Make a paravent yourself. All very easy with the step-by-step instructions from NOVUS.


Decorative multi-talent

They provide reliable protection from prying eyes and hide away an untidy corner of a room: folding screens are looked upon as being multi-talented for nothing. You can design and make the practical room divider yourself in just a few easy steps

All the materials you will need for the paravent project.

This is what you'll need

  •  upright laths (6 x 1,610 mm)
  •  cross-members (6 x 360 mm)
  •  paint or stain
  •  2 x 1.5 m x 4 m lengths of fabric, e.g. in grey or with any chosen floral pattern (or woven slats)
  •  saw
  •  sandpaper
  •  cordless screwdriver
  •  screws (5 x 40 for the wood / 2 each at top and bottom) + smaller screws           for the hinges
  •  scissors
  •  hinges (4 each)
  •  hand tacker (e.g. NOVUS J-08)
  •  staples (fine-wire staples, 6-8 mm)

And it's as easy to do as this:

To begin with, saw the wooden laths to the chosen length.
Step 1: Saw wooden laths to length

Step 1: Cutting the wooden laths to length. First, saw the wooden laths to length. For each screen panel, you need two long (upright) and two shorter (cross-members) wooden laths, leaving you with three identical panels

Now sand the sawn edges to make them smooth
Step 2: Sand edges

Step 2: Sanding the surfaces. Now smooth the rough lath surfaces with sandpaper.

Advice: Painting or staining. You can paint or stain the laths to go with the fabric you choose. Apply evenly.

It's now time to join the wooden elements together.
Step 3: Join elements

Step 3: Stapling the laths. The wooden elements can now be screwed together to produce three identical panel frames. Before screwing the wooden elements together, they can be stapled to give them stability. This provides a better hold.

Cut the fabric so that it is 2cm wider than the frame.
Step 4: Cut fabric to size

Step 4: Cutting the fabric to size. Now lay the fabric on the wooden panel frame and cut to size, allowing an additional 2 cm all the way round. If you have opted for the woven wood version, now attach the weaving slats instead.


When choosing your fabric, you can decide for yourself whether you want the screen to blend in discreetly with your furnishings or whether you want it to create an eye-catcher.

Staple down the covering fabric. Note: Fix opposite sides in place first so that the material is kept taut and does not pucker.
Step 5: Tension fabric or weaving slats

Step 5: Covering with fabric or woven slats, stapling in place. Now it’s time to cover the wooden panel frames with fabric or the woven slats. When you do this, you should make sure that opposite sides are fixed in place first so that the material remains taut. If you are using fabric, staple it down so the tacker staples can’t be seen from the outside.

Cover the back with opaque fabric by stapling it in place with the NOVUS hand tacker.
Step 6: Close off reverse side

Step 6: Covering the back. Now you can also cover the back with fabric. Staple the fabric down so that it closes off the reverse side of the panel.

Connect the three wooden elements with hinges. For the screen to stand in zigzag fashion, the hinges must be fitted in different ways.
Step 7: Connect the three panels with hinges

 Step 7: Fitting the hinges. Finally, connect the three screen panels with hinges. For the screen to stand in zigzag fashion, the hinges must be fitted in different ways: Connect the first two panels by screwing the hinges to the front edge of the frame. To connect the second and third element, screw the hinges to the rear edge of the frame.