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Published on September 17th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


diy a room divider from ivar units

shirley sent me her room divider hack using the ivar side unit.

she says: “i needed a portable screen to a) give visiting guests sleeping on the sofa bed some privacy and b) screen my somewhat messy work area from both my and my roommate’s visiting clients. (i’m a graphic designer and the room-mate is a musician/composer/producer)

so far, this has taken about twelve hours to assemble.

2 hours – drilling and screwing on the six piano hinges.
10 hours – measuring, ripping , fitting and sewing the canvas. i had to redo some bits a few times as i made mistakes.

i estimate another 10 hours to pin fit and sew the canvas edges, then another afternoon to prime the canvas. then i have to design the graphic and paint it.”

she used piano hinges to join ivar units in a fan-fold formation. then sewed a canvas cover for it, with velcro to hold the fabric taut. she has yet to finish the raw edges and complete the large scale graphic on the canvas.

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view more of shirley’s room divider in her flickr set. also in the set is a corridor carpet from 3 flokati rugs.

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5 Responses to diy a room divider from ivar units

  1. As long as it’s okay… there’s no problem anymore …

  2. Gloria says:

    As both anonymous comments might note, it says right in the post that she has yet to finish the raw edges.

  3. I love the open frame look, and agree that vellum or rice paper would look better than the canvas in the photo. That’s been done a million times though, and as a graphic designer I would love to see you implement your screenprinting. Here are some thoughts:

    Shorten the divider so that it is 3 squares high instead of the current 4 squares. It seems a little tall for the room. It would be a shame to block all the light from that window.

    Then, maybe instead of canvas you could apply your design on individual pieces of vellum or other paper/material and insert them into the frames. You could do one large design, separate it into columns or rows, alternate printed squares with non-printed vellum, etc. You would basically be creating a grid offering endless (and interchangeable) possibities. Just a long-winded thought.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Not attractive. The fabric looks all frayed and messy. I say this is a “hack” job

  5. Anonymous says:

    The material just doesn’t do it for me. The initial picture looks a lot more hackeyed than hacked.

    In fact, I much prefer the look of the empty room divider frame (in the third shot. All you’d have to do is put in parchment paper or semi-opaque poly-vinyl to cover the individual frames…it would make this work a lot better. More like a japanese rice-paper divider.

    Plus it would save the hastle of all that sowing (which didn’t seem to create that stellar a product)…instead just staple or glue to the backside of the frame.

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