How to Make a Room Divider (and your Weekend Round-up)

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DIY_ How to make a Room Divider

This week has been a busy one! I want to share what I’ve been up to, which is also partly why it’s been quiet here on the blog.  I’ve made a room divider for my little one’s playroom so I can hide the treadmill on one corner of the room.  This room divider will also be used for guests’ privacy when using the daybed during their visit.  I have searched pinterest for inspiration and found a couple of great links that helped me out for this project.  I will include those links at the end, in the Weekend Round-up.

How to make room divider DIY

Get some lumber from your local hardware store. I believe I got 1 x 3’s. I got 6 of them to cut to size for 4 panels that were about 21.5 inches across and a little over 5 feet per panel. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

How to make room divider DIY

My dad helped with cutting them to size. (He gave me tips about measuring thrice, cutting once, and how to cut to the right side of the mark to get the correct size – versus cutting to the left or right on the mark). DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

As my dad cut the pieces, I pre-drilled holes for the screws so they wouldn't split the wood. We also used some wood glue to make sure the corners were stuck better. (We didn't bother doing mitered corners because of the L-brackets.

As my dad cut the pieces, I pre-drilled holes for the screws so they wouldn’t split the wood. We also used some wood glue to make sure the corners were stuck better. (We didn’t bother doing mitered corners because of the L-brackets. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

We put L brackets on the top and in the middle to make the frame more stable.

We put L brackets on the top and in the middle to make the frame more stable. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

How to make room divider DIY

Here is one frame finished with middle support and L brackets on corners. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

Four finished frames ready for hinges and fabric cover.

Four finished frames ready for hinges and fabric cover. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

How to make room divider DIY

Measure where you want the hinges to go and mark and pre–drill holes for the screws. I measured 6 inches from the top and bottom. Make marks very evident to make it easier for you to find them once the wood is covered by fabric. Also make a note of which frames will have the hinges on the front or the back to get the accordion set-up. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

How to make room divider DIY

Measure where you want the hinges to go and mark and pre–drill holes for the screws. I measured 6 inches from the top and bottom. Make marks very evident to make it easier for you to find them once the wood is covered by fabric. Also make a note of which frames will have the hinges on the front or the back to get the accordion set-up. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

    Measure where you want the hinges to go and mark and pre--drill holes for the screws. I measured 6 inches from the top and bottom. Make marks very evident to make it easier for you to find them once the wood is covered by fabric. Also make a note of which frames will have the hinges on the front or the back to get the accordion set-up.

Measure where you want the hinges to go and mark and pre–drill holes for the screws. I measured 6 inches from the top and bottom. Make marks very evident to make it easier for you to find them once the wood is covered by fabric. Also make a note of which frames will have the hinges on the front or the back to get the accordion set-up. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

Measure fabric to cover panels. Make sure to give enough allowance on all sides. I used four inches because I wanted to hem the sides to prevent fraying before stapling the fabric to the wood.

Measure fabric to cover panels. Make sure to give enough allowance on all sides. I used four inches because I wanted to hem the sides to prevent fraying before stapling the fabric to the wood. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

I sewed a 1/4 hem on all sides.  This step can be skipped, just make sure you fold over the frayed sides of the fabric for a cleaner look, and also so that the fabric won't fray at the ends.

I sewed a 1/4 hem on all sides. This step can be skipped, just make sure you fold over the frayed sides of the fabric for a cleaner look, and also so that the fabric won’t fray at the ends. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

Staple fabric all around the frame.  I started in the middle of all sides, and then went around the frame, pulling the fabric taut so there is no lag in the middle.  This will help have a smooth and clean look to the panels.

Staple fabric all around the frame. I started in the middle of all sides, and then went around the frame, pulling the fabric taut so there is no lag in the middle. This will help have a smooth and clean look to the panels. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

When all panels are covered with fabric, you can start putting the hinges on the frames.

When all panels are covered with fabric, you can start putting the hinges on the frames. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

When all panels are covered with fabric, you can start putting the hinges on the frames.

When all panels are covered with fabric, you can start putting the hinges on the frames. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

Finished project hiding the treadmill when not in use!

Finished project hiding the treadmill when not in use! DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

Finished project as a privacy screen while guests use the daybed in the playroom.

Finished project as a privacy screen while guests use the daybed in the playroom. DIY tutorial from cablearms.com

Weekend Round-up links:

Inspiration for the room divider I found on pinterest. Link for the frame, but I adapted my own as seen above.

Great grey houndstooth fabric I used for the room divider project. I got it from Minimushrooms on Etsy.  If you can’t find a Riley Blake fabric you like, check her online store as she has a great selection.  She is also very helpful with options if she doesn’t have the particular one you are thinking of.

Great hacks for small space living here and here

What this artist cannot hear, she creates.

Seeing what Stanley Kubrick saw in New York subways in 1946

Learn to spell

Nikon Canada gives you tips for better photos

Great modern prints for kids’ and grown-ups’ spaces  (via A Cup of Jo)

I can never understand the “FIRST!” comments.

I am in the process of moving the blog. I’m hoping the change will happen soon and in a seamless way.  Not much difference should happen to the domain. You can still follow me on the regular url of Cablearms.com as I move. The new site will undergo a facelift and more of a change on the back-end for me but all changes will be for the better.  I am very excited about this as I will also have some regular interview series on the blog.  So keep checking in for the new look.In the meantime, enjoy your weekend wherever you are.


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