Published on January 8th, 2013 | by Jules Yap


Expedit Closet – Small Walk-in

Materials: Expedit 1×5 (2), Expedit 2×4 (2), Lack Wall Shelf (43.25″), 1×2″ cleats, Closet rod / shelf brackets (4), closet rods (2), closet rod flange set (2)

Description: When we built our house 3 years ago, I had the builder finish out the larger of two closets in the master bedroom with standard wire shelving, knowing that I would finish the remaining closet myself at a later time. It became a storage place for boxes and bags, and so over the Christmas holidays I decided it was time for renovation.

While PAX is great for apartments or lofts where closets per-se do not exist, Expedit is a great choice for completing existing closets. I have just under $500 in this whole project.


- order extra mounting bracket “kits” for Expedit so as to use them in all four corners. Only 2 are provided with the unit. If the parts section at the IKEA store stores does not have them, they will order them for you.

- mount units off of the floor to allow for vacuuming and to give a more open look.


Rear wall – Expedit 1×5 mounted vertical against left wall 10″ off carpet. Supported by cleat under bottom and normal wall mount brackets in all 4 corners. Additional Cleats were then run for mounting 2 levels of closet rods – upper cleat and upper closet brackets need to be flush with top of Expedit (important). Flange sets installed after rod was in place – not to support weight but to give finished look to the rod. Another Expedit 1×5 laid horizontal on top of first Expedit 1×5 and resting on cleat and closet rod brackets (this is why flush is important).

Right wall – Expedit 2×4 mounted horizontal 18″ off carpet (cleat and 4 brackets) – provides good height for folding clothes on top of Expedit. Shelf added above – high enough to not bump your head.

Left wall – Expedit 2×4 mounted vertically 10″ off of carpet (cleat and 4 brackets).

I am very happy with the result – it does make you feel “closed in” in the small walk-in closet, which is what I really wanted to avoid.

~ Kevin Wilson, South Carolina

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12 Responses to Expedit Closet – Small Walk-in

  1. Tee says:

    Awesome Idea! I’m heading to Ikea right after work.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    This is a brilliant way of making your walk-in wardrobe look professionally made, but without the expense of hiring a specialist company to do the work. Very well done.

  4. Beautiful, we are totally going to copy your closet as our walk in looks to be the exact same size. Awesome,thanks so much for sharing! This will add value to our house when we go to sell next year :-)

  5. Flip says:

    where did you get the Closet rod / shelf brackets and closet rods

  6. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful job. How did you mount the expedits to the wall?

  7. Sarah Park says:

    The closet looks so neat and space conscious. I would love to have like this in my room.

  8. Deco Review says:

    Nice work.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Great job.
    I thought about going this route, but the Pax dragged me away.

    The width of the Expedit seems to fit sweaters nicely though

  10. Anonymous says:

    yes, love it..totally pinning this.
    I want to do this with my closet.

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