How to Make a Folding Room Divider


Large rooms don't always work well as they are. You either want to use the room for two different things, or there isn't enough wall space for everything you want to place. If you are in this predicament, you can create a dividing wall out of many things, depending on your height requirements, such as shutters, louver doors, mirrors or plywood. These walls will not keep out the sound from the other side of the room, but they will block the view or designate separate spaces.

Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Hinges
  • Measuring tape
  • Obtain enough louver doors (or other material as suggested in the introduction) to divide your room. Remember that the folding room divider doors will have to stay at slight angles when they are extended so the wall will be able to stand up. For this reason, get a few more doors than the length of the room.

  • Lay two of the doors down so their long sides are next to each other. Attach two hinges to the doors to connect them. Place one approximately 1 foot from the top and one about 1 foot from the bottom. Make sure the hinges face the proper way, so that the doors will be able to fold closed. Use a screwdriver and hinge hardware to attach the hinges.

  • Turn the doors over so that they are facing the other way and the hinges you just installed are now on the ground on the other side. Place a third and fourth door down on either side of the two doors that are already attached.

  • Attach hinges so that the third and fourth doors are attached to the original two doors. Place the hinges at the same distance from the top and bottom as the other hinges. Use a screwdriver to mount the hinges. Make sure they are facing so that the doors will be able to fold. Repeat the steps to flip the doors over and add two more doors on either side, if needed. It is best to have the folding dividers only be half the length of the room, and create a second panel for the other half. The fewer doors in a line, the more stable it will be.

Tips & Warnings

  • For stability of taller panels, consider connecting the end of the folding divider to the wall with sturdy hinges, such as the type used for doors.
  • Decorate the panels of the divider by placing pictures in the slats or stapling fabric to the individual sections.

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