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Published on February 17th, 2017 | by Contributor


Packing the Pax & Blinding with a Billy

With a new baby boy on the way, we had to find a way to squeeze our 10yo and a 4yo daughters in the same room for many years to come.

IKEA items:

  • PAX units x 4
  • BERGSBO doors x 2
  • BILLY bookcases
  • BILLY extension units

We removed the old standard closets with bifold doors. Put in 4 Pax units (3-29.5″ and 1- 39.5″) added various accessories to accommodate folded items in drawers hanging space for shirts, bottoms and long dresses, storage for other items and shoes.


PAX wardrobe storage

PAX wardrobe storage

How to hide it all when you want to match the other IKEA items you have? Turn Bergsbo doors into sliding “barn” doors.

BERGSBO doors made into sliding barn doors

Two doors (1 cabinet set), connected with metal brackets on the back, add wheels to bottom to keep doors at height to cover PAX cabinets and install on a bypass closet door rail system (used Johnson hardware brand from Home Depot).

Still needed storage for all of their “stuff”. Why not turn Billy bookcases into sliding doors too?

We had to cut the width of the bookcases down to be 29.25″ to cover the Pax cabinet and still allow the drawers to be opened. Then installed the extension unit to the BILLY to make it tall and cover the Pax cabinet behind it.

Sliding BILLY bookcase in front of the PAX wardrobes

Install 4 heavy duty non-swivel wheels to the bottom of each bookcase. (The toe kick on the bookcase hides this). Attach to a pocket door rail system (again, used Johnson Hardware from Home Depot).

And there you have it… a closet wall that holds all of my girls’ things! No need for anything other than beds and a nightstand. Leaves room to spare inside the closet for more stuff and outside floor space to play!

BILLY bookcase (in front) for toys and games and PAX wardrobe (behind) for clothes

The girls love having plenty of space and being able to see their things on display on the Billy bookcases. They are also over having the coolest closet!

~ by Samantha


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4 Responses to Packing the Pax & Blinding with a Billy

  1. Natalia says:

    A great solution for small spaces, I love your blog, CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

  2. Ann says:

    This is a great space saving idea, but I don’t understand why you needed the wheels on the bottom of the Bergsbo doors since you were using the bipass door hardware at the top, which doesn’t require wheels when used with regular closet doors.

    • Samantha says:

      The Bergson doors are only as tall as the cabinet opening on the Pax as they are intended to be hinged doors. There is about a 2 inch gap between the floor and the door.

  3. This is so neat! I would have loved the feeling of secret compartments in my room growing up! ;-) I’d feel like Nancy Drew. Haha. They came out absolutely beautifully.

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