper and messing up an entire sheet. Cut it down so that it is perfectly centered on the door, then peel off the backing paper from the wallpaper as you apply. Recheck the door again before lining it up so that the final project isn’t crooked. There is no rush with this part of the project, apply it slowly but steadily.

Air bubbles shouldn’t be a problem if you’re moving slowly, but just in case, smooth them out with a credit card. When you get bubbles that are too big, slow down as you’re moving too fast. Remove them by backing up a bit and applying the wallpaper again. It isn’t instant drying glue, so no damage will be done to the door if need to do this a few times. Users will find this method extremely helpful when they make a mistake and apply the wallpaper crooked. Corners are finished by using the hospital corner method, which is similar to wrapping a present. This is of course at the user’s discretion, so use whatever method fits your design.

Now that the doors are done, you can move over to attaching the hinges to the edges. You can use, two, three or four per corner depending on how sturdy you want the folding effect to be. The key to not messing it up is to alternate the direction you install the hinges on each door. It shouldn’t take long to do this if you have a cordless drill, but when using a screwdriver you can expect the time to almost triple. From start to finish after getting the materials, the project should take less than two hours. The longest part involves getting the wallpaper just right, while the shortest is attaching the hinges. Consumers looking for a safe and easy DIY project will have no trouble creating a good looking room divider.

Essential Tips For Making Your Own Room Divider

Careful planning is your friend in this project. By using these DIY instructions as your base, plenty of paths open so that you can experiment with the setup. Get creative and add wheels to the bottom for a rolling effect. Or add expensive linen in place of the wallpaper so that it flows with the area more.

  • Don’t obsess over getting the wallpaper perfect. Since the wallpaper can be removed with no trouble, getting the divider mechanically correct is more important than the looks.
  • It’s better to make a longer room divider than a shorter one. Since the guide focuses on making a folding divider, you can always adjust it to the length needed.
  • Quick decorative ideas like ribbons or Christmas lights add a nice flair to your finished divider. The best part is that they aren’t permanent, and can be removed or replaced with something better.
  • If wheels are too much trouble as an addition, consider adding rubber feet to the bottom of a divider. For users that move their room dividers a lot, the rubber will keep it from scratching wood floors.
  • Pay attention to the total weight of the divider, mainly the weight of each hollow core door. It can quickly add up and become more than you expected once they are all attached.

Cost

The only thing that will make you dig into the pocketbook a bit is the hollow core doors. Even so, that is more about which ones you decide to go with, and how many are purchased. Everything else is standard enough that it can be purchased for cheap.

Removable wallpaper is plentiful, coming in many different designs. The only important thing is the actual ‘removable’ part. You can always spring for the really good removable wallpaper, but it is not at all necessary for a great experience. Remember that you have to match this up not only with the area the divider will be placed in, but also the indent (design of the hollow door.). $20-$100

Narrow brass hinges come in packs and with the needed screws. Nothing fancy is needed here, so going with the cheapest option won’t be a bad thing. If you’re lucky, they will sell you all the hinges you need in one big pack. $2-$5

The main material of them all is hollow door cores, which are easy enough to find yet come in a variety of different models. It’s tempting to spend hours looking at the variations as you pair it with wallpaper. Try to keep things simple, especially with the design of the door core. $30-$100

Cordless drills can be found everywhere and at a low price. Nothing expensive is needed with this tool, so brand name doesn’t matter. $10-$30

As long as the scissors or utility knife is comfortable to hold and sharp, either one will do. It doesn’t matter if they cost a dollar or twenty-five dollars. The utility knife will give you more control along with a sharper blade, but at a slightly higher cost. $1-$25

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FAQ

Is Glass A Good Material For Privacy?

When privacy is a concern, consumers can get the best of both worlds by using frosted glass. It has the looks of regular glass but blurs out everything on the other side. This comes at an extra cost and is also considered one of the harder materials to make a DIY divider from. By purchasing a door with frosted glass already in it, you can shave off a lot of prep work with the project.

When Dividers Break, Are They Easy To Repair?

With a DIY divider, simply following the build steps will let you repair 100% of potential issues that will occur over its lifetime. Wallpaper rips, loose hinges and even missing screws are minor quibbles that takes minutes to repair if you’ve built your own room divider. Unfortunately the same can’t be said of buying a room divider outright since their build steps/materials will be different from the guide. So even with high quality materials and innovative designs, you’re left depending on the warranty if a store bought room divider breaks down. Compare this to the mere minutes it takes to repair your own creation from home.

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