A lovely bed nook with the BILLY Bookcase as a room divider.
I hated being able to see my bed from the “kitchen” and vice versa, so needed a cheap way to hide it!
Here was how it looked when I first moved in:
Quotes for a partition wall came in too expensive, plus it’s a rental, so I decided to use the BILLY bookcase as a room divider.
IKEA items used:
- 1 x BILLY Bookcase, white, 80x28x202 cm
- 3 x BILLY Bookcase, white, 40x28x202 cm
- MATILDA Sheer curtains, 1 pair, white, 140×300 cm
- 1 x IRJA Curtain rod set, white, 140 cm
Other materials and tools:
- 6 x metal braces
- 12 x small screws
- Primer – white
- Paint – white
- white polyfilla
- 3M sticky wall hook
- plastic coated curtain wire to desired length (the one with the loops at each end)
- 1 x screw hook
DIY IKEA bookcase room divider
First, I primed and painted the backs of the bookcases as I’d be able to see them from the bed. You could also use adhesive wallpaper, or leave as is.
Then I constructed the bookcases and configured the shelves. I put them in position and used metal braces along the top and middle to join them together and stabilise them.
For the curtains, I threaded the curtain wire through the IRJA curtain rod so that it would stay rigid (rather than sag in the middle). The rod also makes it nice and slide-y for the curtains.
I stuck a strong 3M hook on the wall, and screwed a hook into the bookcase on the opposite side.
Partition in progress
I removed the curtain tabs, folded over and sewed into a rod pocket instead.
Then, I hemmed the bottom to the correct length.
Popped the curtain on the rod, hooked each side and voila! A cosy bed nook that doesn’t distract your eye when in the rest of the flat 🙂
Whilst being in coronavirus lockdown, I have been filling in the empty dowel holes on the bookshelves with a little white filler, smoothed down with a credit card.
Covering up the dowel holes
They can be popped out with a nail if you want to rearrange the shelves in future.
How long and how much did it cost?
Two days to prime and paint (optional), plus a few hours of construction.
Total cost: 146 EUR plus 50 EUR Delivery from IKEA, 30 EUR on sundries. Total: 226 EUR
What do you like most about the hack?
It’s so simple, relatively cheap, makes the other side feel more like a living room and can be easily moved or reconfigured!
What was the hardest part about this hack?
Nothing hard, filling the little holes has been blissfully mundane and repetitive.
What to pay special attention to?
I made sure to put heavier items on the shelves at the bottom for more stability.
~ by Jess