Build a Fancy Room Divider

EDITED: An Easy to Build Divider for Any Room

I really love those room dividers… There are so many options for color, pattern, size, etc. but the cost can be outrageous! The plans to build a fancy room divider are actually quite simple but are customizable and cost very little dinero to build!

build fancy room divider _ dimensions

The plan doesn’t get any easier than this. If you don’t want to use pocket holes to assemble the frames, countersunk screws or brad nails along with glue can be used. This is a great weekend project and the plan is very beginner friendly!


  • Saw – Circular, jig or miter
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig (for pocket holes) & 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws (<– affiliate link!)
  • Screwdriver
  • Air nailer and 1-1/4″ brad nails
  • Square and pencil
  • Tape measure


  • 2 sheets of 1/4″ lauan (also known as “Premium Underlayment”), plywood, or hardboard
  • 7 – 1x2s at 8′
  • 3 pairs of hinges (non-mortise)
  • Optional knobs or drawer pulls
  • Wallpaper, Scrapbooking paper, Paint, etc.

build fancy room divider

Notes About the Project:

  • The materials listed make three panels, enough for one divider
  • Sand all pieces before assembling the screen panels
  • Finishing ideas will be listed below!

Step One

Cut the pieces for the frames. Set the pocket hole  jig for 3/4″ material and drill pocket holes in each end of the shorter boards. Assemble as shown in the drawing using glue and 1-1/4″ pocket hole screws. Another  option would be to use a brad nailer with 2″ brad nails or countersunk 1-1/2″ screws for assembly instead of the pocket hole jig.

build fancy room divider _ frame



Step Two

Cut the 1/4″ plywood pieces. Plywood sheets are sold in 4′ x 8′ sheets. If the sheets are ripped to approximately 15-7/8″ x 8′, you can get three panels per sheet. Using glue and the brad nailer, fasten the panels to the frames. Attach the hinges and voila – a quick and easy project!

build fancy room divider _ panel



Step Three

Sand thoroughly and finish as desired.


Finishing ideas:

The divider can be treated like a large wall panel and can be painted, covered with wallpaper, covered with scrapbooking paper in a patchwork manner, covered with vintage posters (a Jimi Hendrix divider would be AWESOME!!) or just simply stained. Drawer knobs or handles could be used for jewelry or accessory storage.

More panels could be added to make it wider, as well!

build fancy room divider _ five panels

Have questions to build the fancy room divider? Leave a comment below!

Originally posted 2012-04-01 08:00:56.


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