Komplement shoewall

Published on July 4th, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Built-in Shoe Wall

Materials: Pax komplement shoe rack, drawers

I love the closet organization section of IKEA and I was dying to buy a Pax wardrobe, but alas, it wouldn’t fit in my walk-in closet because of a sloping wall. As usual, I scavanged in the “As-Is” section and found the Mother Lode of Pax Komplement shoe racks! They must have had 30 or so and they were all marked $1! I got 12 of them and grabbed 6 matching drawers that were in a massive pile of 20 or so. I figured I could find a way to build it into the eaves that run alongside my closet… or that hubby could build anyhow!

Since the eaves had already been cut into a bit by the previous owners, we were able to slip one of the drawers in to get an idea of how we needed to frame them in. He wound up framing it in, insulating it, and covering with dry wall. From there, he installed the tracks for the drawers right inside the alcove and installed the shoe racks with screws as supports. Once everything was in, he threw up some trim and Voila!

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~ Jillian Pimental, Plymouth, Ma

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12 Responses to Built-in Shoe Wall

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a great job!! I’m so jealous! My hubby is a great man but can’t hammer a nail to the wall so I can only drool over other ppl’s great work. Your hubby did a fantastic job!

  2. Brock says:

    I hope you made him a steak after this was finished…haha, but seriously, what a guy!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I think this is a fantastic hack. I think part of what makes the drawers look wonky is the gap between the top drawer and the bottom of the PAX shelves. You might try installing trim (or lumber) to hide that gap. Thanks so much for sharing.

  4. Thanks guys! The drawers are definitely kind of crooked, but shhhhhh! Don’t tell hubby I admitted that! I was the one that was holding the leveler when he asked “Make sure it’s level. Is it level?” to which I said yes, ignoring the fact that it wasn’t because I was so sure that my whole house isnt level, so having the drawers level would make them look crooked!!! Hahahahaha. My FAIL! Thanks for looking everyone! To the last commentor, I don’t have a step by step tutorial, but there ate definitely more details if you follow the link. Maybe. It might be kind of vague. Maybe I’ll update that ;)

  5. evaone says:

    nice idea..well organized and very comfortable for you to choose which shoes you like to use.

  6. Tv Framing says:

    Yes hack is too beautiful and we can choose any shoes. And please explain me clearly for hacks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    @Mike B., whatever…if you can, please do not confuse humor and/or observations with negative comments.

    Anyhoo, the hack is cool. We, the morally non-judgmental crowd, like it.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I love coming to this site to check out all the great hacks people come up with, but it seems as though the negative remarks are becoming more and more plentiful. I’ve always viewed this website as a place for people to share their ideas, not to showcase craftmanship. This hack is a BRILLIANT idea! I will definitely be attempting this for my girlfriend, regardless of how “wonky” the drawers are.

    Mike B. – Greenwich, CT

  9. Hugh says:

    “Once everything was in, he threw up some trim and Voila!”

    You make it sound so easy. I hope that I’m as handy as your hubby one day. :)

    Nice work. I agree that the drawers look a bit wonky, but eh, whatcha gonna do?

  10. Anonymous says:

    Wow! Imelda Marcos would have been proud of your hack.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Open shoe storage looks untidy??? She said this was in a walk in closet! It’s not like it’s just sitting in her bedroom! I think it looks GREAT! I’m so jealous! My house has very little closet space and no eaves to tap into :(

    Jerri – Chicago, IL

  12. Anonymous says:

    Great idea, and love hitting the jackpot in the As Is section. However, the drawers look really wonky, and it detracts from the overall effect. I also would’ve made put in sort of screen (sliding panels, a curtain, doors etc), as I think open shoe storage makes a space look untidy.

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