How To Make A Folding Screen
It’s easy to make a folding screen out of wood window shutters. You can use your screen to divide a room while adding a decorative touch – and making your own will allow you to customize it to fit your own décor. Fortunately, you can find all the tools you need at your local home supply store. You could also find the shutters at a home salvage store.
First, prepare the shutters. If they are unfinished wood, paint or stain the shutters the color you like, following the instructions on your chosen paint. If you purchased them from a salvage store, sand the shutters before painting if necessary. Let the paint or stain dry.
Lay the shutters face up side by side on a worktable or on the floor. Make sure they line up at the bottom edge. Measure 1 foot up from the bottom edge of each of the shutters, and mark these spots – this is where you will place the bottom hinges. Measure and mark 1 foot down from the top edge of the shutters; this is where you will place the top set of hinges.
Then, lay one hinge across the gap between two of the shutters, at the spot you marked 1 foot up from the bottom edge. Mark where the hinge screw holes need to be drilled. On the same two shutters, lay another hinge across the gap 1 foot down from the top edge, marking the screw holes on this hinge as well. Remove the hinges and set aside. Drill the holes at the sites you marked, then screw the hinges into place, connecting the first two shutters.
Now, flip all the shutters over, face down. Lay one hinge across the gap between the third, free shutter and one of the two connected shutters, at the spot you marked 1 foot up from the bottom edge. Mark where the hinge screw holes need to be drilled. Lay another hinge in place one foot down from the top, and mark the hinge screw holes as you did before. Drill all the holes, and screw the hinges into place, connecting the third shutter into place.
Push the vinyl furniture glides into the bottom corners of the left and right shutters. This will prevent the screen from scratching your floors, and will also help stabilize your screen when it is upright.
Set the connected shutters upright. Your screen is now complete.