Easy Hack to Build-In an IKEA Pax Wardrobe

I really like IKEA hack. After I wanted a closet/wardrobe in a room in our house that had no closet (it was once a porch that they transformed right into a room), I thought of attempting to customized construct some shelving.

However, then I remembered that ordering an affordable Pax wardrobe and constructing it into the wall can be the quickest, best, and finest trying answer to my closet storage downside.

Should you’re asking, “How do you make IKEA Pax wardrobes look inbuilt?” it’s truly fairly easy and I used to be stunned how briskly the method went. I’ll present you what I did!

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white closet built into wall

Provides:
–IKEA Pax wardrobes (I did this double set and added plain doorways)
–2 1/2″ or 3″ development screws
-drill
–miter noticed or hand noticed with a miter field
-2x4s or 2x2s for base
–ending nail gun or small end nails, a hammer, and a nail setter
-baseboard to match your present baseboard
–wooden filler and caulk
-paint in your present baseboard coloration and/or IKEA Pax Wardrobe coloration

baseboard removed from wall

The first step: Take away the baseboard. You’ll wish to first take away the baseboard on the wall that you’re putting your shelving in order that it may sit completely flush towards the wall. Simply use a field cutter/razor to chop the bead of caulk between the highest of the baseboard and the wall to disconnect that connection level.

Then, use a crowbar to softly pry the baseboard off the wall (pull it just a little bit each foot or so to try to maintain all of it coming off at about the identical tempo to keep away from breaking it).

If you wish to solely take away the quantity wanted reasonably than the entire baseboard, you need to use a multi-tool like this and mark how a lot board you need eliminated primarily based in your closet width and size measurements.

Then lower a line down the board so you’ll be able to merely pull off the piece you need eliminated (you’ll be able to see I did that on the again proper nook of my picture).

platform for wardrobes

Step two: Construct your easy rectangle platform. You already know what a rectangle seems to be like? Good. All it’s important to do now could be construct a base with both 2x4s or 2x2s that’s the similar measurement as your cupboard dimensions.

So let’s say for simplicity’s sake your complete closet measures 24″ huge and 80″ lengthy, you’d construct a base 24″ huge and 80″ lengthy so it suits completely underneath your closet.

I used a miter noticed for this, however it’s also possible to use a hand noticed with a miter field to chop your boards to the proper lengths.

You’ll see I additionally lower some center assist boards which can be the identical size as my finish items so the center of the closet had one thing to relaxation on as nicely. Simply screw your boards in place from the skin edges and your platform is able to go.

Elective observe: As you’ll be able to see, the proper facet of my cupboard is correct towards the wall, so I did add a 3″ spacer trim board to that facet to make it simpler to open that door with out feeling tremendous tight (I’ll present you the way).

You gained’t want to do this in case you are in a free-standing space, however you might think about it if one facet is towards the wall like mine and also you wish to transfer it out a bit.

It’s one further step, and it is advisable to add that into your complete width measurements, however it helped rather a lot since I had a wall and a window in that nook.

Step three: Connect platform to wall. Use some all-purpose screws to connect the again fringe of your base to the wall each 12″ or so. Should you had flooring you didn’t care about, you would additionally drill down into the entrance edge to safe that to the ground.

However there’s actually sufficient weight on the platform as soon as full to probably not want to do this step.

setting wardrobes on top of base platform

Step 4: Add your wardrobes on prime (one after the other). Place your closet sections one after the other on the platform, ensuring it’s cosy towards the wall.

The IKEA directions present you how one can join the sections to one another after which how one can join them to the wall, so simply comply with their directions to put in.

adding baseboard to bottom of closet

Step 5: Add your trim. Now that your models are sitting on the platform and linked to the wall, you’ll be able to go forward and add your baseboard again on. For finest outcomes, use a miter noticed to chop your baseboard to suit all the best way as much as after which round your closet (I lower a forty five° angle on the corners for a clear look).

Or you need to use your hand noticed and a miter field if you happen to don’t have an influence noticed. I lower the wall items first to suit after which measured for the items across the closet.

