Bedroom Shell sheathed in laminate floooring

Published on June 13th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


Bedroom series #5: Room dividers for your bedroom

IKEA bedroom series #5 Room dividers do double duty – carve out your spaces and provide storage. Am loving this room divider hack, which really puts the Pax wardrobe system in a new light.

Pax wardrobe room divider

Phyllis is one lucky woman with a handy hubby who installed this wardrobe/room divider for her.

The beaming wife says, “My husband installed a two parallel row of Pax wardrobes as a closet system/room divider in our bedroom. We had two challenges:

1. How to finish the back side of one row of the closet shells, and
2. How to install closet lighting in a stand alone closet system for a room with carpet. Hard wire would have been really expensive.

He finished the backs of the shells with Ikea laminate flooring and silver corner trim from Home Depot. (We still need to add some artwork on this ‘wall’.)

Room divider sheathed in laminate floooring

Walk in wardroble

(By the way, the window treatment is just heavy fusible non-woven interfacing from a fabric store like Jo-Ann’s. I cut the decorative circles at the top using pot lids and dishes and it attached each piece to the window with double stick tape. It’s been up for about 3 years now.)

The Ikea lights were hooked up to an X-10 remote control lighting system that uses wireless to operate the lights. It enables me to turn on the lights from bed in the winter when it’s dark (I really like that feature.) Picture on the right is the wireless switch. The switch is not hard wired – it sticks to the shell with adhesive!

X-10 remote control for wardrobe lighting x-10 switch for wardrobe lighting

Here’s how the lighting set-up looks. The first picture below is the wall outlet for the closet lighting and in the next picture, you can see a white conduit going up the side to the top of the closet shell.

wall connection for wardrobe lighting

conduit wardrobe lighting

Below is the transmitter unit on top of the shell. There are also transformers for each fixture and a power strip.

x-10 transmitter for wardrobe lighting

x-10 units for wardrobe lighting

My husband is not an electrician by any means – he’s just a handy guy and really had no problems installing this system.”

A Bonde divider

Olivier does a divider too, but with the Bonde. He says, “Living in a (small) loft space turned out to be quite a challenge and at one point we needed to make a room divider to separate the dining space from the bedroom.

Bonde room divider

The white unit in the divider is a 4 door white Ikea Bonde unit we already had. The low unit is a 39″ Akurum kitchen wall cabinet with a frosted glass door. The cube shelf is just some left over Jarpen shelves cut up and stained to match the rest.

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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".

19 Responses to Bedroom series #5: Room dividers for your bedroom

  1. Rita says:

    Can you please repost the pictures they are no longer working :-(

  2. Grace says:

    Nice post! I love the Pax wardrobe room divider very much. It immediately change the look of your room.With a little effort and some creative thinking, you can change the look of your room and that to without making a dent in your budget!
    James Mayor Furniture

  3. All I can say is you have a beautiful home.

    Paula M

  4. im_a_leprechaun says:

    How did you secure the laminate flooring to the back of the pax wardrobes? I’m considering doing the same thing but can’t figure that step out.

  5. John Taylor says:

    I’ve tried X-10 remote audio systems before, yet hearing bout the remote-lighting gadget is impressive. Been looking at similar systems, like a full-functioning modern-home with remote controlled blinds and all… man those can be pricey compared to the luxury of x-10.
    John Taylor,
    liverpool blinds quick tips on selecting the right shape and styling your room

  6. Anonymous says:

    I would LOVE to do this… but am concerned about ensuring they are secured to the wall (since I would potentially do this in a guest room or kid’s room, meaning that II’m worried about the divider being knocked over in either instance…). Any ideas? I have hardwood floors– I suppose I could secure to the floor, and I guess the wall if we push it to one side.

  7. phyllis says:

    The white chairs are from The Cotnainer Store, they still sell them: $49. We also use them outside in the summer.

  8. mingming says:

    amazing nice cool great job

  9. Animes says:

    This is simply amazing

  10. These Dividers are also good but some days ago I found tree room divider which was just amazing !!

  11. escapist says:

    I love the Bonde room divider!

    How is the frame itself constructed?

    Also, which Bonde shelf unit is it? I didn’t find a 2×2 version on the Ikea site.

  12. M2JL says:

    The laminate flooring in the back of the wardrobe is a really nice touch :)

  13. Scientitian says:

    I like inreda lights, but has anyone had problems with them? We bought two, and both stopped working within about 3 days.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Both of these are gorgeous. Nice work!

  15. Justin says:

    any idea where the chairs came from in the first picture?

  16. LetsEatLunch says:

    they just built a new ikea near my house, i cant wait to go.

  17. Fraulein N says:

    These are both beautiful and functional. I LOVE the “wall” on the back of the Pax wardrobes.

  18. Condo Blues says:

    I am in awe of Phyllis’s bedroom. I really like her creative window treatment.

    I am also a little bit jealous too :)

  19. Tracey says:

    IKEA stuff is so versatile! I will have to post what I did with my Pax system- will let you know when its up on my blog!

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