How to Divide a Room With a Sliding Wall


When you have a room with enough space to create two rooms, but you don’t want the hassle of installing drywall, adding a sliding wall may be just the ticket. Divide a room with a sliding wall to hide laundry facilities or to create a secluded bedroom area. You can make a sliding wall out of a simple wood frame with frosted plastic sheeting for privacy. Attach the wall to a sliding door track for easy movement across the room.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Chalk
  • 1-by-4-inch planks of wood
  • Hammer
  • 2-inch nails
  • Level
  • 30-mil, heavy-duty frosted plastic sheeting
  • Utility knife
  • Staple gun
  • Sliding door track kit with roller brackets
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver
  • Measure the length and width of your room to determine the dimensions for the sliding wall.

  • Decide exactly where you want to divide the room and use chalk to mark a spot on your ceiling. Draw the dividing line across the ceiling.

  • Lay out 1-by-4-inch planks of wood in a square or rectangle to fit your wall dimensions.

  • Nail the boards together with the 2-inch nails. Set the frame up and place the level on top to ensure its properly squared.

  • Cut a piece of heavy-duty, plastic sheeting to fit on the frame.

  • Set the sheeting over the frame. Pull the sheeting tight and staple the sheeting to the wood frame.

  • Cut off any excess plastic sheeting with the utility knife so the edge of the plastic is flush with the edge of the wood frame.

  • Hold the track up to the ceiling and mark the location for the screws. Drill pilot holes in the ceiling to install the sliding door tracks.

  • Screw the roller brackets into the top of the frame. Install one on each end 2 inches from the corner.

  • Hold the frame at an angle and snap the rollers into place to hang the door. Adjust the height if needed by turning the dial on the rolling bracket.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can find plastic sheeting in rolls that measure 10-by-100-feet at your local home improvement center or hardware store.
  • Use 1-by-4-inch boards to make a lightweight sliding door that will be easy to move. Make two frames to make dividing a long room easier.
  • Paint or stain the wood frame to complement the room decor.

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