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Published on December 8th, 2009 | by Jules Yap


A closet to snuggle in

Kathy added a few touches to the Pax wardrobe to create this warm, woody closet. If I didn’t know better, I’ll think it’s a spa and stretch out for a massage.

“I found your web site quite by accident and felt I had located long lost relatives I never knew existed. I have been hacking Ikea items for years but never knew the practice had a name (or a following). Here are photos of just one of my favorite projects. This is my master bedroom closet that I outfitted entirely in Ikea pieces (mostly Pax wardrobes but also drawer units that I’ve forgotten the name of and the ever-popular Expedit. (I worship at the altar of Expedit.)

I started with plain, birch wardrobe doors and embellished them with 4 elements:
- brown and black toile wrapping paper
- expanded metal that I custom-painted with hammered bronze spray paint
- wood trim that I also painted with hammered bronze spray paint
- and finally, door handles made from curtain rods screwed in sideways

I also mounted a Christmas wreath around the main light and wired it to a remote control switch. I use it for ambient lighting.

It is my favorite room in the house, even though it’s only a closet. Enjoy!”

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

10 Responses to A closet to snuggle in

  1. canvas paintings says:

    Wow nice design, love the warm tones and shades generated from the lighting too. Very cosy, thanks for sharing.

  2. Alex says:

    I’m very new this – in the middle of moving from a 3 bedroom home to a studio apartment. I need soooo much help! I’m still trying to figure out how to turn one large room in to several small ones and I believe doing it with shelves and wardrobes will do the trick. This website has been a great help and has got me excited about this change in my life.

  3. Christa says:

    This is beautiful. I love it. Now if only I could take out the wire shelving in my closet and replace it with Ikea stuff. Great job.
    Thanks for sharing.
    hoping to adopt. find out more about us at: http://www.kevinandchristablog.blogspot.com

  4. Phil says:

    Those wardrobes are gorgeous! That room looks really comfortable and cosy.

  5. joana says:

    just wondering how these plants can survive in a dark closet… or are they plastic?

  6. wendy says:

    That is one of the most lovely hacks I have seen – keep on posting to inspire us!

  7. Gorgeous!! Where’s the basket of spa slippers?

  8. Tom says:

    All those komsix links, makes me not want to read this blog anymore.

  9. That is awesome! I’ve got a Pax wardrobe with plain birch doors that don’t match the vision I have for my bedroom, and I’ve long thought of replacing them, but the $$$ has held me back. I’ve considered painting them, but I hadn’t considered a more radical reworking. What you’ve done looks really classy and unique!

  10. DJinny says:

    Wow, it seems so well done! the doors!
    And i really love the lighting… its so cute1
    I had the same experience, finding the site,felt like I found my soul mates in a way!!! I just have to come around to send the pics with the descriptions… I have a tun of hacks!!!

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