Small Master Bedroom Closet Makeover | Building Our IKEA Pax Closet

A weeks ago, I shared our plans to give our closet a complete overhaul, and tear out the old non-functioning closet and install an IKEA PAX Closet. The Friday before New Year’s Eve, we headed to IKEA with our shopping list in hand and brought home roughly 30+ flat pack boxes which as thrilling and crazy, know that inside each box contained an IKEA puzzle! Our Sacramento IKEA is set-up where you create a shopping list online with all the items you need for your closet, and then head to the store and see a sales associate and they print you out an order number and list and then take it to the cashier to purchase and then pick up the items. The process was so smooth and a huge timesaver! We didn’t have to pull any items ourselves, everything was perfectly loaded up, and this feature was free! I think we waited about 15 mins to receive our items. I’m not sure how other IKEA Store is set-up, but from reading lots of blog posts about the process, it seems that you pull your items from the colossal warehouse.

OUR IKEA PAX HAUL

I was so excited to get home and tear everything out! But, we still had a closet full of miscellaneous crap that needed to be sorted and tossed. Over time our closet became a dumping ground for stuff, a place to stash things. I used to open the door and full-on cringe. The closet gave me anxiety, and for the longest time, I felt stuck. Like there would never be a solution. After looking for closet options, I quickly landed on the IKEA PAX closet; I loved the design style of the PAX, how customizable each unit can be and its affordable price point. With some planning, I knew we could maximize our small closet and get the most bang for our buck!

Read more about the design process for our closet here.

Building Our PAX Closet

After removing all the stuff from our closet, we got to work. We wanted the units to fit flush to our walls, so we removed the baseboards and set them aside.

Seeing our closet empty felt incredible and exciting! As you can see in the photos below, we were totally under-utilizing our space.

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We stored all the IKEA PAX boxes in our garage and only brought in one box at a time; this helped from feeling overwhelmed with the number of boxes. We gathered our tools and got to work building the small cabinets first. We followed the directions and quickly realized due to space on constraints it made more sense to build the cabinets standing up. Without a doubt, the building of the PAX closet is a two person, sometimes three person job! Some parts of the process can be done alone, for example, I built all the drawers myself while watching TV.

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Tips on Building IKEA PAX Closets

  • Follow the directions closely and take your time!

  • Build the smallest PAX frame first; it will help when you tackle the larger sizes

  • Determine if the unit should be built laying down or standing up

  • When installing drawers in the units, start from the bottom up, it makes the process easier

Overall it took us around three days to build the frames; we had family in town on New Years weekend, so we never had a chance to dedicate an entire day to building. After we built each unit was built, we placed the frame in place. Building Our PAX Closet

After removing all the stuff from our closet, we got to work. We wanted the units to fit flush to our walls, so we removed the baseboards and set them aside. We stored all the IKEA pax boxes in our garage and only brought in one box at a time; this helped from feeling overwhelmed with the number of boxes. We gathered our tools and got to work building the small cabinets first. We followed the directions and quickly realized due to space on constraints it made more sense to build the cabinets standing up. Without a doubt, the building of the pax closet is a two person, sometimes three person job! Some parts of the process can be done alone, for example, I built all the drawers myself while watching TV.

After getting the units fully installed, I re-painted the inside of the closet. Giving the closet a nice freshening up.

OUR IKEA PAX CLOSET INSTALLED

I’m so happy with how our closet is coming together, the drawers and shelves were super simple to install. We learned when installing the drawers, its best to start from the bottom and work your way up. As a reminder, Hasani prefers to hang most of his clothes, in his PAX unit we installed double rods. He has an upper shelf for hats and sweaters. His smaller cabinet has four drawers and four shelves, giving him ample storage.

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My IKEA PAX side. I have four drawers in my larger unit and a pull out drawer for accessories and one hanging rod. My plan is to fold most of my clothing. My small has three shelves for my shoes and one hanging rod for coats and dresses.

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We’re nearing the home stretch and a few items on our list to check off, below is what’s left on our project list.

  • Install Baseboards

  • Replace light fixture with something fun, maybe a sputnik light?

  • Find storage cubes for open shelves

  • Find a full length mirror for back wall in the closet, I really want get dressed in our closet so a full length mirror is a must. I like this one from Target

  • Add organizers in my top drawer where my under garments will reside, so everything stays nice and tidy

While its tempting to fill our closer right back-up, we want to be thoughtful about how we organize it and make sure the clothes we keep, ‘spark joy’ Did you notice my reference to the new Netflix Show Tidying Up? I have her book, pretty much skimmed through it. But thanks to the TV, her method totally clicked, when it came to going through our clothes once again! We’re slowly in the process of putting our clothing back into our closet.

