The PAX wardrobe comes in 2 heights: 236 cm and 201 cm.
With the 236 cm version you will have a clearance of 38 cm. With the 201 cm, you’ll have a 73 cm margin. The height difference will let you play around with different options for the best fit — like LEGO.
Ideas to raise the IKEA PAX wardrobe
1. Get another PAX and cut down
The most obvious hacker solution would be to get the shorter 201 version and make your own height extension frame. This would be the most seamless and everything will line up well, if you have the tools and skills to do so. But it will cost quite a bit and leave a lot of waste.
You’ll also need to cut up the PAX doors to fit the extension.
2. Raise the PAX instead
Another way to make this work is to build beneath the PAX rather than on top.
Jordan did just that with custom wooden legs. Gorgeous, isn’t it?
Credit: Lauren Chorpening Day via Design*Sponge
3. Add in a base of drawer
The kitchen system (METOD or SEKTION) is a good match for the PAX. The depths are almost similar, though the widths are a bit tricky to match. But if you add them beneath the PAX wardrobe like drawers below, it works beautifully.
4. Cover up with taller doors
38cm is not a very large gap. You could make custom doors out of plywood (or any other wood board) and install them to the PAX. The ones below are for a kids’ room, but they demonstrate how the doors cover up the gap above the frames.
5. Opt for another system instead
If the PLATSA is available in Canada, it offers a lot more flexibility to build upwards.
Hope these ideas help you raise the PAX wardrobe to fit your high ceilings.
Let us know how it goes.
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