This is such a cool story. I thought I would share it with you.
The Original Idea For Screenflex Room Dividers
The story begins not that many years ago. A church architect, Paul Maas designed many churches throughout the Midwest. Back in the 80’s Paul discovered that churches required smaller temporary spaces for Sunday school, prayer groups or other small group activities. On other days, they needed larger spaces for large group activities. Since most churches have one or two large multi-purpose rooms or one fellowship hall. It was necessary for them to divide those spaces to accommodate Awanas, VBS or small group meetings.
Some churches used floor to ceiling dividers, but it was difficult to work around lighting, vents and electrical boxes. Teachers carried milk crates to separate classrooms, but it took time to set up and break down.
Paul set out to create something more versatile.
He sketched the original prototype of the first room divider on a piece of paper. The photo above demonstrates the original drawing. The width of the room divider was 4′. There was a chamber in the middle and 4′ panels that pulled out on either side of the cabinet chamber. The cabinet in the middle would be perfect for teacher supplies. The unit was completely portable so it was the perfect solution to go from one large activity to a couple small group activities.
Shortly after the manufacturing of the “portable classroom”, the need for the room divider without the cabinet became imminent. The Screenflex room divider is now our best-selling room divider.
At this point, Screenflex has over 150,000 dividers in the marketplace worldwide.
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