Landing landing - after

Published on August 2nd, 2016 | by Contributor


Mudroom Style and Organization using Pax Wardrobes

My mudroom was cramped, dark and messy.

landing - before

Mudroom – before

I wanted a beautiful, custom mudroom but didn’t want to pay a custom price. I started looking at IKEA bookcases and wardrobes and realized that I could have the mudroom of my dreams by using Pax components. Now my mudroom is organized, bright and cheery.

landing - after

Mudroom – after

IKEA products used:

  • 1 Pax wardrobe 702.145.59 (19 5/8×22 7/8×93 1/8 “)
  • 2 Pax wardrobe 002.145.72 (39 1/4×13 3/4×93 1/8 “)
  • 1 Bersbo door 899.041.80 (19 5/8 x 90 1/8)
  • 4 Bergsbo doors 098.959.81 (19 5/8 x 76 3/4)
  • 2 Komplement drawers 702.467.58 (39 3/8″ x 13 3/4)
  • 2 Komplement wire baskets 790.109.54
  • 4 Komplement shelves 002.779.89
  • 2 Komplement shelves 302.779.59
  • 4 sets of skubb boxes, 3 per set

1) Assemble Pax wardrobe 702.145.59 according to IKEA instructions.
2) Assemble Pax wardrobes 002.145.72 according to IKEA instructions but install the bottom of the wardrobe 17 inches up from the bottom. Leave the leveling feet off and also leave the front toekick board off.
3) Install the wardrobes by anchoring them to the wall as per the IKEA instructions and attached the wardrobes to each other with the included hardware.
4) Attached the 90 1/8 tall door to the 22 7/8″ x 93 1/8″ cabinet.
5) Attached the 76 3/4 doors to the other wardrobes, starting at the top. leave the bottom 17 inches of the cabinet open.
6) Install a Komplement drawer directly below the doors in the open space on each wardrobe. (I swapped out the included rails, for full extension slides for better accessibility to the contents.)

shoe storageJPG

The inside of the wardrobes were fitted with coat hook rails, skubb boxes, shelves and wire baskets for organizing all our things.

PAX mudroomJPG

Crown moulding and base moulding were added for a built in look. Although the photos don’t show this well, we gained a foot in width in this hall space. Our previous closet and coat hook area was 27 inches deep but the IKEA Pax wardrobes we used, for the majority of the space, were only 15 inches deep including the doors. However, we actually gained additional storage since the Pax wardrobes have usable storage all the way to the ceiling.

~ by Deborah Anderson

METOD for the bathroom
KALLAX door clock

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15 Responses to Mudroom Style and Organization using Pax Wardrobes

  1. sandy says:

    I am just about to order the ATG full extension slides you recommended. Any chance you could take more pics or walk us through exactly what you had to do to put in to swap out those slides? Merci muchly!!

  2. Elite says:

    Such a great help. I’m about to use the smaller pax and try to lift it up with some sorta leg solution but getting the taller pax and doing what you did makes alot of sense. I’m trying to get it 8″ off the ground to clear my baseboard heat. Is the back open for the first 17″ then drawer mounted below that? If so, how far off the ground does it start measuring from the Boston of the drawer to the floor? I was thinking to notch out 3″ x 8″ on outside frame and center if possible. Any advice would be appreciated!!

    • Deborah Anderson says:

      Sorry, just saw your question today. The back panel that comes with the cabinet does go all the way to the floor. You would need to cut it down and notch the frame as you suggested to clear your baseboard heater. If depth isn’t an issue for for you, you could add a 1x3x 8 strip on either side of the frame(cutting off 17 inches) so you wouldn’t need to notch out the actual cabinet. Here is a link to the paint match color.

      From the bottom of the drawer to the floor is 9.5 inches.

      • Elite says:

        Thank you so much for the reply. The height will work perfectly! I see your idea, run a filler from the wall to take up the 3″ and leave Pax as is. Not a bad idea. I’m trying to get it as close to the wall as possible since it’ll be across from another real closet and it’s in route to the bathroom. I may consider that, but of the 22/23ish inches even if I trim out the back 3 inches and mount it to the wall I think I’ll have enough surface area on the floor to not have any issues.,…I hope! ;-) . Thanks for the paint code. I may trim it like you did at the base and paint that. I may use the black/brown though. Any idea on that paint code? Thanks again. I didn’t get an alert that you commented.

  3. Camilla says:

    Where did you get the full extension slides?

  4. Camilla says:


    I was wondering which full extension slides you got instead of the Pax ones?


  5. Tania says:

    I’ve been planning Pax wardrobes to create an entry closest where we currently don’t have a closet. I love that you left them up off the floor to slide shoes under them. I must consider this in mine. I love it.

  6. Nikki says:

    Beautiful upgrade!

  7. Josue Josue says:

    Looks awesome, it’s a huge change. Hope you have considered shoes dripping water when you come back home from a snowy day.

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