Divide the kids’ bedroom into two with a DIY room divider. The kids’s can personalize their divider to suit their style and colour choice. By using Labrico 2×4 brackets you can anchor the divider between the floor and ceiling using tension. Not only does this avoid having to drill and damage the wall, it stops the divider from accidentally being knocked over.
The kids will love having their own space for their stuff. Adding a shelf or two or a pegboard should do the trick!
Now for the all important choice of colours and finish. If you prefer the natural look, stain and polish the timber. Or if your prefer campaign pink or aquamarine blue go for it! Paint the timber divider to light up the kids’ space.
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Happiness is...Letting the Kids Decorate their Own Room
Split the kids room so each has their own place to decorate.
The kids will find it fun pinning their artwork on the timber panels. Keep some books handy for bedtime reading or have a place for their furry friends.
No wall damage, good for temporary walls
Take note of the ceiling and floor brackets called Labrico 2×4 Adjusters brackets.
With these innovative brackets, you don’t need to drill and damage the wall. Rather, they hold the timber posts in place using tension. This is particularly useful if you are a renter or in a temporary living situation (like student accommodation) and can’t make holes in the wall.
Safety: How to keep the room dividers from falling down
Most room dividers provide a functional, yet decorative, way in which to alter the layout of a space. There are folding screens which come in various sizes and materials and can be as simple or as elaborate as you desire.
However, having young children or pets around, there is a high chance the divider will be bumped into and knocked down.
To prevent such an accident and possible injury to someone, anchor the room divider using a tension bracket like the Labrico 2×4 Adjuster shown in the photo.
Add Shelves for books and kids things
It’s quick and easy to add shelves to the room divider. Here, I added 2 pine timber shelves to each side of the room divider. Each shelf is 50cm long and are easily attached to the timber panels using corner brackets.
If you want to know how high and where to install each shelf, just ask your kids….they will tell you!
The shelves in the picture are stained using Briwax stain – Antique Mahogany.
Use a Pegboard to turn privacy divider into versatile kids storage
You and your kids can get creative with a peg board storage wall. There are a load of possibilities from hanging arts and crafts to displaying school artwork.
Cut 2 pegboards to size (1m wide x 60cm tall) and fasten one to each side of the room divider. Make sure you leave enough space for the shelves.
Stain the timber for a natural look
I recommend staining your timber to bring out the natural character. It also helps to protect the timber from drying out. The product I use is called Briwax while the stain is Antique Mahogany.
Unlike traditional stains which are water based and require multiple coats, Briwax has more of a toothpaste consistency. Not only does it make it quicker to apply onto the timber, it is also touch dry in a couple of hours. One application is normally enough.
Paint the Timber Posts
To suit the other colours in the kid’s bedroom or for a complete update, you can choose to paint the timber posts, panels and shelves.
Room Divider Project Information
- Drill bits
- Measuring tape
- Spirit level (or download the “Bubble Level” App for iphone for free)
- Labrico 2×4 Adjuster brackets x 2
- 2×4 Wood post vertical x 2 (cut to correct length – download instructions)
- 1 ½” Timber screws (black)
- 1×4 wood panel slats x 12 (cut to 1 metre or 39.5” length)
- 1×12 shelves x 4 (cut to 50cm or 19.6” length)
- Corner brackets x 8
- Briwax wood stain (Antique Mahogany)
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