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How to make your own Folding Screen


Im sure everyone has a mess of some sort that they are looking to cover up in their home, I know I sure do – thats why I just loved this DIY project on how to make a folding screen from one of my favourite sites that will help you hide whatever it is that you don’t want your holiday guests to see!

How to make your own Folding Screen

Difficulty: medium

How long: 3 hours, excluding painting


You will need:

  • 9x Pine PAR 22x44mm x 1.8m battens
  • 2x 16mmx1.8 pine dowels
  • 1x Pine PAR 22x144mm x 1.8m for the pediment pieces
  • 8x 3.5x32mm black chipboard screws
  • 24x 3.5x44mm wood screws
  • Wood filler and sandpaper
  • Black paint (we used Durum NuGlo water-based enamel in black)
  • 9x 50mm butt hinges
  • 4x Fabric panels, finished to 360mmx1420mm with rod pockets top and bottom


You will also need:

  • Pediment Template
  • Carpenter’s Pencil
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with 3mm wood drill bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Spirit Level




Cut the wood battens according to the diagram. Then, use the template to cut the curved shapes for the four pediments. You will need to measure precisely to ensure the screen is stable.



 Drill pilot holes as indicated on the diagram. This will prevent the battens from cracking when you screw the frame together.



Use the wood screws to assemble the pieces. It is essential to ensure that everything is straight, so use your spirit level.



Fill the holes with wood filler and lightly sand to remove any rough patches once it has dried.



Paint the four frames and allow to dry.



Lay two panels on the floor next to each other and connect the hinges. Do the same with the other two panels. Now, turn both sets over on their backs with the hinges facing the floor, lay them next to each other and connect the remaining hinges. This will allow the screen to fold zig-zag.



Slide the fabric over the dowels and secure them to the frame using the black chipboard screws. Remember the pilot holes!


Happy DIY-ing!

Margaret Hirsch
Margaret Hirsch
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