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How to Make a Privacy Screen with Salvaged Closet Doors

Updated: Apr. 16, 2018

Find a few closet doors or tall shutters at your local salvage yard and turn them into a unique, vintage-style privacy screen. Here’s how to do it.

closet door privacy screen
Divide and conquer your living spaces with the help of a privacy screen. This one is made with three old closet doors and four vintage hinges found at a local salvage yard.

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Tools & Materials

  • Closet doors or tall shutters (3)
  • Vintage hinges (4)
  • Hinge screws
  • Drill/driver
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil


privacy screen wipe down closet doors

Wipe down the doors to remove dust and dirt.

privacy screen mark hinge placement

Mark the placement of the hinges on both sides of the middle door. I measured 15 in. from the top and 15 in. from the bottom. For the top hinges, mark where the top edge of the hinges should be placed. For the bottom hinges, mark where the bottom edge of the hinges should be placed.

privacy screen mark hinge screw placement

Use the hinges as a template to mark the screw placement for each hinge. Be sure to align the hinges with the marks at 15 in.

privacy screen predrill holes for hinges

privacy screen screw hinges to middle door

Predrill holes for the screws and screw the hinges to the middle door.

privacy screen stand up doors and screw together with hinges

Stand up the middle door and, one at a time, align the outer doors, marking the placement of the screws. Predrill holes for the screws and screw the hinges to the outer two doors.

That’s it, your vintage privacy screen is complete!