DIY and Crafts

These simple steps will make creating your own room divider easy

A room divider is an easy and decorative way to create separate spaces in a room or give a bare corner some interest. Here’s how to make your own

DIY room divider

You will need

  • 2 pieces of 1900mm x 600mm x 18mm MDF (if you wish, you can use slightly thinner MDF to make screen lighter and easier to move)
  • 1 piece of 2100mm x 600mm x 18mm MDF
  • Pencil, string, drawing pin
  • Hand-held jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint roller and tray
  • Paintbrush for edges
  • Paint in colour of your choice
  • 4 hinges
  • 1 packet screws (for hinges)
  • Screwdriver

DIY room divider


  1. Tie 600mm length of string round a pencil. Measure 600mm down 1 side of an MDF board (measuring from top) and fix loose end of string to that spot with a drawing pin. Tighten string and draw a curve from top corner to the other side. Repeat on other boards.
  2. Cut along curved edges with a hand-held jigsaw. Sand edges smooth.
  3. Using roller (and paintbrush for edges), paint boards in chosen colour. You’ll need up to 3 coats for a nice finish.
  4. Stand long board against wall (long side down). Stand 1 short board next to it (long side down), with bases aligned. Screw in 2 hinges to join boards.
  5. Flip boards onto opposite edge and line up third board (long side up).
  6. Attach 2 hinges to join third board to longest board.
  7. Stand screen in a zigzag pattern for stability (not suitable for rooms accessible to young children).

Tip: As an alternative, Try painting each panel in variations of the same tone Or covering the screen in wallpaper or fabric.

Created by: Vanessa Nouwens. Photography by: Wendy Fenwick.

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