Last month I shared on my Insta Story how excited I was to have gotten a new custom IKEA PAX wardrobe in our bedroom! I’m on a storage and organization kick this year and it’s already made such a difference in our home. I’m thinking when all is said and done I’ll do a Storage Ideas for City Living post since it’s been quite a process. But for now, let’s focus on one thing that has completely changed how we store things in our bedroom—the IKEA PAX wardrobe! This post is not sponsored by IKEA; I’m just really loving our new custom closet and friends and readers have been asking about it. While it’s amazing and I’m so happy that we got one, I do think there are some important things to know about it if you’re getting a IKEA PAX wardrobe, and knowing these things ahead of time can help make the process of ordering one much smoother.
IKEA PAX Wardrobe – Pros:
- It’s totally custom! You get to decide how many drawers, shelves, and pull-outs you want in your custom closet. There are also a lot of different options for jewelry/accessory drawers, pull-outs for hanging things, types of doors, etc.
- The IKEA PAX wardrobe is at a relatively affordable price point. I think when all was said and done, we paid $1,200 for our custom IKEA PAX wardrobe, including delivery and set up.
- I looove the mirror sliding doors on our closet. It’s a big piece of furniture, so having mirrors on it opens everything up and makes the room feel bigger. Plus it’s so great when I’m getting ready in the morning to have a giant mirror in our bedroom.
- I was really happy to see how smoothly everything glides! The drawers, doors, and pull-out rack for my pants all roll really smoothly. This was something I was a little nervous about, since it is IKEA and sometimes things can be a bit off.
IKEA PAX Wardrobe – Cons:
- I was definitely disappointed to see that the back of the closet is not wood, but thin white cardboard strips. It’s not noticeable now that all my stuff is in there, and I get that one solid piece of wood for the back would be really heavy, but for the price I was expecting solid walls on all sides.
- The set up is a total bitch, and absolutely not doable with one person. Definitely hire someone to do this for you!
- There are tons of options for drawers and pull-outs for the deeper version of the IKEA PAX wardrobe, but if you do the less deep version, which is the one we went with in order to fit this closet in our bedroom in front of our bed, there are a limited amount of options. At first I was really disappointed when I realized this in the store, because I was particularly excited for all of the jewelry/accessory drawer options. I got over it and got creative with ordering other, separate storage solutions like sunglasses pull-out drawers and jewelry holders, that are now stacked inside my closet. More deets on this below.
Now for some tips! If you’re ordering a custom IKEA PAX closet, be sure to:
- Go into an IKEA store to design your closet. While you can use IKEA’s website to use the software to design your custom IKEA PAX wardrobe, it’s frankly kinda confusing and not the most intuitive software. At first I thought doing this at home sounded like a really convenient option, but I quickly got frustrated when things weren’t working the way I wanted them to. It’s also just really helpful to see the different sizes, doors, and accessory options in person so you can get an idea of what you want in your custom closet.
- Choose the delivery option for your IKEA PAX closet. This shit is heavy, you guys. When the delivery men came to drop off all 22 of the pieces that would make up our closet, they were absolutely huffing and puffing and had a dolly. I can’t even imagine trying to transport all of these heavy pieces myself, even if I had a truck that would fit it all.
- Select the option to have IKEA set up your closet for you. Note that when you are ordering your closet, the IKEA rep will tell you that you cannot have IKEA set up your closet for you if you have baseboards. They will tell you that your only option is to remove the baseboards before the setup guys come. We have half inch thick baseboards and there’s no way we’re about to tear out baseboards in our apartment. We really didn’t get what the big issue was, and asked if there was some waiver we could sign or something to acknowledge that yes, we have thin baseboards, but we still want IKEA to set up our close for us. Unfortunately the rep at the store insisted that the delivery men would not be able to set up our closet if we have baseboards, so we decided to just have the pieces delivered and we would get someone from Handy or Task Rabbit to set up the closet for us. This worked out ok, but it really is a two person job to set up this giant closet, so Omied ended up having to help our guy from Handy, and it took about 3 – 4 hours, plus me building the drawers myself. What we should have done (and what you should do too if you’re ordering an IKEA closet), is to just say at the store that you don’t have baseboards, and schedule the IKEA guys to do the setup for you (even if you do have baseboards). Unless your baseboards are super thick, they will still set it up and make sure that the top of the closet is attached to your wall. A friend of mine went this route and the IKEA guys still set up her closet for her. I wish I knew that before I ordered mine! As a heads up, if you do have baseboards, your closet will obviously not be 100% flush against the wall and straight vertical. This isn’t noticeable when you look at it, but it does mean that due to the slight lean back, when I open the drawers in my IKEA closet, the self-closing drawers will always slide closed if I’m not holding them. This is only annoying in cases where I would want my drawers to stay out, like when I’m putting away laundry.
- And obviously, measure everything ahead of time. I was hoping we’d be able to get the deeper version of the IKEA closet, but that just wasn’t going to be possible with the space we had in our bedroom. Another thing to note is that if the room where you’ll be setting up the closet is different than where the closet is actually going to stand, you’ll want to make sure you’ll be able to actually carry the tall closet through your hall/doorway/whatever. We had to do some serious maneuvering in order to get our closet from the living room where it was being set up, into your bedroom, including opening our front door to get some of the closet outside and pivoted, and turning the closet on its side in order to fit through our bedroom door. And most importantly we had to lift the tall closet up into standing position by lying it down on its face first and then hoisting it up, rather than carrying it into the room sideways and just standing it up, as that would have scratched the ceiling.
- Think about other elements you can pull in to make sure your IKEA closet meets your needs. I bought a few additional storage items off of Amazon including stackable sunglasses pull-out drawers and stackable velvet ring holder and bracelet holder trays. I also have a ton of necklaces and added plastic hooks to the sides of the wall around the shelf where I’m storing necklaces/earrings, as well as these pretty wooden blocks with gold hooks for more earrings. I also added a gold necklace holder with a basket at the top to put other things like watches. Lastly, I’m an earrings girl, so I’ve got a lot of those too. I like to use earring holders so that I can easily see everything.
Ok, that’s my scoop on our new IKEA PAX Wardrobe! Like I said I’m absolutely loving it and I’m so happy to have a super clean storage solution in our bedroom for all of my jewelry, handbags, shoes…and some of Omied’s clothes too. 😉