Description: We started with 2 wide PAX units and 2 narrow PAX units. Our ceilings are not even 80″ but our height options at IKEA were 96″ or 75″. We rolled the dice, bought 96â units. Using a chop saw we cut them down to 80″ and assembled using the instructions that came with the units.
We then screwed them all together and to the wall and built a hardwood face frame over the units to give it a solid, built in look. We split up the units in half by adding a custom hamper drawer and display shelving. This way we had the closet guts with a high quality frame and doors that will hold up to wear without spending a fortune.
Then my electrical engineer husband added lighting into the closet that automatically turns on and off when the door opens.
Last but definitely not least we built tongue and groove shaker style doors.
We added crown molding to the top to give it a custom look.
Jules Yap started IKEAHackers.net in 2006 as a personal blog to showcase the most impressive IKEA hacks from all over the world. Since then, she has learned a lot more about power tools and DIY. Her site has helped thousands modify IKEA furniture with step-by-step tutorials, craft projects and home styling.