If you’ve ever had to share a room with someone, you know that there is one universal truth: privacy is hard to come by. If you’ve never had to be in such a situation; if all your life, you’ve had your own space to yourself and nobody has ever seen you mid-dressing-up, mid-dancing-around-your-room-and-pretending-you’re-a-rock-star or mid-shave, then you’re one of the lucky, LUCKY few and we’re in awe of you.
But, if you’ve had one or two encounters with roommates crowding into your space (shout out to everyone sharing a single room with a friend to cut cost. We see you, and we feel your pain) then this post is for you. Because, I’m about to break down how you can, with just a couple of items and some simple steps, make your very own room divider and have your roommate (or roommates) keep to their side of the room and leave you in peace. Or at least as much peace as you can get with them in your shared space. Don’t worry. We’re praying you get your own space soon. But until you do, here’s a little something to help make the wait a bit more bearable.
What you’ll need:
- An old curtain for the fabric
- ½ inch EMT conduit (or PVC) cut into several five-foot lengths (the exact number depends on how many screens you want your room divider to have)
- Pvc fitting corners
- Two by two inches wooden plank for the hinges
- An iron
- A sewing machine or needle and thread
- Coloured chalk
- A Drill
- Zip ties (you can get these online or at a hardware section of a supermarket)
- For a neat look, fold the edges of the curtain by one inch on both sides (left and right), iron so it’s neat and crisp and using your sewing machine or needle and thread, hem the curtain on both sides. Do the same for the top and bottom hem. However, take in the curtain by two and a half inches so you can have enough space for the loop (but leave your loop open and unthreaded as you will sew it up later)
- To make the frame, cut two pieces of conduit (or PVC) at nineteen point five inches and attach them to the five-foot lengths of the conduit using some PVC fitting corners, to create the frame for your room divider
- Hang the fabric on the frame, pull it taut, and using your coloured chalk, make marks on both side of the fabric so you know where to sew
- Draw a line connecting the marks you made on the sides of the fabric and cut along that line. But make sure to leave a half inch allowance
- Fold over the seam and the loop, pin it in place and then sew it together
- Repeat the steps five times until you have all your fabric panels
- For your hinges, cut your two by two wooden plank into ten pieces at two and seven-eighth inches each, then drill a hole into each of them to make space for the conduit (or PVC) to go through
- Assemble the pieces (at this point you should have five fabric panels and five conduit frames), putting your fabric on each frame and sewing the ends together, making sure your fabric is stretched taut. If you’re worried about washing the fabric, you can always use tape instead of sewing the fabric on the frame to allow for easy removal.
- You can secure the five assembled pieces into one foldable room divider using zip ties to hold the top and bottom hinges in place.
And voila, you have a room divider that would turn a single room into a two-room space. You can always use spray paint or have a friend who is artsy help you turn your room divider into a colourful looking masterpiece, or leave it as it is. The choice is yours.
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