Connect with both a ending nail gun (I’ve this battery one and I like it) or small end nails and a hammer and use a nail setter to ensure the top of the nails go in previous the face of the wooden.

I additionally added a small piece of cupboard trim to the vertical facet hole between the wall and the cupboard (it was truly leftover from my kitchen renovation), however you’ll be able to order one thing comparable from the cupboard division of a house enchancment retailer.

Or simply browse their trim aisle and see if you happen to like something over there. I simply lower it to the peak of the cupboard and connected it with a end nailer.

Step six: Caulk/paint your trim and also you’re accomplished! Fill any nail holes with a small quantity of wooden filler (simply wipe with a moist fabric to easy, simpler than sanding) and caulk between the baseboard and the wall or closet to make them look seamless.

When the filler and caulk is dry, paint your baseboards to match both the cupboard or the baseboards in the remainder of the room for those towards the wall solely, and your new closet system is able to use!

I used Melting Icicles by Behr to match IKEA Pax white and it’s an amazing coloration match in case you are attempting to match the inventory wardrobe.

board filling in gap between closet and wall
board filling in gap between closet and wall

Elective facet trim/spacer step: Should you do resolve so as to add some size to 1 facet (or each) to get a wardrobe door farther from a wall (or to heart the entire thing right into a recessed space however you have got a spot on either side), add your closets to the platform first.

As soon as they’re connected, scribe the curves of the wall onto a board. Partitions are by no means completely straight, or in my case, even just a little straight, so that you wish to hint the precise curve of the wall onto the board.

Should you haven’t scribed an uneven wall or flooring onto a board, this can be a good video that reveals you how one can scribe usually and this one reveals how one can do it when filling in a cupboard hole like I did. I lower my board to the proper peak first after which scribed the curves and used an affordable jig noticed to chop the traces.

Then, I gently tapped my board into the area with a hammer/mallet (being actually cautious to not push it again too far in order that it lined up flush with the wardrobe entrance) and connected the spacer to the wardrobe with a end nailer from contained in the wardrobe the place it’s barely noticeable in any respect.

Caulk and paint the spacer and the world will completely disappear into the built-in.

white built in closet in room
white built in closet in room
white built in closet in room
white built in closet in room

How nice does that look?! I did additionally add some customized trim to the doorways to make them really feel extra Parisian and particular.

I’ll present you the way to do this in one other put up, however it’s fairly just like how I added DIY Arched Door Trim (with Versatile Molding!) to the doorways in my home.

Should you’ve at all times wished some built-in closet or wardrobe storage, this can be a nice approach to do it your self and you’ll customise it to the dimensions that you just want by shopping for kind of Pax wardrobe models.

This solved an enormous downside for me in an reasonably priced method and I really like the best way that it seems to be within the room. Hope this helps if you happen to’re pondering of doing the identical! xo. Laura

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Simple Hack to Construct-In an IKEA Pax Wardrobe

Simple approach to make an IKEA Pax wardrobe look constructed into the wall

Value $50 (not together with wardrobe)
  • The first step: Take away the baseboard. You’ll wish to first take away the baseboard on the wall that you’re putting your shelving in order that it may sit completely flush towards the wall. Simply use a field cutter/razor to chop the bead of caulk between the highest of the baseboard and the wall to disconnect that connection level and use a crowbar to softly pry the baseboard off the wall (pull it just a little bit each foot or so to try to maintain all of it coming off at about the identical tempo to keep away from breaking it).

  • If you wish to solely take away the quantity wanted reasonably than the entire baseboard, you need to use a multi-tool like this and mark how a lot board you need eliminated primarily based in your closet width and size measurements and the lower a line down the board so you’ll be able to merely pull off the piece you need eliminated (you’ll be able to see I did that on the again proper nook of my picture).

