How To: Copy Gorgeous Room Dividers

How To: Copy Gorgeous Room Dividers

Maxwell Ryan
Aug 21, 2008

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We've been staring longingly at these Springer-esqe, faux reptile doors from Olde Good Things on and off for days, but a glance at the price attached is enough to keep us from getting too worked up. However, with a little work and a free weekend, we think you could actually create a fantastic version at home, for around a tenth of the price...

First, a trip to a local lumber store like Home Depot, for four pieces of 18"x 72" plywood and six simple hinges. Depending on the quality of wood you choose, this could cost anywhere from $50 to $100, and probably around $30 for hinges. Even less is this Agen room divider from Ikea, which could also be a great place to start.

Next, batting and fabric, from an inexpensive local source like Mood Fabrics, or Junk in Williamsburg; even an online dealer like Discount Fabrics USA. This Pacific Suede by Empire House would look gorgeous lacquered, and at less than $20 a yard, you could get away for under $100.

After covering the plywood with batting and stapling your fabric down, some brass strips from DrillSpot, around fifteen of them, could be cut to size and hot glued on top; the panels would also look great if the strip detailing were replaced with simple, oversized upholstery tacks. Both options would probably set you back around $50.

Finally, there are numerous options for sourcing an inexpensive substitute for the original knob detail. Beautiful reproductions, like this Meadows Style knob from House Of Antique Hardware, are around $35 a pair, and could be easily mounted to each panel.

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