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Published on October 10th, 2013 | by cantuccini


Custom size wardrobe

This is not my first hack but my first submission at ikea hackers. The last four years I was looking around at different shops to buy a wardrobe covering our needs. At the end, due to the change of my occupation and the spare time in between, finally I made it myself.

The plan
First of all I made a round at the IKEA nearby and I took product papers of the modular systems PAX, FAKTUM, BESTA and STUVA. After studying a while I just realized, that there is no way to build my wardrobe just rearranging the modules. So I checked for a combination that takes the least effort to me. The result was a buying list as below.

Item list

  • 3 x PAX – 50x58x236 cm
  • 1 x PAX Vikedal – 50×229 cm
  • 1 x Fardal high gloss white – 50×229 cm
  • 1 x Abstrakt high gloss white – 40×195 cm
  • 1 x Abstrakt high gloss white drawer set – 40×70 cm
  • 5 x Faktum drawers 35×40 cm

Initial situation

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Available Space: 2420x1410x505mm

The build

The adventure began downsizing the PAX elements to

  • H: 2328mm
  • D: 465mm

Because of the heating-cabinet behind the wardrobe, the side panel on the left hand side had been cut 10mm longer eg. 475mm. I began on the right hand side to build up the modified PAX and noticed very fast, that the construction is very unstable, due to the missing backwall.

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The next step was to build the base of the wardrobe. This little skeleton lifts the PAX modules over the mopboards and make it look like a true wall wardrobe.

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A detailed view of the decorative strip rasped down to the exact outline of the mopboard: The illusion is just perfect.

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No room is exact in angle. After I had nearly finished modifying all PAX modules and built them up, I realized that the wardrobe is at the top 12mm more distant of the wall. In short I created a new skeleton to compensate for the angle. The Picture below shows the Kitchen drawers mounted in the meantime (FAKTUM).

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At the end I mounted the Backwall to stabilize the construction and I arranged all wardrobe internals.

The result



Comments always welcome :-)

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6 Responses to Custom size wardrobe

  1. LittleMy17 says:

    This turned out absolutely beautifully! Well done!

  2. cantuccini says:

    First of all thank you for comments. Right, the heating hatch must be still reachable. That’s why the wardrobe is movable e.g. only fixed to the base and not to the wall.

  3. Seb says:

    Ehrm, looks like an inspection hatch to water pipes/heating/ventilation.

    There are good reasons for these hatch nd you should be able to get to them if there is a leak or another problem.

    (Your landlord/plumber will probably just tear it down in case of problem. IF they now were the hatch went…)

  4. Terence says:

    It’s nice to see a great quality hack come together!

  5. Leonardo says:

    @Milja: Your right, even if we really don’t know what is hiding behind the wicket. Maybe mother-in-law’s room? ;-)

  6. Milja says:

    Nice! BUT, no heating element should be covered like that!

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