Published on December 18th, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Expedit Walk-In-Closet

Materials: 14 Expedit Shelves

Description: Starting off with my first IKEA Hack, so bear with me, first time here,and English is not my first language..

What I want to show you here is how to build a Walk In Closet, using different sizes of the Expedit. The shelves comes original in single column (1×5), double column (2×4), and squares (2×2 – 4×4 – 5×5)

When I was using one whole room for clothes, I wanted to make sure to get most out of it, and I realized that if I used the original measurements of the Expedit series, I would make lots of non valued spaces/gaps on the walls.

The thing with the Expedit parts is that they all have the same depth and height, the length is what makes the difference, this means that if I eg need a single column with 4 boxes instead of 5 which is original, I buy 1 double column (2×4) and 1 single column (1×5) mix the parts and I have the parts needed for single column with 4 boxes… This is basically the thing I did, ending up making squares (4×5) single columns (1×2/1×4) etc

Buy using pen and paper I calculated measurements of the room, and started off calculating, ended up with buying 14 Expedit shelves before it was perfect.. Luckily most of the spare parts I had left, I build non original Expedit shelves and sold them online…:-)

When I had the right combination of non original Expedit’s I attached them to each other, inserted some white painted Lekman inserts for getting the drawer function (doubled one of them to get bigger box for dirty clothes in a 1×2 column), the top Expedit Squares, I did not complete, I wanted to install a metal tube so that I could hang up my shirts/jackets etc…

All in all these 2 sides including lots of Lekmann inserts cost me about $1200 subtracted the spare parts shelves sold online, which makes this project not to expensive:-)

~ Peik Helly-Hansen, Norway, Oslo

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Jules Yap

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23 Responses to Expedit Walk-In-Closet

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  2. Peik Helly-Hansen says:

    If i could match four 5×5, i would have done, but the distance roof/ceiling and wall/wall was not Big enough, thats why i had to customize to get a perfect fit..

  3. Ling says:

    Looks great!! I was just wondering.. Why not buy the largest expedit (5×5) and save the trouble (and kroner..) of cutting up and mixing different versions?

  4. Anonymous says:

    Well done, this is a very nice walk-in wardrobe. I would probably do something similar if our dressing room was large enough. Thanks for sharing

  5. Anonymous says:

    Flott :) Kan du ta dette på norsk?

  6. Anonymous says:

    Amazing!!! Congratulations! Great idea for my walk-in-closet. Thanks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    we have an empty 2nd bedroom which we are making a walk-in closet but the problem is deciding HOW – this is a fantastic job and gives me some inspiration! Nice work!

  8. Modish says:

    love this!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Is it safe to hang so many clothes to a metal tube attached to an Expedit? I thought Expedit frames were too weak…

    Otherwise, what you did is just beautiful

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hack of the Year gets my vote.

  11. MacMama says:

    Looks great! Great explantion too!

  12. Love it ♥
    Great closet!!! And your english is great too :)

  13. Kamianta says:

    It is beautiful :)

    But you placed metal tubes so high… Do you use ladder each time to take shirt?

    • Anonymous says:

      There some solutions for that. There is pulling poll, I guess. I have that in my closet :)

      but what happened to the windows?

    • Anonymous says:

      I went to a clothing store, they tend to have clothes in different levels, they use a kind of a walking cane/stick with a hook on top, so i got one for free:) Problem sorted!

  14. susan says:

    What a beautiful closet! You could also put a line of the shorter ones down the middle of the floor if you need more space.

  15. Anonymous says:

    wish this was my wardrobe! looks awesome ;)

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