30 Imaginative DIY Room Dividers That Help You Maximize Your Space


Open space floorplans are so popular these days. They just make your home look so roomy and welcoming. Of course, sometimes you want a bit of privacy. Maybe you don’t want people to see the exercise equipment in your office or perhaps you just want to create a separate space between your living room and your dining room. Short of building a wall, what’s the best way to create this division of space? With a DIY room divider of course, and I have a list of the best 30 DIY room dividers that you can build today that will help you to maximize your space.

From bookshelf type dividers to gorgeous rolling and folding dividers, you are definitely going to find the right room divider for any room in your home. Many of these are perfect for bedrooms – kids’ bedrooms even – so they are great for helping you to create some privacy for your little ones. When kids share bedrooms, they often feel that they don’t have a space of their own. A simple DIY room divider will take care of that problem and it won’t cost you nearly as much as it would if you bought a room divider in a department store. And, speaking of kids’ rooms, you should take a look at these 50 clever DIY storage projects to help you organize those kids’ bedrooms.

Many of these DIY room dividers can be made with upcycled or repurposed materials, which means that they will cost you very little if anything. You are going to love how easy they are to make and how perfect they are for helping you to separate the spaces that you want separated. Some of them are permanent and many can be folded or rolled away and only used when you need them. Whatever your reason for needing a room divider, you are going to adore these DIY versions. And, you should check out these 40 brilliant DIY shelves that add even more beauty to your home.

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1. DIY Columned Book Shelf Room Divider

This half height room divider is perfect for petitioning off your entryway from the living room. You can make this in a weekend and if you have any wood left over from previous projects, it’s a pretty cheap build. It’s perfect for keeping books, knickknacks or even boots or shoes near the entry door and it is really simple to build.

Tutorial: thisoldhouse

2. DIY Rolling Room Divider Shelf

This DIY cubby shelf is perfect for creating divided spaces without taking up too much room. It also gives you loads of storage space. This is great for dividing up a single bedroom to give kids their own space or you could use it to petition off the living area from the dining area or any number of other spaces. It’s easy to build and it rolls, so you can move it from room to room with ease.

Tutorial: ana-white

3. DIY Chalkboard Room Divider

This great little chalkboard room divider is made from a repurposed trifold photo room divider. Instead of pictures, you add chalkboard paint. This is a great idea for kids’ rooms as it gives them the privacy that they want plus it adds the excitement of a chalkboard right in their room. Paint both sides of each section with chalkboard paint and both room sharers will have their own chalkboards.

Tutorial: myrepurposedlife

4. IKEA Hack Bamboo Room Divider

This gorgeous bamboo room divider is made with an IKEA LACK TV bench. You add LED lighting, bamboo canes and white stones to give it an elegant look. It’s perfect for behind the couch and lets you separate your living area from the dining or kitchen areas. This one is super easy to put together and let’s face it, we all love good IKEA hacks for the home, lawn or garden.

Tutorial: ikeahackers

5. DIY Rustic Barn Door Divider

If you are looking to add some farmhouse flair to your home, this DIY barn door room divider is perfect. It’s pretty easy to build and absolutely gorgeous when it is finished. You could use this one to divide your living and eating areas or to section off a portion of a room to give you privacy for an office or reading room. However you use it, this is definitely a rustic project that you are going to love.

Tutorial: babyrabies

6. DIY Upholstered Bulletin Board Divider

This DIY upholstered bulletin board is the perfect room divider for offices and other living spaces. It serves two purposes – it helps you to define your separate spaces and it gives you a great bulletin board which is perfect for your home office. It’s also a great DIY project to use up some of those scrap pieces of fabric and it doesn’t require any expensive materials or tools to build.

Tutorial: designsponge

7. DIY Hanging Canvas Room Divider

You can make this DIY canvas room divider for less than $100 – even cheaper than that if you have a few of the needed materials on hand. It’s easy to build and it hangs from the ceiling and slides out of the way when you don’t need it. It’s great for dividing off your living spaces or you could use it to better define bedroom spaces or anywhere that you need some separation.

