Ikea Pax hack: How to Customize a Small Closet with the Pax System
If you have visited ThePinkDream before you know that I love a good Ikea Hack, organizing and all things pink. Today I’m sharing how we transformed my daughter’s closet with the Ikea Pax hack that basically encompass all of the above!
This might be my favorite hack so far, it was not super easy, but is definitely worth all the work. I was looking for inspiration and a solution to Sophia’s closet when I saw my favorite DIY girl Frills and Drills transform her son’s closet with the Ikea Pax System. It was the perfect solution for Sophia’s small closet. After all every kid deserves a dream closet , seriously though her closet is my dream closet lol.
Ps: Here are some other Ikea Hacks that you might enjoy:
1- Everyone’s favorite, the Ikea Kallax makeover
2- Another popular one, the super simple Ikea Malm Dresser makeover
3- How to transform the Ikea Vittsjo table and Shelves with gold paint!
Difficulty level: Intermediate
Material and cost:
Ikea Pax wardrobe $60,
Komplement drawers: $25 each,
Komplement shelves: $10 each, used 9: $90
Gold Rods: $29 each, used 2: $58
Closet rod Flange: $4 each, used 4: $12
Table saw and drill
Ikea Pax closet makeover
We started out with your classic builder’s closet: sliding doors (hate them!) and the basic one wire shelf. Obviously I forgot to take a before picture, but the after picture speaks for itself.
I wanted a kid’s closet but at the same time I wanted a closet that could work for her in the future. I made sure to have the rods low enough that she could reach at age 3, but high enough that it would also work later on.
Kids Bedroom Closet
I’m not sure why builders install sliding doors on closets. It’s the worst thing because you can never really open the full closet. The first step on the kids closet makeover was to remove the sliding doors and replace with bifold closet doors.
We bought the bifold closet doors at Home Depot and it was pretty simple to install. However the bifold doors were a little too big for the closet opening. We ended up having to shave the door a little with a table saw.
Adding wallpaper to the closet
I haven’t really shared Sophia’s room yet, but here is a picture of it. I did this beautiful swan wallpaper from Hibbou Home as an accent wall. Since I had some wallpaper leftover I decided to put it to good use and add on the inside of the closet. It’s such a beautiful wallpaper that I didn’t want to waste any of it! I think it looks darling now in her closet and she loves it.
Ikea Pax hack
The next step was to assemble the Ikea Pax wardrobe. I chose the 14’ deep and 29’ wide wardrobe as this was the best fit for our closet. My plan was to have the Ikea closet in the middle an add shelves and rods to each side to create a custom closet. After we secured the Ikea Pax to the center of the closet we started adding the shelves and rods.
The shelves on the sides and rods are the tricky part. I bought the 39’ Komplement shelves ($10 each) and had to cut them to fit the closet. I attached the shelves to the Ikea Pax closet by drilling a hole on the outside of the closet in the same spot where the inside hole is and I use the little brackets that comes with the shelves to secure it to the Pax. On the wall side I used shelves brackets from Home depot.
Gold closet rods: Why not?
I have seen these gold closet rods before and though they were amazing!!! This was the perfect opportunity to use some of them. I got two rods and cut them to fit Sophia’s closet. They are worth every penny my friends!
So what do you guys think? Sophia loves her new closet. She is able to hang and get her own dresses, and loves playing with her stuff. We still have plenty of room left for storage on top and we could add a couple more shelves if needed.
For around $250 we were able to completely transform her closet with the help of the Ikea Pax hack. Now I only have two more closets to go!!
Update!!! Measurements for the closet and pictures of how to attache the shelves.
Ok, I got so many questions on dimensions and how to attach the shelves. So here it go:
The closet is 8ft by 2ft wide. I used the shallow Ikea pax tower (29in by 14in) in the middle. The 39in long ikea shelves were trimmed to around 35in for each side using the brackets that comes with the shelves on the tower side and these brackets on the wall side and on the top shelf. See pictures below:
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And here is a look at Olivia’s new closet that we started working on! It’s turning out so cute!
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With Love, Ceres
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