Folding Shoji Screens and Room Dividers


Japanese screens are, traditionally, opaque panels (fusuma), wooden panels, or paper-backed kumiko panels set in a wooden stand. Since ancient times, they have been used as a simple and temporary means of partitioning a room, or concealing an activity or area. In traditional style houses they were often placed between the entrance and front hall to serve as both a decorative item and a screen to prevent visitors from viewing into the internal areas of the house.
Today, they still fulfil this function, and can add an elegant, traditional Japanese feel to any room.

The following are examples of some of the standard patterns available, and an indicative price. These are all three-panel screens, however, you can also order two- or four-panel screens. Prices will vary depending on the type of timber you prefer, and also on the number of panels in the screen. Where possible, we will try to accommodate any timber preference, however, timber types will be limited if you should choose one of the more intricate patterns.

All shoji screens are hand-plane finished. If required, we can apply two coats of clear varnish
to the frames only at an additional cost. We do not stain the timber. Stain gives the timber an unnatural colour, so if, for example, you would like a walnut-coloured frame, we will make the frame in walnut.

The paper backing is thick, white professional quality shoji paper applied using traditional methods and quality shoji glue.

The examples on this page are simple patterns, however, if you would like a more complex pattern or even landscape feature, please do not hesitate to enquire. All of the patterns and combination of patterns I have included in the
Gallery pages in our website can be adapted to a folding shoji screen. The shoji screens highlighted in the Gallery are also available for order.

The lead time is about three weeks for the simple patterns. The lead time for the more detailed shoji screens will vary depending on the complexity of the internal patterns.

The size of individual panels is 1400 x 460 mm. Any variation on this size will require a separate design quote.

Prices include Australian GST of 10%. The delivery fee will vary depending on your location and number of panels in the screen.

Folding shoji screen pattern 01

Shoji Screen Pattern 01

Frame - Tasmanian oak
Kumiko - Tasmanian oak

2-panel - $1,150
3-panel - $1,600
4-panel - $2,150
Folding shoji screen pattern 02

Shoji Screen Pattern 02

Frame - Tasmanian oak
Kumiko - Tasmanian oak

2-panel - $1,150
3-panel - $1,600
4-panel - $2,150
Folding shoji screen pattern 03

Shoji Screen Pattern 03

Frame - Kauri
Kumiko - Huon pine

2-panel - $1,400
3-panel - $1,950
4-panel - $2,500
Folding shoji screen pattern 04

Shoji Screen Pattern 04

Asa-no-ha band

Frame - Victorian ash
Kumiko - Victorian ash

2-panel - $1,700
3-panel - $2,500
4-panel - $3,300
What’s new
3 Aug 2015
New pattern added — Komachi kikkō
29 Jul 2015
New pattern added — Kikyō kikkō
28 Jul 2015
New pattern added — Benten asa-no-ha
24 Jul 2015
New pattern added — Benten kikkō
11 Jul 2015
New pattern added — Tawara kikkō

Welcome to the website of D & M King

Shoji and Kumiko Design

Welcome to our website. If you've been here before, you'll notice it's undergone somewhat of a change.

All the former information about shoji and kumiko is still here, and can be easily found by clicking on the navigation bar at the top. Further information will be added over time. If you would like a quote or general information on a quality, hand-crafted traditional shoji door or screen for your home, please have a look at the Ordering page first. Please note that I no longer make the larger shoji screens, only the smaller kumiko work.

I have also published my second book — Shoji and Kumiko Design, Book 2 – Beyond the Basics. This follows on from my first book (Book 1 – The Basics), and covers many more complex patterns, including the diamond and hexagonal patterns.

Book 1 - The Basics        Book 2 - Beyond the Basics

Both books are available at any of the online Amazon stores.

You can also see that there's a new section — rocking chairs; specifically, the beautiful and extremely comfortable rocking chairs designed by Hal Taylor. With every new rocking chair I make, I discover a new aspect of beauty and comfort in this design.

And I'm honoured and pleased to say that Hal has granted me the rights to sell his book, templates, back brace hole template, and DVDs in Australia, New Zealand, and also Japan. So woodworkers Down Under and in the Land of the Long White Cloud can now buy the complete set of plans without the horror of huge postal charges. Postage from Australia to Japan is quite fast and also a very reasonable price. Further information can be found on the Book and Templates page.

So whether your interest is in the fascinating world of shoji and kumiko, or the comfortable and relaxing feel of a wonderful rocking chair, please click on the navigation bar above, or on the relevant image below.

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Des and Mariko King
10/35 Township Dr
Burleigh Heads QLD 4220
Please contact us by email through the Contact Page here.
I've also established a YouTube channel for videos on various aspects of Japanese woodworking and tools, shoji and kumiko patterns, rocking chairs, and general aspects of Japan and Japanese culture. It's still early days so the number of videos I've made and uploaded is limited, but click here or on the YouTube logo below to visit my channel, and please subscribe if you find the videos interesting.
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