| by Kenneth Chase | 72 comments

Studio apartment tour of updates and ideas – IKEA HACK Room divider update (February 2019)

how’s it going guys Mark from Manchester Design Studio here, today in this video I’m going to be giving you an update on
the studio apartment and show you
what’s been done, I’ll also show you what I’ve
been planning and what’s still left to do as you can see in the background there’s
some lights hanging with bulbs missing so there are a lot of finishing touches
that are left to do in the apartment but my main focus will be on giving you an
update on the IKEA hack room divider which is next to me here
it’s still going strong which is great but it’s been finished which is
exciting and I hope that you like how it’s been finished let me know your
feedback in the comments below I’d also like to thank you all who have come to
my channel you may have subscribed or engage with the videos in any way I
really appreciate it the videos got way more attention than I originally
anticipated so it’s been a very humbling experience and it’s great to see people
that like it and also on the other side people that don’t because I’m new to
YouTube I’m new to applying my design thinking to interior design so I’d like
to just say thank you and I hope to keep bringing you some great content… so let’s
get into it Since the last video there’s been a few
things that have changed in the apartment the main one being in the
kitchen which I’m really looking forward to showing you and the rest have been a
case of trying to get rid of these blank white walls and start to bring some
personality into the apartment, as you can see that is still a battle I’m
fighting, just as and when I get the time and money but just small torches that
bring some additional personality into the space for the room divider I chose
to keep the wood exposed and stain it with a Danish oil finish but add this
Manchester design studio twist of a paint job to the frame
I think this helps it stand out but blend in if that makes sense
the white walls and white ceilings the the white comes from the left and from
the top and the wood really stands out and achieves this modern / industrial
vibe that I’m trying to bring into the apartment so overall I’m really happy
with the way it’s turned out to finish off the divider I’ve used Philips hue light strips which wrap all the way around from the living area to the
sleeping area these are actually connected to my Amazon echo dots so can be completely controlled by my voice or by the remote that came with the lights
and their hue apps got a really cool bit of functionality that can tell when I’m
nearby and they’ll turn on whenever I’m in a
certain radius of the hub. overall I’m really happy with the divider and how these lights sort of finish the divider they really give it this futuristic
modern look for the storage space in a sleeping area
I didn’t want this just to become a dumping ground for excess storage that
I’ve got so I decided to use it functionally for my ironing so currently
that’s where my ironing board lives it’s just a trial at the moment see how it
goes but I think it might stay permanently because it’s a good excuse
to open up the bed keep whatever’s under there organized and at the same time
save some space the lighting that you can see that turns on when they open the bed is completely automatic and was a really cheap Amazon buy I’ll leave a
link to those in the description below but literally all they are is an LED
strip that you stick where you want and then a rechargeable sensor that you just
charge up and it magnetically sticks where you want I’m going to complete the
wardrobe with floor to ceiling mirrored doors installing the Wardrobe in the place I
have it created this long white column so because there was so much white in a
studio apartment already I decided to use this concrete self-adhesive vinyl
that was actually really affordable and make a feature of the column this
really plays into the whole industrial vibe that I’m trying to achieve in the
apartment and I’ve used it in the corner of the room as well if you’ve watched my
previous videos you would have seen that there was mirrors floor-to-ceiling in
that corner unfortunately they fell down but I’m
going to add a more secure one-piece mirror in this corner so it will
actually reflect the vinyl in a way that makes it look like a full concrete
column what I’m really excited to show you guys
is this kitchen cabinet that I’ve been building it’s been built to fill the
recess that was caused by the Wardrobe and the original partition wall if you
follow me on instagram you may have seen a couple of prototype images that have
been posted, now the final structure is complete and painted there’s just a
lot of finishing touches that needs to be done on the inside so a couple more
shelves for glasses for the mini bar at the top, the legs for the fold down
section needs to be painted and probably a couple of magnetic knife racks will go
in the middle section just to make it a workstation with accessible things
nearby but ultimately it’s a great addition to the kitchen because it gives
me that little bit of counter area that I need where can potentially serve
drinks or do a little bit more when the rest of the kitchen is a bit too
cluttered in the middle section of the cabinet I’ve used vinyl again this time a marble effect as far as vinyl goes it was more on the expensive side but
comparing it to other marble vinyls this one really reflects the true style of
the marble I would have chose if I was to go for the real thing in a kitchen
and again for this and all the products I use I’ll leave links in their
description below I think what I’ll also do is part of this cabinet projects is
do a breakaway video which will fully break down how it was constructed and
how it works if you’re interested in seeing that let me know in the comments
below also in the kitchen I’ve bought this stainless steel wall rack from IKEA
the great thing about this is as its stainless steel it complements the rest
of the kitchen it also gives me the chance to raise the microwave up off the countertop this shoe racks from IKEA it fits perfectly into the space between the door and the wall the door misses it by millimeters so
it’s as if it’s been custom-built for the space the problem is, is it overhangs
slightly in terms of width it’s a bit wider than the wall that it sits on so
I’ve got a solution for that that I’m working on that I’ll brings you in the
later video on the wall opposite the shoe cabinet I’m going to use this space
to hang coats I’ve not decided yet whether I’m going to have these coat
hangers exposed or whether I can conceal them in some way in a cabinet so guys as you can see by the walls with
the tape there’s a lot of finishing touches to do and I’ve got a few DIY
jobs that are yet to be done in future hope to bring your videos on a more
consistent basis and I’m considering doing video diaries where as I’m doing a
project I’ll document it and I’ll upload in the same day I think I’ve been too
caught up in the quality of the video and trying to make it perfect but what
I’ll do is try and get some content out there so you can see in real time how
this studio apartments coming along again thank you for all the engagement
in the videos I’ve posted so far I hope to keep growing as a youtuber and as a
design business and I appreciate you guys being with me from the start


