Set Up a Wood Room Divider in 3 Steps Set Up a Wood Room Divider in 3 Steps

What You'll Need
Measuring tape
A helper

Setting up a wood room divider is actually a lot easier than you might think. It’s not really much different from moving a bookshelf around. Before you can set up a divider you will need to decide the purpose of your divider. Dividers can be functional or visual, depending on the one you purchase. Visual dividers can be a decorative room divider such as a Japanese room divider. Functional dividers are those such as bookcases that divide a room as well as serve as a storage device. If you want the divider to be functional, you need to measure the dimensions of your room so you know how long the divider needs to be in order to effectively divide the room. If you want the divider to be visual, you still need to compute where in the room it will go and that, in turn, defines the measurements you’ll need to take.

Step 1 – Prepare

With your helper, move the divider kit into the room if the kit is too big and bulky to be handled by one person. Remove all parts from the box and lay them out in order--based on the included instructions.

Step 2 – Mark the Wall

Mark the wall you will be setting the divider against. Mark where the stud is so he divider will be attached to a solid area. If a stud is not available, then you will need to use drywall anchors to help support the divider.

Step 3 – Set it Up

Set up the stationary side of the divider first. They divider will pull out from the wall and extend into the room for further privacy on either side of the divider. The side connected to the wall will need to be very strong and structurally sound to hold the pressure of the divider being opened and closed repeatedly.

Step 4 – Straighten

Make sure you set up the stationary panel at one end of the room and then extend the divider out to its full length so you can check the positioning.  Then, with the divider at full length, make any final adjustments to the position that you need to make in order to get it along the exact line that you’d like.  After that point, you can easily go ahead and adjust the divider in either direction.  Most dividers can be moved completely to the position of the first panel if you’d like to unite the room in a single space temporarily.

Step 5 – Secure

Make certain all of the hinges and hardware are tightened and secure. When done properly, your divider will open and close without much effort. You should also periodically tighten the hardware to keep it in good working order.
Setting up a prefabricated wood divider is not a difficult process and should take less than 2 hours to complete.

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