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. Then, I mounted the PAX doors and tidied up the frame.
I installed four IKEA LED (color-changing) spots in the frame to light up the frosted glass.
We finished up our new bedroom with some LACK shelves and a little artwork.
In the meantime, we mounted 6 IKEA kitchen cabinets 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 without 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.
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
How we made IKEA PAX sliding doors into a room divider
Step 1: Get the right pair of PAX sliding doors for your space
After clearing out the space and measuring what we needed for the bed, I decided to go with the largest pair of IKEA PAX sliding doors with frost glass. Depending on the size of your space, you may be able to use smaller doors.
I began constructing a wooden frame from 2″x3″ lumber to hang the PAX wardrobe sliding doors. In designing this frame, I centered the sliding doors with a foot margin on both sides. Cut the wood and build the frames. Use wall anchors to secure the wooden frame to the wall. Make sure the frame is sturdy enough to hold the weight of the sliding doors.
Step 3: Install the top and bottom sliding rails
Assemble the sliding door frame according to IKEA instructions. I attached the top and bottom sliding rails to the wooden frame I made using IKEA’s instructions as a guide.
Step 4: Hang the IKEA PAX sliding doors
Then I hung the pair of IKEA sliding doors to the rails. Check that the doors are level, stable, and guide smoothly.
Step 5: Close up and paint the frame
Next was to close up the frame with drywall. After caulking and touching up any imperfections, I painted the drywall. Lastly, I wired up the color-changing LED spots, and the IKEA PAX sliding door room dividers are done.
Testing the color-changing LED lights on our studio apartment room dividers.
The room dividers close off the bedroom from the living room in our studio apartment. The temporary walls gave us a lot more privacy when we have friends over.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.