I moved into a new house with a huge open closet room with no storage. I designed my entire walk-in gorgeous closet using the PAX system, but now have realized my ceiling is too low. The ceiling is 78 1/4” tall.
Can the PAX system be cut down? Would you cut the bottom or the top?
I’ve searched the site and not found an alternative product.
~ by Ally
The shorter PAX stands at 79 1/4″, just an inch taller than your ceiling. Oh bummer. Good news is … yes, you can shorten PAX wardrobes.
Now that its “cut-ability” is established, you need to know that the PAX is particleboard, so getting a good clean cut can be tricky. There are lots of good information on how to cut particleboard on the internet, like this one here, so I’ll not go into the how’s.
One thing to remember, you’ll need enough room height to accommodate the diagonal dimension of the wardrobe and not merely the height (79 1/4″), otherwise after you assemble it flat on the floor, you won’t have enough clearance to stand it up!
As for cutting the top or bottom, because you’ll need to cut more than an inch off the PAX, cutting the bottom just won’t work. If you are using the doors, you would need to cut the doors too to fit the new frame size.
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.