How to Build a Folding Screen

How to Build a Folding Screen. Whether you're going for privacy or hiding a pile of clutter, a folding screen is a handy item to have around.

Things You'll Need

  • Water-base Stains
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Glues
  • Measuring Tapes
  • Paintbrushes
  • 3 Interior Doors
  • Pencils
  • 6 Hinges
  • Common Nails
  • Hammers
  • Multiuse Screws
  • Variable-speed Drills

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Pick up three interior shutters or paneled doors. These are lightweight, narrow and typically used for closet doors.

Select a set of hinges to match your decor. You'll need six of them.

Glue or nail 1/2-inch or 3/4-inch rope molding around the front borders of each panel.

Stain or paint the doors in whatever patterns you wish. Put a seasonal pattern on the back side, for a holiday change. Gild the molding for a fancy look.

Allow the doors to dry completely, then measure 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 the height of each door and mark the edge.

Install the hinges at the marks. The first set of three should be installed on the front side and the second set should go on the back. This allows you to fold the screen up to the size of one panel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add a fourth panel and set of three hinges if desired.
  • Make sure that each hinge is installed with the same part of the hinge - bottom or top edge, or center - touching the mark.
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