Constructing Asian-Inspired Room Dividers

What You'll Need
3 wooden lattice panels each 72 by 18 by 1
6 brass hinges
Laminated Shoji paper
Screwdriver and nails
Roll of Y1A double-sided tape
Measuring tape

Asian room dividers offer privacy and style with a variety of patterns and traditional Asian themes to choose from. Some of the most popular room dividers are three panel shoji screens. They are relatively easy to put together with the right tools and supplies. More panels can be added to create a wider room divider. Incorporating an Asian theme means adding unique artwork onto your shoji screen. Pictures of cherry blossoms, bamboo trees or exotic dragons all represent the Asian culture. Using laminated shoji screens are ideal because they come with Japanese inspired prints.

Step 1 - Work Location

To get started on your room divider, you will need to find a workspace big enough for you to stretch out your materials. An ideal workspace is in a garage or a flat surface workbench. Keep supplies within reach as you begin constructing your shoji screen. Easy access will make this project move along smoothly.

Step 2 - Connect Lattice Panels

Lay each wooden lattice panel down on a flat surface. Line them up side by side until they are evenly aligned. Using the measuring tape begin to measure the locations for the brass hinges on the lattice panel in the middle. Mark the locations lightly with a sharpened pencil. The brass hinges will be screwed on the middle panel. Place the brass hinges over the markings and screw each of them in place using a screwdriver and nails. The lattice panels will serve as the frame for your room dividers. 

Step 3 - Attach Laminate Shoji Paper

You are halfway through your Asian inspired room dividers. After connecting each wooden lattice panel in place with the brass hinges it is time to attach the laminate shoji paper. First you will need to Place each sheet of laminated shoji paper over the openings in the panels. Using your scissors begin to cut out the paper leaving approximately 1 inch of space on top and bottom and each sides. This will give you room to tape your paper in place and cut away the edges as needed. Once you have cut enough laminated paper to cover each opening use the Y1A double-sided tape that was made specifically for laminated paper. Lay the tape along the edge of the paper and press it into place on the wooden lattice frame. Continue this step until each opening is covered with paper. Laminated paper last longer than traditional rice paper. It is also best at reflecting light while still providing privacy.

Step 4 - Stand up the Room Divider

Once you have secured your laminated paper in place with the strong adhesive tape it is safe to stand up. Your room divider is ready for use and can be placed in any room as an effective room divider, privacy screen or decorative showpiece. It can fold away easily also.