| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

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


Marisa de Stefanow-Plegge

Dec 12, 2018, 10:27 pm Reply

What a great idea!!! This might actually solve a room dividing problem my parents have in their appartment to seperare living and dining room! I‘ve seen similar room dividers that were not mobile and that cost 6-10times more! I really think this is a great hack! Thank you!!!!

Ms. K G

Dec 12, 2018, 4:32 am Reply

Wood stain cherry color for it to pop


Dec 12, 2018, 1:34 pm Reply

Wait.. but you can access the bed from the foot side?!

Ben Simmons

Dec 12, 2018, 9:36 pm Reply

Bitch how you supposed to make your bed/maintain and clean it when its shoved into a fucking corner. Did your mommy never teach you how to make your bed? Your housemaids and nannys too busy taking care of your spoiled ingrate little rich kid ass.

Liani Thomas Prewitt

Dec 12, 2018, 11:00 pm Reply

With the bed being so close to the wall, changing the sheets will be a bear of a task. The only thing I hated when my bed had to be wedged in small areas. Still looks lovely.


Dec 12, 2018, 4:25 pm Reply

Very nice. I've been thinking about doing something similar not that I'm in any danger or ever actually having my own place but a man can dream.

Ruslan Breeze

Dec 12, 2018, 9:43 pm Reply

Hi. How about air circulation in bedroom place? Good luck and Happy New year)

Daniel Voehringer

Dec 12, 2018, 8:30 am Reply

The craftsmanship is rather poor, which kinda ruins the pleasing ideas shown.

Eve 實驗1000訂閱中XD

Dec 12, 2018, 8:37 am Reply

the frame doors remind me the Japanese style thing, actually if it's the paper instead of glass it will be much lighter and safer ^^


Dec 12, 2018, 4:25 pm Reply

It did not totally partition the area.. perhaps might have more interesting if area was totally partitioned

Blue chrystal

Dec 12, 2018, 9:27 pm Reply

This is exactly what I need, I went to ikea and home depot but I don't have the list of materials to buy, does anyone know a list of everything please?


Dec 12, 2018, 9:28 pm Reply

Black paint. No doubt at all. ''Tis simply genious'

Eric Claeren

Jan 1, 2019, 7:18 am Reply

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.

sebastien Lopez Massoni

Jan 1, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

Brillant and elegant idea.

Alwie Sumarlie

Jan 1, 2019, 2:28 pm Reply

What's with the walkway beside the slide door?

Sammy !

Jan 1, 2019, 11:46 am Reply

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”?


Jan 1, 2019, 4:17 pm Reply

Сказочный долб@б

Elizabeth Wilson

Jan 1, 2019, 2:30 am Reply

Paint it same color as wall

Alex Kostko

Jan 1, 2019, 5:25 pm Reply

All you have to do is to buy some curtains from IKEA to enclose the right side of the bed.

Alessandro Tempo

Jan 1, 2019, 1:19 pm Reply

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

Peter Vince

Jan 1, 2019, 1:58 pm Reply

Brilliant mate, just brilliant – Peter V.


Jan 1, 2019, 3:14 pm Reply

U cute

steam steam

Jan 1, 2019, 1:29 pm Reply

I don't see the point of this room divider. Make the room smaller? Why do you need that space so secluded?


Jan 1, 2019, 7:05 am Reply

That is fkn sweeeeeeet


Jan 1, 2019, 5:18 am Reply


Bob Cratchet

Jan 1, 2019, 1:06 pm Reply

Brilliant idea. I'd paint it matt black to match the frame, so it all blends in.

Stew Vlogs

Jan 1, 2019, 4:39 am Reply

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 ?

darren campbell

Jan 1, 2019, 5:03 pm Reply

Do you have a link on the sliders? I want to purchase those exact sliders

Gerri Tramet

Jan 1, 2019, 4:56 am Reply

How many people are allowed to drill holes in their ceiling, you think?


Jan 1, 2019, 9:16 am Reply

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


Jan 1, 2019, 4:35 am Reply


Jack Rippers

Jan 1, 2019, 12:15 am Reply

waste of time.
serves zero purpose.

u don't know much about lighting apparently. "cheers"

cyclist 2011

Jan 1, 2019, 9:21 am Reply

Man, quite regressive up go from openplan to rooming, especially given the limited space. Sad really.

Eve Al-harbi

Jan 1, 2019, 10:37 am Reply

wow!!! i relay like it


Jan 1, 2019, 5:14 pm Reply

Unpragmatic as hell.

Yusuf Hadi

Jan 1, 2019, 7:22 pm Reply

Very aesthetically shite mate.


Jan 1, 2019, 5:20 am Reply

Where the how to on how to make the FRAME of the sliding doors?

Mara Lee

Jan 1, 2019, 4:55 pm Reply

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.


Jan 1, 2019, 7:38 pm Reply

i prefer open space. i wouldn´t be able to sleep in that room


Jan 1, 2019, 10:46 pm Reply

I think stain the same colour as the drawers i like the bare wood look rather than paint- but thats me.

Andy N

Feb 2, 2019, 5:54 am Reply

Dude can you take more pics of your hair. I want mine like that. Thanks

Bianca Vieira

Feb 2, 2019, 4:26 pm Reply

Paint the wooden frame white (to match the bed and walls) or black (to match the doors).


Feb 2, 2019, 5:07 pm Reply

It would be nice to see the whole room. Thanks for sharing! Fantastic idea!

