Published on October 16th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Turn your studio apartment into a 1 bedroom with PAX

Materials: PAX

Description: My girlfriend and I bought and moved into our first apartment, with a tight budget we couldn’t afford anything bigger then a studio apartment.

I can’t imagine anyone wanting to have their bed in their living room, so we started to brainstorm. We discussed ever type of foldaway bed and room divider. Then we found IKEA’s PAX sliding cupboard doors.

We bought the biggest we could find in light aluminum and frosted glass.

We measured the size of our Ikea beds and marked off the new room so it would fit our bed and some clothing space tightly in order to save as much space in the living room as possible.

I whipped up 2 wooden frames and mounted them to the ceiling, walls and floor. I then mounted the PAX doors and tidied up the frame.

I installed four IKEA LED (color changing) spots in the frame so it would light up the frosted glass.

We finished up our new bedroom with some LACK shelves and a little art work.

In the meantime we mounted 6 IKEA kitchen cupboards over the TV in the living room and integrated the TV and PC cables into the wall so we could tidily hide the Stereo and PC in the cupboards with no exposed wires. We then mounted the surround sound speakers underneath the cupboard.

This was my first ever renovation at the age of 22, by myself. So if you have a small apartment and a lot of tolerance it’s not that hard or expensive to turn your studio apartment into a 1 bedroom apartment.

~ thedesignguy


Update: 25 Oct 2010

By popular demand, thedesignguy sent me more photos. Some work in progress pics and 2 more finished views. Hope they give you a bit more of an understanding of how it all came together. ~ Jules

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158 Responses to Turn your studio apartment into a 1 bedroom with PAX

  1. Fabiano says:

    Great idea! Somebody gave us an used huge IKEA wardrobe that comes with the same doors. I found out it will be easier to build something bigger doing that framing work. Thanks for the inspirations!

  2. Alisha says:

    Amazing! Proof that your place can be whatever you want it to be with a little creatovity! ????

    • No you can’t.
      I live in England and there is absolutely no way that any private or Council (if you rent from the Council or Housing Association) do any building or structural work. Such as converting one room into 2 or anything like that.
      And even if you own your home you still cannot do it or knock down any walls without planning permission from the council, they won’t allow it.
      I don’t understand how the author got away with it without his landlord finding out. He probably did and got evicted and rightly so.
      Whole some liberal minded landlords will let you pain or decorate as will some councils, there’s no way they will allow you to do what this author is suggesting.

      • kate says:

        Not everyone lives in council housing in England.
        OP commented below that they purchased the apartment. So no, they didn’t get “rightly” evicted.

      • Anna says:

        Yep, the ability to READ and COMPREHEND is a blessing.
        The article starts right off with the author explaining that he bought this apartment together with his girlfriend.
        So no landlord, no eviction – they are the owners and they get to decide how they want rooms to function within their home.

        Plus, the didn´t do any alterations or damages to structural walls, heating, plumbing or electric. They only constructed a wooden frame between two walls, secured, veneered, plastered and painted it, hung in the sliding doors and it was done.
        The entire construction can be easily built back within a few hours with absolutely no damage to the building´s original layout or its integrity – so they could have done this without any permission whatsoever necessary even if they had only rented the apartment, be it in England or any other country.
        Sorry, Miss Borman.

  3. Sz says:

    In the last picture I noticed a room that looks like its being used as a dining room. Why didn’t you make that into the bedroom ? The one with the wood floor and big window adjacent to the kitchen(?)

    • Anna says:

      The way I see it, the space we see in the front (with the grey tiles) is the entrance hall. The dining room with the wooden floor is adjacent to the kitchen (visible doorway on the right side).
      I don´t know about other people, but for me personally it wouldn´t have made much sense to squeeze a bedroom in there, since it would have blocked the kitchen.
      Just imagine one partner wanting to sleep in on a Sunday, and the other one who´s already awake would like to fix some breakfast. You´d only be disturbing the other person, walking in and out and clanging with dishes, cups etc.
      I certainly wouldn´t want that on a constant basis.

