Published on April 24th, 2012 | by Jules IKEAHacker4
Custom walk-in Pax closet
Materials: two 19 5/8″x13 3/4″ Pax units, one 39 1/4″x13 3/4″ Pax units, two 13 3/4″ deep Pax corner units, Antonious laundry bag with stand and casters, Garnityr boxes, 2-pack of Komplement hooks, two Komplement 13 3/4″pants hangers, four Komplement 18 1/8″ wire baskets, two Komplement 19 5/8″ shoe racks, two Komplement 37 3/4″shoe racks, one Komplement 37 7/8″ clothes rail, one Komplement 18 1/8″ clothes rail, two Tjusig racks
Description: My walk-in closet was ugly, underutilized the space, and was too shallow, small, and oddly shaped for any expensive pre-made walk-in closet solution to work well (Elfa, ClosetMaid, Closet Factory, Allen + Roth (Lowes), etc.). I decided to use Ikea wardrobes instead.
I used the 13 3/4″ deep Ikea Pax wardrobes, and just didn’t buy the doors. Two fit my space, I needed two shallow corner, two 19 5/8″, and one 39 1/4″ wardrobes.
Ikea doesn’t sell standard clothing rails for the shallower versions of the 19 5/8″ and 39 1/4″ wardrobes. Instead, they sell these odd rails that don’t allow you to slide a hanger all the way from one side to the other. Instead, I bought the clothing rails for the full-depth wardrobes (one for the 19 5/8″ wardrobe, and one for the 39 1/4″ wardrobe). I drilled holes for them in the wardrobe sides and they work perfectly.
To fit the space, I shortened one of the 19 5/8″ wide units to 15″ (the one on the back wall) by sawing a few inches off the horizontal pieces and drilling new holes for the screws and wooden dowels. I added two Tjusig racks to the back of the closet door for more space.
The only non-Ikea hack I have is on the small wall next to the door, where I attached a $4 non-Ikea mirror with cabinet hinges so that I could swing it out when needed, but otherwise isn’t in the way.
~ Nikki, Pasadena, CA