Dividing a room can be a tough challenge. By using hanging panels, you can divide the room in a unique way. Hanging panels offer privacy, without the feel or look of contemporary room dividers. Because the panels hang suspended in air, they appear to float and gracefully pull off the challenge of dividing a room. Always wanted to divide a room with panels? Here’s how!
The panels are first must be assembled. The material I suggest for this tutorial is a double paneled wood veneer 4x8x¼” made from any species of wood you desire. The panels are then stained and urethaned to give a rich wood feel to the panels. The outer frames of the panels are made from your choice of hardwood 1x8x8’s. Of course, you can choose a cheaper version of this project by ordering MDF and painting the project however you wish.
You’ll need to begin this project by cutting the panels to the desired length and width as needed. Cutting veneer can be tricky using a circular saw; it splits. To counteract that, taping the cut with masking tape on both sides of the veneer will reduce splintering to an acceptable level. Blue painters tape works best. Place the tape over the area that needs to be cut at least 3″ on either side of the line. Once the tape is on the wood veneer, snap a line on the tape and slowly cut the line at minimum depth.
The next part of dividing a room with hanging panels is to attach the frame. This can be done any number of ways; it’s simply a matter of choice. I like the traditional 45 degree angles on each corner with an “X” braced center. Think of a barn door. Nail the frame onto each side of the veneer, attaching one to the other.
Last but not least, attach a 1×4 to the ceiling where the panel is to be hung. Screw two eye hooks into the top of the panel and the ceiling board. Connect the two with a chain.