Sunday, August 23, 2009

Make a screen into a wall hanging

I'm participating in my 5th Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch! Today I'll show you how I made my screen into a wall hanging while preserving the "folds." This is my second non-screen screen application. Did you see the one I made into a headboard? It was easier because I wanted it flat against the wall. There are pictures in this post if you'd like to scroll ahead.

I'd been fretting over this for months and finally just did it.

There was nothing on the Internet about hanging folding screens on the wall. Gordon drew some brackets. I asked where to get them. He said, "I don't know." I took the drawing to Intown Ace Hardware's helpful hardware folks and made a plan.

The screen has four panels. The hinges swing in both directions so you can show either side. It's 3/4" thick.

Here is what I bought:
  • 1x4" ledger boards cut slightly less the width of the screen as I would hang it so it wouldn't show
  • Scrap 2x2" for making shims for the top ledger board to control the fold angle.
  • A strip of metal from which I could cut and bend the bottom brackets.
  • Screws for attaching the brackets to the ledger board.
  • Screws for attaching the ledger boards to the wall to through the studs.
  • Screw eyes for wiring the top ledger board to the hinges.
  • Black 11" cable ties to connect the screw eyes to the hinges.
  • Spray can of metal/wood primer.
  • Spray can of metal/wood paint.
  • Some dark colored stuff you can stick on the bottom of furniture legs to keep them from scratching the floor. I covered the brackets, the shims, and everything else that might scratch the screen.
  • Jigsaw with wood and metal cutting blades
  • Vise, hammer, screwdrivers.
  • Electric drill for pilot holes and screw driving.
  • Tape measure.
  • Level.
  • Stud finder.
Here are the brackets attached to the bottom ledger board.


Here is the shim and screw eye on the top ledger board. This is the point where the screen is furthest away from the wall.


Somehow I had to attach the hinges to the eye. I used black cable ties, usually used for electrical work or trash bags.


Ledger boards ready for the wall. The top is on the right with the "fold-hinge-shims, the bottom with the brackets is on the left. The blue tape mark the center-line of the hall, the shims, and the screen.


Bottom ledger hung. The width (depth) of the bracket notch has to accommodate the angled screen. It's actually bent to match the angle of the screen. The screen is 3/4" thick, the notch is 1 1/2" deep. It was a guess.


Bottom and top ledger boards are ready for the screen.


I used the cable ties to secure the top hinges to the top ledger board.


I don't have the right picture to show it to you in place. Here is the deal: You are standing in the foyer, walking towards the sconces. Can the see the stripes above the doorway to the left? Walk that way:


To your left you'll see the screen. It's a surprise.


You need to ground it otherwise it look like it's ready flay away. You just can't hang the screen alone. We're using file baskets for this picture. We've used a lot of other things on the floor.

Special thanks to my advisers, Architecture Tourist Auxiliary members Erin and Katherine, who both happen to be Georgia Tech Engineers.

Thanks to Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. wow the turned out great

    super met monday


  2. I love the look of a screen mounted on a wall. My brother-in-law inherited a valuable antique Chinese screen from his parents - which he had punched a hole in as a child. The hole is part of the story, part of the legend of the screen. I smile every time I see it. And, it is mounted on a wall - behind the sofa in the living room.

    There is another blog party on Mondays, a 'do it yourself' party that I just ran across - will try to find it for you.

  3. Here it is: Do It Yourself Day on a Soft Place to Land. It starts on Thursdays, but never too late to join in on a party!

  4. Mounting the screen on the wall is a great idea! I just passed up a great screen at a local rummage sale because I just did not have the room but I never thought to hang it on the wall!

  5. Well done! I like how it still is 3-dimensional instead of flat against the wall. The solution you came up with is perfect.


  6. It's beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  7. What a great idea, and such a beautiful screen. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  8. Terry, that's such a pretty screen! What a great idea to mount it to the wall!

    Thanks for visiting my blog. Here's the link to the cabinet hardware store on eBay:


  9. Looks great! Is there any thing you can not do? I'm impressed!

  10. What a great use of a screen - I love the scale! I also love how you give step by step instructions - WITH PICTURES! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Looks and sounds like a complicated project, but the final result of the screen hanging on the wall is great!! :-)



  13. I love your can-do attitude! As for myself, I'd still just be thinking about it! If I'm not sure it will turn out great, I'm paralyzed. It's a fault I still haven't corrected. So, needless to say, I'm impressed!

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