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. I’m happy to report that we made it over in a weekend for 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 closet organizer 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. Millie had a dresser in the girls’ bedroom while Peighton’s was in the playroom. Not convenient at all.
I knew right away I wanted to add the IKEA PAX closet organizer in this closet as the base and then build shelving around it for books (that’s a whole other level of disorganization). I opted for the Pax closet organizer because I liked the option of having shelves and drawers, I also preferred it’s size over closet organizer system 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 more than just going with the PAX so it saved us time and money in the long run.
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/DIY closet organizer that we built. Here’s how we did it:
DIY Closet Organizer from an IKEA Pax Organizer
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:
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 custom 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 the 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. 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 organizer turned out. We went from a completely non-functional space to a tiny but mighty closet that 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 there’s plenty of room for all of their books which means no more mile-high stacks of books on the dresser.
I found this napkin holder on clearance at Target and thought it was perfect to corral hair ties and bows. We keep just the ones that are used most often here and the rest 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?
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