DIY an Old-World Fabric Folding Screen

Create a timeless dressing screen covered in fabric with a worn look to bring home the look of the Heirloom design trend.

Dressing Screen

Dressing Screen

Create an Heirloom dressing screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

The Heirloom design trend is marked by timeless design and worn surfaces. The colors are rich but muted and a patina that reflects time's passage is part of this luxurious trend's appeal. 

To capture the look of enduring beauty, create a dressing screen to liven up a corner or hide away things you wish to keep out of sight. By choosing the correct, worn-look fabric, the screen will create the perfect Heirloom vignette for any space. 

Materials Needed:

  • 2 sets of bi-fold doors
  • screwdriver
  • 6 yards of batting, at least 36" wide
  • 5 yards of upholstery fabric, at least 54" wide
  • scissors or rotary cutter
  • staple gun and staples
  • upholstery tack strip
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions

Dressing Screen

Dressing Screen

Create an Heirloom dressing screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Remove hinges from one side of one set of bi-fold doors. Attach the hinge to one open end of the other complete set of bi-fold doors so that the three doors fold in a "Z."

Dressing Screen

Dressing Screen

Create an Heirloom dressing screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Cut the upholstery fabric to 6 pieces, 18" wide by 83" long. You should be able to get three 18" pieces from each 83" piece.

Dressing Screen

Dressing Screen

Create an Heirloom dressing screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Wrap batting around the front side of the doors and secure in the back with staples. Wrap the fabric over the batting and secure in the back with staples, at least 1/2 inch from the edge. Where the fabric meets a hinge, cut a notch in the fabric at the top and bottom of the hinge. Fold the excess fabric under and staple on the back, pulling tightly.

Dressing Screen

Dressing Screen

Create an Heirloom dressing screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

At the top of each door panel on the back, lay one short edge of another upholstery fabric piece face down and with the majority of the fabric pointed away from the top of the door panel. Use upholstery tack strip positioned at the edge of the top of the door to attach the fabric centered on the top edge of the door. Place the staples very close together. Fold the fabric over and pull tightly to the bottom of the door. Fold the excess in and attach with staples along the bottom of the door.

Dressing Screen

Dressing Screen

Create an Heirloom dressing screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Fold the sides of the fabric under. Apply hot glue close to the edge of the door and press the folded fabric to the glue. Use caution as the glue will be hot. Apply glue to the opposite side and press the folded fabric to the glue, pulling tightly. Use hot glue to secure the fabric notches made earlier to the hinges. 

Dressing Screen

Dressing Screen

Create an Heirloom dressing screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

Dressing Screen

Dressing Screen

Create an Heirloom dressing screen

Photo by: Sam Henderson

Sam Henderson

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