Monday, December 5, 2011

Guest Post: Making a Room Divider

I love a good DIY project any day! Especially if it is cheap, fantastic, and has a function as well. Renee is here today to show us a neat and creative way to make a room divider!

Thanks Renee!

About Me
I am not a natural redhead. I wish I were! Oh well. I am black-haired former High School English
Teacher who found that she has a gift for analyzing data. I graduated from business school and
became a managing copywriter. I currently blog for work on home decor and lighting. I live with
my graduate school student hubby in a 750 square foot Los Angeles apartment with my silver
cat,Cleo.

I’m so happy that Meaghan invited me to do a guest blog post on DIY room dividers. Since my
apartment is 750 square feet, my living room and dining room are open plan design. 80% of the
time, hubster uses the dining table as his study station. I wanted to make a room divider so that
I could have a screen to delineate the living room relaxation area from the study area.

The cafe latte walls of my apartment complement its ornate white moulding. The tulip glass
sconces draw the eye to my Rembrandt wall art. The colorful 20" diameter Tiffany pendant in
the dining area caused us to rent this place. The fantastic online lighting retailer that I work for,
AffordableLamps.com, sells some Tiffany style lights like mine by lighting manufacturer Quoizel.



I researched 10 DIY room dividers from Shoeboxdwelling, Re-nest, Better Homes and Gardens,
Instructables, Weburbanist and Ohdeedoh. I decided to go with the cardboard room divider
tutorial by Instructables.com because I am confident with Exacto knives and papercraft. The
cardboard is free. Instructables will walk you through how to create a free-standing, modern
screen. I plan to color my room divider midnight blue and silver for winter.

I like to keep my home decor blue and orange year round but I add evergreen
boughs and silver for the holidays. If you need discount lighting this winter you
can buy 16" diameter pendant lights by Lite Source for less than $70. I like
the look of drum pendant lights over a low coffee table. Now for the DIY room
divider.



Materials:
cardboard

Tools:
utility knife
self-healing papercraft cutting board

Time: 2 work weeks or less

Step 1: Collect enough cardboard to make three sides of a screen. Avoid fruit stained cardboard
or ones that have carried meat. Wine boxes are an example of clean, dry cardboard.

Step 2: Set up a station for cardboard cutting. Since cutting out the shapes will take about two
work weeks, make sure you lock up your utility knife so your pet or roommate does not tread on
it.

Step 3: When you are well-rested and alert, cut out the necessary pieces over the course of
several days. I mentioned this because sleepiness and knives don't mix. You can keep the
loose cardboard in a gallon sized zip-top bag to stay organized.

Step 4: Assemble your screen. You can choose to fuse it together with glue. I don’t glue. I prefer
to keep mine like a puzzle that I can dissemble anytime.

Happy Holidays, DIYers!

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