Measure the area of the wall shelves to hide. For example: to hide a floor to ceiling wall shelf unit measure from the floor to the top of the highest book shelf. Extend the tape to the top of the area you want to cover. Measure the width. Measure twice. Make a note of the measurements.
Make a budget for the project. Screens come in a wide price range, and it may be possible to find a previously-owned screen that will fit.
Shop for a room screen to suit your room and cover the wall shelves. Find a screen tall enough and wide enough to cover the area you need covered. A privacy screen needs to be slightly folded to stand securely, so get one longer than the wall shelves. For example: use an 8-foot wide screen to cover a 6-foot wall shelf. A room screen has the advantage of being portable, so you can hide the shelves when you wish and fold the screen out of the way to restore full access. Look into shoji screens. Traditional Japanese room screens made of rice paper in wooden frames keep a sense of light in the room. Screens with photo frames, fabric, bamboo or louvers also work well. Check the weight of the screen before buying.
Examine the screens to make sure they're in good condition. Most stores and online retailers will exchange damaged merchandise.
Set up the room screen. Place it so it covers the wall shelves. Angle the panels so it stands solid.
Things You Will Need
- Measuring tape
- Shoji or other room screens
- If you want to leave the top shelf exposed, or one section of shelves exposed, measure only the area that you want to hide.
- Choose a flat room divider on a stand if you prefer a flat surface instead of a room screen.
- A privacy screen works well to cover a craft station when not in use.
- Heavy wood or metal screens present more risk of injury or damage: Avoid these if there are pets or children in the household.