Studio Apartment Room Divider – IKEA HACK!

Studio Apartment Room Divider – IKEA HACK!

How’s it going guys I’m Mark the Designer
from Manchester design studio. I recently started my very own studio apartment
design project and as part of that we built this room divider that you can see
behind us here The best thing about this, is all we did we used
IKEA pack sliding wardrobe doors something you can do something that’s
very accessible very affordable This is just a small part of a big project for
my studio apartment So if apartment design is something you like
or just interior design inspiration in general Please make sure you
subscribe to my channel because I’ve got a lot of great videos coming that I know
you’ll love To build this room divider, we first had to construct a frame for the doors to slide on this frame would essentially mimic how the doors would
typically slide on the front of a wardrobe The frame is 2 meters 36 in
height by 2 metres wide which is floor to ceiling height in my studio apartment
the doors are actually shorter than the frame we built, at 2 metres in height but
they have the same width of 2 metres combined. This meant that we had to build
a base at the bottom of the frame In order to support the weight of the
sliding doors we covered this base by cladding it with
some excess IVAR cabinet doors that we had left over from a previous IKEA
hack. We cut these doors down to fit and we attached magnetic catches to the backof them and fitted magnetic catches also to the inside of the frame. This
gave us the ability to easily take on and off the doors The reason that we did
this is the space at the bottom of the frame will be used for wiring. Because we
had to make the frame slightly deep at 20 centimeters in order to support the
weight, this actually created quite a gap between the side of my bed and the frame.
This gave us the opportunity to build this ledge, which is simply a piece of
Melamine board and a long three by two inches piece of wood. We fixed this to
the frame and the bed by using simple velcro tabs. This actually acts as a
really nice step to get into my sleeping area [For] The actual mechanism, everything we
used was from Ikea so it’s got all the fixings that came with the sliding doors
the original rails the original nuts and bolts the only thing we’ve done is made
the frame we still need to paint or finish the
frame in some way we’re not sure what we want to do to it yet I’m still deciding
that the options are either paint it or stain it with a wood finish let me know
in the comments below what you think would look good or what you’d like to see So for the room divider we used auli or auli I’m not sure how it’s
pronounced the AULI frame from IKEA which is black and the ‘Sekken’ frosted
glass which you can see here One thing you need to take into account is the
doors. They get very heavy The glass is extremely heavy. Each… I think each door
weighs about 25 to 30 kilograms and it weighs a lot so we needed to make sure
the frame is strong enough to support the doors As you can see they bounce
the light around the room very nicely I have one window in the studio apartment
which is directly next to the sliding doors and the way it reflects the window
it just creates a whole new dimension within the space So in total this
project probably cost me about two hundred and fifty pound that’s just over
three hundred dollars and that includes the price of the sliding doors and the
IKEA glass inserts that go with inside them and it includes the cost of the
wood frame. Because we did all the work ourselves labor hasn’t been included in
those costs so you need to make sure if you wanted to do this project and you
didn’t want to do the work yourself that you take that into account To be able to create a sensation of privacy in a small space like a studio apartment like this
but still allow light to bounce around and pass through it’s a really rare
thing so the way these doors help us achieve that within
the space, is pretty amazing and it was just by chance that we decided to do
this and you know what I’m so happy that we did because I think they work This was just a small part of a big studio apartment project that we’ve got going
on at the moment in Manchester design studio make sure you subscribe to my
channel to see all the videos that come as part of that project. We’ve got a lot of
cool IKEA hax as well as this one so make sure you subscribe and let me know
in the comments below what you thought of the video if there’s anything any
questions that I didn’t answer please let me know and I’ll try and answer them
as soon as possible Cheers

100 thoughts on “Studio Apartment Room Divider – IKEA HACK!

  1. Are your doors still in one piece? These doors are very fragile. Mine where in a Pax untill the glass exploded without direct contact, in the middle of the night. A scratch on the glass would be enough to trigger this. I wouldn't dare to sleep next to these and replaced mine with regular wooden doors.

  2. Great idea. Could you have made the frame without the upright in the room? So
    You could slide them towards the wall to open the room up without being left with a “pole”?

