10 DIY Room Dividers That You Can Build
DIY Room Dividers Maximize Space and Privacy
Room dividers instantly make something out of nothing, turning single rooms into double rooms, creating privacy, and even making it seem like each space has more square footage.
Some room dividers are so substantial and sturdy that they are almost interior partition walls. Scaling down the divider is more typical, though, because when doing it yourself, who wants to make things complicated?
For DIY room dividers, put your carpentry and drywall skills on the back burner for a later date. Instead, think more along the lines of easy tools and easier materials. For tools, staple guns, hot glue, hammers, and finish nails tend to be the norm. For materials, almost anything is fair game, too: rope, license plates, plastic pipe, chicken wire, repurposed IKEA doors, pallet wood, vinyl records, and metal.
Simple Jute Rope DIY Room Divider
What better room divider for an upholstery collective than one made of organic fibers? Morgan Satterfield, who loves remodeling her mid-century modern home near Palm Springs, has a friend who offers upholstery classes in a giant warehouse, and that warehouse was just too big. Adding a divider near the door was the perfect way to soften this cavernous space.
This DIY room divider is dead-simple, easy to realize, and the materials are cheap. Thick jute rope, available at hardware and craft/hobby stores, is very inexpensive. And if you are willing to go with thinner 1/16-inch jute rope, costs drop even more.
Mount wooden shoe plates on the floor and ceiling, then thread the rope between the plates. While not effective at creating a total visual block, this type of room divider is superb at demarcating and separating spaces.
Frosted Glass DIY Room Divider
Studio apartment dwellers know how cabin fever can develop. It’s something about having one room that really cranks up the fever. It intensifies when two people dwell in that same single room. Can this be fixed?
Where there is a need, there is an IKEA hack. Jules Yap, the founder of the popular blog IKEA Hackers, relates the solution that one of her readers hit on. The idea is to cut the room into two parts with a sliding wall.
IKEA PAX wardrobe doors with frosted glass come in sizes large enough to stretch from ceiling to floor. They slide effortlessly on tracks and, like a just-sharpened knife, slice one chaotic room into two separate calm sanctuaries.
DIY Divider That Crushes It
If you want a DIY room divider that is easy to put together, look no further than this one. It’s as if Jennifer Eckert over at the design blog Fresh Crush was mainlining genius with this fabric-covered room divider. She managed to hit every sweet spot in the world of DIY room dividers with this one.
For one thing, this divider is cheap. Jennifer pulled this one in for less than a couple of hundred dollars for two panels.
And of course, it is DIY-friendly. The complete list of tools and materials she used: drill, bit, pencil, measuring tape, ceiling hooks, adjustable connectors, hurricane tape, hammer, staple gun, staples, and safety glasses.
Those adjustable connectors, attached to the ceiling, allow for easy vertical adjustment and make this a very flexible design.
This divider is so out-of-the-box fast because the fabric is stretched over pre-built artist canvases, each one measuring 30 inches by 50 inches.
A classic DIY room divider is one that has found its way into college dorms and other shared spaces for decades: the carefully positioned bookcase.
This is one IKEA hack that is more about placement than it is about drills, screws, and saws. All you have to do is rotate a shelving unit so that it is perpendicular to the wall.
The most important feature, though, is to secure the unit to avoid tipping. This doesn’t just apply to earthquake-prone areas; this is necessary everywhere.
IKEA provides free tip-over hardware restraint kits, but these largely will not work when the shelving unit is positioned at this angle. Instead, use solid restraints, such as metal “L” brackets attached to a wall stud and to the top of the unit.
Supplement this with screws driven through the side of the unit, directly into the same stud. Screw heads will be visible, but you can cover them with tiny plastic white screw cap covers.
You might be excused for thinking that this DIY room divider looks like fabric. Except it isn’t.
Instead, this is a coiled metal wire mesh that drapes and hangs just like fabric. Oregon’s Cascade Coil made this room divider for a Hyatt Hotel. But do-it-yourself makers, too, can purchase metal coil products directly from the company and make wonderful things.
Deconstructed DIY Room Divider
Anybody who has ever taken a sledgehammer to a plaster wall knows the distinctive, beautiful parallel lines that emerge from the dust. These lines are lath boards. Traditionally, lath was nailed to the studs and acted as a base for the wet plaster coating.
The family-run collective The Brooklyn Home Company created a unique room divider out of lath from a plaster-and-lath wall. This room divider wall pays homage to the roots of this old Brooklyn, New York duplex.
Retro DIY Room Divider
Terracycle, a New Jersey-based recycling company, practices what it preaches with this innovative vinyl record divider at its Trenton headquarters. If you are interested in making your own room divider, this project is as simple as purchasing low-cost LP vinyl records at a local thrift store and joining them with fishing line.
Two for One DIY Room Divider
Both horrified and amused that a Boston retailer was charging a fortune for a pallet wood room divider, Staci and husband Doug made their own. After sourcing local pallets for materials, they quickly put together this divider so that they could separate one big room into a half-office, half-bedroom combination. The divider does double duty as a kind of vertical scrapbook: finish nails pounded into various places on the divider act as hooks for binder clips, which in turn display mementos of trips and Broadway shows.
Emily at the fun craft blog Jones Design Company spent very little for this gorgeous salvaged antique window sash. After mounting it to the ceiling with a barn door track, she and her family had an instant DIY room divider. As Emily notes, she wanted to define the space, yet “keep things bright and open.” This window does just the trick.
Design blogger Susan wasn’t eager to trash her outdated but fully functional tri-fold room divider. As a mother, grandmother, and teacher, it’s not exactly setting a good example to landfill stuff that still works.
So she punched out the flimsy pressboard inserts in the divider, retaining the wood frame. Shabby chic and elegant country are her preferred styles, so she purchased chicken wire and stapled it to each of the three sections.
After adding curios and photos, she now has a personalized DIY room divider that separates her kitchen from the dining room.