Our master bedroom contained a row of built-in wardrobe, rather crudely built from scratch by the previous owners a few decades ago.
It was clear they had to go.
The choice was either to remove the wardrobes, extend the plasterboard ceiling, replace the carpet, plaster the walls and ceiling, paint the whole room and then put in freestanding cabinets, or… take a cue from Andre and make my own PAX built-in wardrobe.
Unfortunately, the room is 234cm tall, so no chance to get in a 236cm wardrobe without some major alterations.
I know, we’re on IKEAhackers.net, but it would have been close to impossible to assemble and put up the cabinets, even if I cut them to size. I had to settle for 201.
Our house is quite old (1921). The walls are not perfectly straight. The floor is not only warped and concave, but it also vibrates slightly as you walk up and down.
To make matters worse, the washing machine is one floor up, right above the wardrobes.
I had to build a perfectly level base for the cabinets and make sure the finishing would allow for some movement without the plaster or paint cracking.
I actually applied two layers of sealant. One to fill the gap and one to make a nice smooth finish before painting.
I filled the screw holes with plaster (twice) and the panel gaps with silicone sealant.
Painting the built-in wardrobe and room
Lastly, I painted the entire room in plain standard matte interior wall paint from the local DIY shop, mixed to match F&B London Clay.
From then on, it was just a matter of putting in the shelves, drawers and doors. The finishing touch was the ÖSTERNÄS leather door latches.
Funny how a 15-minute job at the end of a 6-day project makes all the difference.
What would I do differently next time?
1m wide drawers behind double doors are just not practical. You have to open both doors before you can pull out the drawers.
Wood panels would probably work just as well as plasterboard.
All in all, this built-in wardrobe project took me five days over a 3-week period from start to finish. The cost was roughly 800 euros for the IKEA components, 150 for the other items and 55 for the wall paint.