Published on September 9th, 2011 | by Jules IKEAHacker8
Pimp your Pax
Materials: PAX Wardrobe frame (black-brown), KOMPLEMENT Shelves (50cm and 100cm), PAX FARDAL Door (high gloss white), SÃ„TTA Knob (transparent)
Description: As we wanted to get rid of our old bedroom and wanted more space to hang and lay our clothes I (after consulting my wife of course) decided to plan 5 meter of PAX wardrobes with sliding doors. Because of the 5 meters and having to use 100cm wardrobes as well as the 50cm ones and having to cut down one wardrobe, we decided to go for hinge doors.
We choose the wardrobe frame black-brown because we liked the color. While checking our local Ikea, we saw that they were discontinuing this color and could have them for less than half price. For the doors we choose FARDAL, high gloss white.
We had 2 problems:
1. On the left side of the room, we had to cut down one wardrobe to have it fit under the pelmet.
2. As there is a working chimney going through our room, that makes our room rather warm in winter when the fireplace is going, we couldn’t put a wardrobe against the wall/chimney
1a. Cut the top 12,5 cm.
1b. Cut the door 12,5 cm.
1c. Peel the plastic top of the cut part and stick it back to the top of the door (still to be done, but hardly visible as I cut the door while sandwiched between two pieces of wood, obtaining a clean cut like this).
1d. Drill a new top hole for the top hinge, because the heavy door needs all 4 of them!
2a. Cut the back so the wardrobe is only 25 cm deep, so a gap between the wardrobe and the wall can let warm air escape.
2b. Nail the back to the wardrobe.
2c. Drill new holes for the shelf supports as only one hole is left after chopping the wardrobe to 25 cm.
2d. Cut 4 60cm shelves so 8 25cm shelves are ready to be fit and are ready to hold shoes and other little things. To bad I didn’t cut it to 26,5cm. It would hold more Ikea containers that way, which are too big now as most of them are 26cm.
At first we wanted to use BESTÅ Push latch to have no door handles or door knobs cause we like the high gloss white look, but after trying them we realized we would always be grabbing the side and pushing the front to open the doors and therefore smudging them. So the next best thing was the transparent new SÄTTA Knob, which turned out pretty nice.
~ Zimmie, Belgium