How to install a hanging room divider

Whether you own or rent, it's not always easy to decorate a studio apartment to keep the bed out of sight. In this episode, you’ll see how to divide a studio apartment with an IKEA KVARTAL system. Panels, curtains and art hanging from the ceiling tracks give the illusion of a wall, creating a separate living room that's easy to open up anytime. All it takes is a few simple tricks and you'll see what an easy project this is for decorating a studio apartment or any space that could use a room divider, including rental apartments.

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  1. Katherine

    Hi Isabelle – thanks for your great videos, I always wait keenly for your next episode and have adapted some of your ideas for my studio. I actually made a version of the banquette just this weekend!

    Anyway, I’ve been looking at this video and trying to work out how I might incorporate this into my rental to divide up some spaces. My landlord is particularly pedantic about drilling into walls and so I’d rather not, if it’s at all possible. What I was wondering was whether I could fix the supports with the heavy duty 3M / Command strips? I imagine to spread the load and avoid exceeding the max-weight of the stickers, I’d need to use additional supports, but do you have any thoughts on these as a removable solution for mounting a Kvartal curtain track?

    • Isabelle

      Hi Katherine,

      That’s great to hear – I would love to see some pics of your banquette, hope you’ll share some pics here!

      For your Kvartal question, I would hesitate to use the 3M command strip on a ceiling – gravity will not be your friend and I have a feeling that the stickers will fall off over time. I had a drywall ceiling in my NYC studio and I used small plastic anchors (the same type you would use for a small mirror) for my 2 supports and nothing budged in 3 years – that’s not necessarily what’s recommended but my panels were very light and I hardly ever moved the panels so there was never much stress on the supports. That left only 2 very small holes to fill in when moving out. Hope this helps! Isabelle

  2. Julia

    Hi Isabelle,

    Very inspiring video – so great you can do it all almost by yourself!

    I looked online at ikea and they don’t seem to have the Kvartal corner piece anymore for 90 degree turn.. Is that true? What other source to buy a track would you recommend? Thank you!

    • Isabelle

      Hi Julia, I just checked on the IKEA website and it does look like they don’t sell that corner piece anymore but you would have to check with IKEA directly if that’s truly is the case. I haven’t used any other type of tracks but I’m sure if you do a search online, you’ll find some alternatives. Thanks for watching! Isabelle

  3. Paula


    I live in a tiny studio with my 7 year old. I need to divide between the kitchen and his room area. The back of his bed is next to the fridge 🙁 not cool, the bead headboard itself and some of his furniture is serving as “divider” but not pretty.

    I was planning to separate with one line panel or something, but this video makes me think I can use this “L” to also separate his bedroom from mine… but I will need to use a part as a door to enter his room. I guess I need to upload a floor plan… we only have a kitchen area, a room for him and a room for me. that is it, well and the bathroom. I cannot use bookcases in this case, I dont think because of the space available…

    The other huge challenge for me is that there are only two windows, one small and one smaller and I get very claustrophobic with the lack of natural light…I would also would love ideas on how to maximize the light we do get, and/or what lighting to get so it looks as natural as possible.

    Thank you much!!!

  4. Emi

    Hi Isabelle.

    I am in search for videos related to putting a partition wall. My dining area is right in front our bathroom and I feel uncomfy about the sight you know what I mean. If you can help with a suggestion I would be forever grateful. FYI. I am not renting so I don’t mind drilling my walls.

    Thank you so much in advance!

  5. Hi Isabelle,

    Just wanted to share this with you and your readers. At MBS we have exactly what you need for both art hanging systems and a room divider.

    For art hanging systems visit our site

    To make a really cool room divider I suggest you look at our hanging cable systems or rod systems. One of the coolest solutions is to make a glass room divider.

    • Isabelle

      Hi Frank, Thanks for sharing about your product – I took a look at the different options and it looks like an easy to use system! Isabelle

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