Clever DIY Room Divider Ideas

Living in a small home is difficult for so many reasons. Storage woes, space for projects and people, and simple logistics. But not feeling like you have any privacy or separation of space can make it darn near claustrophobic! Using room dividers to make each space feel separate is a great tool in small home decorating. From hanging room dividers to room divider Ikea hacks, we have so many to choose from! Here are our top picks for DIY room divider ideas for your small space decorating.



Clever DIY Room Divider Ideas


DIY Room Divider Ideas

Hanging Room Dividers

Ok, we love this hanging DIY room divider idea from ‘A Beautiful Mess‘. Made from macrame, (yes, it’s back!) it’s got an elegant Boho vibe, but allows light to pass through. And the air plants they used? Serious style here. We love the way they actually teach you how to make the macrame knots with step by step photos!


From ‘Houzz‘, this DIY curtain room divider couldn’t be any easier. Simply hang a curtain rod at ceiling level, and then use floor length drapes as a hanging room divider. This looks so modern yet elegant.

Clever DIY Room Divider Ideas


Here is another variation  – check out this DIY sheer curtain room divider idea. This photo is all over Pinterest, but we had to include it because it is such a good and elegant option. Sorry, we could not track down a legit source for this photo. This looks like it could be basically a suspension wire (Dignitet curtain wire at Ikea) and some sheer full length drapes. (We’ve also seen these at Ikea). Love this because it allows light in, yet separates the spaces.

Sheer Curtain Room Divider Idea


Making It Lovely‘ has a great tutorial for making a hanging room divider. While they cut their own wood, it’s possible you could find something recycle-able and hang it in the same way. Old hardback book cover? Cheap wood shims from the lumber yard?


Want a creative hanging screen? This room divider idea is just old thrift store vinyl records covered with contact paper! From ‘Apartment Therapy‘.


Room Divider Ikea Hacks

Sugar & Cloth‘ has a great DIY room divider Ikea hack for us. Using one of their rattan cheap room dividers, she ups the style quotient with this trick. She weaves various textures and colors of yarn through the rattan, creating a whole new customized look for her room divider! Lot’s of step by step photos, too.


Want more room dividers with Ikea hacks? Good, we got that! This DIY room divider screen from ‘Lady Explorer‘ is being used as a decorative screen, but you can also use it freestanding to separate spaces. They not only used an Ikea storage system for the poles, but also Ikea bed slats.


From ‘Ikeahackers’, this room divider Ikea hack is simply taking an existing plant stand and adding wood to create privacy. This is a great idea if you need a patio screen from prying neighbors or a busy street.


Also from ‘Ikeahackers‘, this room divider Ikea hack screen turned a studio apartment into a one bedroom! Made using “Pax” wardrobe doors and some ingenuity, they even lit these frosted glass doors with LED lights. Sophisticated DIY project!


Wooden Room Dividers

Ok, seriously? Storage and a wooden room divider? This room divider screen from ‘Girl Refined‘ is simply wooden crates glued together. And yes, she tells you how to do this project with simple instructions. She actually uses this room divider idea to separate her sleeping area away from the rest of her home. And plants! Yes!


This DIY room divider is from ‘Bob Vila‘ , and we love it because it is a great decor piece even if you just use it as a decorative screen! You build this from the ground up with wood, and they give you all the directions and photos to lead you through the project.


‘My Friend Stacy’ created this awesome re-purposed room divider from old wood pallets. DYSS Tip: Hinges are a must for most room dividers!

DIY Room Divider Ideas


Folding Room Dividers

From ‘Apartment Therapy‘, this folding room divider DIY is so simple, it only takes three supplies! Remember when using room divider ideas like these to make sure they won’t be knocked over by a boisterous pup or an inquisitive toddler!


Diane at ‘In My Own Style‘ shows us how to make a room divider with wheels. Talk about perfect for a small space! This is a stylish upgrade on pocket doors. You could use this as a freestanding portable room partition as well.


This DIY room divider idea from ‘H20 Bungalow‘ is the perfect example of a simple re-purposing DIY project. She used an old set of bi-fold doors and a really easy paint technique to make the perfect room partition that can easily be moved to exactly where you need it.


Finally, we have a modern room divider idea from ‘HomeMade Modern‘. Made with electrical conduit and inexpensive fabric, this room screen is clean, simple and minimal. Use a light colored fabric to reflect light and allow light to filter through to other parts of the room.

What are your room divider ideas? Share in the comments with our community! Also, try our post on How to Hide the Ugly- Indoor Eyesores!

Note: This post has been refreshed with updated projects.

Image Credits: Sugar & Cloth, A Beautiful Mess, Houzz, Making It Lovely, Apartment Therapy, Lady Explorer, Ikeahackers, Ikeahackers, Girl Refined, Bob Vila, My Friend Staci, Apartment Therapy, In My Own Style, H20 Bungalow, Homemade Modern


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Kathy Bates

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  1. Aarsun Woods
    October 14, 2020 / 4:36 am

    Lovely DIY room divider ideas. Thanks a ton for sharing this post

  2. Avni
    May 11, 2019 / 3:08 am

    It still is a great article. I am into Traditional Room Dividers but the DIY ideas shared above are fantastic. Forces me to think it over… 🙂

  3. Sarah Cummings
    July 19, 2018 / 4:08 am

    Such great ideas! Those cheap IKEA dividers could be decorated with ribbon or even your favourite book covers. That would look really cool!

  4. The Furnshop
    July 4, 2018 / 3:57 am

    I just love these DIY room divider ideas. Thanks a lot for sharing this post.

  5. prudence
    October 30, 2017 / 6:30 am

    i love the idea with the vinyl. i have a small space under the kitchen sink i want to cover with something similar. would old dvds work? how do i attache them together? what do i spray them with?

  6. Rose
    July 14, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    I love Lynne’s idea if Command hooks & light weight chain if plastic. I wanted to do something similar in a corner of a room. All the ideas are so good! You

  7. Lynne
    August 23, 2014 / 12:47 pm

    I was thinking of stringing picture wire from Command Hooks to hang light-weight fabric from. How about light-weight [plastic?] chain strung from the Command Hooks with a light weight curtain – the curtain hooks could go into the chain links.

    Using the Command Hooks would allow you to follow the contour of your space. I was thinking of it to divide my sleeping area from my craft area, since they say that you should keep other activities out of the bed room. String the wire from the window, to the bureau in the middle of the room, then to the other wall.

  8. April 14, 2014 / 11:47 am

    are the sheers held up with rods or wire/cable?

    • Kathy Woodard
      April 16, 2014 / 4:53 pm

      Looks to me that it is some sort of wire or cable. Sorry don’t know for sure as this photo came from a website that does not have a tutorial. I have done something very similar and used a cable that I purchased from Ikea!

  9. Cathy G.
    November 27, 2013 / 10:23 am

    I absolutely LOVE the dividers made with the sheer drapes! It helps to visually keep the bedroom separate without ‘cutting into’ the whole space. Three cheers – it’s something I’ll be thinking of doing!

    • Kathy Woodard
      November 27, 2013 / 5:23 pm

      We love the sheer drapes too. Thanks for the feedback!

      • Anat
        April 9, 2014 / 3:12 am

        Where can I buy this sheer drapes and bar?

        • Kathy Woodard
          April 16, 2014 / 5:14 pm

          Think that it might be a wire or cable. You can find something similar at Ikea and I believe they also carry sheer drapes too!

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