License Plate Room Divider

Stylishly divide a space in just a few short steps using vintage license plates.
License Plate Outdoor Room Divider

License Plate Outdoor Room Divider

Stylishly divide a space in just a few short steps using metal chains and vintage license plates.

Materials Needed:

  • license plates
  • spool of small metal chain
  • nuts
  • bolts or screws
  • chain cutter
  • hook eyes
  • S-hooks
  • wrench
  • screw driver
  • tape measure
  • pencil

Measure Space

Use tape measure to determine proper width and height for space needing division. Jot down dimensions.

Determine Palette

Spread license plates out on a long flat surface. Sort and arrange by color.

Spread Out License Plates to Determine Palette

Spread Out License Plates to Determine Palette

Spread license plates out on a long flat surface. Sort and arrange by color.

Cut to Size

Lay chain out on long, flat surface, keeping in mind each strand of license plates requires two symmetrical strands of chain. Use tape measure to determine where to cut chain in reference to height of space. Cut chain to size with chain cutter.

Measure and Cut Chain to Size

Measure and Cut Chain to Size

Lay chain out on long, flat surface, keeping in mind each strand of license plates requires two symmetrical strands of chain. Use tape measure to determine where to cut chain in reference to height of space. Cut chain to size with chain cutter.

Attach Plates to Chain

With chain spread out on flat surface, temporarily place license plates on top of chain, leaving an even amount of space between each plate. Once layout is determined, flip each strand upside down, insert bolt or screw through front of pre-drilled hole in plate, and fasten to back with nuts using wrench and screwdriver.

Attach License Plates to Chains

Attach License Plates to Chains

With chain spread out on flat surface, temporarily place license plates on top of chain, leaving an even amount of space between each plate. Once layout is determined, flip each strand upside down, insert bolt or screw through front of pre-drilled hole in plate, and fasten to back with nuts using wrench and screwdriver.

Hang Strands

Measure width of each strand. Referring to strand measurements, mark ceiling with pencil. Screw two hook eyes per strand directly into ceiling. Insert S-hook into top link of chain in strand and attach to eye hook in ceiling.

Hang License Plate Strands From Ceiling

Hang License Plate Strands From Ceiling

Measure width of each strand. Referring to strand measurements, mark ceiling with pencil. Screw two hook eyes per strand directly into ceiling. Insert S-hook into top link of chain in strand and attach to eye hook in ceiling.

Next Up

Add Nail Head Trim to Furniture

Bring a high-end look to an upholstered piece of furniture by adding nail head trim.

Build Custom End Tables

Create deep, wall-mounted end tables by cutting a vintage bench in half. The tables take up less floor space and provide ample surface space.

Build a Shutter Console Table

Repurpose a shutter into a cottage-style console table that will add interest and soften the hard lines of the back side of any couch.

Build a Factory Cart Coffee Table

Add updated style to your living room with this DIY coffee table. Featuring an optional reclaimed wood top and caster wheels, this step-by-step project proves factory style — without the price — is obtainable by anyone.

How to Install Fabric Wallcovering

Instead of traditional wallpaper, use a favorite fabric to add texture and pattern to your walls.

How to Mat and Frame Artwork

Finding artwork you love is a lengthy and expensive process. Make custom art using anything flat, from a vintage album cover to a page from a book or magazine.

Create a Sunburst Mirror

Open up your living room and add style with a dramatic sunburst mirror.

How to Slipcover an Ottoman

Take your ottoman from drab to fab with this simple step-by-step slipcover guide.

Customize Ready-Made Draperies

Add a decorative band of fabric to ready-made drapes for a custom look.

Easy-to-Sew Pillows

Add a splash of color and pattern to a room by sewing your own pillows.

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.