  3. Honestly I’m surprised… you got the courage to post this video… don’t call it hack for God’s sake…

  4. Great idea, really well constructed and video well edited and presented. I was searching for room divider ideas and came across this one. Really neat trick 👍

  5. Do you think I can build the frame without drilling into the the ceiling because I live in a loft and I have high ceilings

  6. The frame could be painted white to blend into the walls or stain it with a very light color to keep it light and airy. I used to have an "L" shaped studio in NY that I made into 3 separate living areas, I LOVED that apartment.

  7. Hey everyone,

    Mark here….good news…. I'll be posting a new video this Sunday. The video will cover the latest progress of the Studio Apartment project, with a big focus on the IKEA Hack room divider.

    I'd like to wish a massive thank you to everyone who has subscribed and engaged with my content in any way. You may have found my channel through the IKEA hack video, this got way more attention than I originally anticipated but I really appreciate your feedback and following my project.

    I'd also like to apologise for the delay, I hope to keep bringing you great content on a more consistent basis.

    Thanks 🙂


  8. Hi everyone, my new video premieres tonight! The video is scheduled for 9pm BST tonight and you can watch it as soon as it's live here

    I'll be premiering the video and watching it with you so I'll also be taking questions and open up some discussion on ideas moving forward. I hope you can make it!

  9. Terrible idea & design choice. You made an already small room feel extremely cramped. And by the way, it is 250 🅿🅾🆄🅽🅳🆂 WITH AN S! It's plural for f_ck sake!

  10. In my next life, I wish to be blessed with the ability design and execute these types of changes myself in my home. It looks great.

  11. I don't really get this at all. Sliding doors are to help create a minimalist look or to allow for lighting control and privacy. The fact that there seems to be a gap the size of an open doorway right next to the sliding doors shows this wasn't meant to help with privacy (The angle of the opening allows you to see directly onto the bed) because it does nothing to minimize a persons direct line of sight or access to the space, if anything it's more of an obstacle for you getting in and out of. It destroys the natural lighting coming in because at 0:46 you can see there are no windows inside the space of the bed so you completely block out any natural lighting to fill the space with the sliding doors being right next to the only window lighting that area. I don't understand how this is a "divider", or why anyone would want to install a sliding door that makes the studio apartment feel much smaller than it is already. Here's what I can gather:

    1. This is apart of a bunch of "simple projects" done for views despite how impractical or ridiculous it might look.
    2. This is an advertisement for "Using simple IKEA PAX sliding wardrobe doors with frosted glass inserts. " (Which I hope to god it isn't because there's nothing in the description or on the video to know if you have been sponsored or not. If you have been sponsored, you would be violating a variety of laws by not including the information or making it obvious to viewers)
    3. It's just really bad taste.

    Normally I wouldn't be so critical of a video like this but considering you go on and on about it being a "hack" (If you consider a 300 dollar build for an impractical design a hack) I feel like this should more than hold up to scrutiny.

  12. 10% of the video is great content. 90% is "check out my other videos"… Without that 90% it would be more likely I would check the rest and even subscribe…

  13. It’s exactly what I wanted to do in my futur house as doors for some rooms to give a little Japanese touch to the house…

  14. I do love ikea hacks – this one is cool for a small apt! I would love to do something like that but I have cement walls and ceiling. I have seen in another video from Japan a way to mount 2 x 4's which then become the 'studs' to nail/screw into but am having a difficult time finding them. If you have any idea where to find them, even if I have to order them from overseas, let me know! It is a simple furniture glide attachment on a U bracket at the upper end(ceiling)of the 2 x 4 and a U bracket and leveller on the floor end of the 2 x 4. Of course I'd have to replace the glass with paper for the weight but the look can be similar.

  15. I don't understand this project. If this was essentially a wall it would make sense, but there's an open doorway at the foot of the bed.
    Also in a small space, wasting all that potential under-bed storage seems shortsighted.

  16. That wide gap next to the sliding doors kinda defeats the purpose 🙂
    I assumed the sliding doors were needed to provide privacy for the sleeping area, while also having light pass through the matte glass. But with that gap you don't have any privacy or disguise the sleeping area.
    So any lightweight panels would have done the same job, without the need of the sliding mechanism.

