How To Build a Freestanding Divider Wall

DIY Divider Wall Project
divider wall

If you have basic woodworking skills, you can create this simple, decorative room divider in a weekend. Here's what you'll need to complete the project.


  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Circular saw
  • Drill
  • Pipe wrench
  • Jigsaw
  • Hammer
  • Router with flush-trim bit

Materials (see the next page for a detailed assembly illustration. The letters here match up with the letters in the illustration.)

  • Two 2x4s, 69 inches long, for frame stiles (A)
  • Two 2x4s, 48 inches long, for frame rails (B)
  • Two 2x4s, 16 inches long, for window stiles (C)
  • Two 2x4s, 45 inches long, for window rails (D)

From three sheets of 1/4-inch birch plywood cut:

  • One frame top skin, 3-1/2 x48 inches (E)
  • Two frame side skins, 3-1/2x72-1/4 inches (F)
  • Two window rail skins, 3-1/2x36 inches (G)
  • Two window stile skins, 3-1/2x15-1/2 inches (H)
  • Two panel skins, 48-1/2x72-1/4 inches (I)

Other Components:

  • No. 8x2-1/2 inch deck screws
  • Two 1-inch pipe flanges
  • Two pieces 1-inch galvanized pipe, 40 inches long, threaded on both ends
  • Wood glue
  • 4d finishing nails
  • Two 1-inch galvanized 90-degree pipe elbows
  • Wood putty
  • Interior acrylic primer
  • Paint

Continued on page 2:  Divider Wall Building Instructions