Our Small Master IKEA Closet Reveal!

How we overhauled our small closets in our master bedroom with an improvised IKEA closet system rigging Billy bookcases and baskets for a perfectly organized wardrobe.

And just like that our small master bedroom his & her closets are DONE!

It definitely didn’t go according to plan, but it totally worked out. And this project was worth every single second without a doubt.

Small Master IKEA Closet

Totally worth having to take three 2-hour round-trips to IKEA.

Totally worth having to squeeze every usable inch into our plans.

And totally worth sorting through our clothes and having an honest heart-to-heart with myself about the items that truly “spark joy”.

Yep. No regrets.

If you missed the progress from last time, we had to nix our idea of using the IKEA Pax system because the math in terms of the width and depth of our closets just wasn’t going to make sense.

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

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So we adapted 4 IKEA Billy bookcases and 1 super skinny Pax frame in the back of my tiny L-shaped closet to get the job done.

Since we couldn’t really use drawers in such a tight space, we opted for these baskets and these baskets to hold the smaller things instead, and so far, they’re working perfectly.

Okay, diving in…

Robert’s Closet:


Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases


(I feel like I need to apologize for the grainy, badly lit, rainy-day photos, but my non-wide angle camera lens just wasn’t cutting it in these two tight spaces. So bare with me.)

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

Robert really didn’t need as much “small storage” as I did, and since we both already use dressers in our bedroom for T-shirts, underwear, and shorts, the baskets did the job.

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

His baskets are for dress socks (in the lower basket above his shoe shelves so they’re easily accessible), winter gear like hats and gloves, and seasonal items.

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

We used this pull-out rack for his ties and belts.

And hooks on the walls for his baseball caps he wears all the time.

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

Lauren’s Closet:


Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases


Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

In my baskets, I stored scarves, hats & gloves, purses/bags, and belts.

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

And in my two small Pax drawers, I stored swimsuits, swimsuit cover-ups, and shape-wear that I typically use on special occasions. (Spanx, baby!)

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases


Building the bridged gap between the two bookcases as an improvised shoe cubby definitely paid off.

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

For my clothes, I organized each section by categories (sweaters/jackets, blouses/tops, pants, dresses), and then each category by sub-categories (sleeveless, short-sleeve, long-sleeve) and in order by gradient / ROYGBIV color (black, brown, white, pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple).

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

It’s SO much easier for me to put together outfits using that system now.

And even though we had a few comments saying we should use skinny velvet hangers instead of wooden ones, I have to say I really do love the wood hangers because they don’t get tangled up with each other as easily.

But that’s just our preference. To each their own.

Here’s the final cost breakdown:

Robert’s Closet-

Total for Robert’s closet: $427

Lauren’s Closet-

Total for Lauren’s closet: $718.50

TOTAL for both closets combined: $1,145.50

I’m soooo happy this one is finally finished! And we can officially check this one off of our 2020 House Goals List. Woot!

Small Master IKEA Closet Using Billy Bookcases

If you missed a post previously, check out 20 Inspiring IKEA Pax Closet Makeovers, our DIY IKEA Closets Using IKEA Billy Bookcases Part 1, and The Ultimate Closet Clean-Out Cheat Sheet.

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  1. Are these the 13 3/4″ deep systems? Have you had any problems with the hanging rods being near the edge?

    1. Hi, Christina! 🙂 I have copied the first of the list of supplies with sizes included.

      2 – 31 1/2″ x 79 1/2″ Billy bookcases
      2 – 31 1/2″ Billy extensions
      1 – 19 5/8″ x 22 7/8″ x 92 7/8″ Pax wardrobe frame
      2 – 19 5/8″ Komplement drawers
      2 – 19 5/8″ Komplement shelves
      1 – Komplement pull-out multi-use hanger
      4 – Skuggis hooks

  2. Literally amazed!! I’ve got the same wire shelving, and looking for an update for my closets. This is exactly what I was looking for! COVID has me redecorating my entire house – I think this is next 🙂

  3. I love your blog! I did not see where you bought or redid you closet mirrored doors. Can you tell me?

  4. The ultimate “spring cleaning project!” Good timing to provide motivation & inspiration for spring cleaning. Looks great and being organized makes all the difference.

  5. Just stunning! I’m still in awe of how you fit those units in there to make them work as a closet organizer. Amazing. 👏🏻

  6. Looks amazing! organize my clothes the same way in my closet and have for years. It makes it so much easier to grab what I want to wear in the morning and when putting laundry away it only takes a few seconds longer to put it where it belongs! I have been planning a big overhaul of my clothes so thanks for the printable and the inspiration!

  7. Loved this blog!! I’m in desperate need of going through my closet. 30+ years in the same house, things tend to get out of hand. LOL Since I’m all over the scale, it’s hard to say…but pretty sure I’ve got about 3 sizes of clothing. I’m going to take your Cheat sheet and get it cleaned out. (Sadly, not only do I have my closet but since our two kids are grown and on their own, I’ve taken over an additional closet. LOL) I’m taking charge of the closet situation once and for all. Thank you for this helpful post. Love everything you post. You are such a sweet girl with a sweet family. Hugs.

  8. Where did you find the doors with the antique glass in them? Did you DIY the glass? If so, how did you do it ?

  9. Great closets and you two were persistent in getting it right! How stress-free when you open those closet doors!

  10. But what’s in the l-shape part of the closet! I’ve wanted to see that part the whole time. These closets are really fantastic!! Thanks for all the inspiration!

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