      The way this couple solved their problem is much more convenient, as they created a lot more separated rooms.
      For example, at night, one person can choose to stay up longer and watch TV while the other one retires to the bedroom. Also, entertaining guests in the kitchen & dining area is still possible, while the other one might want to call it a night and get some rest.
      And in the morning, whoever gets up first can fix breakfast, do the dirty dishes, etc., sit down and eat, read the morning paper, maybe even listen to the morning radio without bothering the sleeping partner.

      I have a very similar living situation and apartment layout, and so I can relate to what the couple´s thinking process probably was, as I used the exact same solution :)

  4. ania says:

    the doors were made with cabinet doors pax?

  5. Sara Welsh says:

    This is a BRILLIANT idea! My husband and I live in a studio, and there is never any privacy. I wonder if we could purchase a commercial door, and do the same kind of thing. Do you think that would work?

    Sara Welsh |

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  9. james says:

    Always amazed by what ikea hackers comes up with. Great Job, looks impressive and well thought out!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Simply brilliant!

  11. That is really clever!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Excellent – Well done, it is amazing with limited space you can always make a home so livable with a bit of creativeness.

    Someone mentioned about the danger of the glass, if it is not safely glass, you can always get someone to put some film on the glass. We have chidren and an internal French door with non safety glass, a guy put some film on, you could not see it but if the glass was ever smashed, it would all stay together like laminated glass. It was so cheap as well.

  13. vavavoom says:

    kick a$$ studio! Brilliant! you are so creative :)

  14. nikko says:

    omg this is the coolest thing ever.. i am new this studio apartment and m trying to make it the best experience and i really would love to try this out.. wow you just made my expereince even more fun!! did they allow you to do this at the apartment..?

    • thedesignguy says:

      Hi Nikko, We had actually bought the apartment so the decision was ours to make. The wholes that I drilled in the floor and walls would be easily filled if the next owner wanted to remove the frame and I think that with a bit of effort you could avoid drilling the base frame into the floor. This is because the doors hang from the panel attached to the ceiling, the floor plank is only to keep them straight. If I wanted to avoid drilling into the floor I would mount the floor plank to the walls (you would lose strength but I don’t think it would be impossible). good luck with it!

  15. Gaile says:

    Wow! This is really amazing and very impressive. I got an ideas on how I can style my studio type condo in Eastwood so that I can have 1 room like that. I am glad to drop by here on your blog and thankful that you shared it to us. Keep it up. :)

  16. Anonymous says:

    That’s Awesome!!!!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Buy a nice bed and make it a statement piece instead of breaking up your apartment into little dank spaces. Put some cool patterned cushions and use the mattress as a daybed when you have guests.

    Pax is ugly as hell, why not salvage some vintage asian screens for a more temporary solution?

  18. Anonymous says:

    wow! that looks amazing, good luck to you and your girlfriend, this place is just super!

  19. Tyrel says:

    Not sure you check this still – but how do you feel about air circulation with the doors closed? We have a basement (with windows) that we want to create a bedroom in. We don’t want it to get “musty” and damp feeling though… What do you think? I doubt the doors are air-tight. Thanks! :)

    • thedesignguy says:

      To be honest air circulation was nothin I really considered but we also often slept with the doors open and closed them when we had guests, that was the whole idea behind them. The doors are definitely not air tight, there is a good size gap at the top and bottom of the doors but those gaps aren’t visible when looking at the doors front on. //thedesignguy

  20. Anonymous says:

    Would take a little bit of undoing, but there’s no reason you couldn’t build a 2×4/drywall partition wall like that and remove it when you vacated.

  21. Anonymous says:

    thats not happening in California..I doubt they will allow the contruction of a wooden frame inside an Apartment..They will take your deposit and not return it.

    • thedesignguy says:

      Yeah, but how would they find out? do they check the apartments on a regular basis? because I have no doubt that to remove that would take a drill, some filler, some paint and about 2 hours. //thedesignguy

  22. Anonymous says:

    Anyone know what bed did he use? Name Or parts?

