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Published on November 27th, 2007 | by Jules Yap


buffalo bill wardrobe and room divider

i love this amazing wardrobe room divider from wouter. you’ll never guess, underneath all those horns is a plain old pax wardrobe.

wouter says, “i was asked to make a cloakroom/bookcase covering this massive wardrobe for a new apartment to divide the bedroom from the corridor. the wardrobe is ikea (pax nexus?) for sure (as seen as on the bad picture of course – the ‘before’ situation).


the front (or back of the wardrobe) is based on a custom made pallet, the wardrobe is still the wardrobe, painted in colour (buffalo, true) by hand, the graphic is an adhesive label and the seven handles are made by an artist specially for this furniture. she’s a welder, and she decided to make them from prefab steel curves, i was very content with the results. finally i brought them to a car sprayer, and he coated them transparent.

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the results are quite pure, only screws (unfortunately we didn’t use the socket wrench) – which meant no glue or anything, FSC wood, water based paint, metal, the tag and some hidden lights and personal gadgets.

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plan and construction was realised in about two weeks, late night workshop hours, but lots of fun and very satisfying in the end. so please… do it yourself (drawings included).”

view from front
view from back


view from right
wardrobe room dividerview from left

palletstyle: wouter

construction: wouter and timo baerwaldt

graphics (and theme): annelies van limbeek

handles: christel kanbier

thanks to fransje

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22 Responses to buffalo bill wardrobe and room divider

  1. Jules says:

    Thanks for your interest. Please contact me at [email protected] on your request.


  2. Silvia Conti says:

    Hi Jules!
    I would like to publish two pictures of your wardrobe on an italian magazine. Is it possible, please? Tell me which captions I can write…


  3. Anonymous says:

    Seems to fit the website’s criteria quite well IMHO.

    WANTED: your ikea hacks. whatever they may be – a funked up klippan sofa, an ingenious idea for your pax wardrobe, a creative twist on your kitchen countertop, or even advice on how to finally stop forby stools from wobbling, i’d love to see your ikea hacks. email me at ikeahacker[at]gmail[dot]com

  4. JRae says:

    Oh duh, I shoulda seen the pop caps for the gun… hehe… I thought they weren’t supposed to make toy guns realistic? Ah well… :P

  5. Rafael says:

    Love the drawings. Dump the welder. Please.

    Speaking of things plastic:


  6. colleeeen says:

    um, wow. like everybody else said, wow. makes my upcoming hack (desk, to be completed soon) seem absolutely impotent. i’m mind-boggled.

  7. shon. says:

    I see the door as a hack, but as for the rest of it, isn’t this just “construction”?

    When does creative home-improvement cross the line to Ikea Hack? I say it’s when the majority of the raw materials come from Ikea, or when the Ikea item is used in an unexpected or particularly creative way.

    You used a door as a door? awesome. No really, you should be proud.

    As for the shelves in the back, unless you bought that wood from Ikea, you’re still in the realm of home improvement. Very impressive home improvement, I do admit, but not a hack.

  8. bo! says:

    This looks really great! Please, tell us what kind of ikea product did you use for the shelf/divider.

  9. Jules says:

    wouter says the gun is a toy, a gift from the car sprayer.

  10. Teesa says:

    Wow! This is mind blowing! Such great idea! P.S. What’s the gun doing there!!!

  11. Anonymous says:

    The bar has been raised.

  12. Dan Flies says:

    Now that’s a HACK!

  13. Anonymous says:

    Wow. That’s the most extensive hack we’ve seen in a long time. I love the two entirely different looks — and all the shelves! And the streamline-ness of the retractable night table. What was the final cost and hours?


  14. Hörnchen says:

    This one is so awesome, I love it!

  15. Anonymous says:

    freakin’ incredible!!!

  16. Anonymous says:

    This looks great and unique. Amazing. Can you tell us what kind of wood/ikea product did you use for the shelf/divider and the whole project?

    thank you,

  17. Anonymous says:

    wow that’s an awesome hack! great work!

  18. Anonymous says:

    wow! hours and hours and hours of fun! the rodeo style might not be my cup of tea, but it looks really really fabulously cool! but frankly, i would not try this on my own… i’d never get it finished! félicitations!

  19. mackie says:

    that is simply brilliant. the nighttable alone is a marvel.

  20. NotABlogger says:

    This is remarkable! I love the little shelves on the back for all kinds of different sized books and are those manuscripts? Congratulations!

  21. JRae says:

    What’s with the gun on the nightstand?! Jesus!! Hope there aren’t any kids in that household (or depressed adults). :P

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