Tutorial: freshcrush

8. Upcycled Plastic Bottle Room Divider

This cool hanging room divider is made from upcycled plastic bottles. It resembles those beaded dividers that you can buy, but it’s much cheaper and much more fun to make. You cut up your bottles and then use acrylic paint to make them the color or colors that you want. This is a really neat DIY room divider for family rooms or kids’ bedrooms and it’s a great one to add to your list of upcycled plastic bottle projects.

Tutorial: favecrafts

9. DIY Folding Screen Divider

Forget about paying $100 or more for a folding screen divider. You can simply DIY your own and customize it however you want. This is a wonderful divider for your kids’ bedrooms or anywhere that you need to separate some spaces. It’s pretty easy to build – you can do it in a weekend or less, and it’s really inexpensive compared to those outrageously priced ones in department stores.

Tutorial: parents

10. DIY Fruit Crate Room Divider

A bunch of fruit crates painted whatever color you want them can be turned into the perfect room divider. The great thing about this DIY room divider is that it gives you loads of additional storage space as well as creating a separation for your rooms. It’s really easy to put together and if you happen to have a few fruit crates lying around unused, this one could be free to make.

Tutorial: homestory

11. DIY Curtain Divider

Buy a few cheap curtain panels from the Dollar Store – or make them yourself – and use them to create your room divider. This is a really simple project and the curtains can be drawn or pushed back so that your space is open when you want it and then closed when you need some privacy – or to hide away a mess when company visits.

Tutorial: boxycolonial

12. DIY Sliding Door Divider

You can make this great DIY sliding door for less than $40 and it is perfect for helping you to create some privacy. This would be perfect in an office or craft room or to hide away things in the bedroom that you just don’t want people to see. It’s a really simple DIY room divider and it’s really cheap, which is my favorite kind of DIY project.

Tutorial: apartmenttherapy

13. DIY Fabric Screen

This fabric screen is as gorgeous as it is functional and it is super easy for you to DIY. This is actually a rollable screen rack that you build from plumbing pipe and a few other essential materials. You can roll it wherever you need it and use it to separate your spaces. When you don’t need it, just roll it into a closet, behind the couch or anywhere else where you have room for it.

Tutorial: kootutmurut

14. Repurposed Window Room Divider

I love the look of this DIY room divider that you can make from a repurposed window. This is a gorgeous way to add some separation between your spaces but since it’s a window, you still have that great open floorplan feel. This one is pretty simple to build too and it’s a wonderful way to repurpose old windows if you have any on hand.

Tutorial: jonesdesigncompany

15. DIY Freestanding Window Box Wall

I love this freestanding wall that you can easily build yourself. And, if you still want that open floor plan, there’s a great little open window built right into the wall. This one is super easy to build and is a great way to create a division between the kitchen and living or dining room. Plus, it’s a pretty cheap way to get that divider that you want.

Tutorial: bhg

16. DIY Rolling Garment Rack Room Divider

Who would have thought that your clothing could create the perfect DIY room divider? You can easily make this rolling garment rack that doubles as a room divider to give you additional dressing space or whatever type of privacy you need in the bedroom. This would also work in the bathroom and it takes very little time to build.

Tutorial: sarahshermansamuel

17. Easy DIY Geometric Fretwork Screen

This DIY geometric fretwork screen is a gorgeous way to create separate spaces. It’s open so it doesn’t completely close off your room but it does give the illusion of a separate space. This one is so beautiful you could actually just make it for decoration but it definitely serves as purpose as a great DIY room divider, too. And it has such a great retro look to it, don’t you think?

Tutorial: remodelaholic

18. DIY Repurposed Pallet Room Divider

Get those old pallets out and create this gorgeously rustic DIY pallet room divider. You can buy these in department stores for a couple hundred dollars each, but why would you do that when you can simply DIY your own? This is honestly one of the easiest room dividers to make yourself and it gives your home such a lovely rustic farmhouse look.

