12 Incredible DIY Room Divider Ideas

Updated: Sep. 23, 2023

If you live in a studio apartment or just want to break up a big room, room dividers can do wonders. Before you go out and purchase one, check out these 12 incredible DIY room divider ideas for inspiration.

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Macrame Room Divider

Macrame is a coarse textile made from knotting threads or cords. This macrame room divider breaks up a small space when hung from the ceiling. One of our favorite room divider ideas, this DIY room divider makes the room feel cozy.

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Window Frame Room Divider

To save money, this DIYer used an old window frame as a room divider in the basement. It helps break up a sitting area and a craft room.

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Fabric and Electrical Conduit Room Divider
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Fabric and Electrical Conduit Divider

Here’s a clever way to use electrical conduit: Attach some fabric and you have a modern DIY room divider. For a how-to video of the process, visit here.

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Custom Woven Divider

Here’s a way liven up a basic room divider—weave in some color. One of the most intricate yet easy room divider ideas, this project features a rattan room divider and yarn in various colors. Yarn is woven through the divider and trimmed to size before being tied around the edge. Check out the how-to for this project here.

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Furniture-Quality Divider

For woodworking room divider ideas, look no further! If you have woodworking skills, you can build this hinged DIY room divider. You will need a table saw for furniture-quality results along with some wallpaper or fabric to match your room’s decor.

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Fabric Divider

If you have some fabric you love, consider using it as a room divider. This DIYer bought IVAR side units from IKEA and attached her favorite fabric to them to create a folding fabric room divider.

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Hanging Divider

There’s no shortage of color in this hanging DIY room divider! For a toned-down look, try hanging a shower or curtain rod across a room and use a fabric curtain as a divider.

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Wood Divider

Here’s yet another use for scrap wood. To create one of our favorite rustic room divider ideas, try using pallet wood or other old boards to create a room divider by stacking the boards with spacers in between. The look can be as rustic or sophisticated as you choose.

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Chicken Wire Divider

This DIYer took an old room divider, tore out the inserts, painted it and used chicken wire to replace the panels. The chicken wire is then used to showcase photos and artwork. Here’s how they did it.

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Shutter Divider

If you come across some old window shutters at a resale shop or garage sale, consider using them as a DIY room divider. Just paint or stain and add some hinges. You can get a similar look with salvaged closet doors, too.

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Bookcase Divider

One of the quickest room divider ideas is to use a bookshelf. Bookshelves, whether short, tall, open or solid, help break up a room instantly.

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Barn Door Divider

Depending on the room, a barn door can work as a room divider. In just a few days, you can create a sliding barn door to help break up a room for the fraction of the cost you’d pay to purchase one and have it installed.