DIY Projects

By Erin V. Mahoney -

How to Make a Copper Pipe Divider

Those who live in studios know the perks and drawbacks of small-space living. One thing is for sure: you have to get creative with your space. A frequent concern of studio inhabitants is making the bedroom area feel separate and private. For a simple, albeit transparent, solution, consider crafting a partition from copper pipes.

You will need:

  • 13 1 ft by ½ inch copper rods, cut to size
  • 4 ½ inch copper elbows
  • 6 ½ inch copper tees
  • Copper bonding solution
  • Invisible hanging wire
  • 2 cup hooks

Note: For a larger partition, adjust the measurements accordingly. You can also double the materials and make two.


  1. Assemble the pieces to form a ladder-like structure. Using bonding solution, connect the rods and joints. Situate five rods horizontally connected by eight vertical rods.
  2. Measure one foot on your ceiling and screw in the hooks on either side.
  3. Tie the wire from two corners of your copper frame and hang from the hooks.
  4. Personalize to your tastes using invisible wire, clothespins, pictures and keepsake cards.

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