Room dividers instantly make something out of nothing, turning a room into multi-use spaces with separation and privacy. They can even create the illusion that a room has more square footage. Some room divider ideas have such substance and sturdiness that they serve nearly the same function as interior partition walls. Others use simpler materials and offer a bit of separation without adding bulk to a space.
For DIY room divider ideas, put your carpentry and drywall skills on the back burner. Instead, think along the lines of simple tools and easy-to-handle materials. For tools, staple guns, hot glue, hammers, and finish nails tend to be the norm. For materials, almost anything is fair game to create a divider: rope, license plates, plastic pipes, chicken wire, repurposed doors, pallet wood, vinyl records, metal, and more.
Here are 25 room divider ideas to add to your home.
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Ikea Pax Door Room Divider
Where there is a home decor need, there is an Ikea hack. Jules Yap, the founder of the blog Ikea Hackers, offers a solution to create a bedroom space in a studio apartment. She cut the room into two parts with a sliding wall made of Ikea Pax wardrobe doors. These doors with frosted glass come in sizes large enough to stretch from ceiling to floor, and they slide effortlessly on tracks.
Ikea Pax Door Room Divider from Ikea Hackers
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Fabric Adjustable Room Divider
Jennifer Eckert of the design blog Fresh Crush dreamed up this fabric-covered room divider idea that's inexpensive and easy to create. The connectors attached to the ceiling allow for easy vertical adjustment and make this a very flexible design. And this divider comes together quickly because the fabric is stretched over pre-built artist canvases, each one measuring 30 by 50 inches.
Fabric Adjustable Room Divider from Fresh Crush
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Ikea Shelving Unit Room Divider Hack
Bookcases are popular as room dividers, as they offer both separation of space and storage. For this Ikea room divider hack, all you have to do is rotate a shelving unit so that it is perpendicular to the wall. Then, secure the unit, so it can't tip. Use solid restraints, such as metal L brackets attached to a wall stud and to the top of the unit. Supplement this with screws driven through the side of the unit directly into the same stud.
Ikea Shelving Unit Room Divider Hack from Homedit
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Coiled Wire Fabric Divider
This room divider looks like fabric—except it isn't. Instead, this is a coiled wire mesh that drapes and hangs just like fabric. Oregon's Cascade Coil made this room divider for a Hyatt Hotel. But do-it-yourselfers can purchase metal coil products directly from the company and make a custom room divider for their space.
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Vinyl Record Room Divider
TerraCycle, a New Jersey-based recycling company, practices what it preaches with this innovative vinyl record room divider at its Trenton headquarters. If you are interested in making a similar divider, this project is as simple as purchasing vinyl records at a local thrift store or garage sale. Then, join them with fishing line, and hang them on hooks drilled into the ceiling.
Vinyl Record Room Divider from TerraCycle
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Wood Pallet Room Divider
Shocked that a Boston retailer was charging a fortune for a reclaimed wood room divider, Staci and husband Doug made their own. After sourcing free wood pallets, they quickly put together this divider to separate one big room into an office/bedroom combination. The divider does double duty as a kind of vertical scrapbook: Finish nails pounded into various spots act as hooks for binder clips, which in turn display mementos.
Wood Pallet Room Divider from My Friend Staci
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Hanging Window Room Divider
Emily at the craft blog Jones Design Company spent very little on this gorgeous salvaged antique window sash. After mounting it to the ceiling with a barn door track, she and her family had an instant DIY room divider. As Emily notes, she wanted to define the space yet "keep things bright and open." This window does just the trick.
Hanging Window Room Divider from Jones Design Company
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Chicken Wire Divider
Design blogger Susan wasn't eager to trash her outdated but fully functional trifold room divider. So she punched out the flimsy pressboard inserts in the divider, retaining the wood frame. Shabby chic and elegant country are her preferred styles, so she purchased chicken wire and stapled it to each of the three sections. After adding curios and photos, she now has a personalized DIY room divider that separates her kitchen from the dining room.
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Curtain Room Divider
Gretchen at Boxy Colonial needed a nursery space and planned to divide her large primary bedroom. But she wasn’t interested in a pricey and permanent renovation project. So she went with a simple and more temporary solution: curtains. She hung six panels of floor-to-ceiling curtains, spending just under $200 on the whole project.
Curtain Room Divider from Boxy Colonial
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Fabric Screen Rack
This DIY room divider idea is customizable to your design tastes, and it’s even mobile. Jutta at Kootut Murut created a rolling rack made out of plumbing pipe with a wood base that has four castors. Fabric is stretched across the pipe to form the divider. If you attach the fabric to the pipe with buttons or snaps, you can easily swap it out for different material to update the design.
