Living Room

Published on June 5th, 2006 | by Jules Yap


divide and conquer

hats off to vince’s entry in apartment therapy‘s smallest coolest apartment 2006 contest. it’s ingenious, using ikea’s sliding wardrobe doors as an ultra cool room divider. very chic. and so livable that i almost want to move in.

vince writes, “the room divider was created by utilizing aluminum and glass wardrobe doors from an ikea wardrobe system. they slide open to access the sleeping and gym areas. the doors are held in place by tension poles from an ikea shelving system.” Brilliant. read more here.

other ways to spruce up your living room:
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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

17 Responses to divide and conquer

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hey I would like to do this but have no idea how he mounted everything with the tension poles. Anyone have advice.

  2. marriell says:

    This is great. I would like to do something like this, can anyone tell me what it would cost? More or less?

  3. tracks can be sunk into the floor so that they are uninstrusive and you don’t have to step over them

  4. Glenn says:

    I have been looking at room dividers at sites like but I really like this idea! Now I will have to pop over to Ikea now and get inspired. Thanks

  5. Lara says:

    Can anyone tell me where to get tension poles?

  6. Matti says:

    I love that Couch!

  7. Anonymous says:

    I really want to figure out how to do this. Could anyone send me how to do this? thanks!

    [email protected]

  8. Sole says:

    I could not understand how he made this. Can anyone explain me please? I would like to do this as well in my apartment.

  9. Very creative use of ikea product.

    I think the Blueprint layout drawing on the click-through demonstrates the need for a room divider. It does a great job separating the sleeping quaraters and the living space.

    Another way to create a similar chic effect would be to use Screenflex’s wall mount room divider with black fabric.

    The advantage there is you can compress the divider into a smaller space and put it flat against the wall if you decided you wanted and open space. It’s also on locking casters so, you can roll back in place very simple.

    Thanks for again for sharing.

    We’re looking at residential room dividers now, and I found this site via a google search. I’ve got some exploring to do to see some more ikea hacking.

  10. Wow! That is a great looking apartment and I can see how it won the smallest cool apartment in 2006. I like how the shoji door room dividers are held in place by tension poles. I haven’t seen that done in many places and I really like how it looks. Thanks for showing us this great room divider setup!

  11. Children bedroom furniture says:

    Buying furniture for child of especial factor is need pay attention, what the furniture that we are buying for our child going to be sturdy enough and safe enough to withstand our children? Considering growth of child which relative quickly, child will make a move active progressively and start to movement like kicking, jump, and etcetera. Therefore we require durable and strong material. If we using wood for our kids furniture, ensuring if that wooden childrens furniture create from strong wood. Besides sturdy and security factor, dissimilar this not less important is how that furniture give excitement for our kid’s growth intelligence.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Any idea how he mounted the sliding rails to the poles? From the photo the doors don’t touch the bottom floor at all so the tracks must be mounted on the poles themselves??

  13. says:

    Inventive! Considering that this is a part of the Apartment Therapy: New York edition I was wondering if someone knew if rentals in New York are pretty lax about installing large items of this sort. In California the rules are to return the apartment back to the original appearance.

  14. Jompa Bompa says:

    The chair is designed by Mies Van Der Rohe (spelling?) but there are similar ones also high quality by some danish designers.

  15. Anonymous says:

    side chair is a Barcelona Chair, its available at Knoll for stiff price. It is possible to get knock-offs of this. Comes in black too. Never seen it for less than 600-800 USD.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Where is that White Side Chair from? I have been looking for a chair like that for some time?

  17. Anonymous says:

    I'm unsure if anyone has asked this, but how did you treat the rails on the bottom. The PAX Stordal has rails on both the top and bottom that it sits on. Do you have to step over the rail each time to entre the room?

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