  • Step two: Construct your easy rectangle platform. You already know what a rectangle seems to be like? Good. All it’s important to do now could be construct a base with both 2x4s or 2x2s that’s the similar measurement as your cupboard dimensions. So let’s say for simplicity’s sake your complete closet measures 24″ huge and 80″ lengthy, you’d construct a base 24″ huge and 80″ lengthy so it suits completely underneath your closet. I used a miter noticed for this, however it’s also possible to use a hand noticed with a miter field to chop your boards to the proper lengths.You’ll see I additionally lower some center assist boards which can be the identical size as my finish items so the center of the closet had one thing to relaxation on as nicely. Simply screw your boards in place from the skin edges and your platform is able to go.
  • Step three: Connect platform to wall. Use some all-purpose screws to connect the again fringe of your base to the wall each 12″ or so. Should you had flooring you didn’t care about, you would additionally drill down into the entrance edge to safe that to the ground as nicely, however there’s actually sufficient weight on the platform as soon as full to probably not want to do this step.

  • Step 4: Add your wardrobes on prime (one after the other). Place your closet sections one after the other on the platform ensuring it’s cosy towards the wall. The IKEA directions present you how one can join the sections to one another after which how one can join them to the wall, so simply comply with their directions to put in.

  • Step 5: Add your trim. Now that your models are sitting on the platform and linked to the wall, you’ll be able to go forward and add your baseboard again on. For finest outcomes, use a miter noticed to chop your baseboard to suit all the best way as much as after which round your closet (I lower a forty five° angle on the corners for a clear look) or you need to use your hand noticed and a miter field if you happen to don’t have an influence noticed. I lower the wall items first to suit after which measured for the items across the closet. Connect with both a ending nail gun (I’ve this battery one and I like it) or small end nails and a hammer and use a nail-setter to ensure the top of the nails goes in previous the face of the wooden.I additionally added a small piece of cupboard trim to the vertical facet hole between the wall and the cupboard (it was truly leftover from my kitchen renovation however you’ll be able to order one thing comparable from the cupboard division of a house enchancment retailer or simply browse their trim aisle and see if you happen to like something over there). I simply lower it to the peak of the cupboard and connected it with a end nailer.
  • Step six: Caulk/paint your trim and also you’re accomplished! Fill any nail holes with a small quantity of wooden filler (simply wipe with a moist fabric to easy, simpler than sanding) and caulk between the baseboard and the wall or closet to make them look seamless. When the filler and caulk is dry, paint your baseboards to match both the cupboard or the baseboards in the remainder of the room for those towards the wall solely, and your new closet system is able to use! I take advantage of Melting Icicles by Behr to match IKEA Pax white and it’s an amazing coloration match in case you are attempting to match the inventory wardrobe.
  • Elective facet trim/spacer step: Should you do resolve so as to add some size to 1 facet (or each) to get a wardrobe door farther from a wall (or to heart the entire thing right into a recessed space however you have got a spot on either side), add your closets to the platform first and as soon as they’re connected, scribe the curves of the wall onto a board. Partitions are by no means completely straight, or in my case, even just a little straight, so that you wish to hint the precise curve of the wall onto the board.Should you haven’t scribed an uneven wall or flooring onto a board, this can be a good video that reveals you how one can scribe usually and this one reveals how one can do it when filling in a cupboard hole like I did. I lower my board to the proper peak first after which scribed the curves and used an affordable jig noticed to chop the traces. Then I gently tapped my board into the area with a hammer/mallet (being actually cautious to not push it again too far in order that it lined up flush with the wardrobe entrance) and connected the spacer to the wardrobe with a end nailer from contained in the wardrobe the place it’s barely noticeable in any respect. Caulk and paint the spacer and the world will completely disappear into the built-in.

Elective observe: As you’ll be able to see, the proper facet of my cupboard is correct towards the wall, so I did add a 3″ spacer trim board to that facet to make it simpler to open that door with out feeling tremendous tight (I’ll present you the way). You gained’t want to do this in case you are in a free-standing space, however you might think about it if one facet is towards the wall like mine and also you wish to transfer it out a bit. It’s one further step, and it is advisable to add that into your complete width measurements, however it helped rather a lot since I had a wall and a window in that nook.

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