# PVC Room Divider (Cheap and Easy!)

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## Introduction: PVC Room Divider (Cheap and Easy!)

Make your own room divider for very little expense and effort.  Easily customizable to your required size and color/fabric.  I completed mine in about 2 hours, but the most time I spent was ironing the matierial I used to cover the frame.  Hope yours is as easy as mine was!

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## Step 1: Measure Your Space and Decide the Dimensions of Your Project.

Figure out how tall and wide you want the divider. The space I needed to fill was unusual, taller than wide. My dimensions were 6' tall and only 5' wide. This design is especially useful for small spaces because you don't need to bend mutiple panels to keep it upright. I used it to seperate a small living room into two parts.

## Step 2: Calculate the Amount of PVC Pipe and Fabric Needed and Purchase Your Supplies

PVC pipe comes in 10' lengths. For this project, you want strong enough pipe to support the fabric. Another website recommended 1.5" pipe and it seemed the most stable, so I used that. Sooooo inexpensive! I bought three pipes so that I could cut four 1' lengths from one, leaving a 6' piece. I needed another 6' piece for the other upright and a 5' piece for the top, which made up my length. I ended up with a 5' and 4' piece leftover, but your dimensions might allow for less waste. For the fabric, I went with white burlap, only because I'm poor and it's cheap. I bought almost 9 yards for only \$16 and was pleased to see that it was measured folded in half, so that I had enough to cover 2/3 of the frame with one long panel and repeated this for the other side so that the middle overlapped. This worked for my purpose, but other websites recommend using thicker fabrics (more expensive) and using only one large piece that you sew (yuck!) to fit the frame. More on this step later... I used a circular saw to cut the pipe. I had two-sided carpet tape on hand that worked perfectly to attach the fabric to the frame. To purchase, the PVC frame requires the long sections for the width and length dimensions, plus four feet of pipe for the divider's feet. You also need two 90-degree elbows (all1.5") and two connector T's (see photo.) Finally, get four 1.5" PVC caps for the ends of the divider's feet.

## Step 3: Cut the PVC Pipe to Make the Divider's Feet

Cut four 1' lengths of pipe from whichever pipe you can use to eliminate excess waste. Plug these pieces into the T's to make feet.

## Step 4: Measure and Cut the Length and Height PVC Pipes

Measure and cut two pipes to the proper height and one pipe to the proper length of your project (you only need a top pipe, not a bottom one). If the measure needs to be really specific, you might want to attach the feet and also take into account the upper 90-degree connector when measuring. Once cut, lay the pieces out with enough space to assemble.

## Step 5: Put Together, Stand Up and Check Measures

In my case, I had to also iron the white burlap that I bought and figure out how I was going to apply it to the frame. However, I'm sure you are much better measurers, seamsters and designers, so this part will be cake.

## Step 6: Sew or Otherwise Attach Fabric

To avoid sewing, I remembered that I had two-sided carpet tape on hand, which works for the casual nature of my project. I laid one full length of fabric over the frame and connected one side with the tape (see photo). To prevent this piece from slipping, I taped it to the opposite side of the frame before laying the second piece over it. Once the second piece was laid, I ran tape down the pieces hanging 'loose' in the middle of the project to tack them down. The bottom was ragged, so I tucked those under and taped them together as well.

## Step 7: Place and Enjoy!

Seriously, this is so simple and versatile. You can expose and paint the PVC pipe for added effect. Use whatever fabric you like to jazz up the space. Let me know how you do!

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## 9 Discussions

So how much did you spend on all the pvc pipe?

i did this and spent only \$12 bucks at home depot

this worked perfectly. I have NO storage/closets in my new apt and had boxes i just had in a corner in the dining room. i was going to buy a screen divider, but at \$70+ that wasn't in my budget. USed your directions, and only spent \$12 in home depot, used an old set of curtains i had lying around (i'll get a wider set later, but this worked for now). I may paint the piping later or give that project to the kids. I have two narrow curtains, i was too lazy to sew them together, plus i figure i'll swap them out later. so to keep them 'together', i just used some command strips (that you use to hand picters on the wall with! lol). even at the bottom where it was too long, i just folded them up and command striped them together. so 10 strips altogether (in 5 spots). Yes, this was on a budget (time and money). I would say to anyone doing this, make sure you know if you have sched 40 or otherwise piping and make sure the elbows and T's match that. very easy...thank you!!

Hey Purple Sky

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this up.

About the legs....you did 4 x 1' and then use a connector. Would it be possible to do 2 x 2' and slide the connector along the 2' foot piece to the centre?

Thanks

dancerinetherain

May I ask how stable it is, Do you think filling up the bottom sectino with heavy rocks would help stabalise it?

I would think so; you would need to adjust the design because there is no bottom PVC pipe to fill, but I would think the added weight would help to stabilize it.

This is perfect! I've been looking for a roomdivider for ages! It was either too expensive, too light (my cats jump on everything they can), too heavy (I'm sitting in a wheelchair), etc.
Than I decided to make one myself, from wood. But I was having trouble with the design.
This is so the solution for me! Thank you!

Very Cool, Been looking for a simple design like this to separate my open light windows for plants from the rest of the room. With a little modification I could turn it into a three-walled setup. Thank you... :D