Ikea pax wardrobe system- any good?

(57 Posts)
shelley72 Wed 26-Sep-12 15:39:52

We are drowning under stuff. Especially in our room. We just dont have enough space. It isnt helped by having no useable airing cupboard space so nowhere to store towels, bedding etc. And partly me keeping things just in case - though I am getting a lot better and ebaying surplus things.

Does anyone have the ikea Pax wardrobes? We looked at them a while ago but had (and still do i suppose) other prorities money-wise. However the clutter is getting me down now and I need to organise towels, clothes, shoes, boots etc. I would also like a nice peaceful room

Would anyone recommend them? Do they work out expensive by the time you add all of the little bits like shoe racks hangars etc inside? Do you just have the wardrobes in the room or do you also have furniture / chests of drawers too? And if so, can you get them in the same design?

I am feeling a weekend trip to ikea coming on... smile

madwomanintheattic Wed 26-Sep-12 15:41:43

We have eleven of them in various forms. grin

Hopefully that answers your question...

<there is an ikea pax designer on mn... grin it isn't me.>

airedailleurs Wed 26-Sep-12 15:43:38

yes, we have had one for about 8 years and it's fab with no signs of wear and tear at all...we have the trouser hanger and some drawers and shelves and it looks really nice when the doors are shut! I don't really know how they compare price-wise though, sorry

WentworthMillerMad Wed 26-Sep-12 17:27:31

Yes and I got mine on gum tree! Brillaint. We have the shoe racks
And a drawer to hold all my bracelets in compartments. Highly recommend! Check eBay!

Folicacid Wed 26-Sep-12 17:30:34

There's a whole wardrobes brochure new out from ikea that shows you different prices for different interior storage etc. you'll probably be able to download from their website. You can also get it on the ikea app.

shelley72 Thu 27-Sep-12 17:52:50

well it seems as though they are quite good then smile. i have had a quick look on ebay and nothing much on there (well not a lot cheaper than ikea itself) but i have found on the ikea website a design your own PAX tool which is lots of fun. and going to have a childfree trip to have a proper nose around too. i think i like the sliding doors version, but would like to see in RL.

trouble is now, if i'm taking out all of the old stuff, i may as well redecorate whilst im at it! i hate my good ideas. they usually snowball and end up costing a fortune!!!

SilverSixpence Fri 28-Sep-12 00:04:29

They are great for storage. We had the glass sliding doors in the biggest size and they have caused us a lot of problems though, as they jam/slide off and are hard to sort out again afterwards due to how they fit onto the frame. They do take up a lot less space than conventional doors though.

airedailleurs Fri 28-Sep-12 10:06:29

we have the wooden sliding doors in the biggest size and they have always been fine...

We've got one, and it's great. There's lots of extras you can get - I went to get one with just a hanging rail, and came back with one with a hanging rail, two shelves, two wire baskets, and a trouser-hanger thingy! Managed to resist the LED lighting strip though grin

Fizzylemonade Fri 28-Sep-12 11:37:10

madwomanintheattic I see your 11 wardrobes and I raise you my 6 doubles and 9 singles grin

I love mine to bits, easy to change the interior fittings as your needs change like hanging rails for the DCs.

We have had some of them for about 12 years, they are sturdy and have stood up to being dismantled and reassembled several times in house moves.

I have a 4m run of them in the children's playroom that hides a Tv, wii, games, coats, hats, shoes, hoover, ironing board etc

We have lots of the plastic tubs, none of this wooden drawer expensiveness as no-one can see when the doors are shut. My two sons don't have any chest of drawers as their wardrobes are hanging rails, shelves and lots of plastic drawers.

When planning your wardrobe watch out for the hinges, top, middle and bottom as it can mess up your layout inside the wardrobe. If you are having sliding doors clearly this won't be an issue grin

Arithmeticulous Fri 28-Sep-12 11:54:16

I have a 4m run of them in the children's playroom that hides a Tv, wii, games, coats, hats, shoes, hoover, ironing board etc

<drools>

Picture? I've been looking at a Hemmes concoction but Pax would do. Do they look like wardrobes?

leeloo1 Fri 28-Sep-12 14:36:56

Ooh, I love Pax, and just bought another of the really tall ones (white Bergsbo doors) for the living room, to help hide all my the kids clutter. I'm surprised at how nice it looks actually and holds absolutely masses of stuff!

