How to Make a Photo Room Divider
A photo room divider can be a beautiful and creative way to divide a large space, provide privacy for a bedroom area and display photos at the same time. They can be expensive to purchase, so if you have the time and a little creativity, you can make one yourself. There are a couple of options, depending on your skill level.
Existing Frame Divider
For those who want to make a photo frame room divider that requires no cutting, you can use existing frames to make one. Dollar-type stores usually sell photo frames at very low cost.
Step 1 - Gather Frames
Room dividers usually consist of three or more panels hinged together. You can use any size frames you choose, the larger the frames, the fewer you'll need. All frames should be the same size but can vary in style or color as you desire.
Step 2 - Glue Frames
Remove the frame stand, which is the piece that allows the frame to be propped up for display, but leave the back intact. Position frames on a table or floor until you have each panel the size you desire. Use wood glue to attach each frame together on all connecting sides. Repeat for each panel and allow to dry overnight.
Step 3 - Attach Hinges
When the glue is completely dry, attach 3 pairs of hinges to connect each panel for stability, two at the top, bottom and middle.
Step 4 - Cover Backs
Cut a piece of coordinating fabric for each panel that is 1 inch larger on all sides. Hem the fabric all the way around and attach velcro strips to each corner. Attach opposing velcro strips to the back corners of each panel and cover panel backs with the fabric. This allows you to have a decorative backing for your photo frame divider, yet still get behind the frames to display the photos of your choice.
Plywood and Corkboard Divider
Plywood and corkboard can be used to make a photo room divider by someone who has experience with a circular or table saw.
Step 1 - Cut and Sand Plywood
Determine the desired size of your photo room divider and use a circular saw or a table saw to cut each plywood panel to the same size. Use fine grade sandpaper to smooth the cut edges of the plywood.
Step 2 - Paint Plywood
Paint one side of each plywood panel to match the decor of your room. Allow to dry overnight.
Step 3 - Cut and Glue Corkboard
Cut corkboard to match the size of the panels and use white glue to attach the corkboard to the unpainted side of each panel. Allow to dry overnight.
Step 4 - Attach Hinges
Attach three pairs of hinges to each connecting panel for stability, two at the top, bottom and middle. Use colored push pins to display your photos.
A photo room divider becomes a lovely focal point for your home and a creative way to display your photos, cards or a child's artwork. Make your own and save money.