Easiest way to section off a room with privacy

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Old 06-03-17, 10:32 PM
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Easiest way to section off a room with privacy

I have a big room that I want to section off without building a wall.
The opening to be sectioned is 12' wide by 8' tall.
I'd like to just goto HD, pick up the stuff, build it in a couple hours and be done with it.
Doesn't have to look pretty but all the curtain/dropcloth solutions I've researched are missing a privacy component.
In other words there's no way to "lock" the curtains on the side (could be permanent) and down the middle (would have to be temporary to be used as a doorway of sorts) and on the bottom (again temporary since the curtains or other solutions would have to slide open).
The best I've come up with is a wood frame of 2x4s holding up a 3/4" copper pipe with shower curtain rings holding up the classiest tarp available.
The rings of the tarp can have mini padlocks on them but getting in and out then would require at least 3 padlock openings (one in the middle and two on the bottom).
Ideally there's some sort of "zipper" with the handle facing inwards so the outside party can't get in unnoticed.
Any other ideas?
 

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Old 06-04-17, 04:43 AM
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the tarp can have mini padlocks on them but getting in and out then would require at least 3 padlock openings
You want to build a secure wall that has locks out of a tarp?
 
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Old 06-04-17, 07:04 AM
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kind of.

three security "definitions":
a) others can't see inside (I want this)
b) residents can't get in unnoticed (I want this)
c) outsiders can't break in (I don't need this)

so a) above is just a matter of putting up something opaque.
I'm not going to address c) above since if an outsider can break through the front or back door they'll pretty much be able to break through the internal doors.

so the the reason for b) above is if resident goes into the area they shouldn't, rips/tears/etc would be noticed and the matter could be addressed (a deterrent since they know it'd be noticed)
 
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Old 07-28-17, 05:10 PM
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think I would just build a wall with a door unless it had to be temporary, then I would still probably build a wall with 3 removable sections 1 with a door keeping each section as light as possible so tarp, or plastic or even wall paneling doesn't weight that much and probably last longer than a tarp.
 
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Old 07-28-17, 05:26 PM
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I would tend to agree with alan. A wall can be temporary if you build it with screws. You just put a top plate against the ceiling, put 2 or 3 screws in it, and a bottom plate on the floor, same thing. Cut your studs to fit tightly and put a screw angled into the plate on both ends. Frame a door opening, and install a prehung door. Put a keyed entry lockset on it. Cover one or both sides of the wall with paneling or lauan.

When you take it down you will have a few holes to repair at most.
 
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Old 08-08-17, 05:52 AM
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Accordion room dividers:
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Old 08-08-17, 05:57 AM
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Dixie's suggestion is the easiest and most convenient.
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Old 08-10-17, 12:27 PM
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Dixie's suggestion was also my first thought but I think this is a case where more details are going to lead to a better answer - we don't really know what you're trying to accomplish (and why) nor the constraints under which you're working.
 
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Old 08-10-17, 01:48 PM
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I just bit the bullet and put up a regular wall with double doors, thanks for all the suggestions I wouldn't be comfortable buying something like an accordion door online just because I'm not experienced enough to know what issues could surface if I don't see this thing in front of me before buying
 
 

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