I like my money right where I can see it, hanging in my closet – Carrie Bradshaw
What girl doesn’t want the wardrobe of her dreams…? I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks on how I managed to get the walk-in closet that I’ve always wanted at a reasonable price.
When it came to designing our walk-in closet I knew I wanted fitted wardrobes with plenty of hanging space, drawers, and shoe storage. I started looking at local companies that offered a bespoke wardrobe service and quickly knew that wasn’t going to happen when quotes came in at £5000 and up. After plenty of research and about 100 Pinterest boards, I decided to design my own Ikea pax wardrobe. Click here to see my Pinterest board inspo.
The pax wardrobe system from Ikea is great for so many reasons, its extremely versatile and can be designed to fit almost any room size or shape. Here’s how I designed our walk-in closet and tips on how to customize it.
Before you get started
- Measure the walls where you want your frames. (They come in a few different heights, depth and width so make sure to measure properly).
- Choose if you want it to be open or if you prefer doors, hinged or sliding
- Pick a color between white, white stained oak, or black-brown.
- Open the Ikea online planner on their website, it’s a great tool and makes the planning process much easier. They also offer a free service where you can go in-stores and get someone to help you. Don’t forget to book an appointment online before. *If you’re using an Apple computer you will need to open the planner in Firefox or google chrome as some mac models aren’t compatible with their system.
Now that you’ve got your basics, let the wardrobe interior design start. When it comes to the interior, think about what you need. Are you a shoe addict or do you love maxi dresses? How many suits does your husband have? It’s important to make sure the interior fills your needs, it’s fully customizable so make sure it works for you.
We decided to keep ours fairly simple by not adding any lights but keep in mind that it’s an easy option to add if you have wall plugs around. For most of them, we have 4 drawers with the top one having a glass front panel. We also added the accessories tray and insert with a glass top shelf.
Once you’ve got all your items
- Make sure there are two of you to put the frames together. From my experience, it hurts ALOT… when it falls on your head so you definitely need a helper.
- Attach the frames to your wall, we used drywall screws through the holes in the back of the frames. We also screwed the units together so there are no gaps. These steps make it look more like a built-in wardrobe.
- Build all your drawers and inserts first, then start from the bottom and work your way up to make sure there’s plenty of space in between each drawer.
- I recommend counting the holes to know where your drawers will go. (The last drawer’s wheel track is on the second to last hole and work your way up)
- Don’t forget to buy the hole covers. Ikea sells black and white ones only but I managed to find some beige ones on eBay.
To finish off the room I added two of the Malm dressers, back to back. We went with the 3 drawers but if you wanted more storage and/or a higher unit they also make it with 4 drawers. To make sure you can’t see a gap between both units we screwed them together from the inside, align them perfectly and you really wont be able to tell.
I hope this post can help you design the walk-in wardrobe of your dreams at an affordable price. Leave a comment below if you have any questions about my closet.