Fence Room Dividers

Fence Room Dividers

Use carpenter Amy Devers’ simple instructions for making a creative room divider.

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Creatively divide your space with a cute white picket fence. The materials and steps for this project will make one freestanding picket fence 4 feet long. Additional segments of picket fence can be attached directly to the wall to complete the look.

Pre-made picket fencing from hardware store cut to 4-foot segments
1”x12”x57” plywood — base
4”x4”x48” lumber — tall post
4”x4”x36” lumber — short post
4”x4” Post top
(2) 4”x4” U-brackets
(12) 2-inch wood screws
(8) 1-inch wood screws
(8) 3-inch wood screws
Drill with 1/8-inch drill bit
Phillips head bit
Paint and primer in one — interior semi-gloss — color of your choice
Large decorator’s paintbrush
Tape measure


Attaching the Posts:

  1. Measure along both 12-inch edges of the base lumber and mark the center points. Connect the two points using a yardstick to draw a pencil line down the center of the board. This line will be used as a guide for centering the brackets, posts and fence along it in the following steps
  2. Center a U-bracket over the pencil line with its backside flush with one edge of the wood. Drill 1/8-inch pilot holes through the four pre-existing holes in the U-bracket. Use a Phillips head bit to secure the U-bracket to the base with 1-inch wood screws. (See image below)

  1. Place the short post into the U-bracket and drill 1/8-inch pilot holes through the three pre-existing holes in each side of the U-bracket. Secure the post to the bracket with 2-inch wood screws in each hole


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  1. Center the picket fence along the pencil line on the base so one end is flush with the short post. Drill (2) 1/8-inch pilot holes at a 45-degree angle through the side of the picket fence’s upper cross bar into the post. Secure the picket fence to the post with 3” wood screws. Repeat the step for securing the lower cross bar to the post
  2. Center the tall post on the base, flush with the open end of the picket fence. Trace around the bottom of the post onto the base. This will be the placement of the second U-bracket
  3. Repeat Step 2 for attaching the U-bracket to the base
  4. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 for attaching the tall post to the U-bracket and picket fence

Finishing Touches:

  1. Apply wood glue to the top of the tall post and place the post cap over the top

  1. Paint the picket fence, posts and base the color of your choice with a paintbrush. Allow to dry completely before positioning in your room
  2. Depending on the size of your room, a freestanding picket fence can be made longer by starting with a longer baseboard and longer picket fence to meet your needs. These fences are a great way to section a large room into smaller areas, for example a reading area or a play area

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