Colin Renfrew

Feb 2, 2019, 9:13 pm Reply

Really enjoyed this. It makes a great change to see someone who can actually design an interior, rather than just loading up with accessories.
Nice job.

Mika Yamada

Feb 2, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

I love how it came out ? you’re doing such a great job!

Sian Jones

Feb 2, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

This project just keeps getting better and better!! Love the use of space underneath the bed for the ironing board!

joanna prevost

Feb 2, 2019, 9:43 pm Reply

You have really utilized this small space . Amazing !

Laura 11

Feb 2, 2019, 9:44 pm Reply

Keep going its great ?✌??

Justin Rego

Feb 2, 2019, 9:59 pm Reply

Very good video ??


Feb 2, 2019, 10:25 pm Reply

Waited forever for this. Thank you

Magdalena French

Feb 2, 2019, 10:28 pm Reply

Good job – I have renovated many projects over the years and Ikea is my number one go to – especially for kitchens and bathrooms. I love how you've made the most of your tiny space – people think they need soooooo much room but what they really need is to learn how to utilise the space they have without making it feel cluttered – plus people have sooooo much stuff which they think they need….


Feb 2, 2019, 10:57 pm Reply

It’s looking really good, I love the interior design! Look forward to more videos ??

oisin mcgovern

Feb 2, 2019, 1:39 am Reply

flexing on us with does air pods


Feb 2, 2019, 8:02 am Reply

Looks good, practical but stylish in a small space well done!

Alan Jones

Feb 2, 2019, 8:20 am Reply

Coming on well. Love the hidden table, simple but clever use of space with racks etc and ironing under bed is brilliant

Lola Bear

Feb 2, 2019, 1:15 pm Reply

Yes, please add a video detailing the construction of the drop down table cabinet. Thank you!

Eden Lane

Feb 2, 2019, 3:40 pm Reply

So many clever solutions – lovely space

Level 19

Feb 2, 2019, 8:28 pm Reply

Beautiful apartment ?thanks for sharing.

Forever Reese Luxe

Feb 2, 2019, 10:46 pm Reply

Nice job!

Ambika Kochhar

Feb 2, 2019, 10:49 pm Reply

Game changer with that ironing board!

M Bassar

Feb 2, 2019, 1:01 am Reply

Perfect design and perfect for a single person..great job hopefully will see more like this..!!

Kamar Bazarek

Feb 2, 2019, 11:21 pm Reply

KILLER JOB!!! BRAVO!!! Looking forward to more…….****I’m recently retired….You’ve given me some SWEET Ideas. BIG THANKS.

