You know when you change something, a routine or a rearrange your cabinets and think – why the heck didn’t I do this before? That’s where I am with this closet. We took a regular IKEA closet system and customized it to suite the girls’ shared closet. It took just a weekend to create it and it made such a huge impact. I think one of the most important details to why this worked out so well for us is that it rang in just over $250 and that $250 was MONEY WELL SPENT, y’all. I won’t hear “Mommmmmm, where is my (insert very specific description of a dress here)?” every single morning anymore because Peighton can now see every single dress she owns at eye level. Basically, this IKEA kids closet organizer upgrade and entire closet makeover is a major mom win.
To be perfectly honest, we’ve played a game of musical bedrooms over the last year. Millie and P had separate rooms, then we moved them into the same room which happened to previously be our guest room awhile ago. The only problem with the new room was the major lack of closet space compared to the other rooms. Since the closet was completely non-functional, it served as random storage (see what I mean above) while the girls’ clothes were shoved into two dressers in two different rooms.
I knew right away I wanted to add the IKEA closet system, PAX, in this closet as the base as their closet organizer and then build shelving around it for books. I opted for the PAX IKEA closet system because I liked the option of having shelves and drawers, I also preferred its size over other closet organizer systems I looked at. Plus, we had a great experience with the DIY Billy Built-ins a few months ago. We considered just building the entire thing on our own but the cost of materials would have been hundreds more than just going with the PAX so it saved us time and money.
If you are interested in organizing a small closet this post is for you! This closet was a standard size at about six feet in width – we were able to get a lot of function out of that space with our IKEA closet organizer DIY that we built. Here’s how we did it:
DIY Kids Closet from an IKEA Closet System
We started by removing the old wire shelf then, filled and patched the holes. Matt put the Pax shelving unit together in the living room and together we were able to move it into the closet fairly easily – it cleared the opening without any problem.
Here’s what we purchased from IKEA (make sure to check the measurements of the items linked below – there may be a drop-down menu with several selections):
To get the shelving unit to be flush with the wall we had to remove a portion of the baseboard in here.
Once we had the PAX organizer where we wanted it, Matt marked the baseboard on both sides so he knew where to cut. He used a knife to loosen up the boards and then used a hand saw to cut the baseboard and removed it from the wall. Then we were able to fit the shelving in seamlessly. At this point, Matt secured it to the wall with the anchors that IKEA provided.
The next step to building out this kids closet organizer was to build the shelves on either side of the Pax piece. Matt ran to The Home Depot and purchased a couple of pre-fabricated shelves that were the depth that we wanted and then he cut them to fit the space. We started with the shelf on the top, it was the trickiest because we wanted the entire thing to look like one unit. In order to do that, the top shelves on either side of the IKEA piece needed to be level with the top of the IKEA shelf.
Matt cut some 1x2s to use as braces for the shelves. We used drywall anchors to secured them to the wall. He drilled pilot holes in the braces with a countersink bit so we could hide the screws easily. The braces were also secured to the IKEA shelf with screws as well. We continued this process with all of the shelves. We also decided to add in three closet rods in addition to the shelves.
To finish, Matt filled all the holes and caulked all of the joints so we could prep for paint.
I found this hardware from The Home Depot – I love the gold finish.
We’re so pleased with the way this DIY IKEA closet system worked out for us. We turned a completely non-functional space into a custom kids’ closet organizer. This tiny but mighty closet truly serves a purpose.
All of Peighton’s clothes are now out of the playroom and fit perfectly in the drawers here.
She loves that all of her dresses are at eye level and are easy for her to select all on her own.
I love that this customized IKEA closet system provides plenty of room for all of their books which means no more mile-high stacks of books on the dresser.
We keep their most used bows here in a napkin holder I found on clearance. The rest stored in the bathroom.
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It’s really the little things that bring joy, isn’t it? I would never have imagined how much ease would be accomplished by resolving our closet organization issues. Now, the girls have such an easy time finding their things, and everything stays much tidier! Major mom win over here – and did I mention it was a budget project?
If you plan on adding an IKEA closet organizer of your own, pin the image below for inspiration!
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