Upgrading our Master Closet with Ikea Pax

When we first bought our house, our realtor and us talked about how the master bedroom didn’t feel like “a master bedroom.” True… but what does that even mean haha? ?
The room is off the kitchen (sometimes it’s noisy), the closet was pokey, the bathroom tiny, and it’s dark. ⁣⁣

We knew the closet needed to change, but we needed to find more space. We went back & forth on how we could do that without taking square footage away from the room, and finally it came to us! ? We could delete the closet in the office and give the space to the master bedroom. Woohoo!

After using Ikea’s Algot and PAX closet systems in our last house, we knew we wanted to use Ikea PAX again. It’s affordable, feels custom and we knew it would give us the built-in feeling we were looking for.

Here’s what we did to upgrade our closet:

  • Designed our closet online and locked in the height/width we needed⁣⁣
  • Demo’d the wall⁣⁣
  • Hired a carpenter to reframe the closet opening⁣⁣
  • Hired a drywaller to close in the closet on the other side of the wall⁣⁣
  • Primed the closet ⁣⁣
  • Built a platform out of plywood and 2×4’s for the IKEA Pax to sit on⁣⁣
  • Built the IKEA Pax units (all Elliot!) ??⁣

We have a bunch more Pax drawers to build, but then finally… a useable (& beautiful!) closet! ???

To “finish” the closet, we’ll anchor the Pax units to the platform, install sliding doors, and then trim it out.