Otherwise in our bedroom we have 2 wide/deep (curtained) pax
- 1 has 2 (half-height) hanging rails,
- the other has a (3/4 height) hanging rail at the top, then underneath there are 2 of the big wire drawers 1 for bedding and 1 for towels - they're great, but due to the weight they occasionally come off the rails, so I have a shelf under them, just in case.

1 shallow (beech doors). All shelved for books and toiletries.

1 extra tall/shallow in DS' room (no doors). This has 3 sets of the cubby holes, 3 of the wire drawers and a couple of shelves at the top. It works brilliantly and as DS has got older I rearranged it - so the cubbies/drawers that were in the middle with his teeny baby clothes in are now at the bottom for toys, and the wire drawers that used to be at the bottom with sheets/towels/sleeping bags/muslins are now in the middle with his big clothes in. So it really 'grows' with you as your needs change.

To make it cheaper think about what storage you actually need, as some doors/ shelf combos/accessories are much cheaper than others. I think the hanging rails and regular shelves are the cheapest and most useful.

madwomanintheattic Fri 28-Sep-12 14:46:24

Lol, fizzy, that's hilarious. Ours are a mixture too. We used them back to back in a large room to create a wall and thus a room each for the girls - and they also have them like they do on the website (or did last year) as headboard surrounds with the wardrobes on the other side (outside their 'rooms') being used for household linens and spare duvets etc. I have more in the utility as shelves, with no doors, for storing cleaning stuff and folding laundry.

I love pax.

If I had discovered them when we still had a playroom that would have been even better. grin

Asmywhimsytakesme Fri 28-Sep-12 14:50:23

Be very careful with the ones with mirror doors - don't buy a mirror door because ours was too heavy for the hinge and fell off!

Bought because I wanted a full length mirror and it's a tiny bedroom so made it more light.

Durab Fri 28-Sep-12 14:59:46

Ooh Shelley can you post a link for that tool? I can't find it...

SoozleQ Fri 28-Sep-12 15:02:13

I have two double and one single of the highest ones with mirrored doors in my bedroom. The doors were difficult to get on initially due to their weight but once on they've been brilliant and we've had them for 2 years now. Love them.

shelley72 Fri 28-Sep-12 20:59:10

hopefully this is the link

achillea Fri 28-Sep-12 21:06:08

Consider getting lots of 50cm wide ones as they are more sturdy and easier to assemble. If you use drawers on a 100cm wide cupboard you need to be able to open both doors wide before you can pull the drawer out.

Also consider just getting the cabinets and getting doors later.

I want to see madwoman's girls bedroom!

Grockle Fri 28-Sep-12 21:27:14

Excellent thread - we're going to ikea next weekend to get a PAX wardrobe for DS. I just need to decide if he needs 2 or 3 doors and which bits to put in it so that it lasts him ages.

achillea Fri 28-Sep-12 21:55:29

The pull-out wire drawers are good for shoes and bags.

achillea Fri 28-Sep-12 21:58:55

I hate the Ikea website. It's all white on grey on white. A picture of a white door. on a white background with grey writing. No sense of scale, you have to click on another button and scroll down to get the size. Great. Thanks Ikea, very useful.

Rant over.

Brycie Fri 28-Sep-12 22:02:57

I can certainly recommend the pull out trouser hanger. It's worth buying a whole set of wardrobes for. Lifre changer, honestly!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 28-Sep-12 22:07:55

Ds1 has two pf the 750mm ones in his tiny room.

It's got sliding doors to make the most of the tiny space. He has a top shelf in each one, a hanging rail and then 3 drawers underneath. We got 3 wire drawers for towels, bedding etc as I'm not concerned about any creasing and 3 wooden ones for shorts, t-shirts and pj's.

It really has used the space brilliantly.

My tip would be to check the height of your room carefully and check the information that Ikea give about the required ceiling heights for assembling the wardrobes, then go for the tallest version that you can possibly get.

londonmackem Fri 28-Sep-12 22:09:59

We have a massive one. They are time consuming to put together but really sturdy. Decide exactly where you want them before putting together as they are really heavy! Ours are too near the wall so curtains don't fit down the side. When I asked dh if he could move it 2cm it nearly ended in divorce! They need quite a bit of room to assemble to. When I have money I intend to fill the rest of my rooms with them. We have the split hanging rail with a moveable rail so you only have a small gap for hanging really long clothes. Would recommend.

TheMightyLois Fri 28-Sep-12 22:11:49

I'm a bit too excited by this thread. Wardrobes shouldnt have this effect on me.

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