How to Transform an IKEA Pax Wardrobe into a Custom Built-In

The result is a stunning storage solution that fits perfectly into your space. Let’s dive into this IKEA Pax Wardrobe DIY project!

Materials Needed

  • 2 IKEA Pax wardrobes
  • Baseboards
  • Trim
  • Crown molding
  • Caulk
  • Sandpaper
  • Drill

Step-by-Step Guide with IKEA Pax wardrobe

Step 1: Start with IKEA Pax Wardrobes

The first step is to start with two IKEA Pax wardrobes. These are the bases for your custom built-in.

Step 2: Build a Base

Next, build a base that is level with your baseboards. This will ensure that your built-in sits evenly in your space.

Step 3: Secure the Wardrobes

Now, you’ll need to secure the wardrobes to the wall and to each other. Use a drill for this step to ensure a strong, secure fit.

Step 4: Add Doors and Trim

Next, add doors to your wardrobes. Use baseboard and side trim to conceal any gaps and give your built-in a seamless look.

Step 5: Add Crown Molding

Add crown molding to the top of your built-in for a truly finished look. This will give it a high-end, custom feel.

Step 6: Caulk and Sand

Finally, apply caulk to seams or gaps and sand down rough edges. This will give your custom built-in a smooth, professional finish.


With these steps, you can turn an ordinary IKEA Pax wardrobe into a stunning custom built-in. Thanks to @schraminator for this incredible transformation. This project shows the potential of IKEA furniture when given a little bit of creativity and DIY spirit.

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