How to Make Your Own Folding Screen

9 Materials
3 Hours
Folding screens originated in China and have been used for centuries as a simple way to add some privacy to a corner of your home. It’s perfect to hide an unsightly mess or to create a barrier between spaces in an open-plan living area or loft. It is so easy to put together, and it looks fantastic too!

Let me show you how to make your own folding screen in 7 quick steps. You can paint it any colour you want and use any fabric to personalize it for your home. Download the diagram and template on Homeologyicon


Measure and cut the wood battens and legs according to the diagram. Then, use the template to cut the curved shapes for the four pediments. You will need to measure precisely to ensure the screen is stable.


Drill pilot holes as indicated on the diagram. This will prevent the battens from cracking when you screw the frame together.


Use the wood screws to assemble the pieces. It is essential to ensure that everything is straight, so use your spirit level.


Fill the holes with wood filler and lightly sand to remove any rough patches once it has dried.


Paint the four frames and allow to dry.


Lay two panels on the floor next to each other and connect the hinges. Do the same with the other two panels. Now, turn both sets over on their backs with the hinges facing the floor, lay them next to each other and connect the remaining hinges. This will allow the screen to fold zig-zag.


Slide the fabric over the dowels and secure them to the frame using the black chipboard screws. Remember the pilot holes!

And you're done! Now you can showcase your craftsmanship in your living room, study, bedroom... wherever! Even in the bathroom, if it's large enough add a bit of finesse with your fabulous folding screen icon

Remember to download the  template and diagram before you get started!

Happy DIYing!

Resources for this project:
8x 3.5x32mm black chipboard screws
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  • Cheri Tanner Cheri Tanner on May 18, 2019

    What fabric did you use? Is that a stencil? or what? Nice design! I like it! Where did you get it?

  • Kristine Cousineau Kristine Cousineau on Jan 03, 2022

    You have some pretty cool ideas that I do believe that I’ll be making for my Mom, sisters and my daughters. Especially this one I know they will all love. I’ll do a pattern in one that each will love. Thank you for your AwEsOmE ideas. icon