Fabric Screen Rack from Kootut Murut
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High-Gloss Bifold Doors
Diane at In My Own Style needed a divider between her office and family room. And thrift store bifold doors made the perfect inexpensive DIY solution. She painted them a glossy white to match the rest of her home. Then, she attached them on one side to the wall with hinges and put a handle on the other side to easily pull the doors open and closed.
High-Gloss Bifold Doors from In My Own Style
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Macrame Room Divider
Macrame doesn’t just make great wall art. It also can serve as a room divider with tons of texture. Rachel from A Beautiful Mess made a hanging macrame divider that was roughly 7 feet high to give her desk space some privacy. She even added some little air plants into the holes of the divider for a touch of greenery.
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Barn Door Room Divider
If you like farmhouse style, a barn door room divider might be just what your space needs. There are many barn door kits that should suit most spaces. But Cara from The Inspired Workshop made her own barn door room divider, tailored exactly to close off a small, awkward space in her home. She opted for a simple design, cutting and staining her own boards. Then, she added handles and hinges.
Barn Door Room Divider from The Inspired Workshop
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Vertical Garden Room Divider
Vertical gardens help to save space and are especially ideal for plant lovers in small homes. This DIY room divider idea from Urban Gardens is super simple to put together. It uses roughly 70-inch tall Ikea plant stands placed next to one another with three plants per stand. These planters are free-standing, so they can be moved around as needed.
Vertical Garden Room Divider from Urban Gardens
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Nicole from Making It Lovely wanted a bit of separation on her front porch. So she created a visually appealing hanging divider out of painted pieces of hardboard, wooden dowels, s-hooks, and chain. She first mapped out the pattern she wanted for her boards, cut them to size, and then attached them together with the hooks. You can easily customize this divider by using different colors and shapes for the wood.
Hanging Divider from Making It Lovely
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DIY Tropical Divider
If your design style embraces the natural vibe of the tropics, consider reed fencing as a room divider material. This divider from Very Irie uses inexpensive fencing trimmed with wood and then hung from the ceiling. It’s very quick and easy to put together, yet it has a luxurious, spa-like feel.
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If you only need a temporary divider, don’t break the bank by purchasing expensive materials. You can make a functional and visually appealing DIY room divider just with cardboard, paper, and some creativity. This DIY from Instructables cuts panels out of cardboard boxes and replaces them with onion-skin paper to let some light pass through the screen. The paper is decorated with a beautiful plant design.
Cardboard Screen from Instructables
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Sheet Music Divider
There are many ways to personalize a room divider, as this divider covered in sheet music from Instructables proves. These music lovers used a Pax wardrobe from Ikea to separate their living room and bedroom. But the back of the wardrobe was unfinished. So they decided to decoupage sheet music onto the back for a custom touch.
Sheet Music Divider from Instructables
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DIY Geometric Fretwork Screen
If you’re looking for a divider that creates some separation while maintaining airiness in a space, look no further than this DIY fretwork screen from Remodelaholic. Similar screens can sell for hundreds of dollars, but this DIY uses just a few inexpensive materials—namely wood, hinges, and nails. This is a project where careful measurements are key to get the fretwork just right, but otherwise it comes together easily.
DIY Geometric Fretwork Screen from Remodelaholic
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DIY Multifunctional Room Divider
This room divider from Effortless Style Interiors is perfect to partition off an office space. On one side, the freestanding wood trifold divider is padded and upholstered in the fabric of your choosing. And on the other side it’s painted in chalkboard paint, making it the perfect spot to jot down notes as you work. You can even use the upholstered side as a headboard when you don’t need the divider.
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Cheap Room Divider
For an inexpensive room divider that’s more functional than stylish, you can’t beat this DIY from Instructables. It makes a 5 foot-by-5 foot divider out of PVC tubing and canvas for just $25. The divider offers privacy but still doesn’t feel too bulky in a space. And if you want to add some design flair, you always can decorate the canvas.
Cheap Room Divider from Instructables
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Beaded Curtain DIY
This room divider idea from Design Love Fest isn’t meant so much for privacy as it is to add some fun and visual separation to a space. It’s a DIY nod to the retro beaded curtains of the ’60s and ’70s. It uses 2-inch styrofoam balls as the “beads” hung on natural cotton cord. You can make as many strands as you like to fit your space.
Beaded Curtain DIY from Design Love Fest
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Hanging Succulent Garden
To create separation in a room without taking up any floor space, consider hanging plants. Succulents are a great option because they stay fairly small, so you can hang lots of little pots to form a room divider. This DIY from Skinny LaMinx hangs several potted succulents in a row using macrame plant hangers. It creates designated spaces and visual interest while still maintaining an airy, natural vibe.
Hanging Succulent Garden from Skinny LaMinx