Amit Cohen

Feb 2, 2019, 6:24 pm Reply

The quality of videos is very good. I also love your northern accent


Feb 2, 2019, 3:00 pm Reply

How big is the studio?

Maria Aguirre Moran

Feb 2, 2019, 12:07 pm Reply

I love it!!

Anthony Suarez

Feb 2, 2019, 3:29 pm Reply

Wow, this is so inspiring!

Excited to see how its gonna look like when its almost done. Love the detail and the functionality. Looking forward to the next video

Seath Wolf

Feb 2, 2019, 4:40 pm Reply

Very impressive. Thanks for sharing.


Feb 2, 2019, 5:29 am Reply

Great job bro

Eliza Lesscher

Feb 2, 2019, 6:33 pm Reply

I just love your vids! Gives me so much inspiration!

Lajolla Powell

Feb 2, 2019, 10:54 pm Reply

Well done!


Feb 2, 2019, 3:50 am Reply

We have the same taste. The same finishes. I love it

Sharon Barrett

Feb 2, 2019, 5:58 pm Reply

I think you’re brilliant and very innovative. Keep up the good work.

T Wells

Mar 3, 2019, 2:31 am Reply

I enjoy all the thought that went into the design of the space. its a true joy watching this come together. in fact, I plan of putting a twist on my place using some of the techniques you've displayed! thank you and keep up the great work. Cheers for the States!

Gabrielle Chilton

Mar 3, 2019, 3:13 am Reply

Good idea on the ironing board. Nice to see folks living with less and using all the space as working space.


Mar 3, 2019, 1:28 pm Reply

I have a small case claustrophobia, yet I have to say that I can totally see myself living here. The flow of the place is so smooth it does not feel compacted. This is very very well designed, and it looks gorgeous?. You have done an amazing job !!!??. I am hooked now to see what you will be doing next. Beautifully done ??????????

Simone Wisdom

Mar 3, 2019, 11:18 pm Reply

So clever! Giving me ideas for my 1 bed. Thanks!


Mar 3, 2019, 1:52 am Reply

Some nice ideas here. Keep it up!

Mitch G

Mar 3, 2019, 9:50 am Reply

Love it! Very inspiring

Lu Lima

Mar 3, 2019, 12:52 pm Reply

since the first time i came here i felt in love about your ideas for a small space like yours. You did an amazing job, your place doesnt seem small at all and has a lot of quite chic decoration. Clean and modern. Keep up doing more videos. just loved everything

Christian Andrew

Mar 3, 2019, 9:01 pm Reply

So inspiring dude, keep it up! more vids!


Mar 3, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

I'm looking to buy studio flat for myself so any tips how to arrange the studio are highly appreciated. Will be following!

Lam Jay

Mar 3, 2019, 4:00 pm Reply

Love the kitchen table.

Lam Jay

Mar 3, 2019, 4:03 pm Reply

Did you buy or rent this apartment? Which country? Expensive?


Mar 3, 2019, 3:06 am Reply

Love it!

JR Catolico

Mar 3, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

I have a condotel. A front beach which is 30 sq m. I love the functionality of your place. I Wish I can have them.

Ali Rohman

Mar 3, 2019, 8:09 pm Reply

Came upon this by accident but I'm curious to see the finish so I'll subscribe. Like what you've done with the place. I think you could do with some mirrors in the bathroom you know to help when your brushing your teeth etc, you can get some really cheap stick on ones from IKEA

Danny Cairns

Mar 3, 2019, 12:21 am Reply

hahah my brotha, I'm from Manchester and just moved Lyon. Searched all over to see how this is achievable and the only guy who's done it pretty much how I seen it is from Manchester. must be a manc thing not even got a studio just one of them gafs where the living room and bedroom are the same room

Mark Ireland

Mar 3, 2019, 1:53 am Reply

What brand is the cupboard for the refridgerator?

Nikki S

Mar 3, 2019, 3:47 pm Reply

Great job, creative and great use of space. I like everything but the use of the covering you put on the wall near the work table either way it looks wonderful!


