Pax Wardrobe Hack

Ever dreamed about having a built-in wardrobe? The beautiful hidden wardrobes with wall paneling like you see in a beautiful Parisian homes? Sharing how you can get the look for less by use IKEA Pax wardrobes.

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Estimated reading time: 6 minutes

It’s almost been a year since I completed this project and it’s holding up amazing, zero issues, and I still look at it in awe that I made it happen and with Pax Wardrobes! When I completed this project, I really didn’t know what I was doing and had to look up a lot along the way. Plus, I usually film vlog style, so I apologize in advance for non DIY related clips that were included in these videos! 

The Steps:

  1. I built the IKEA PAX Wardrobes
  2. Removed the quarter round (and baseboard if you choose) from the wall that the wardrobe will be on.
  3. Start by building a 2 x 4 base for the PAX to sit on, ensuring that there were cross supports running front to back anywhere the wardrobe would touch the ground (side to side and front to back).
  4. Build similar for the top of the PAX – creating studs. You need something attached to the top of the pax, and the ceiling. This is what you will attach the drywall to eventually so it needs to be flat. You also need to attach something to the sides of the wardrobe and the walls to do similar – attach the drywall to. In my videos I did this after the next step, and it made it much harder!
  5. Once the pax is on the 2 x 4 platform and level, attach the PAX to the wall. Following IKEA instructions for this.
  6. Start working on the drywall top. Cutting the drywall and using drywall screws to screw it into the wood studs you created. Do the same to the sides. Use drywall tape where necessary (see video), and also corner bead between the drywall and top of the wardrobe. This part is a little tricky, but it’s what makes it look built in. I recommend looking up some videos on how to do this if you’ve never done it before! That’s what I did since it was my first time drywalling.

  7. Once you’re finished with the drywalling and messy sanding, prime everything.
  8. Install the doors and make sure you are happy with the positioning, I’d recommend installing the cabinet pulls at this point to make sure they don’t rub on each other and close easily.

  9. Add the crown moulding to match the rest of the room and panel moulding to the doors with No More Nails. I recommend taping it out onto the doors with painters tape, then cut one piece at a time. You need to be careful to ensure it lines up perfectly.
  10. Install the baseboard
  11. Carefully caulk any gaps between the moulding and the door.
  12. I only painted the panel moulding (White Dove by Benjamin Moore) but I didn’t end up painting the doors since the colour was a good match. If you do end up wanting to paint the doors, I recommend using BIN Zinsser
  13. Install the quarter round. If yours is painted, you will install before painting – mine was wood and I used the quarter round I took off the back wall at the beginning to make sure it matched.

Want to learn how to paint your IKEA Pax wardrobe and other furniture so that it doesn’t chip or scratch? Learn more here.


There are the main pieces I used to complete this project

One thing I wish I had to complete this project was a Mitre Saw, it was necessary to cut the baseboard for the project! I found a way around it that I wouldn’t recommend/wasn’t perfect!





Videos & Steps

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment below or on any of the YouTube videos and I’ll get back to you!


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