How to Make a Temporary Wall Using PVC

PVC pipe is an inexpensive and simple way to build a temporary wall to partition off part of a room in your home or basement, or to create a wall structure outside. PVC is lightweight and easy to work with. Because pipes can be cut to almost any dimension, you can create a custom wall to fit your specific needs. Choose a fabric in any color or pattern to further customize the look.

Use lightweight pipes to create a wall.

Step 1

Measure the space where you want to place the wall.  Measure the length and height of the space.

Subtract 3 inches from each measurement to allow the wall to easily fit inside the allotted space.  If the wall will be placed outdoors, determine how much space you wish the wall to cover.

Step 2

Cut two 2-inch pipes to match the length measurement and two 2-inch pipes to match the width measurement.  Also, cut four 6-inch pipes and four 3-inch pipes.

Use a PVC pipe cutter or have the pipes cut at the hardware store. 

Step 3

Apply PVC glue to both ends of one of the length pipes.  Apply the glue using a paintbrush or sponge.

Place a 90-degree angle corner pipe on each end of the pipe.  Adjust the corner pipes so they both point in the same direction.

Step 4

Apply PVC glue to both ends of both height pipes.  Insert one end of each height pipe into the open ends of the 90-degree angle PVC joints.

On the other end of each height pipe, place a 4-way PVC tee-joint.  Place the tee-joint so that one of the sides with no joint is down and the other side without a joint is pointing outward.

Step 5

Apply PVC glue to both ends of the second length pipe.  Insert the pipe into the open ends of the tee-joints so you create a rectangle.

Step 6

Apply PVC glue to both ends of the four 6-inch pipes.  Insert the pipes into the open joints of the 4-way tee PVC joints.

On the other ends of the 6-inch pipes, place a 90-degree angle corner joint. 

Step 7

Apply PVC glue to one end of each of the 3-inch pipes.  Insert the pipes into the open joints of the 90-degree angle corner joints.

If desired, place PVC caps on the ends of the 3-inch pipes. 

Step 8

Cut a piece of fabric twice the height of the PVC wall and 2 inches wider.  Fold the fabric in half so that the right side of the fabric faces in and the wrong side is out.

The right side of the fabric is the side you want to see once the wall is complete. 

Step 9

Apply straight pins along the two open sides of the fabric, 1 inch in from the edge.  Leave the length measurement opposite the folded edge unpinned.

Sew along the straight pins using a sewing machine with a straight stitch.  Remove the straight pins to create a large pillowcase shape.

Step 10

Turn the fabric right side out.  Slide the fabric over the PVC structure.

Things You Will Need

  • Measuring tape
  • 2-inch PVC pipes
  • PVC cutter
  • PVC glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Sponge (optional)
  • 90-degree angle PVC joints, 4
  • 4-way PVC tee-joint, 2
  • 4 PVC caps (optional)
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread


  • For walls larger than 60-by-60 inches, cut additional length and height pipes. Pipes longer than 60 inches can begin to bend or lean. For example, for a 72-by-60-inch wall, cut six 24-inch pipes and three 60-inch pipes to create three separate panels, then connect them with PVC joints. If you find it difficult to connect the pipes, use a rubber mallet to lightly pound the pipes in place.

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