Published on October 1st, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Bringing the Kitchen into the Bedroom

Materials: Akurum/Adel with Komplement wire baskets

Description: The beautiful warm wood finish of the ADEL kitchen door and drawer fronts suited our master bedroom decor better than any of the finishes in the PAX closet line. So we decided to make our bedroom closet out of kitchen cabinets. But the AKURUM kitchen cabinets didn’t have any of the closet accessories such as the wire basket drawers and hanger rods.

We combined 3 AKURUM High Cabinets with 2 drawers. The center cabinet is a TV/media center and is flanked on either side by clothing closet cabinets.

Since the AKURUM interiors are 1/2 inch wider than the KOMPLEMENT closet fixtures we had to add 1/4 inch plastic spacers (found at any hardware store) to get the wire drawers and hanger rods to fit inside the AKURUM cabinets.

~ Cece Cutsforth and Gregg Meyer, Portland, OR

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16 Responses to Bringing the Kitchen into the Bedroom

  1. Joanne says:

    Did you need to use a longer screw to accommodate the 1/4″ spacer? The ones that come with the komplement don’t seem long enough.

  2. Joanne says:

    We are putting this akurum pantry piece in our kitchen right now, only to find out that ikea does not do anything as far as rationell in the 30″ size for adding baskets and such. Glad to know we could use komplement drawers. We were wondering if you needed to use a longer screw than comes with the komplement to accomidate the extra 1/4″ spacer. The ones that come with it don’t seem long enough and they are an unusual type to find. Would like to know more about what you did. Thanks

  3. Christine says:

    Thanks for this idea. We were looking at PAX wardrobes and none now have doors on top and drawers on the bottom. We think that opening a door every time you want to access your drawers would get old fast.

    So, your solution fit the bill. We connected three together like you did. They look very nice and were able to use the KOMPLEMENT drawers, rods, pants hanger with spacers (as you mention).

    The finished product is higher quality than PAX — more substantial, nicer finishes (like the soft close drawers and doors). It was a big project (took a 3-day weekend to complete), but was about $2000 all said and done versus the $8000 that we were quoted from California Closets for a similar set up.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Its overpriced particleboard.

    Its garbage

    • Anonymous says:

      Why in the world would you come to an IKEA website to trash the product?

    • Anonymous says:

      This “garbage” comes with 50-year warranty and much, much better hardware than is standard for any American producer I’ve seen. All that at a fraction of the price and better design.

  5. Nathan says:

    I’d like to know more about the 1/4″ plastic spacers – there’s so many things that could mean in a hardware store. Cece or Gregg – could you give a link to a picture of what you used, please? I’m looking to replicate this in our bedroom, too. Thanks!

    • EtoileNoire says:

      Same here; it would be nice to see an up-close pic of the baskets and rails in the cupboard too.

  6. Cece says:

    The cat is a tailless manx. She’s nature’s version of a “cat hack.”
    : )

  7. Laurel says:

    I think it looks very attractive.

  8. PDXDZ9R says:

    The reason they did not use the Rationell wire baskets is that they only come up to 24″ widths and they used three 30″ High Pantry Cabinets, the only options for those cabinets are hinged doors, shelves and drawers with fronts (no Pullouts available)

  9. Anonymous says:

    It’s just you.

  10. Alex says:

    Is it just me, or is this whole thing just a really bad photoshop mockup? Where’s the cat’s tail? Why does the whole thing look so weird?

  11. Thelma says:

    LOVE this! Wishing they would have a blog or something, explaining a bit more how they did this. The Pax series is too tall for our bedroom. I hope if Cece or George reads this comment, I would love to correspond a bit more about how they did this project.
    [email protected]

  12. Anonymous says:

    However, I really like the idea of using kitchen kabinets, as they are of better quality than the wardrobes Ikea is selling (which can be seen in the length of the warranty as well). AND they are often better looking, just like here.

    - same anonymous as above -

  13. Anonymous says:

    “But the AKURUM kitchen cabinets didn’t have any of the closet accessories such as the wire basket drawers and hanger rods.” This makes me wonder, as at least here Ikea sells wire baskets for kitchen kabinets as well, and they are of MUCH better quality than those in the Komplement series.

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