In the next couple of weeks, I up to share our master bedroom closet reveal! It totally feels like a brand new space. I’m loving all the storage we have and how much space we have! What do you think our closet makeover so far?

Small Master Bedroom Closet Makeover: Ikea Pax Inspiration and Our Design Plan

If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve likely seen/heard me mention that as a Christmas gift to each other Hasani and I are re-doing our entire master bedroom closet. This project is long overdue! Our current closet is a hot mess a complete disaster, lacking functional storage and zero organization. When we re-built our home in 2013 after a house fire, we decided to make some improvements to our original 1950’s floor plan. We added a small walk-in closet and bathroom on to our master bedroom.

We love our new master bedroom closet, our old closet as a small 5 foot wide reach in closet that was tiny and too small for two adults. Our closet now is 5 x 8 about the size of a small bathroom (the exact size of our closet is 61 deep by 95 wide. Our plan after moving back into our home was to create a custom closet, but life gets in the way and we never got around to it, plus the task of designing a closet at the time felt daunting. Instead we brought in two storage towers and Hasani added one clothing rod to each side of the closet. Simply put there wasn’t enough storage for our clothes both folded and hanging clothes.

After searching for closet solutions, I quickly landed on the IKEA PAX closet system, I loved all the different configurations for clothing rods, drawers, shelves and accessories. The affordable price point makes The pretty accessory drawers were a huge selling point for me! Having a special place in my closet to hold sunglasses, jewelry feels like a dream. I also love that this closet system has been around for ages, meaning when we want to update / change a part of the closet, a quick trip to Ikea makes it possible.

IKEA PAX CLOSET INSPIRATION

While on the hunt for IKEA PAX closet inspiration, I came across some amazingly organized closets. They gave me major closet goals!

image via  Lark & Linen

image via Lark & Linen

I love the pull-out drawer options to hold all the accessories,

image via  Blank Slate

image via Blank Slate

IKEA PAX CLOSET DESIGN

With a design plan in mind for my closet, I enlisted the help of my best friend Sarah to help me maximize our closet to its full potential. She has amazing closet design expertise and she can rock an IKEA Pax closet system like nobody can! She’s had several different configurations of a PAX closets in her own home + is an organization queen!

Sarah and I talked through my design ideas, we both agreed that a gallery walk-in closet made the most sense for our space. The plan is for Hasani and I to have our own individual closet sides, that a geared toward our personal needs. I prefer to have most of my closet folded (jeans and sweaters), with blouses, shirts and dress hung up. Hasani prefers to have most of his hung up with a few clothes folded.

Sarah and I visited IKEA together to see the closet in person and confirm the design plans for our space. If your planning to add a IKEA PAX closet to your space, I highly recommend visiting the store before buying, to see all the design possibilities in person. I’m a super visual person, so seeing the PAX closet in action really helps me solidify the design plan. In addition to visiting in store, I used the online closet planning tools to configure my closet and add all the items on a ‘closet shopping’ list.

On Hasani’s side of the closet, they’ll be two hanging rods and lots of open shelves on his smaller PAX Frame and four drawers.

Below is a screen shot of the design plan for my side of the closet. To take maximize our closet, we’re opted to go with the 92 inch in height frames, yay for no wasted space. On my side, I’ll have one 39 inch frame and one 19 inch frame, that will total 59 inches wide. The upper shelve on my frames will be reserved for hats and sweaters. I’ll have two hanging rods one for blouses and t-shirts and the smaller clothing rod for dresses and coats. I’ll have a total of four drawers + a large pull-out accessory drawer. I might be able to fit one more drawer on my side so we’ll see! On the side with dresses I’ll have three shelves to hold my heels. I’m hoping to use one of my large drawers to hold my other shoes like flats and tennis shoes out of sight.

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Now for the scary part, sharing how our closet looked just a few days ago before cleaning everything out and purging all the extra junk and crap pilled up in our closet. Brace your selves its a hot mess express!

On Friday, Hasani and I headed to Ikea to pick up all the items to build our PAX Closet, which was so exciting! Over the weekend we started building our closet and hope to have everything built along by mid week. I’m so excited to walk into 2019 with a clean organized closet, where everything has a spot vs. the crazy closet mess we’ve dealing with for ages.

I’ll be back soon with more closet updates! What’s your closet situation? If your closet is perfectly organized, how do you keep it that way? Spill all your secrets.