IKEA PAX Built-In Closet

I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.

So I have two kids, Isaac (11) and Kayla (9). They are good kids. Generally there isn’t a ton of discipline happening nowadays (well except for one middle schooler’s grades – but that is a different story). However, if Kayla gets in trouble, 99.9% of the time it has something to do with her clothes. She has a clothes problem. She likes them. This said “liking of clothes problem” leads to her changing outfits 80 times a day. About 20 of the outfits are left on her floor, 40 and in the dirty laundry (after wearing them for 5 minutes), and the others are hidden deep within the wells of her closet. It was wearing me out. I have lost my mind on her too many times. She literally lost all of her clothes except 3 outfits for an entire month, after about the 40th time she was punished for this issue. Ok so anyway we aren’t here to judge my parenting and what you might do in this situation. HA! Let’s talk about what I did to rectify this problem, but first looks at this beauty!!!!  Ahhhh sweet organization perfection.

So let’s begin with the offending problem, AKA her closet! Problem #1 slider doors! These stink. You can never see the entire closet at once and it is easy for children to hide things behind the closed doors – and, the least of the problem, is they were an awful honey oak color.  Blech!

Problem #2 was the wire shelving! Whoever invented wire shelving oughtta be banned from every organizing opportunity ever. They are terrible. Don’t get me started on all the ways I hate wire shelving.

Here is what it looked like with the doors off. Obviously tons of shoddy organization and so much wasted space.

So the first thing we did was eliminate 75% of her closet.  It was a sad day to say goodbye to much of her wardrobe (she is on the best hand-me-down train ever!) but there was such freedom in her little eyes knowing she had less options.  Maybe it was a tear of despair watching her clothes leave our house, but I swear it looked like freedom to me. 🙂

The next thing we did is find an amazing solution with the IKEA Pax Wardrobe System PAX wardrobe system.  Now you are going to think we are crazy.  Kayla had 18″ of dead space on either side of the closet opening.  Yep we eliminated it.  I know, I know.  Who chooses to lose 3′ of closet?  Well if you lost 3′ of closet for amazing organization you would do it too.  I promise.

So here are the materials and SKU numbers for what I got from IKEA in case you want to tackle this project too.

29” PAX Wardrobe 702.145.64 $85
39” PAX Wardrobe 202.145.66 $90

(2) 29” Komplement Shelves 902.779.61 $15 each
(2) 39” Komplment Shelves 702.779.57 $15 each

39 3/8” Komplement Clothes Rail 302.568.91 $10
29” Komplement Clothes Rail 402.568.95 $10

(2) 29” Komplement Drawer 102.463.32 $35 each
(2) 39” Komplment Drawer 902.463.52 $40 each

(2) Skubb Boxes 303.000.40 $16.99 each
(2) Skubb Boxes 303.002.81 $6.99 each

Total Cost:
$452.96 + tax

The only other supplies I used was (2) 2×4’s, (1) 2 x 6 and a piece of molding. Oh and of course, caulk, primer and paint, all of which I already had on hand from other projects.

So here is how I did it.  I was able to fit a 29″ and a 39″ PAX cabinet into place drilling them together and into the walls.  The closet was already 24″ deep so the PAX cabinets were the perfect depth to fit in the closet and be able to add trim to make it look built in.  The only thing I would recommend changing is don’t attach the unit to the walls until you get your side 2 x 4’s in place.  It made a bit challenging to get my 2×4’s in place because I had no give since I already screwed them in place.

Next I added the (2) 2×4 pieces on the sides using screws from inside the PAX unit to drill the 2 x 4’s in place.  The only thing I did differently with just stock 2 x 4’s was run the edge of the 2 x 4 through my table saw to take off the curved edge.  I also did that with the 2 x 6. That way I had a nice flat edge. 

Next I added my 2 x 6 at the top and finally cut my trim piece that attaches to the closet ceiling header and the 2 x 6. I caulked all the lines to give it a seamless look. Then I primed and gave it two coats of paint and it was done. 

Then all I had to do next was customize!  IKEA has drawers, pull-outs, shoe racks, jewelry drawers, pants pull outs, etc.  There are soooo many cool options.  But I kept it simple for my 9 year old. I decided to go for 4 drawers, which allowed me to eliminate the dresser in her room to have more space.  WIN! The Komplement drawers are a dream with the soft close drawer slides.  I did add some of the SKUBB boxes in one drawers to give her more partitions because the drawers are really deep and wide.

I also added two hanging rods and eliminated half her wardrobe. One one side she has all her school uniforms and on the larger 39″ side she has all her regular clothes.

I also added two shelves to each unit to block off the drawers and to give me some space above her hanging clothes for boots, blankets, and clothes the next size up.  I added 5 SKUBB boxes above for more hidden storage.  And the last SKUBB box (sitting on the lower left shelf) is for her laundry.

   

Can I tell you how happy this project made me?!  We literally have had not one issue with Kayla and her clothes since we remodeled her closet.  I think eliminating and creating an organized system was the key.  Eventually I would like to add doors to the closet – IKEA has tons of door options. Honestly, I am really not an “open concept” kinda girl.  But training my daughter on keeping proper care of her clothes is a higher priority right now.  And those doors can come down the road.

It is easy for me to see if she is slacking in her cleanliness because everything is out in the open and it has been such a dream knowing everything has a place.

I literally walk in and just feel at peace when I see this.  Isn’t that weird?  I am now officially obsessed with the whole PAX line and all the options they have.  I am totally going to tackle my walk-in closet in my master bedroom this year.  You can count on it!

I am a Brand Ambassadör for IKEA U.S. This is a sponsored post.

 

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