Mar 3, 2019, 10:35 pm Reply

Absolutely brilliant job! One can see how much thought and planning had gone into every miniscule detail. Covering the overhang from the closet with cement look-a-like is genius; it truly has an appearance of an architectual column. Well done, I'm looking forward to any future videos.

Andrés Valenciaga

Apr 4, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

great job


Apr 4, 2019, 8:13 pm Reply

Some lovely touches there- well done. Only thing I'm not fond of is that mirror hanging on the door- plus I'd deffo need a mirror in the bathroom for shaving etc.

Jezrie Marcano-Courtney

Apr 4, 2019, 3:50 am Reply

This is amazing. You’ve taken this flat and given it such a luxe modern feel. Please, please don’t stop sharing your creativity on this platform!

Jennifer Pacheco

Apr 4, 2019, 11:17 am Reply

Where did you purchase the bed? It's beautiful and functional! Amazing work and done so creatively. I love it?

Aruna Subramaniam

Apr 4, 2019, 5:20 pm Reply

This is incredible – such a beautiful, serene and functional space! Well Done! Can you do my space? I have an aspiring architect who is watching in awe!


Apr 4, 2019, 11:57 pm Reply

Lovely space! New subscriber? looking forward to New videos.

msfullroller cera

Apr 4, 2019, 4:45 am Reply

Look fantastic so far and I'm looking forward to all future updates!

Say What

Apr 4, 2019, 9:31 am Reply

Very nice! I look forward to seeing how it comes out in the end.


Apr 4, 2019, 3:58 pm Reply

Really nice and a gd idea for the hidden table kept in the cabinet and be able to pull it out to use it while preparing food to cook! The sliding door concept it great too! It's great to know how IKEA items can be used as a hack in so many different ways. Looking forward to see more creations. 🙂

Leonie B

Apr 4, 2019, 7:16 am Reply

Him: Bathroom is hard to show because it's "quite tight".

Me: "Dude that bathroom is twice as big as mine and I live in a 1,5bath and 4bed room house. ??

Davida Williams

May 5, 2019, 4:39 am Reply

Freaking AMAZING!

James Long

May 5, 2019, 2:16 pm Reply

love the partition (hope ikea will get it back in stock) im doing a project which is just over 30m2, this video has been a great help thank you

Leya Vickers

May 5, 2019, 8:53 am Reply

You should go on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces. This is awesome!! Love the IKEA hacks.

LaRica Grant

May 5, 2019, 12:02 pm Reply

Such humility and honesty, I'm feeling you. Love the ironing board under the bed!!

Jean Thomasson

May 5, 2019, 6:15 am Reply

If you could design a bookcase/shelving feature that could move inward against your bedroom wall, or hinged on some way to open outward or inward (whichever works best) like a regular door, and/ on some type of track system, you could maximize storage/display for glasswares, books, etc. To keep it flush with the existing glass doors, recess it accordingly. The concrete and black color theme would accent it beautifully. Just food for thought.

Denisse Gonzalez

May 5, 2019, 4:43 am Reply

I'm loving it!!! You are doing a great job ?

Michelle SFO

May 5, 2019, 8:05 am Reply

Excellent use of space & design while being aesthetically pleasing!

Sathyavelu Pv

Jun 6, 2019, 7:29 pm Reply

Amazing work.can you please share the link to buy cot and mattress from amazon it’s multitasking


Jun 6, 2019, 2:13 pm Reply

Great vids! Hope to see more of your projects!(:

Patti Davis

Jul 7, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

Your apartment is fabulous!

Catherine Murray

Aug 8, 2019, 9:28 pm Reply

So impressed with your skills and design. Apartment looks fantastic. Hope you keep posting about your work on it, well done.

J Marie

Aug 8, 2019, 5:26 am Reply

Love the apartment update ☺️

Say What

Aug 8, 2019, 5:53 am Reply

will there be another video? i'm looking forward to an update and the step -by-step you said you'd film.


Oct 10, 2019, 9:26 pm Reply

love your creativity and your whole vibe 🙂

barbara whittall

Oct 10, 2019, 4:24 pm Reply

Wowsers! So inspiring what can be done in small space to make your home not only functional but beautifully appealing to live in!!!??

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