Published on January 8th, 2013 | by Jules IKEAHacker11
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