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Published on May 28th, 2010 | by Jules Yap


Walk in closet from kitchen wall panels

Materials: Ikea kitchen wall panels

Description: I didn’t want to have bypassing sliding doors for my bedroom closet and thought one door would save space. My house is old but didn’t have much in the way of good salvageable architectural details. I bought some Ikea kitchen cover panels (look for them in the damaged area, they are expensive otherwise) They usually have a lot there which are only damaged on one side. Got some construction adhesive, clamps, and a nail gun. The sliding mechanism for the door is just stock iron pipes and casters from any home store.

~ Mike Izzo, South Jersey

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8 Responses to Walk in closet from kitchen wall panels

  1. Mike Izzo says:

    If you want to see more up close pictures, click on my name at the bottom of the post.. it links you to my website, and from there you can either facebook me or email me and I can send you more detailed descriptions of how I made the track.
    or see if you can click this link. http://www.mikeizzo.com thanks for your interest.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Great solution. I was looking for something like this as well.

    I’d love to see more information on how this was done (details of the door construction, finishing between the door frame and panels)

  3. Alisa says:

    I have always wanted a barn door but never could afford the hardware…Please please post a closer pic and details on the hardware!! This was a great hack!

  4. azdiygal says:

    Yes please a close up of the details and the hardware. Are these cabinet doors?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Great hack! Would love a close-up of the slide mechanism as well. Can you post a link or another picture?

  6. Ben says:

    What did you use for the door itself? Can you post step-by-step instructions? :)

    Machinate, it looks like he used the Fastbo kitchen wall panels. Correct me if I’m wrong, Mike!

  7. Jill says:


    I really like your idea. I currently have a closet and ensuite that I’d love to put a pocket door into, but I do not want to rip out the walls (plus there is electrical in there.) Can you post a close up picture of the slide mechanism?

  8. Machinate says:

    hehe, come on, you can’t do an ikea hack without telling us the name of the panels :) It’s really difficult to locate this stuff otherwise!

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