How to make privacy shields for student desks

Creating privacy shields for student desks is a practical way to provide students with individual workspaces and reduce distractions. Here’s how you can make privacy shields for student desks:

Materials You’ll Need:

  1. Corrugated Cardboard or Foam Board: You can use corrugated cardboard or foam board as the primary material for the privacy shields. The size will depend on the dimensions of the student desks.
  2. Box Cutter or Utility Knife: To cut the cardboard or foam board to the desired size.
  3. Ruler or Measuring Tape: For measuring and marking the dimensions.
  4. Decorative Contact Paper (optional): If you want to decorate the privacy shields or make them more visually appealing.
  5. Adhesive or Tape: To attach the parts of the privacy shield together.


  1. Measure the Desk:
    • Start by measuring the dimensions of the student desk where you intend to place the privacy shield. Measure the length and width of the desk.
  2. Cut the Cardboard or Foam Board:
    • Using a box cutter or utility knife, cut the cardboard or foam board to the desired size. Typically, the privacy shield should be slightly wider and taller than the desk’s surface to provide adequate coverage and privacy.
  3. Decorate (Optional):
    • If you want to add a decorative touch to the privacy shields, you can cover them with decorative contact paper or other materials. This step is optional but can make the shields more appealing to students.
  4. Fold the Shield:
    • Fold the cardboard or foam board along the width, creating a “U” or “L” shape. The fold should be at a right angle to the desk’s surface, with one part serving as the back and the other as the top of the shield.
  5. Attach the Folded Parts:
    • Use adhesive or tape to secure the folded parts of the shield together. Ensure that the back part is vertical and covers the back of the desk, while the top part extends forward to provide a visual barrier.
  6. Test Fit and Adjust:
    • Place the privacy shield on the student’s desk and ensure that it provides adequate coverage and privacy. Adjust the size or position if needed.
  7. Additional Features (Optional):
    • Depending on your preference and the needs of your students, you can add features such as a slot for papers or a small shelf for storage. These can enhance the functionality of the privacy shields.
  8. Label or Personalize (Optional):
    • If you have multiple shields, you can label or personalize each one with the student’s name or other identifiers.
  9. Repeat for Multiple Desks:
    • Repeat the above steps to create privacy shields for each student’s desk.
  10. Maintain and Clean:
    • Periodically inspect and clean the privacy shields to ensure they remain in good condition.

Privacy shields for student desks can create a more focused and productive learning environment, especially in situations where students need to work independently or take assessments. Customize the shields to fit your classroom’s needs and decor, and consider involving students in the decorating process to make them feel more involved and comfortable in their workspace.

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