Published on May 10th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Expedit Goes Kinda Walk-In Closet / Room Divider / Headboard

Materials and tools: Expedit (4×4, 5×1), wallboard, wallpaper, wallpaper paste, screws, screwdriver, white paint, stucco bands, hot glue

Description: When I first saw the slender floor plan of my bedroom, I immediately wanted to separate it into to parts and live the dream of a walk-in closet (or the closest possible thing to it). I used a common 4×4-Expedit with an extension made from a 5×1-Expedit (which I sawed to the length of 4 cubes) as a room divider but for me, the room was still far too bumpy. So I decided to build some kind of screen to close the rack optically and to emphasize the ‘walk-in-kind-of-thing’…

I took the wallboard, screwed it onto my Expedit shelf-combination, glued the wallpaper on it and let it dry. While the glue was drying, I took some stucco bands made from Styrofoam, sawed them into the right length (be careful about the angles!) and painted them with white color to receive an even more stucco-like finish. After some other drying time, I took some hot glue to fix the bands getting a nice frame for my new headboard / room divider / walk-in closet.


See more of the Expedit room divider-headboard

~ Caro, Germany

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13 Responses to Expedit Goes Kinda Walk-In Closet / Room Divider / Headboard

  1. VaryScrappy says:

    Great idea! this might work in our family room to give me a craft area, but to hide the mess.

  2. Lorna says:

    I love this! I’ve been trying to convince my husband to do this is our condo. It would mean we could place the bed to face our awesome city views but he’s not interested in decreasing the floor space. Maybe if I keep bugging him about it???

    Well done.

    • Caro says:

      Thank you so much! A great city view would be beautiful, I’m totally with you! Maybe you can convince your husband someday =)

  3. CR says:

    This is awesome! My bedroom is also pretty narrow and one wall is entirely closets, which limit where I can place my bed! I never thought of putting it in the middle of the room and making a sort of walk-in closet area!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wunderschönes Zimmer :)
    Mir gefallen die Vorhänge sehr gut. Auch von IKEA?

    • Caro says:

      Dankeschön! :)
      Ja, die sind auch von Ikea. Ich kann sie gerade nicht auf der Seite finden, aber es waren die billigsten weißen, die zu dem Zeitpunkt zu haben waren :)

  5. Anonymous says:

    The link says “see more” but you actually don’t see more. It’s the exact same post as the one here, Jules.

  6. Anonymous says:

    why would you saw the 5×1 towers when you could have simply swapped the long tower into the 4×4??

    • Caro says:

      I don’t really get your point. I wanted to add height to my Expedit so I added one additional row to my already existing Expedit to get a shelf 5 boxes high but only 4 boxes wide (because the shape of my room doesn’t allow me have a 5×5 one).

    • Anonymous says:

      I think maybe they meant that you could have used the sides of the 5×1 extension for the sides, and the 4×1 sides for the top.

      But if you’d done that you would have been missing one thin horizontal shelf.

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