Graded by Grace IKEA’s PAX Closet System
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I am a very visual person. That means if I don’t see something, I will forget that I have it after a few months. So I need a closet that lets me see what I have and easily manage it.
Our first home in America was a 100 plus year old two floor bungalow. It is very unusual in that it has small walk-in closets in the two upstairs bedrooms. I am a big fan of IKEA since when I lived in China in my apartment. They have some great ideas on how to use small spaces. So I believed it would be the best place to start looking for something to fit for our small space and equally small budget. But my husband had never been to one of their stores. He believed IKEA’s products are not well made like other traditional furniture stores. So it took some effort to make him give IKEA a try. 😉
There are actually very few IKEA stores in America but we were lucky that there was one in the Detroit area only about an hour drive from our home. We took a trip to see what they had and my husband started to rethink his opinion. I’m not sure that the Swedish meatballs he ate at the IKEA cafeteria didn’t help with changing his mind! Anyway, after shopping, measuring and shopping again we came up with a closet organizer that worked great. We were both pleased with the final result and my husband is a fan like me too. In fact he was quite impressed by the engineering on their products. Everything IKEA sells can be put together with about 5 or 6 different tools. My husband is an engineer for an automotive supplier and knows how complicated most machines are and he really liked this common sense simplicity. So when we moved into our current house about 4 years ago, he already decided to use IKEA again to convert a small bedroom to a walk-in closet for me. And this time I didn’t even need to give him a hint. 😉
This company really knows how to help it’s customers. On the IKEA website there is a tool called PAX Planner that lets you build your own closet as you like after you enter the dimensions of your space. This time we used 5 units from the PAX closet system. They gave me enough room to hang all of my current season clothes and overhead bins to put away the off season items. By the way, I have more closet space in other rooms so all my winter coats were not in this walk-in closet. This meant I have even more room for my shoes, bags, hats and jewelry!
1. IKEA’s PAX Planner that allows you to create your own dream closet online, providing you with the cost of your system and a printable list of the products you have chosen. You can order all of them online and let them ship it to you. Easy and less effort.
2. The price of a custom PAX closet system is significantly less than most other custom closet systems. Ours only cost about $3000.
3. It’s pretty easy to put the PAX wardrobes and interior accessories together – they come with instructions that are always pretty easy to follow and require no special tools. But I will suggest two people work together for the big wall units. My husband and I only used one day to put up all 5 units.
4. The units line up and connect to one another well and there are no gaps or spaces between them. The best part? They are very sturdy.
5. Anytime you can change the drawers, pull-out tracks and so on to fit in your changing needs. My husband currently helped me added more shoe space and jewelry drawers. (Hey, there was a great sale!) 😉
6. All the drawers and racks can be easily and smoothly pushed in and pulled out. They all seem very sturdy and well made.
7. Finish options. We went with basic white to make the small room look larger but they have a few color options that should be a match to your room.
1. The PAX wardrobe frames come in only three sizes – in most cases, you can create a combination of sizes that will work for your space but you most likely won’t end up with a fully wall-to-wall system.
2. If you never used IKEA products before, it may take a little bit longer to understand how they work. It can be confusing even when you start to design your closet online.
3. The PAX system only works well for walk-in closets.
It has been 7 years since I stared to use IKEA’s PAX closet system and I still love it! This time I will give it a solid A+!
Here is my new look for today.
SHOP MY LOOK:
Snakeskin print top @Guess
White leather skirt @Lord & Taylor
Shoes @Nordstrom Rack
Bag @Michael Kors
TODAY’S LINKUP PARTY:
what i wore