A room divider can serve many purposes in addition to dividing a room. A room divider can be found in small rooms and large rooms, kitchens, bedrooms, living rooms and even found outside as part of a patio or garden space. Using a few simple items, anyone can instantly create a room divider that is both beautiful and functional. This how-to will instruct you how to build a three-panel divider that is 8 feet long and 6 feet tall and can be folded up when it needs to be out of the way.
Things You'll Need
- Two 4 x 8 sheets of MDF
- Hinges with screws
- Table saw
- Safety glasses
- Measuring tape
- Paint (optional)
- Decorative Items (optional)
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Determine the size of room divider you wish to make. You will need to consider both height and length. Depending on these measurements, purchase enough sheets of MDF at your local lumberyard to cover this amount.
Measure a board of MDF vertically and make a mark at six feet. Use a T-square to draw a line across the board horizontally. Using a table saw, cut along this line. Always wear safety glasses when using power tools.
Measure the same board vertically down the middle. This should give you two feet on either side of the line. Using a table saw, cut along this line. You will now have two boards that are 2 feet wide by 6 feet long.
Repeat the above steps with the second board of MDF. When this is complete, you will have a total of four boards that measure 2 feet in width and 6 feet in length.
Using your measuring tape, determine at what points you want to place your hinges and mark these spots. Hinges should be at about 12 inches from the top and the bottom of each board and there should be at least two hinges connecting two boards together. For a sturdier room divider, use three hinges to connect board to board.
Place your hinges on the first board according to the measurements you made in the last step. Make sure that each hinge is exactly where you want it to before drilling any holes. Once you are satisfied with its placement, use your drill and the screws that came with the hinge to fasten it to the first board. Repeat this with the remaining hinges on that board.
Place a second board next to the board you just screwed hinges into. You will want to make sure that it is aligned with the first board so that when the room divider is standing, the boards will be at the same level on the floor. With the board aligned, place the unsecured side of the hinge on the second board, making sure that it is the same distance from the edge of the board as the hinge on the first board is from the edge of the first board. Fasten this second board to the hinge using the screws that came with the hinge. Repeat this process with each of the hinges. You will now have two boards connected with hinges.
Repeat this process with the remaining boards and hinges. When you are finished, you will have four boards connected with hinges. The room divider can now be used by standing it up and placing the boards at an angle to one another. It can easily be placed out of the way by simply folding it up accordion style and placing it in a corner or closet. It can also be decorated at this time using paint, artwork, fabric, or just about any other medium that you desire.