Easy DIY room divider




This modular room divider can be used in an open plan living space to section off individual areas, or in a bedroom to add a partition to divide up the space. It is made using 12mm supawood and you will need two sheets for the entire unit.



The room divider features a recessed shelf for storage or display, as well as shelving down both sides of the unit.




2 of 1500 x 2000mm – front / back
2 of 250 x 1500mm – top / bottom
2 of 250 x 1976mm - sides
2 of 2250 x 976mm – recessed shelf top / bottom
4 of 250 x 250mm – shelves
4 of 50 x 50mm – feet
4 x 40mm cut screws
4 x 20mm cut screws
Wood filler*
Pattex acrylic sealer and caulking gun
Paint and equipment for finishing
Bosch Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Countersink bit
Bosch Jigsaw
Bosch Sander plus 120- and 240-grit sandpaper
2 workbenches or sawhorses
Quick clamps



*As an alternative to wood filler on the outside you can use plastic screw cap covers to hide screw holes. These are available in a selection of colours at your local Builders, or most hardware stores.





On the front section measure and mark 250mm and 650mm down from the top edge and 262mm in from both sides. This will be the opening for the recessed shelf and can be cut out using a jigsaw.



Use an 8mm wood bit to drill holes inside the drawn rectangle approximately 30mm in from the line. This will allow you to insert the jigsaw blade for cutting out. Place the board on two sawhorses or benches and make sure there is nothing underneath the section being removed before you start to cut.





On the front and back of both side sections measure and mark at 238mm, 250mm, 650mm and 662mm. Use this as a guide for attaching the sides to the recessed shelf top and bottom using 40mm screws. Pre-drill 3mm countersunk pilot holes.

On the back measure and draw a line 250mm and 262mm in from both sides. This line serves as a guide for mounting the centre section. Place the centre section on a flat, level surface and position the back on top of this, aligning with the drawn lines before pre-drilling countersunk pilots holes and securing in place with 40mm screws.



Fill screw holes with wood filler and sand smooth once dry. It is easier to do this before you complete the rest of the assembly.



On both sides of the front section measure and draw a line 250mm and 262mm in from both sides. Turn over the partially completed back section (with centre section on top) and position the front over this by aligning with your drawn lines. Pre-drill 3mm countersunk holes and secure the front to the centre section using 40mm screws.



On the base draw lines 12mm in from all edges. Use 20mm screws to secure the feet onto the base, using the drawn lines as a guide.



Insert the top and bottom pieces, making sure they are properly aligned and flush before pre-drilling countersunk pilot holes through the front and back edges and securing with 40mm screws.




To add the shelves on the side edges of the divider you need to measure down 658mm and 670mm from the top and repeat this up from the bottom. Make a mark on both sides of the front and back to enable you drill 3mm countersunk pilot holes 50mm and 200mm in from the edge. Transfer this measurement onto the shelves and drill 3mm pilot holes.
Place the shelves and secure using 40mm screws.



  • Stand the unit upright for finishing.
  • Fill all remaining screw holes with wood filler. Allow this to dry before sanding smooth.
  • Fill any gaps around the recessed shelf with Pattex acrylic sealer. It is far better to use an acrylic sealer for this area, as it allows for a certain amount of movement as you move the unit around.
  • Paint with Plascon Velvaglo waterbased enamel for a durable finish that is easy to clean. You can have this tinted in your choice of colour. Apply with a combination of paintbrush and foam roller.

Janice Anderssen


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