How To Make Shoji Screens

Many people want to learn how to build a shoji screen to add to their sleek and modern décor. Traditional shoji screens are made from rice paper and bamboo, but when you build your own you can implement your own ideas and materials.


To build a shoji screen, you will need:

  • Wood
  • Paint or stain
  • Paintbrush
  • Nails
  • Screws
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Glue
  • Hinges
  • Wood chisel
  • Jig saw
  1. Construct your frame. Using one by two lumber cut twelve pieces that are seven feet long. Then cut twelve more pieces five feet long. Build six frame sections that are five feet wide and seven feet tall. This is the traditional size. You can change the dimensions to suit your design and need. You will only have three screen sections once the shoji screen is completed.

  2. Attach grid. Using one by one square dowel or smaller, construct the grid to fit inside of the shoji screen frame. Line up the equal length pieces side-by-side and lay another board across to mark the boards to carve out the spots for the vertical pieces and horizontal pieces to lay flush with one another. Continue marking and carving boards until all grids are completed. You will need six completed grids.

  3. Attach rice paper. Glue the rice paper to the back of one panel. Some people use frosted plexiglass, fabric or other thin material instead of rice paper. Once the paper is firmly attached to the first panel, place the second panel directly on top and secure. Repeat until the three panels are complete.

  4. Attach hinges. Mark each panel for hinge placement. Screw hinges into place on the shoji screen. Stand shoji screen and place were needed.   

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