How to Make Freestanding Room Dividers from PVC

by Jennifer Leigh
PVC pipe can be found at hardware and home stores.

PVC pipe can be found at hardware and home stores.

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PVC pipe is a ubiquitous material in the building industry, but has many applications other than for building purposes. PVC can be used to create simple, sturdy and inexpensive decorative items and furniture for a home or office space, such as a room divider, due to its stability and durability. Once assembled, the unit can be painted and fabric can be added to the PVC poles to create a one-of-a-kind decorative divider.

Items you will need

  • 4 PVC pipes (equal length)
  • 2 1-1/2-inch PVC pipe segments
  • 2 end covers
  • 2 elbow connectors
  • 2 three-way connectors
  • Spray paint
  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Solvent cement
Step 1

Purchase four PVC pipes of the desired height and width for your room divider; this generally ranges from 5 to 6 feet. Place the pieces in a rectangle on your floor for assembly.

Step 2

Place elbow connectors on the tops of the two PVC pipes that will serve as the vertical sides and connect the top piece of PVC to the side pieces. Make sure that you twist the pieces into the connectors so that they have a snug fit.

Step 3

Place a three-way connector on the bottom end of each side piece and connect the bottom piece to the two side pieces. Leave the third, empty end of each three-way connector facing the bottom of the divider.

Step 4

Insert a 1-1/2-inch piece of PVC pipe into the bottom of each three-way connector and place a cap on the end of each one; these are what the divider will stand on. At this point you can leave the divider as-is, spray paint it or take it apart to add fabric or solvent cement to make it more secure.

Step 5

Stand the unit up outdoors and spray paint it completely. This is best done on an assembled unit that has not been cemented together.

Step 6

Place curtains over the divider for a screened appearance. If using fabric, cut two pieces that are each 1 inch longer wider than your divider. Fold the sides of the fabric over 1/4-inch two times and hem the edges on a sewing machine. Place the fabric's outer sides together and sew the top and bottom of the fabric pieces together using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn the sewed piece of fabric right-side out and slide it onto the top and bottom pieces of PVC before assembling the pieces.

Step 7

Take the unit apart one last time and add solvent cement to the connectors for a more secure divider. This needs to be done after the fabric is in place, as you will not be able to slide it on after this point. If you wish to be able to disassemble the unit in the future, skip this step.

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