  23. Anonymous says:

    ONe person said, you rock. No, you are golden!!

    Reception manager? You soooo need to get into design and or property. So young and so talented.
    Your gfriend is a lucky girl. Can’t get a guy to change a lightbulb these days…

    UK love.

  24. This is amazing! if I ever buy a studio apt, I’ll definately keep this in mind. you guys are so smart!

  25. Anonymous says:

    Mad skills, man! Keep it up and you could end up giggin’ on HGTV

  26. Susie says:


  27. Cem says:

    Nicely done !!

  28. Anonymous says:

    You’ve gotta love Aussies …. well done mate !

  29. Curioius says:

    This is a really great idea, and very well well done. I am thinking of giving this a go in my own house and was wondering if the sliding track came with the doors or if it came separately?

  30. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for sharing. This is a brilliant idea and has given me an idea to divide a room in my own house. Your project turned out fab! How creative of you.
    Love,love,love this.

  31. veronica says:

    This is really great and it looks beautiful. As there are so many PAX wardrobes and doors can you specify exactly which doors you used and the sizes (or can you get different sizes)? Also can one buy doors separately? Thanks.

  32. chris says:

    hey designguy, i love what you did so much..very creative and beautiful. i’d love to do similar things to my small space but its really just a matter of money. I would definitely take the time to teach myself tho :)

    anyway, I’m wondering what the material is that you placed over the wooden frames. Is that what MDF is? Or is it just plasterboard..plywood or something?

    Sorry if this has been asked already.

    Also, I’d love to see what you and your wife (grats on getting married btw) have done to your new bigger space! I bet it looks great :)

  33. Anonymous says:

    Hi! Nice job. What is the size of the doors?

  34. Anonymous says:

    Your landlord just let you have at the walls like that? Anyways, it looks absolutely amazing.

  35. Anonymous says:

    Wow, if you don’t do this for a living maybe you should be lol … This is like something from one of those design shows on tv! So crisp clean and decorative. LOVE IT!

  36. summerlilacs says:

    This is genius!

  37. Anonymous says:

    Hi from France^^Good job really…Félicitations :-)

  38. khyle says:

    would this be illegal in NY?

  39. where are you guys living now? im over in kungsholmen. would be great to get your opinion of what i can do with my tiny place. Can i email you a floor plan, you thought you had it tight with 44 kvm, i have 23! :) …..

  40. Anonymous says:

    You are awesome and creative! Great job!

  41. Randy says:

    What an excellent solution! Bravo!!

  42. Jimmy Ma says:

    Splendid!! Also gave me a wonderful inspiration!! Thankyou!!

  43. Anonymous says:

    Excellent! Well done! Am very impressed!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for the inspiration!

  45. Anonymous says:

    to you people who are upset with redundant questions…remember, some of us asking may have ADD or other brain processing issues. some people have not yet learned to slow down to take their time and read, read, read! please be patient with those of us with ADD who have not arrived yet. thanks!

    ps. amazing hack…but i am still scared to attempt this!
    is the track similar to a shower door sliding track set up, just mounted on a wood piece? thanks!

  46. dnelson says:

    I am a curious where did you get the wall vinyl?

  47. thedesignguy says:

    @ Tyler, I did paint it but first traced it’s projection, I have sent you the silhouette, I hope you make good use of it!

    @ Jennifer D’Souza, sorry to hear that your having trouble finding just the doors, to be honest they are listed as a whole cupboard unit on the Swedish IKEA site too, we had to go in and request the price without the cupboard, it was no hassel and a lot cheaper. I hope you can do the same in UAE, good luck.

    @ Anon, as previously said, no wall sticker, it’s a ‘vector’ / image that I projected on to the wall, traced, then painted! give it a go, it’s a piece of cake.

    @ Tamara, Sorry I can’t provide you with more detailed picks of the floor rail, we didn’t take any and have moved. I can say that it was relativley easy, just a single piece of thick wood with the ‘ikea included’ metal skirt drilled into it. The top of the door is more important because the door hangs much more then it rests on the floor. I had NEVER done anything like this before, did not put a huge amount of effort into planning and still managed to get it right first time, so my advice is don’t overthink it, just jump in!

