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How to Make and Sell DIY Dividers to Increase Your Dividends

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These days, we all know the value of a little personal space. Are you tired of your boyfriend’s dirty clothes showing up in the background of your Zoom calls? Are you done watching your teenagers scroll through TikTok when they should be focused on their schoolwork? Will one more night of seeing your roommate cry over Grey’s Anatomy reruns push you over the edge?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people whose personal relationships could be salvaged with a DIY room divider. If you found this article, you might be the hero those people need. Keep reading for some amazing DIY room divider ideas and an ecommerce platform that will help you stand out when selling online.

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DIY Designs

Creativity is key when crafting easy and beautiful DIY room divider designs. Normally, we’re told to lower our walls and let people in, but now you can put up as many barriers as you’d like. There’s no need to limit yourself or your future customers to the standard materials, so why not think outside of the box?

Upcycle items from thrift stores, look to the natural world or even repurpose items from your own house. Whatever materials you choose, your customers will appreciate a mixture of functionality, beauty, and fun, and you can enjoy crafting some of the most unique designs on the net. If you’re feeling stuck, check out the fantastic DIY ideas below to help you get started!

Repurposed records

You’re not allowed to sell endangered species online, but the law offers an exception in the case of vinyl records. For better or worse, most people only listen to music via streaming services. Still, there are those who enjoy the analogue experience and, more importantly in this case, those who enjoy the analogue aesthetic. For this design, head to your nearest record store and ask for the discount bin, where you’ll be able to grab used records for low prices. Records in hand, you’re ready to start building and selling a funky, low-cost DIY room divider that your customers will love.

You’ll need: records, fishing line, scissors, paint (optional).

Start by assembling your records into a grid on a flat surface. At this point, you can either let the character of the records show in your divider, or you can paint them for a more colorful effect. To connect your records, I recommend starting in the top left corner of your grid. Thread your fishing line through the hole of the first record, loop the line behind and through the record immediately to the right, bring the line back to where you started, and tie it off with a knot. You’ll then want to cut this knotted loop free from your line before repeating this process with the second and third records.

To be extra precise, you may want to cut or unknot your first loop to measure it, so that you can cut matching lengths of fishing line for each additional loop. This will ensure that your records hang evenly. Once you connect all of the records in your top row, we recommend completing the process for each subsequent row before beginning to create the columns, which you will make by attaching records to their neighbors on top and below. When you’ve finished connecting your records, you should have a curtain of records that can be hung to separate and bring new life to any room.

Upcycled wood pallets

This next DIY design is one of the simplest to make and most visually appealing, especially for those who appreciate the farmhouse look. It’s possible, though not always easy, to find free pallets outside of local businesses, but it’s important to speak with the manager to ensure any pallets you find lying around are up for grabs. Skip hardware stores—which sell pallets rather than giving them away—and head to your favorite bar or brewery.

In this case, it’s helpful to drink on the job, so grab a beer while you chat with management about your pallet projects and casually ask them if they might be willing to part with some extra pallets lying around. If you strike out at the bar (and who hasn’t?), head to a pet supply or furniture store to try your luck. Once you have your pallets, you’re ready to sand, stain, and sell an amazing, low-cost DIY room divider. The assembled pallets make a beautiful wall that can be personalized by hanging picture frames and other decorations!

You’ll need: wood pallets, sanding paper, wood stain, 2×4 wood planks, screws, and a drill.

This DIY room divider plan can be made with either two or four pallets depending on their size and the needs of your customer. Start by sanding the rough edges and splinters off your pallets. Always be sure to sand with the grain to avoid scratching the surface of the wood. Once you’ve smoothed out your pallets, begin staining. You’ll want to test your stain on a small portion of your pallet to ensure the color comes out the way you’re envisioning and then apply a light coat. If the first coat comes out too light, it’s easy to apply a second! Once you’re satisfied with the color of the stain, you can apply a clear topcoat to help protect your finished product from wear and tear.

Once your stain has dried, you’re ready to connect your pallets and create your room divider. An easy method of doing this is to lay the pallets flat on the ground with the edges you’d like joined pushed together. Place a 2×4 on the outside edge spanning both pallets and then insert screws through the 2×4 to connect the pallets. Do this on both sides of the pallets to fully secure, and your DIY room divider is complete!

Simple fabric divider

This final DIY idea is the easiest and cheapest to make, but that doesn’t mean your customers won’t love it. The key is choosing an interesting and beautiful fabric, which will be the focal point for this DIY room divider. You can thrift, reuse something you own, or head to the store to get the perfect print for this project. And though we’ve all gotten used to hanging out in sweatpants and loungewear, you’ll want to choose a fabric that is non-stretch in this case.

You’ll need: two wooden dowels (32 inches or longer), fabric, needle, and thread.

Start by cutting your fabric to the appropriate size. Choose a length that will offer good coverage when hung from the ceiling of an average home. The width should be two inches less than that of the dowel rod you’re using, so that some of the wood extends out on both sides. Once you’ve cut the fabric, lay it out flat and place the dowel rods at the top and bottom. The top dowel will be used to hang the divider, and the weight of the bottom dowel keeps it from fluttering. Fold the fabric over the rods, sew (or hot glue) it in place to create a tube, and you’re done!

Sell Your DIY Designs Online

The DIY experience doesn’t have to stop once you’ve completed your crafts. Ecwid is an ecommerce platform that makes selling online easier. Build your own store from scratch to instantly sync and sell across your own website, social media, marketplaces, and more. Grow your business with automated marketing tools and manage it all from your Ecwid control panel.

Ecwid isn’t the only option, and sites like Etsy can be great places to sell your DIY room dividers. What’s important is that you choose the best ecommerce platform for your needs. If you’re not sure what those needs are, it can be helpful to research the fees associated with starting a store, listing inventory, and making a sale on the platform. Here at Ecwid, we’re putting free trials on trial so you can focus on filling your store with amazing DIY designs and your wallet with cash. Set up your account for free and keep it for as long as you need it.

For this article, we’re okay with being divided in the comments section! Share your best DIY room divider tips and tricks, brag about your sales, or let us know about a DIY design you’ve tried and loved.

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About the author

Max has been working in the ecommerce industry for the last six years helping brands to establish and level-up content marketing and SEO. Despite that, he has experience with entrepreneurship. He is a fiction writer in his free time.

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