Owning a folding screen is like having a spare wall you can stand up wherever you need it. Want a partition to separate your study/desk area from the rest of dining room? Want to hide a door to the utility closet? How about giving a guest bed some privacy? Maybe you just want to add color or texture to the room. Whatever its use, whatever kind of furnishings you have, there's bound to be a screen that will do the job.
You can make your own folding screen easily and for very little money too. Use lightweight (hollow) flat-panel doors that are not too wide (closet-size), louver doors, or shutters. You can find all of the above at any home improvement store, but if there's a building salvage company in your area, you might want to check it out first. You never know what treasures you might find, perhaps a few wonderful old doors or shutters. A vintage door divided into three panels could be a handsome alternative, but make sure it isn't covered in lead based paint. Even plywood cut to the desired size will do the job, and you can decorate it any number of ways.
Decorating kit :
- Measuring tape
- 3 door panels
- 6 standard or double action (optional) hinges
1- Measure and mark the sides of panels at three equidistant points from the top to the bottom generally, a quarter of the way down from the top and up from the bottom, and the midpoint between the two.
2- Lay the panels on a large flat surface. Line up the top of each hinge with a mark, and predrill the holes.
3- Line up the hinges, and screw them into place.
4- If you are not using double action hinges, which allow the screen to fold in either direction, reverse the hinges on the last panel.