    @ Emma, thanks for listening ;)

    @ flexluthor, The table in the living room is a version of ‘elipse’ (from MIO [Sweden]) the table and chairs in the dining room (which you can see briefly in the last pic) is called FUSION and is of course from IKEA :) the chairs in the living room are ‘hand me downs’and I have unfortunaley no idea where they have come from…

    @ Tara, I wish you the best of luck!

    @ Stuck in the 80s, thanks for the back up ;)

    …..and once again a big thanks to the rest of you for your kind words and support!

    • Razor says:

      Hey I think I saw you signed as Dean once, so greetings Dean, from Australia. I love what you did but I like who you are being for everyone even better. You seem so lovely to take the time to answer everyone I noticed somewhere (can’t seem to find again) that you sent the “reservoir dogs painting” silhouette to one the woman that asked to buy. Could I please do the same. Im in middle of turning a bedroom into somewhere I can hang in to do some art, read whatever…..if u didn’t get into the course you wanted u should send them this link. I am truly happy to pay u for your efforts. A huge thank you and well done. Razor from Melbourne

  48. Anonymous says:

    thats amazing!

  49. Jo says:

    Wow. That is one heck of a hack. I’m sort of thinking that this is a really big deal.

  50. Bobby says:

    Very nicely done! With nice taste!!

  51. Thanks! Thats amazing!

  52. @ People who ask redundant questions

    If you are in anyway inclined motivationally or technically to attempt such an undertaking, the least you could do is extend him the courtesy of reading through the posts as //thedesignguy aka the person who made this all happen has explained in quite detailed comments about how he did some of the things.

    I’m massively, MASSIVELY impressed with this. I have to say the humble beginnings looked rather drab but you’ve made it into a very pleasing abode no one of any age should feel ashamed to live in.

  53. Tara says:

    Wow, THIS LOOKS AMAMZINGGGG… I think I’m going to ask my boyfriend to do this! We just got our first studio!

  54. flexluthor says:

    Very nice result! Might have been ask a dozen times: from where do the table and chairs come from? Thanks.

  55. schastar says:

    Great job!! And a source of inspiration :) Thanks for sharing!

  56. emma says:

    do you people ever read what others said or what the designguy said? they OWNED the apartment, they weren’t renting it. The men in suits on the wall is not a wall nor a sticker he painted it himself!!!!

  57. Tamara says:

    This is devine! Thank you. Thank you! I have been turning a similar concept around in my head and you’ve given me the courage to go forward. I still am not seeing/grasping the bottom rail. I can see it in the rough framing. Does it stick up from the floor in the finished product? I see stubbed toes in my future if that is the case. Please advise. And

  58. Anonymous says:


    Here did you get that wall sticker, with the mans in black suit and a red tie?
    Thank you

  59. JENNIFER D'SOUZA says:

    i tried for the doors alone in the UAE …but they are not selling it in bits if i have to buy stuff ill have to get the whole thing..and it would cost me a 10000 aed =( wth which i can buy a 1 bedroom apprtmnt )! hope i lived in Sweden=( !

    just absolutely love this hack
    hacker guy u r just tooooooooo goood !

  60. Anonymous says:

    Really really impressive :_)

  61. Hi where did you get the silhouette’s of the men in suits or did you paint it? I want something like that for my room. I can be reached by email, [email protected]

    thank you.

  62. Anonymous says:

    I work for IKEA and love to see people get creative and use our products so well. It looks beautiful!

  63. Anonymous says:

    “I’ve always hesitated to do that much work on a rental, though. I see that you’ve drywalled the new partitions. Will you disassemble it when you move?”

    Lots of people asking this, but he clearly said he BOUGHT the apartment.

