Pax talldoors

Published on November 3rd, 2011 | by Jules Yap


Pax Built-Ins (The Tall Doors!)

Materials: 3 Pax Wardrobes and Birkeland Doors

Description: Thanks to all previous hackers for their advice and pictures. It inspired us to save $7K on ‘custom’ closets and give it a go with PAX. Worked out great…for $1K.

1) Build the base. This is primarily to get the closet level – but also useful if you have baseboard trim to match.

2) Build and install boxes one by one. 2 people required.

3) Finish sides and ceiling with 2×2′ attached to the studs/joists, drywall, and plaster.

4) Finish base trim in front of platform you built (6″). We added a base cap to this to ‘hide’ some of the Pax box look.

5) Lastly, paint and add some meaty door hardware for these sizes of doors (93″ high).

The middle box in this pictures includes two drawer units inside – and elec/cable/cat5 in top section for eventual TV.

~ Drew, Boston

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8 Responses to Pax Built-Ins (The Tall Doors!)

  1. MarkSomosa says:


    I love what you did with this wardrobe!

    I am remodeling a house and want to use PAX systems for my closets, however, I want to finish the PAX closets so they have a built-in look. Since I am planning on putting in the PAX units after the contractor completes his work, I was planning on giving him dimensions for the closets that added an additional inch to each of the sides and top (beyond the actual dimensions of the PAX unit) so he can create spaces out of drywall/sheetrock to the dimensions I specify. I would then plan on installing the PAX units in the space, and using trim pieces to bridge the gap on the sides and top, securing the trim to the drywall and having it abut the edges of the PAX unit.

    Would this work? Do you have any suggestions on a better way to do this or potential problems that I need to be aware of? Thanks.

  2. jason @ chesterfield sofa says:

    Great job, but as someone has already posed, you’ll need to box in the wires and electricals so you can get to them if anything goes wrong.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Wow!!! Out of this world. Can’t get over the resourcefulness of my IKEA family members.

  4. Bambi says:

    awesome! and thanks for the inspiration :)

  5. Berit says:

    looks great! good job saving all that $$$$!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Looks wonderful. Great job!!!

  7. Anonymous says:

    You could have used 2×4 for the top of the box frames and thus had a half-shelf and some height? or installed smaller doors above these doors to avoid dead space? Love the finished look though and really considering it myself too! Well done!

  8. Pete says:

    This is a great use of those, and a great way to have built-ins.

    However, I see you’ve covered up some electrical work. You’ll need to cut through the back of the cabinets to expose those outlets, assuming what you did was use them as a junction box. You can’t/shouldn’t have junctions hidden behind walls/cabinets.

    Just dremel out an opening to reveal the old work and cover it with a screwed-on white panel.

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