Bedroom 1_before_after

Published on April 4th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


and this is how you should do a loft

alex sent me his gorgeous hack – a room divider to separate his living and bedroom.

he says, “moved into a loft in downtown L.A. and needed to divide up the living space and create a closet as well. (two full baths but no closet!!!)


anyway, found these ready made counter tops in the as-is section. normally they are 100.00 a piece but got all seven for 10.00 a piece. stood them on end and created this room divider/closet. i built them in a u shape so i could put the wardrobe in and help with stability.

i also created a computer desk/couch table with the shorter counter top by adding the chrome adjustable legs.

the wardrobe side is not completed yet but i was able to create the door you see by taking four shelf pieces found in the as-is section as well. i simply stood the pieces on end and inserted aluminum strips from home depot . eventually it will hang on a exposed track with ‘barn door’ hardware so that it slides in order to maximize space.”


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Jules Yap

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18 Responses to and this is how you should do a loft

  1. I agree with Ian. The divider idea is great. Cool hack! A great inspiration.

  2. Anonymous says:

    these are not hacks. Just the way they ended up getting put together. Ever see those pamphlets? Yes not directions.

  3. Ian says:

    The divider is cool, but the overall change is super. Well done!

  4. Mosaic says:

    This is awesome, really cool design.

  5. i love the last image bedroom side counter top wall

  6. Raymond says:

    Great Hack! Also the lighting effects you used created a nice mood. Your loft went from a dark-seedy brick-room to an expensive upscale apartment.


  7. Wht a change from before to after !!

  8. Topher says:

    Holy Crap. That’s straight out of GTA IV! Seriously…anyone who’s played it, back me up on this.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Oh I get it– 7 counter-tops. They frame the wardrobe (two side pieces, a top piece,the four pieces that face the living room) 2+1+4=7
    The door that will face the bedroom are the shelves (that match the counters)
    The actual shelves inside–the white pieces are different and don’t match were not mentioned. Although, I’m guessing they are probably from Home Depot too.
    Wow this was really amazing. Genius

  10. Cincinatus says:

    wow i want this exact thing for my living room, can the person who did this give me any advice

  11. Anonymous says:

    anyone know what the tv stand is? Is it a ready made item from IKEA?

  12. Andrew says:

    very nicee.. like a mirror image of this place

  13. Anonymous says:

    awesome! congrats, you’ve made yousrelf a cozy little spot there!

  14. Anonymous says:

    Best hack yet.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I really like this. Wonderful Job. Was it a wood countertop what you did on the sides of the closet? Can you provide the reference of the countertop? Also, about the small table with the stainless steel legs, is that also an SS top? I just love the way it looks here and I was in the process of buying a the VIKA LAURI glass top with the VIKA MOLIDEN leg. Will you please share which did you use? And feel proud of your project! I really love it!!!!!

  16. Miss Laura says:

    What an awesome apartment! Your as-is finds really “made” your place!

  17. Anonymous says:

    The difference is amazing. Great job!

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