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20 Inspiring IKEA Pax Closet Makeovers

A round-up of the best closet makeovers using the IKEA Pax system with hacks to make it look custom and solutions for creating the most functional closet.

It’s HAPPENING, y’all!
I’ve been hinting at this one for a while but didn’t really want to get my hopes up that we’d actually get our act together any time soon. But our master bedroom closets are getting a massive overhaul over the next couple of weeks!
(We made the outsides look pretty already but the insides are a different story.)
We’re enlisting the help of our old stand-by when it comes to built-in shelving: IKEA hacks.

20 Inspiring IKEA Pax Closet Makeovers | A round-up of the best closet makeovers using the IKEA Pax system with hacks to make it look custom and solutions for creating the most functional closet.

So, of course, as a result, I’m over here furiously pinning all of the IKEA Pax closets and sharing them all here today as we gather closet organizing ideas and space planning tips.

UPDATE: See our full IKEA closet makeover HERE!

We big time heart IKEA. We’ve never worked with them in any sponsored capacity.


It’s just one of those budget-friendly sources we’ve come to know and love over the years as we can customize their products however we want without breaking the bank. And their Pax system is one of the highest rated in the land for closets because it offers TONS of flexibility.


Just in case you’re in closet organizing mode too (or dream to be one day), I hope this will be a post of helpful inspiration for you as it is for me.


But first, this is our (icky cell phone shot) before closet situation right now:

Closet before

(Don’t even ask why I have a bundle of faux flowers on my top shelf. I have no idea. Haha!)

Closet before

I am so ready to rip out all of that wire shelving!

It’s a super small space to work with, but we know solid shelves and drawers and dedicated organizers will be able to pack a bigger punch in terms of function for our small closets.

20 Inspiring IKEA Pax Closet Makeovers

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his and hers IKEA PAX Closets

Source: The DIY Playbook

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IKEA PAX Closet with full length mirror and dressing stool

Source: Chris Loves Julia

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IKEA PAX Closet with hanging bars

Source: Place of My Taste

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IKEA PAX Closet with rug and wallpaper focal wall

Source: The Happy Housie

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small IKEA PAX Closet with clear drawer fronts

Source: The Happy Housie

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IKEA PAX Closet with pull out pants bar and shoe storage

Source: What the Fab

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IKEA PAX Closet with pink accessories niche

Source: The Pink Millennial 

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IKEA PAX Closet

Source: Life by Lee

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IKEA PAX Closet with drawers and floor length mirror

Source: Young House Love

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blue green IKEA PAX Closet with striped ceiling

Source: Erin Kestenbaum

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IKEA PAX Closet with glass front doors shoe shelves and hamper

Source: Crazy Wonderful

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IKEA PAX Closet with herringbone wood floors and encasement

Source: Fashiion Carpet

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neutral IKEA PAX Closet with shag rug and office desk

Source: Styled Snapshots

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IKEA PAX Closet

Source: Money Can Buy Lipstick

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My gosh all of these IKEA PAX closets are SO good! I think I drooled a little bit.
We’ll be over here hauling out every stitch of clothing and planning every nook and cranny. And probably Marie Kondo-ing everything we own, while we’re at it.


Dying to see how this one all comes together!


Have you ever done a massive wardrobe closet overhaul? Or anything with the IKEA Pax system? Do you have any tips?
Leave any and all in the comments below because we’ll take ALL of the advice over here.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Does IKEA have a closet design service?

Yes! You can book a free PAX wardrobe planning appointment here. You can use their PAX planner online here as well.

Can I paint an IKEA PAX system?

Absolutely! See this post about how to paint IKEA furniture as well as their PAX system.

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9 Comments

  1. This. So much this. We did a Pax install in an 9’x7′ closet and it got pretty ugly the more units went in. Pax is designed to be assembled on the floor and then stood / tilted up into place. Those existing doors aren’t going to allow for that. I don’t see how there is enough depth to the closet to allow you to build it in place either. i.e. you can put the floor and sides in, but how are you going to stand on a latter and put the top on or nail the back panel to the 4 sides – all while inside the closet? Maybe look up the directions to Pax online and measure, measure, measure as Michelle says to see if it will work.

  2. Its very, very difficult to build pax units inside an existing closet as you’ll need to build them insitu as the assembled units will not fit through the door. Even if you can build the initial unit it becomes increasingly difficult as the available room reduces. Make sure you measure to ensure you will have sufficient room to build the frames and move them into place.

  3. I need to do the same with my master closet. I’m just now starting to do the research on all the closet systems. What material is the PAX system made of? Can’t wait to see your final product!!

  4. dresses?? dress pants??? jackets/blazers?? you certainly must have another closet you store clothes in??!! and bobbie…I like that idea! It does seem like with that small door, it will still be hard to reach in and get to stuff?? I do see where the shoe rack is taking up 1/2 the space though….hmmm….this will be interesting…lol

    1. Nope! This is the end all be all of our closet situation. All of our clothes are in our closets or in our dressers. We try to purge our clothes a lot and stick to owning as minimal of an amount as we can. But there is definitely still more we could get rid of.

  5. You lose so much functionality to the existing framing and doors (pretty though they are). Why not rip out what is there and put free standing Pax there with baseboards and crown molding? You could even paint them and do the mirrored doors again.

    1. That’s a good idea, but then ripping out the closets reduces the market value of the house if we want to sell it one day.

  6. comparing these fabulous closets to mys, I ,would be very happy to own either one of these closet. I wish I could keep my closet looking this good. I guess I need to start clearing cloths out! Tanks for sharing.

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