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Door Folding Screen

Divide a room or add a dramatic backdrop to furnishings with this decorative screen.

Folding screen behind a sofa

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

1 weekend

Estimated Cost


Tools & Materials


  • Drill and bit set
  • Screwdriver or driving bits
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter’s square
  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Wood putty
  • Low-VOC construction adhesive
  • Spray adhesive
  • Painter’s tape


  • 3 - 30-in lauan bifold doors, #10713
  • 6 - square ceiling medallions, #391874
  • 8 - 3-in narrow hinges, packs of 2, #308972
  • 19-1/8-in x 15-5/8-in pink plastic blank sign, #3361193
  • Valspar Signature, gallon, Sweet Shadows for the doors (#1001-7C)
  • Valspar Signature, Twilight Mauve (#1001-8A) for the medallions

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Project Resources


Modify this design by varying the number of panels (in pairs or to fit your space) and changing hinges to match your choice of paint colors. If you decide to use larger hinges, such as the ones shown below, fill the existing hinge screw holes and sand the putty smooth before installing the new hinges.

Paint and Stencil the Panels

Step 1

Remove the hinges from three pairs of bifold doors and fill the holes with wood putty. Sand each door with 180-grit sandpaper and wipe clean.

Good to Know

If you plan to reuse the existing hinges and buy ones to match, simply remove the hinges and set them aside for now.

Step 2

Apply three coats of paint to each door (Sweet Shadows shown). Allow the final coat to dry overnight. Apply three coats of paint to the fronts of the six ceiling medallions (Twilight Mauve shown).

Step 3

Download the Folding Screen Design Stencil and have a copy shop print it on 11 x 17 paper. Trim along the dashed lines and tape the halves together. Then use spray adhesive to attach the stencil centered on a 19-1/8-inch x 15-5/8-inch or larger plastic sign. Cut out the design at the center.

Step 4

Use the door design layout guide on the stencil pattern to position the stencil on a door. Lightly dab paint around the edges of the stencil and fill in the center. Carefully remove the stencil and repeat for the next stencil location on the door. Repeat for the remaining doors.

Connect the Doors

Step 1

Cut 1/4-inch-thick scrap boards to make four spacers slightly longer than the width of the doors. Lay a door (shown unfinished for photography) on a work surface and place spacers on top. Lay a second door on the spacers with the ends and edges flush.

Good to Know

Plan your hinge placements to suit the size of the screen. When pairing doors, stack them so the designs face either toward or away from each other. Alternate the toward and away positions to create the zigzag arrangement of the finished screen. When unfolded, all the stencils should face the same direction.

Step 2

Attaching hinges to the doors.

Measure and mark the three hinge locations. Center a hinge between the doors and check for equal distances of the hinge edges from the top and bottom of the stack. Mark the screw hole locations and drill pilot holes. Then drive the screws. Repeat for the additional hinges.

Step 3

Remove the spacers and arrange them on the top door. Stack a third door on the first two with the edges and ends flush. Working on the opposite side of the first set of hinges, measure, drill, and screw another three hinges in place. Repeat for the remaining doors, switching from one side to the other and one position of the stencils to another.

Step 4

Stand the assembled screen on its base. Apply a low-VOC construction adhesive to the back of a ceiling medallion and center it on a door where shown on the door design layout guide. Tape or lightly clamp it in place until the adhesive sets. Repeat for the remaining medallions.

Good to Know

Avoid using a high-VOC adhesive that could damage the foam backing of the ceiling medallion.

Step 5

Version of the screen with no stencils

For a simplified version, you can omit the stencils and simply attach the ceiling medallions.

Step 6

If necessary for hard-surface floors, add felt or rubber pads to the bottom of each door. Then arrange the screen as desired.