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Published on April 3rd, 2009 | by Jules Yap


A massive built-in project

Adele and Jeremy spent a good 4 weekends to accomplished this massive media, wardrobe and storage combo. Time well spent!

“My husband worked on installing ‘built-ins’ for about 4 weekends in a row using the new ‘black-brown’ Pax wardrobes that Ikea has. He customized them to make them look like built-ins by cutting down two of the smaller closets to create symmetrical shelves on either side (so it didn’t just look like a big hulking wall of closets).

I can’t stand the little peg holes, so he turned around the pieces and drilled new permanent holes for the shelves (so that the line of holes is facing out where no one would see it). Then he cut down two doors so that our TV would be exposed (also to again add some decorative shelving around it so it wasn’t just a wall of closets).

We found pulls that looked like our bedside table pulls and we also dyed the little plastic shelf holders black (for some reason they don’t make a “black-brown” version of those little shelf holders so they stick out like a sore thumb.)

Now when people get a tour of the house they say ‘Oh, were those built-ins here when you moved in?’ We think we saved ourselves at LEAST 10K!”

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30 Responses to A massive built-in project

  1. Francois says:


    What a great job.
    My only question. What kind of doors do you use for the middle section ?


  2. Anonymous says:

    Looks great–how is this holding up? How much weight do the shelves/drawers hold?

    People commenting on size–4 full size wardrobes fit in 13 foot room which is only a little bigger than typical bedroom.

  3. Caity says:

    Looks great. I’m about to do a similar (but much smaller) version of a PAX tv/storage unit, but i’m worried about the weight limit of the shelves for our tv. Yours looks about the same size, but when I asked at IKEA the max load for a shelf is only 44 lbs. tv weighs 53lbs. Any tips?

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  6. massi says:

    wow, so great!

  7. Quite impressive, that looks amazing!
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  8. Great job! Well done :)

  9. Brittany says:

    I agree with everyone that the new wardrobes look really nice, but as a few other people pointed out, that gap at the top of the “built-ins” really stands out. Putting trimming or some sort of filler in that space, in my humble opinion, would make a great project look stunning. Anything that would help make it look permanent, really.

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  11. Anonymous says:

    Are these anchored to the wall somehow? I am just wondering about the safety issue.

  12. Boombastic says:

    These look really good and stylish. You would never guess they were from Ikea and give the impression that they have been constructed by a real pro. Some excellent DIY – I’m jealous, I’d just make a hash if it if I tried something like this.

  13. Jessica says:

    I’m assuming this place isn’t a rental (it would be a bitch to move all this built-in cabinetry) therefore it would be a good idea to seal off the top using some wood trim. (like a very short trim – painted either white to blend with the ceiling or painted black-brown) That would also solve the problem of having to dust up there.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Wow! MAJOR “Schrank-i-tude”.
    You did a great job with those!
    (and I echo an earlier comment wondering where people get bedrooms the size of my whole apartment.)

  15. Anonymous says:

    This is a beautiful, well thought out and classy piece of workmanship.

  16. Linda says:

    Fantastic and creative! Very inspiring!

  17. Anonymous says:

    Oops! So Sorry, guess I just needed to look a bit harder cause I found them. BTW…awesome hack…luv it!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I don’t see the doors on the Ikea website…they only have sliding doors. Are these from another shelving unit?

  19. Anonymous says:

    This is fabulous! I hate the little peg holes too.

  20. Marleen says:

    How about some indirect lighting to make use of that gap near the top?

  21. Anonymous says:

    wow this is exactly what I’ve been looking for..
    thinking about tackling this project.
    thanks for adding the projects …

  22. Carol says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. You have great taste!

  23. Anonymous says:

    That looks great! I also think the addition of trim or molding would really complete the built-in look, and then no more dusting!

    Also, I am pretty sure that bedroom is bigger than my apartment!


  24. Tim Gray says:

    Looks fantastic, you need a trim board at the top to make it look completely built-in.

    another note, Where do people get these MASSIVE bedrooms? I think your bedroom is larger than my living room.

  25. The Wag says:

    now this is what I’m talking about. A real hack, not just a paint job!

  26. Anonymous says:

    @Jesper to clean the top you could get on of those swiffers that bend or just use a cloth and a flat stick (like the kind you mix paint with). The crack is large enough to get the cloth in then you just wipe. You would also need a ladder.

    I would love to know the total cost if that’s not being to personal.

  27. That looks fantastic.

  28. Jesper says:

    Very impressive! Although, I am curious. How do you clean the top part? It looks a bit tight up there.

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  30. Mary and Bob says:

    Those look excellent!! Great job!

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