several years ago i tore out an article in ReadyMade Magazine that showed how to make a folding screen. it sat for a long time in my "things to do" binder. then a few years ago i came across the article again and decided that i needed to make one (or several, as it turned out).
the article showed some variations on the materials used for the panels. i wanted all of the panels to be pegboard so i could "hang" various things such as craft tools and clipboards for inspiration. i decided to only cover about 3/4 of each panel (as opposed to the entire length), as i knew in some cases the hinged panels would be placed behind tables and the lower portion would not be used.
(reverse side of chalkboard)
the ease of building this project is that it uses 4 IVAR frames from IKEA as the base. you hinge them together to create the folding function of your screen.
then you put your "panels" (in my case pegboard) on top + fasten with screws.
i purchased the pegboard at the local hardware store and had THEM cut it to the measurements i needed--totally worth it to have all of your pieces sized correctly, cut, and ready in less than 15 minutes.
screw the panels into place on top of the IVAR frames, screw in your hinges between the panels and you're good to go. add your pegboard hooks, also available at hardware and industrial/organizational supply stores. you can also use molding trim to create ledges to lean items.
we made 4 of these-- 2 panels for each screen, using a total of 8 IVAR frames.
the screen is super sturdy, and because the IVAR panels themselves are slim it folds up neatly for storage. i move mine around depending on where i may need them. currently i use them in my office, my craft room and behind our shipping counter. these are now several years old and are as sturdy as the day we made them.
the chalkboard i made late last summer and it was made using the same technique. i had plywood cut to fit at the hardware store--this time cut a wee bit wider so it would fit exactly flush with the IVAR frame (see above). i also kept the plywood panel full length, so it would run all the way down the length of the IVAR frame leaving 2" of the legs showing. i painted the plywood with 3 coats of chalkboard paint and then screwed the painted plywood onto the IVAR frame.
i had been saving a Shanna Murray decal specifically for this project and i love how it turned out. i plan on making 2 more chalkboard "panels" to compliment this one and of course the fun part will be choosing 2 more of Shanna's decals to spiff them up. she has new decals debuting in April, so my prepped chalkboard panels will just have to be patient a wee bit longer. i like the idea of maybe getting one in the silver and maybe another in grey. i like the idea of a bit of shimmer paired with the matte of the chalkboard.
FULL Instructions for the ReadyMade Folding Screen project --see the other suggested materials used to build their screen project as well as directions and measurements to complete the project.
I used the 20" x 70" IVAR shelving frames
**i am not sure when the original article was published for those of you who keep your ReadyMade magazines, as the link i found on their site did not give a date. unfortunately I can't find my "torn out" article for reference. but it was several years ago.**