Looking for a piece of furniture that serves a functional use while also being great to look at? Then why not try making a room divider?
Whether it’s adding privacy to a shared space or having a great piece of decor to spruce up your HDB flat or condo unit, panel room dividers make for a great weekend project that you can make with just a few carpentry skills.
They also give you tons of options on how to decorate your own space, needing only paint and your imagination.
what you will need to make your very own room divider:
- MDF board (3/4 inch think)
- Door hinges (4)
- Mini foam roller
- Hand drill
- Spray adhesive
To make the room dividers for your HDB flat or condo unit, be sure to follow these steps:
1. Cut down the MDF board to size. The standard size for MDF boards is forty-eight by eighty inches, but you can have it adjusted to size at the hardware store beforehand depending on the dimensions of the space you want to partition with it.
2. Apply the paint. It’s your choice on what color you want your divider, but no matter what, always remember to start with the undercoat. It’s also great to top it all off with a sealant, since it will protect the paint and keep the colors there for longer.
Alternatively, if you want to add an element of design to your room divider, you can stretch over batting and the fabric of your choice, and cover the staples with ribbon applied with fabric glue.
3. Add the hinges. Once your paint has dried, start by measuring eight inches down and eight inches up on the sides of each board. Use this as a template for your screw holes before drilling. Be careful when doing this to avoid injuring yourself.
To make your room divider fold in on itself, flip the boards over and add the hinges on the opposite side.
4. Add as many boards as you want! What makes DIY room dividers great is that you add as many boards as you want or depending on how many your space can allow.
Now that you have your room divider, it’s also important to take special care to protect it as much as possible. For instance, if you have to move your divider to another place, it’s usually a good idea to disconnect the hinges first.
Another way to make it easier to move around is by attaching wheels to the bottom, though this may not always work if you don’t already have a way to secure the wheels in place.
(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)