  64. thedesignguy says:

    Hi Everyone, I have just returned back from holiday to discover an email from Jules informing me that you have voted my PAX doors “Hack of the Year” I am really happy to be able to contribute and that you all liked them. To be honest; before we designed the build I actually looked around the net for inspiration or a similar execution of this idea but found nothing. Which is what led me to uploading the process pics, so that I could share the idea and hopefully inspire others to make the best of a small space.

    Thank you for all your votes and very flattering comments!

    @ Janis, I would be happy to share the vector at no cost, just email me at [email protected]

    @ Dee, we owned the apartment so no need to disassemble in fact I think it majorly increased the selling price of the apartment, in regards to the clothes, we kept them at the end of the bed, if you look at the pic with the reservoir dogs painting, there were 2 poles to the left of that painting where we hung all of our clothes.

    @ majeral, I would love to come to texas! :)

    @ MyFuZZyButtZ, Thanks! I actually tried to get into freelance design but struggled to get the company off the ground, I am currently a reception manager at a hotel.

    @ emily erin, Both doors actually run on the same track but one overlaps the other so you can move them both at the same time.

    @ TeeCee, Glad to help! Good Luck with yours.

    @ Anonymous, The “New York wallpaper” is actually a canvas poster from Ikea called PREMIÄR in Swedish.

    @ Stimpy and BikerBrat – Thanks for the kind words, This will surely not be my last Ikea Hack!

    Thanks Everybody! Keep on Hacking!


  65. BikerBrat says:

    Very impressive ~ well done. It’s no wonder she married you… you have vision, talent, drive, and flair. Congrats to you both & do us keep us posted with other projects, would love to see more from you!

  66. Stimpy says:

    Wow! I’m impressed! great job… I would like to have an Ikea store in Argentina someday…

  67. Faye says:

    Wow, that’s truly awesome!

  68. Anonymous says:

    This looks absolutely stunning! I really wish I was that handy. Very imaginative! In fact, your entire space is quite lovely. I’ve been looking at condos in Montreal and the more affordable ones of the bunch to be very open – I’m not a fan of having my bed in my living room – and I was trying to think of ways, other than using fabric, to partition the space. This proves to be the best idea. I hope when I’m ready to buy that I’ll be able to achieve something like this or hire someone that will be able to at least!

  69. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, I was mistaken – they’re PAX LYNGDAL doors.

  70. Anonymous says:

    That must be the best Ikea Hack ever.
    Just been to my local IKEA because I’m thinking of using this idea and get our 2 bathrooms’ doors hacked. In case someone is still looking for the name, these are PAX FEVIK sliding doors and yes, they’re sold separately from the cupboard (although they come in pairs).

  71. Anonymous says:

    I lived in an L-shaped studio with apparently that identical configuration just north of NYC and did just about that same thing with the reclaimed closet doors and some fabric instead of the IKEA treatment. I must say though that the IKEA treatment looks much better.

  72. This is absolutely amazing. I enjoyed the making of the studio conversion so much! I love IKEA and your space has so many interesting and impressive ideas!!!

  73. Cheryl says:

    Beautiful space and brilliant hack! I’m voting for you.


  74. Anonymous says:

    You are a god. I’m graduating law school in a year and a half, and I’ve already been checking out the market a little bit. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to afford at least a 80m^2 apartment, but now I’ve been *actively looking for* apartments in this size.

    What I love most is the dining room, or, more specifically, the “door”. It’s absolutely stunning, and the colors as well.

    I would never be able to build such a thing myself, and I wonder if maybe my dad could do it, or how much a carpenter would ask for such a mod.

  75. Anonymous says:

    this is the most awesome work i’ve seen in IKEA hacker, good job!

  76. Anonymous says:

    Great job!!! Where did you get that awesome city wallpaper? Are there any more pictures somewhere from your flat?
    Thx for sharing with us, it is very inspiring!

  77. TeeCee says:

    REALLY GREAT, this is the only real hack I could find on this site so far… :)


    I made a sliding door from an old one: I bought a sliding rail and fittings in the OBI, got rid of the old surrounding and made new one from wood. I think that was cheaper but after Your brilliant solution I’m thinking these doors to the wardrobe :D

  78. emily erin says:

    looks really great!

    so theres a track running under the whole width of the doors?
    and you can open both (one at a time)?

    anyway around the bottom track?

