Curtain dividers provide screening and privacy.

How to Make Curtain Dividers

by L. Christine Shepard

Curtains dividers can create private areas within rooms while adding a touch of drama to the decor. Loft and studio apartment dwellers may want to use a curtain divider to screen off a sleeping, laundry or storage area. Children or teens who share a bedroom could use a curtain divider to create personal space. You can use a sturdy canvas curtain divider on a porch to block an unsightly view and add a vertical style element.

Measure the width and length of the area to be divided by the curtain with a tape measure to determine the size curtain rod and fabric yardage you need. The width of the finished curtain will be 1 1/2 times the width of the area. Add 2 inches to each fabric width and length measurement for hems to determine the amount of fabric to purchase.

Cut the curtains to the measurements, creating two panels to open in the center or one panel to open at the side. Turn the panel edges 1/2 inch twice to the wrong sides and pin in place. Sew the hems with a straight stitch using a sewing machine.

Attach two ceiling mount brackets in the ceiling using 50-pound wall anchors, spaced 2-inches from the ends of the curtain rod position.

Attach clip-on shower curtain rings to the tops of the curtain panels every 6 inches, beginning 1/2-inch from the top edge corners. Slide the rings over the curtain rods. Thread the curtain rod through the ceiling mount brackets to attach the rod to the ceiling.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure
  • 2 ceiling mount brackets
  • 50-pound wall anchors
  • Metal curtain rod, 1-inch diameter
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Clip-on shower curtain rings


  • Sheets and lightweight rugs can also be used as curtain dividers with the attachment of the clip-on shower curtain rings.


  • Do not use standard screws to attach the ceiling mount brackets to the ceiling; use 50-pound anchors only to accommodate the weight of the curtain.

About the Author

L. Christine Shepard has been a print journalist since 1994, covering news, home improvement, gardening and food for the "Oakland Press," "Rochester Post," "Troy Times" and "Michigan Meetings and Events" magazine. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Oakland University and received the Michigan Press Association award for journalism.

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