Tutorial: myfriendstaci

19. DIY Wooden Shelving Unit Divider

This DIY room divider that you build from plywood, has 2X4 sections that you can use for shelving. This is a pretty simple build and it’s something that you can definitely have finished in a weekend. The 2X4 sections are great for holding knickknacks, small books or other items. I love furniture DIYs that you can make from 2X4s! And this one is great because once it’s finished, you can paint it whatever color you need to match your existing décor.

Tutorial: improvisedlife

20. Genius DIY Headboard And Storage Divider

Why not just use your headboard to create a separate space in the bedroom? You can with this DIY headboard that gives you storage spaces and it’s tall enough to create some additional space separation. This is great for bedrooms as it gives you a little dressing area that is completely separated from the rest of your room – or you could create a tiny reading nook on the other side of the headboard.

Tutorial: vtwonen

21. DIY Upcycled Cardboard Room Divider

What do you do when you need a room divider but you want something really inexpensive? You use cardboard! This DIY cardboard room divider is perfect for separating spaces and you can make it with those old cardboard boxes that you have in storage that you just don’t need any longer. This is one of the cheapest DIY room dividers that you can make and it definitely doesn’t look like it’s made of cardboard.

Tutorial: instructables

22. Five Panel DIY Room Divider

This foldable room divider screen has five panels and it is really easy to make. This is great for when you need something part time but you want to be able to fold it flat and put it away. And, you can create a lovely Ombre effect by simply changing your color hue with each panel. You can even use repurposed wood for this one if you have some on hand.

Tutorial: marthastewart

23. Retro Repurposed Record Room Divider

I absolutely adore the look of this great retro room divider. You make this one with old records! You can paint the records or depending on the room that you are going to hang this in, you could just leave them as they are. Old records would be great for dividing up a family room or bedroom and if you paint them, you could use this anywhere in the house.

Tutorial: apartmenttherapy

24. Upcycled Cardboard Tube Divider

If you have a bunch of cardboard tubes – the longer ones – you can use them to create your own DIY room divider. This is a really easy and great looking project and it gives you a purpose for those old cardboard tubes, aside from trashing them. I love anything that lets me turn trash to treasure and this DIY room divider certainly does that.

25. Tropical Style Reed Fencing Room Divider

I love all things tropical, so this DIY room divider that you make from reed fencing really caught my eye. This is pretty simple to make and it hangs from the ceiling. You could put this at the foot of your bed to add some lovely tropical décor to the bedroom and to give yourself a bit of privacy while you sleep. I love everything about this one and it’s super easy to make.

Tutorial: veryirie

26. DIY Rope Wall Divider

How great is this DIY room divider that you make from rope? You can do so many wonderful things with rope or thick twine and this one is great because it gives you the illusion of a separate space but it’s an open divider so you still get that great open space feeling. This one is pretty simple to make and it’s a wonderful and stylish DIY rope project.

Tutorial: the-brick-house

27. Quick And Easy DIY Hardboard Room Divider

This easy DIY room divider is made from hardboard and it couldn’t be simpler to build. You can do this in any number of colors or shapes, although the rectangles are much easier to cut. Once you have your hardboard cut into your desired shapes, you can paint them and then hang them up by attaching them to each other with small chain pieces.

Tutorial: makingitlovely

28. Upcycled Thrift Store Door Divider

If you don’t have a couple of interior doors on hand that you aren’t using, you can pick up a few at your local thrift store. They’re really cheap and you can use them to create this great folding room dividing screen. You just have to attach them together and then paint them whatever color you want to match your current room décor.

Tutorial: inmyownstyle

29. DIY Twinkling Branches Room Divider

This DIY room divider twinkles! You make this from a couple of frames and some branches that you can gather from your front yard. Then you add lighting and it turns into this gorgeous DIY room divider. You could use old door frames or just about anything to make the base and then you just have to add the magic.

Tutorial: makezine

30. Upcycled Window Pane Room Divider

This DIY room divider is made from old window panes and it is spectacular when it’s finished. If you have recently replaced your windows, here is a great way to repurpose those frames. If you don’t have any frames on hand, visit your local thrift store or check with a wholesale hardware store. You can normally get them really cheap.

Tutorial: popsugar

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