  79. Anonymous says:


  80. Anonymous says:

    Brilliant. Hack of the year!

  81. veetje says:

    Great, just great!!!

  82. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    I love this new vision into how you did it. I’m even more impressed – AS IF that was possible!

    You’re a young guy too, right? What kind of job do you have? If it’s not in design or even real estate, then you’re missing a true calling!

  83. majeral says:


  84. Robj98168 says:

    Very professional job. I vote yes for hack of the year.

  85. Dee says:

    That’s brilliant! Good job.

    I’ve always hesitated to do that much work on a rental, though. I see that you’ve drywalled the new partitions. Will you disassemble it when you move? Also, where do you keep your clothes?

  86. fromblank says:

    what a seriously great idea! thats so clever!

    [email protected]

  87. Okok says:

    I wanted to do this at the 30 m2 studio I share with my son. It wrked out too expensive so I changed my mind and use now 6 Anno Unni panel curtains, which look quite good both fully closed and pulled to one side ;-)

  88. Anonymous says:

    Simply superb!

    Ambitious, clean, and creative. Easily a top 3 hack!

    I love this project. Please please please feel free to upload any new concepts you decide to work on in the future =)

  89. verbal says:

    Excellent idea, I ‘m looking for a similar solution for my own appartment, so since yours looks so great, I thought I’d copy it.

    I went down to the IKEA store and was underwhelmed unfortunately, first off by the price: the doors alone are close to 900 euros (at least in the Greek IKEA store). And even if they had turned out to be more reasonably priced, the back side of the doors (ie from inside the bedroom) isn’t that nice of a thing to look at, unless you’ve found some way of concealing the door’s visible frames without canceling the luminosity effect of the glass?

    Also, it would help if you could go into some more detail re: the bottom rail. You say you implemented it into the floor, so I assume the rail is also visible when the doors are open? A few more pics would help, perhaps you can upload them somewhere like flickr and give us a link here?

    Sidenote: the glass is what they call safety-crystal, it’s very hard to crack, but even you manage it, it breaks int a million tiny little pieces that don’t even fall off –much like a car’s windshield, they’re designed especially so that they won’t injure anyone if they break. That’s why they’re so damn expensive.

  90. Janis says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE what you did here! It’s executed flawlessy and that mural of the Reservoir Dogs art is nothing short of amazing. Would you be interested in selling the vectorized Illustrator file? Thanks for sharing this!

  91. Anonymous says:

    Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  92. thedesignguy says:

    @kmkat & MyFuZZyButtZ
    Changing the sheets isn’t that hard, in Sweden it’s traditional to have a fairly thin matress, so you can simply fold it back and tuck in the sheet.

    Don’t know about footage but the whole apartment (kitchen, bathroom, hallway, living room and mini dining room) was 44 Square meters in total.


    The bottom track was held in place with the frame (a piece of wood screwd into the floor) you would think it would be hard to match it up and ran smoothly but to be honest it worked perfectly first time, no adjustments required!


    No IKEA, that’s no go, we live 10 minutes from the biggest in the world.


    Julius is right!


    Believe it or not they’re not wall decals, I took the original photo from Reservoir Dogs, vectorized it in Adobe Illustrator and projected it onto the wall using a home cinema projector, I then traced the projected outline in pencil, went over it with a permenant black marker and painted with standard black wall paint.

    @ Scottie V

    The Doors were 3 meters wide, the track was a little bigger, once again, no lanlord, we owned the apartment we actually bought the apartment (with average wallpaper and the bed in the living room) renovated for just over a month, nothing major (apart from the wall) we sold it a year later and made a bit over 40% profit… in one year. Now we own an apartment 3 twice the size, and when I am finished ‘hacking’ it I’ll post it. :)

    @ Julius Seizure

    Actually it wasn’t as tight as you may think, and we often had the doors pushed open / ‘to the left’ so when you got out of bed you exitted the room at the same time, but the main idea behind it is to cleanly hide the bed when you’ve got company.

