5 DIY Room Dividers You Can Build on a Budget

The best way to put you carpentry skills to the test is by sprucing up your HDB flat or condo unit in Singapore, and the first step to doing that is to make a simple room divider.

You can use all kinds of tools when doing this, from staple guns to glue guns and hammers and nails. Depending on how you make it, room dividers can either be made as inner partition walls, or as simple as a rope curtain that you can part and take down at any time.

So if it’s your first time sprucing up your HDB flat or condo unit, here are five DIY room dividers you can start building right now:

            1. Tapestry dividers

You can give your room a stunning look by using your tapestry as a way to section off certain areas, especially when it comes to dedicated reading areas.

All you need is a wooden frame in whatever length you need with the appropriate tripod foot for each side, and you can attach the tapestry to the frame using Velcro. Depending on how big the frame is, you may need a center leg to reinforce it.

            2. Jute rope

This is a simple DIY divider that uses jute rope fastened from wooden shoe plates that are mounted on both the floor and the ceiling, which results in a divider that sections areas while still letting a lot of light through.

While it’s simple and cheap, you can really use it to add a more rustic appearance to your home, and it’s even better if you can get a thinner jute rope for this project.

            3. Hanging divider

Similar to standing dividers, you can make your dividers out of canvas cloth and wooden frames and hang them with screw hooks instead of adding tripod feet for support.

After drilling holes in the ceiling, be sure to test out how your divider will hang before stretching out the fabric, and if you need to add additional support, you can always use anchors to support the hooks.

            4. Shelves

The classic, and arguably, the easiest way to divide a room into sections is by using bookshelves mounted perpendicularly to the walls.

However, it’s important to secure the unit to keep it from tipping over accidentally. Your best bet to keep your shelf firmly attached to your wall is by using solid restraints, such as L-shaped brackets fastened to wall studs and at the top of the shelf itself.  

            5. Portable dividers

Portable dividers are really easy to make and place anywhere space is needed from one area in your home to another. All you really need to make these are wooden or MDF boards, or even wooden frames stretched over with fabric, fastened together with rivet joints to make an extended wall.

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