  17. I think the idea was good… To separate sleeping area from living area, but the way it was installed was not well thought out. Imo it would have made more sense to have skipped the base and just built your frame from the ground up. The empty space at the top would then allow air to circulate and allow light in to the bed area. Also they would open up properly so you have ease of access. You could walk to your bed and not have to climb in. And it must be hell to change the sheets in that confined area! You need to be able to hoover around it and run a hoover over the mattress every so often to reduce dust! Plus I'm not sure why there's two doors, and an empty space to the right? It kind of defeats the purpose of having screens there in the first place…??? Because they don't actually screen anything off. And the cost was horrendous! You obviously know basic woodworking skills, you could have made plywood frames for a fraction of the cost and hinged them! Or even salvaged pallets for free! Once pulled apart and well sanded they look new with a coat of paint. Hmmm… Seems a waste of a big chunk of cash to create something that doesn't serve it's intended purpose, and creates more difficulties! There are so many better ways this could have been achieved for way less money, better access, and more successfully serve it's job! Curtains for one, bought from a charity shop even cheaper! Flat sheets hung on pinch hooks, even accordion fold double doors! No they're not super elegant but could be painted or covered with fabric. A pair are only around £45. Personally I would have hung lift door bridging unit cupboards from the ceiling across the width of the whole space. Giving you a neat line of overhead storage that would frame the top. Then hung curtains from the bottom of the cupboards down to the floor. Easy access, tons more storage space, privacy, separate areas and if guests turn up swish the curtains quick to hide a messy bed!
    I feel like you wanna be good at this, but are thinking too hard. Don't think about ideas you can install for the sake of it, think about what purpose each area has first. Then suss out if moving furniture around would give better access or storage options, then decide what needs to be done to fulfill its potential….. come up with a list of all possible ways you can achieve your goal, work out which option you prefer/can successfully install and which works best for budget. That way it'll be win win every time, because the goal would be achieved, regardless of which way you've chosen to achieve it. Does that make sense?
    I saw on another comment that you are new to this and appreciate feedback, so please don't take my comment as an insult! I'm a woman older than you, and have long since realised, when running a home and keeping it clean, practicality outweighs everything else! Storage is key for a neat home and even more so in a small home! The only way to create the impression of space is to have plenty of storage to minimalise clutter! Climbing into bed may be cute when you're young, or for a week's camping, but it's not practical for bringing a partner back, needing the toilet urgently (when ill, after a curry, when you're pissed) you get my drift? You're eager to succeed that seems clear. But I think you're overthinking things or choosing items before choosing what purpose they need to serve. Just my opinion, certainly not intended to be nasty!!! And if you're totally happy with what you've achieved and it works for you, then pffft what the fuck do I know! I'm just an ageing fart thinking out loud so feel entirely free to tell me to bugger off! 😁😁😁😁

  18. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing the idea and video! I would say… You paint either matte white or matte black. Make it look seemless and flush it either with your the other window panel colour or flush it with the Auli frame colour. This way it will make your room look bigger feel bigger too.

  19. Is the bottom of the frame nailed to the floor? This is what I lookin for. Would be great if more details of the how to install the frame.

  20. good idea. I have one bed room apartment. I am thinking use divider in my living room to create an extra guest bedroom.
    This divider will have floor to ceiling sliding. no frame at the opening side as I want to open up if no guest, plus a folding door to close the room if guest stay there. Is this possible? 🙂

  21. Good evening, I came across your video because I am going from a 2200 square-foot home to a rental apartment and I needed to find out about room dividers I can use in the rental property. That is easy and affordable. Thank you for sharing. I have liked and subscribed to your channel JW Wichita Kansas USA 🇺🇸
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  22. If the slinding panels enclosed the bedroom completely and you had more space at the top of the sliding panels you could place a transom for ventilation.

  23. Besides esthetics and image reflection, what is the point of this cumbersome divider? A free-standing bookcase would do similar without all the construction; albeit it would occupy a bigger 'footprint'.

  24. Room dividers are a pain, they talk so long to open and they just make the room feel smaller while also restricting ease of movement. A better idea is bookshelves dividing areas up while still leaving a free line of passage.

  25. Is the frame just wood powerdrilled to the wall? Im trying to do this too, but cant get enough info from just the timelapse

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