    @ Sing

    The cupboards over the TV is actually kitchen cupboards from ikea, the reason we mounted them over the tv instead of under is because when you see more of the floor; it makes the space look much bigger.

    @ -1-

    I never had a problem with the glass actually, I thought that it might be a little dangerous myself, but I never even bumped it!

    @ Bunedoggle

    We did by the doors without the cupboards, because you can mix and match what style of doors you want with what cupboard, maybe this is only available in Sweden??

    @ Anonymous

    Sorry I have no idea what the cupboards are called after we bought them quite a while ago now, but they’re pretty standard.

    @ jo

    I wish you the best of luck with it, to be honest I wasn’t completley in to the wallpaper from the start either, but it’s very Swedish and my girlfriend/ now my wife really liked it and to be honest it really grew on me!

    @ Rebecca

    Thanks for your vote :) and I would love to post some more pictures, I am not sure wether I can post more on the ikea hacker blog but I will email and ask. I have some fairly High Def pictures of the finished product and 13 ‘step by step’ pictures. Maybe if I make hack of the year I will be able to post the rest :)

    @ EVERYONE!!

    Thanks for your comments and feedback, I am glad you all liked it and I will ask if I can post some more pictures so you can try it yourselves!



  93. I love ikea and your blog, great ideas!

  94. Chris says:

    What a bloody brilliant idea! Well impressed.

  95. MyFuZZyButtZ says:

    I’m like the others who asked about changing the bed linens . . . It must be a real pain in the ass to have to do it, AND it’s all white, so it’s not like it’s something you can get away with not doing regularly . . . Especially since the couch is right there and anyone can see it!

  96. Interior Designing Pune says:

    WOOOW….this is beautiful!!!! Great Work

  97. Stephanie says:

    WOW! This studio is gorgeous! I absolutely love the door to the bed area. This would even be great in a regular size condo with a large bedroom. It really breaks off the bed and gives it a very private and safe feel.

  98. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see the track for the bottom of the doors, are they just dangling from the top track? If you did use it, i would suspect it would be easy to trip on it.

  99. jo says:

    great and fabulous idea! my family and me are moving to a new used house in some month and i’m planning to have sth like that for my parents room, just to create a kind of a corridor to divide the bedroom from the bathroom and have a wardrobe at the same time. i’ll study your project in some way, i’ll submit to someone that can help me build this, but, please, will you give me (too) some other details of it?
    ps what i don’t like is the green-and-pumpkin flowery wallpaper in the living room, but the pax wall gives you so many points that, even with “that” wallpaper, you are still in a good position

  100. Anonymous says:


    thedesignguy, can you point me to which specific Ikea kitchen cupboards you used? Cheers.

  101. Bunedoggle says:

    Love it! I looked on Ikea’s website but I don’t see a way to buy the doors without the wardrobe. Did you buy both and not use the wardrobe? Or maybe I can buy the doors alone at the store?

  102. -1- says:

    Brilliant work, you did a fantastic job. The LEDs were a nice finishing touch. At 22, you should be very proud to have your life so “together”.

    The only mild fear or question I would have is the very, very slight possibility of injury from broken glass…maybe from slipping/falling/err…getting wild in bed…? I’ve never seen these doors in person, but I’m assuming they’re fairly thin.

    I can imagine getting caught up in the moment, and a foot accidentally smashing through the pane of glass. Just a thought.

    It really looks awesome.

  103. Anonymous says:

    Hi, What a great hack! Although I probably would have gone for the new white glass Pax doors with the shadowy branch photoprint as I really love the look of these and I might have used Besta instead of the kitchen cupboards.

    This should definitely be nominated for hack of the year!

    I also have my bed enclosed on three sides (by walls) and so can inform the curious questioners that it is possible to learn how to change the sheets whilst kneeling in the middle of the mattress. It doesn’t make me feel claustrophobic, in fact sleeping this way feels like a cosy nest. But the men on this Reservoir Dogs-esque wall would give me nightmares!

