Super Smooth IKEA PAX Hacks That Look Seamless & Built-In

We’ve shown you ways to make freestanding IKEA wardrobes look more expensive, and now it’s all about how to make them look built-in and custom. I combed the internet for the best — and in many cases astonishing — times that PAX became part of a room’s architecture, and looks as if it was born there.

Malcolm Begg of Design 69 is obviously a genius because he figured out how to cut a PAX on an angle before tucking it under the eaves of his upstairs Victorian bedroom. Between the fit, and the tricked out doors, these are so. well. done.

Above, Fiona of Around the Houses actually inherited the long lines of PAX wardrobes in her home, but wasn’t enthralled by the MDF panel doors. So, using some H&M curtains, she created a wall mural of sorts that is dramatic and so beautiful.

There are a couple of reasons that this bedroom storage stands out: the angled design, the open cubby storage stacked above the unit, and the gold ring pulls. All combined Christina created some super stylish storage that’s out in the open, but packs the punch of a walk-in closet.

This green unit from Design*Sponge really fills the space between floor and ceiling, The SemiHandmade doors with custom molding finish off the look and give it an old-world appeal, befitting this pre-war Brooklyn apartment.

Similar to SemiHandmade is Scandinavian A.S. Helsingo, which creates doors to fit IKEA wardrobes. Their room above takes it a step further by painting the cabinets the same color as the walls, which unifies everything further.

I can’t say these wardrobes are IKEA for sure, but it’s highly likely (and if not, still a whole heck of a lot of inspiration). What I like about this look is the pencil-thin trim around the periphery of the doors, along with the upgraded hardware and matte black paint job. The curtain hung from the cabinets’ right side might just provide a little extra hiding spot for extra stuff. Bonus!

Technically, Ashlea used a DOMBAS as the base for her built-ins, but the idea is the same. Once she found it was the perfect fit, she raised the unit by building a base, then clad the sides in shiplap to match the rest of her home.

And just because PAX was designed as a wardrobe, doesn’t make it inappropriate for the kitchen. Brittany Makes shared her new kitchen pantry, outfitted with charcoal grey doors and brass pulls, which looks right at home next to another set of built-ins.

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