Looking for a sliding track for a T-shaped room divider screen.

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Forum topic by HarveyDunn posted 01-27-2014 12:34 AM 2054 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-27-2014 12:34 AM


I need to make a room divider, loosely based on the traditional folding screen concept.

However, in my case I need to cover a long area (a run of about 10’) and I don’t have enough spare room to allow the screen to zig zag in the normal way. So I’m going to anchor it to a wall at one end and then either run cables from the ceiling or bolt it do the floor as needed to stabilize it.

On the “free end” – the end that isn’t bolted to the wall – I would like to have a short (around 30”) segment that is perpendicular to the long run and which can glide from side to side. These two images show what I mean. The segment I want to glide is the green one.

Now, obviously, the easy thing to do would be just to hinge it. But there is an object (not shown in the drawing) about 28” away that would obstruct it. So I can’t hinge it.

The second obvious thing would be to use a ceiling track, but I can’t do that either; the ceilings are about 9 1/2” feet but I only plan to make the divider around 6 feet high.

Any ideas as to a hardware device/track I can attach to the “free end” of the long span to hold the short span and allow it to glide left to right?

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 08:38 PM

If the screen is not too heavy, you could use clips and lift the screen off/turn and reattach.

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 09:58 PM

Thanks, that’s not a bad idea, I’ll give it some serious thought.

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 10:41 PM

Use a Z style hinge such as are used in bi-directional swinging bar doors, minus the spring back action…that should do the trick fer ya! If you are handy with welding, you can probably tack weld two hinges together in opposing directions!


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