Intro: 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!
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!