Published on February 27th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Custom built-In IKEA PAX

Custom built-In IKEA PAX

PAX wardrobes

I love how functional and flexible the IKEA PAX units are, but I don’t like the look of having a big wardrobe sitting in my bedroom. I do however love the look of custom built-ins, so using the PAX as the foundation pieces, I built two shallower cabinets which I attached to either side, then I trimmed the whole thing out, with gables, friezes, toe kicks and wrapped it in baseboard and crown moulding to make it match the original mill work in the house.

Custom built-In IKEA PAX
Custom built-In IKEA PAX
Custom built-In IKEA PAX

I had a carpenter make new doors for both the PAX and the cabinets I built. Finally I painted it all out and added the IKEA Lansa handles.

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~ Roncy Vic, Toronto

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6 Responses to Custom built-In IKEA PAX

  1. Kyle says:

    Gables are simply panels that have the same finish as the doors, and are used to cover the sides of the cabinet. The PAX cabinets have a melamine finish, so attaching gables to the sides hides the melamine and makes al the millwork blend together.

  2. Anonymous says:

    These look great! Would you please explain what the gables are? Thanks!

  3. allie says:

    WOW.. absolutely beautiful and just what I am looking to do! you may have inspired me!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Truly looks professionally done. I’ve been wondering how to do this built in look with PAX.

  5. Anonymous says:

    This looks great! Very professional looking – be proud of yourself! :)

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