How to Make a Children's Room Divider

Use canvas stretchers and fun fabric to create a decorative screen.
ssl809_1a

ssl809_1a

Fabric stretched over an artist's canvas frame makes a great room divider for children who are sharing space. Here's how to make one:

Materials and Tools:

premade stretcher bars of the desired dimensions
center brace 1 inch longer than the stretcher bars
two types of fabrics, both cut several inches larger than the stretcher-bar frame
staple gun
decorative trim such as ribbon or lace
rhinestones or other decorative embellishments (optional)
1½-inch hinges

Steps:

  1. Wedge the center brace into the stretcher-bar frame.
  2. Center the frame on the first fabric and stretch the fabric around the frame, starting at a corner. Pull fabric around the frame and staple to the back.
  3. Work your way around the frame, stretching and stapling.
  4. After one side is covered with fabric, turn the frame over and cover the other side. Instead of bringing the fabric all the way around the frame to staple, stop at the side and overlap the first fabric a bit.
  5. Cover the edge where the two fabrics meet with decorative trim. Just glue in place. You can also adorn the fabric with rhinestones or other decorative embellishments.
  6. Attach the two screens with 1½-inch hinges. Place them about 8 inches from the top and bottom of each frame.
Keep Reading

Next Up

How to Create a Floor Plan and Furniture Layout for Your Living Room

Searching for a new living room look? Before you redesign, consider switching up the room's layout. Take a cue from professional designers and reconfigure the furniture by creating a paper floor plan using a ruler, graph paper and a pencil.

How to Make a Cat Condo

Use everyday items to build a fancy cat post with baskets.

How to Make a Kid's Bean Bag Chair Using Stuffed Animals

Solve the stuffed-toy storage dilemma with this cozy and functional kid's chair. Use the toys to fill the chair; a Velcro opening makes it easy to take them out again at playtime.

How to Make an Ice Lantern

Use winter's frosty temps to your advantage when decorating your home's outdoors for the holidays. These ice lanterns are pretty, festive and just require water, plastic containers and a chill in the air.

How to Make Rolled Paper Roses

Paper flowers fashioned from old book pages, newspaper or brown Kraft paper are a frugal alternative to store-bought ribbons and bows.

How to Make a Backyard Fire Pit

Create a cozy space for outdoor entertaining with a stone fire pit.

How to Make a Wood Cutting Board

Woodworking projects can be intimidating, but this project is actually easier than you may think. With basic shop materials and dense hardwood, which is the best wood for cutting boards, you'll be able to create a chef-worthy chopping accessory that any foodie would love.

How to Make a Boxwood Christmas Wreath

Why settle for plastic evergreen wreaths or natural greens that will dry out in a few weeks? Make a preserved boxwood wreath that will keep its good looks throughout the holidays and beyond.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.