  104. Sing says:

    Genius, great idea for the studio space. Love the cabinets above the tv. Good job!

  105. eva says:

    excellent…still young but your work is like the work of art… more ideas em waiting for it… make it soon please.

  106. Anonymous says:

    Well done! I assume you can move the doors to change the sheets – or get in or out of bed? Privacy… when you need it – but great to be able to close off your bed and misc. to public area.

  107. Anonymous says:

    The only thing I don’t think I could deal with is the claustrophobia of being enclosed on three sides. Then again, they could always sleep with the door open next to the bed.

  108. Since he and his girlfriend “bought and moved into” the place, I don’t think there’s a landlord having an infarct. It’s very well executed – I’d have “borrowed” another 4in or so (probably because I’m too old to be crawling into bed from the foot any more. HA!)

  109. Scottie V says:

    Pleeeeeeaaaaase Designguy, inquiring minds want to know: 1)A little more detail/description(mainly size of door, door tracking) and 2)How does the landlord feel? Or is this easily dismountable with little enough tear on the apartment that it might just be a small deduction from the deposit? I’d love to do something like this, but lasting damage is my main worry(assuming the renter doesn’t want to keep it when you’re gone)

  110. Rebecca says:

    Can I vote this in now as top ikea hack of 2010?

    And would you be willing to post more photos or a description of how you set up the track for the doors?

  111. Anonymous says:

    This is a fantastic and creative hack. Great job, thanks for sharing!

  112. Anonymous says:

    I love it, where did you get the wall decals?

  113. Cat says:

    Fabulous Reno! The apt is gorgeous!!

    Also wondering if the landlord is going to have a cow… I’ve never rented a place that I could alter so significantly.

  114. Anonymous says:

    Great idea, but what does the property owner/landlord think about it?

  115. Ivy says:

    Man, you have skill. Well done! :-D

  116. Helen Holmberg says:

    Looks so awesome!! Loved it so much I even had to share it on my blog, hope you don’t mind :)

  117. Mary says:

    Spectacular alteration!

  118. Nicholas says:

    Wow, great work.

    I’m 26, with house. You’d make me feel bad, but I don’t have an IKEA nearby, at least, that’s what I’m going to tell myself.

  119. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful — this is very useful for any studio apartment

  120. Anonymous says:

    I love, love, love it!! :o )

  121. Anonymous says:

    ahem… “I whipped up 2 wooden frames and mounted them to the ceiling, walls and floor.”

    Us ordinary people don’t “whip up” such things- I hope you realise that you rock!

  122. Jon says:

    Wow. Great idea. I’m bookmarking this idea
    (it’s that awesome).

  123. Anonymous says:

    That looks GREAT!
    What do you use to hold the bottom track?

  124. kmkat says:

    It looks great, but how do you change the sheets on the bed? (Inquiring minds want to know.)

  125. Anonymous says:

    What an awesome idea and i love the reservoir dogs art work in the bedroom.

  126. Anonymous says:

    I’ve seen similar solutions. A relatively easy way of making a small apartment a bit neater. Thanks for sharing.

  127. Nico says:

    Very clever! What is the square footage of the apartment?

  128. Nudik says:

    Kudos! Amazing place for a 22yo! Great taste. And shows that you care.

  129. Tamara says:

    Veeeeeeeeeery well done!

  130. Mel says:

    L.O.V.E. Love this!

    Absolutely brilliant!

  131. IKEA Spotter says:

    Awesome! It really looks like a showroom.

  132. Anonymous says:

    I am so impressed!

  133. Kalyber says:

    Brilliant. Nice work

  134. Anonymous says:

    very well done! simple & impressive!

  135. Steve says:

    Excellent! Great work!

  136. Helene says:

    Very nice!
    Like it a lot!
    IKEA är bäst!
    IKEA is the Best!

  137. Danny Dulai says:

    looking great! the black speakers need more hiding.. white maybe?

    other than that, the space is spectacular!

  138. Wow that is impressive! Looks amazing too, great job!!

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