Yanee Jourdain

Feb 2, 2019, 5:35 pm Reply

Paint the wood in black same color as the sliding door

Alex 10,000

Feb 2, 2019, 12:53 pm Reply

Should of just gotten a sofa bed.

Manchester Design Studio

Feb 2, 2019, 5:47 pm Reply

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 🙂


Jasson Martinez

Feb 2, 2019, 2:23 pm Reply

Finished with a mirror water effect


Feb 2, 2019, 10:12 pm Reply

Stain the wood..

Manchester Design Studio

Feb 2, 2019, 6:38 pm Reply

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tIMc8YnGU8

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!


Feb 2, 2019, 4:12 am Reply

Great idea!!!


Feb 2, 2019, 1:46 am Reply

I would paint them the color of the wall, or they will stand out too much.

Jamie Jordens

Feb 2, 2019, 8:47 am Reply

I would make it Black like the Doors.


Feb 2, 2019, 11:53 am Reply

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!

LizzEeee E

Feb 2, 2019, 12:45 am Reply

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.


Feb 2, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

Ingenious, but it seems that an already small space has been halved – although I know that's the trend.

A little bit of everything!

Feb 2, 2019, 8:15 pm Reply

Mahogany staining would look gorgeous!
Or paint it in light gray for more light…

Pyes Pa

Feb 2, 2019, 4:34 am Reply

It's an amazing idea, thank you for sharing your brilliant idea.

Gail Albers

Feb 2, 2019, 6:03 am Reply

finish black to match

David Arceo

Feb 2, 2019, 2:54 pm Reply

I thought hacks were supposed to be easy ?

Flip Burger

Feb 2, 2019, 3:51 pm Reply

Divide and conquer!

Adam Leon

Feb 2, 2019, 5:10 pm Reply

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.


Feb 2, 2019, 5:14 pm Reply


Aleksandar Petrović

Feb 2, 2019, 1:40 am Reply

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…

Matthieu Gielen

Feb 2, 2019, 7:59 am Reply

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…

Mariko Mcr

Feb 2, 2019, 8:37 am Reply

There goes the security deposit

Michelle Levasseur

Feb 2, 2019, 4:47 pm Reply

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.

Emily Griffin

Feb 2, 2019, 6:31 pm Reply

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.


Feb 2, 2019, 3:56 am Reply

His name is Mok?


Mar 3, 2019, 9:21 am Reply


Daniel Dumitru

Mar 3, 2019, 2:32 pm Reply

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.

Gianluigi Ragonese

Mar 3, 2019, 4:21 pm Reply

Very Very ugly.

Tami Elizabeth Allaway

Mar 3, 2019, 1:47 am Reply

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! ????

Chic Super Housewife

Mar 3, 2019, 6:59 am Reply

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.


Apr 4, 2019, 4:52 am Reply

Can u post the ikea links

unboxing theboxx

Apr 4, 2019, 8:39 pm Reply


Power Ranger

Apr 4, 2019, 3:35 am Reply

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.


Apr 4, 2019, 12:24 pm Reply

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? 🙂

E Johnson-Wootson

Apr 4, 2019, 2:37 am Reply

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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Julian Choque

Apr 4, 2019, 1:58 pm Reply

with didnt you use polycarbonate?

Julian Choque

Apr 4, 2019, 2:02 pm Reply

you could add a mini stone sand and green garden on the balcony…to enhace privacy…

marion violago

May 5, 2019, 7:35 am Reply

Shitty background music

Quantay Peoples

May 5, 2019, 3:35 am Reply

To hell with Los Angeles’ high ass rent

Daniel Suarez

May 5, 2019, 4:10 am Reply

That's really cool!!! Paint the wood black to match the doors. Great idea?


May 5, 2019, 5:09 am Reply

This looks really good! 😀


May 5, 2019, 6:37 am Reply

Builders should have a government requirement of minimum 700 square-footage property to each individual


May 5, 2019, 2:40 am Reply


Trevor Dyck

May 5, 2019, 7:56 pm Reply

"The only thing we've done is made the frame." Well. Not really a "hack" then, is it.


May 5, 2019, 8:29 pm Reply

what three hundred dollars?????

Norm Landes

May 5, 2019, 3:09 pm Reply

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.


May 5, 2019, 7:15 am Reply

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'.


May 5, 2019, 6:26 pm Reply

Great HACK how thick was the glass you used?

Mick Mickymick

Jul 7, 2019, 2:22 am Reply

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.

Anton Mavison

Jul 7, 2019, 3:01 pm Reply

I would like to see Andre Igoudala & Sean Livingston join the Lakers?

Johnny Cat Painter

Aug 8, 2019, 10:01 am Reply


Shawn Y

Aug 8, 2019, 8:57 am Reply

black would be awesome

yura amirov

Aug 8, 2019, 5:12 pm Reply

very nice trick ! liked that

Jessie Helm

Aug 8, 2019, 3:34 pm Reply

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

Lacey Pelham

Aug 8, 2019, 7:56 pm Reply

that competing background(?) music is annoying for someone who needs to pay attention to your accent.

Isaiah Reid

Aug 8, 2019, 4:09 pm Reply

Shtudio Uhpahtment ?

Asher Robinson

Aug 8, 2019, 3:16 pm Reply

Nice, I was thinking of renting a studio apartment and will be sure to do this if i do!

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