Bedroom stolmen divider

Published on December 17th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


Stolmen post room divider

Very clever use of the Stolmen poles to create a room divider. Kudos, Andrew!

stolmen post room divider

Waiting for the Stolmen room divider to be set up


“An Ikea hack I just completed in order to create a partition in my studio apartment in Greenwich Village.

I used two Stolmen posts as the spine for this partition composed of 8 bowed spars I designed and built across which will be stretched over by a large canvas drop-cloth. The aim was to create a partition for the studio to preserve a separate sleeping area without leaving any trace on the walls, ceiling or floor.

Ikea Hack Partition from Andrew Schwalm on Vimeo.

It’s actually quite sturdy and we will eventually hang a painting on it.”

I’ve just realised (quite recently, duh!) that embedded videos, don’t turn up on some feeds. So just for you guys reading this post on a reader, click here to view the video.

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17 Responses to Stolmen post room divider

  1. Katie says:

    That looks so slick! I was wondering as Anonymous above about screwing into the ceiling- I’m renting and wanting to put a curtain in front of an open wardrobe and Stolmen looks like the most affordable option for doing that in Australia (we don’t have all these autopoles and things I’m seeing on pintrest) but the Ikea instructions say that they need to be screwed in? I was wondering if it wasn’t supporting shelving- just a light curtain if we could skip that step. Thanks :)

  2. Anonymous says:

    How do the posts stay up without screwing holes into the ceiling? Is there enough tension from the poles against the floor and ceiling to not use screws?

  3. Anonymous says:

    Andrew, looks awesome! we look forward to the dinner invite!

    Astro is super cute too!

    Will and Brian

  4. Andrew says:

    Don’t worry my friend, that’s a fire retardant canvas drop cloth. I think we’ll be okay.

    Also, I just moved the bed out of the way to make room for the assembly of the divider. It’s back in place now and not at all ruined.

  5. Anonymous says:

    wow, that’s really fantastic, what a beautiful fire hazard you just created! i can see it going up in flames in only a few seconds flat! can’t wait for your super asshole NYC super or landlord to see it! dude, it really nice and creative work, but very dangerous, that thing will go up in flames in seconds killing you and the people in your building…. (wicked withc voice)- and your little dog too! please take that down, for the sake of your neighbors.

  6. Alexa says:

    I also thought they ruined the bed, but in the end, I figured they just moved it out of the way to make a viable work space.

  7. What’s a nice idea. But I don’t like one thing that is you did ruin the bed completely for the divider in your room.


  8. Ingo says:

    Die Idee ist klasse, doch am meisten mag ich den Hund, der ist cool.

  9. Andrew says:

    Alexa, that’s about right. I used 1x2s as the ribs and actually held everything tight using zip ties instead of clamps. With everything held in place, I pre-drilled all the holes and did final assembly with fine thread drywall screws.

  10. Alexa says:

    I should think that bowed things wouldn’t be too hard to construct, if designed properly. Use thin enough lumber (or flexible metal, like a measuring stick or T square), have the vertical supports far enough in to leave long enough ends so they will meet easily when bent, don’t make it bow out too far, and use a strong combination of fasteners and glue to hold the ends together. A chunk of 2×4 (5x10cm) with a hole drilled for the Stolmen posts, a couple of shims to help them fit the curve of the horizontals, and you’re done. You’ll only need 1 clamp at a time, if you don’t mind waiting, and 2 if you do.

    Andrew, feel free to point out the flaws of my logic.

  11. Andrew says:

    Thanks all!

    Majeral: Unemployment could make a man do desperate things! Maybe partition construction is my calling.

    MyFuZZyButtZ: Sounds like you’re familiar with Washington Square Village. Fortunately there’s enough dog-friendly territory around that the courtyard isn’t missed.

    Arachne: I’m shocked there aren’t more options for room dividers. Truth be told, I’d much rather have bought something, but there’s little available. The beams are maybe a little more complex than necessary. I wanted them bowed, but they’d be much easier to make if they were just straight.

    Phil: Thanks! Thought I see flaws all over it, of course.


  12. Olli says:

    Next to videos not showing up in feeds, you also might want to look in to the links that (probably) autogenerated in your articles. Example: spars = Society of Professional Audio Recording Services. Really??

  13. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    Pretty nice actually, and the dog is really cute!

    Don’t you hate it that the refridgerator opens up backwards to the kitchen? Maybe you can’t change the handle, or maybe for you it’s no big thing! Too bad too that your dog can’t go into the courtyard, but I guess some people ruined it for others by not cleaning up from their walks. Ah, such is life. Anyway, Good Job!

  14. majeral says:

    wow do you make house calls? I could have used you when I was in a 489 sq ft apartment. good job..

  15. Phil says:

    Wow, that looks great. It looks like it has a really professional finish.

  16. Arachne says:

    Ooh, here’s a mind reader. I recently moved into a studio myself and have been toying with different ways to separate the sleeping area, something kinda like this among them. Good to know it works! I don’t think I’m crafty enough to make those horizontal beam thingies, though.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Well done. Cute dog!

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