Room dividers are usually freestanding, so they pose a problem where children are concerned. The bi-fold or tri-fold style of room divider can tip over with a bit of pressure, and collapsing hinges between the panels can catch little fingers. When it is necessary to define part of a room for its own special purpose, such as a reading corner or conversation area, build a room divider that poses no danger to your baby.
Things You'll Need
- Stackable storage cubes
- Prefabricated Cubicle Panels
- Connector plates
- Panel hardware
- Bi-fold or tri-fold room divider
- 3 hinges and accompanying hardware
Stackable Storage Cubes
Gather as many stackable storage cubes as you will need to form your room divider. These organizing boxes come in many sizes, colors and materials. Look for wood, cloth or plastic cubes. Choose the style that best suits your purposes.
Align the stackable cubes to serve as a barrier where you want a divider, joining them together using any connectors provided to lock the cubes together. If the cubes do not offer a means of connection, drill holes in the crates and secure them together with bolts. Lashing them together forms a solid base that is not as likely to tip over.
Create the shape of the room divider by stacking and joining the crates in a pattern. Have the cubbies, or open sides, all facing the same way, or alternate positions so there will be cubbies on both sides of the divider.
Choose a bookcase with a wide base to ensure that the room divider will not tip over.
Place the bookcase perpendicular to one wall so it divides the space as needed.
Add a second bookcase next to the first to make the room divider longer, or place the second bookcase perpendicular to the wall opposite the first wall, leaving a walk-through space between the two bookcases.
Set up prefabricated cubicle panels similar to those in the workplace.
Select the size of panels you need along with the appropriate connector plates that allow the partitions to be joined.
Join the panels with accompanying hardware to create the space that is best for your purposes.
Choose a bi-fold or tri-fold room divider with panel frames that accept screws.
Buy three hinges of appropriate size to fit on the end of the room divider.
Screw the hinges to one end of the screen and to the wall along a stud so that the screen can be opened and closed, and is not free-standing. Use whichever type of screwdriver the hardware requires. Attaching the room divider to the wall prevents it from toppling and provides an option for folding it back when the room divider is not needed.
Tips & Warnings
- Choose bright colors or children's themes when arranging baby-safe room dividers in a child's room. For child-safe room dividers in the living room or other rooms in the home, choose colors and materials that complement the room decor.
- Creating baby-proof room dividers makes a room safer for a child, but it's important to supervise your child regardless of what safety features you have in place.