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


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.

TheMightyLois Fri 28-Sep-12 22:13:06

Oh - the normal sliding doors are fine. The mirrored ones cause problems because they're so heavy.

ICantFindAFreeNickName Fri 28-Sep-12 22:14:31

I love PAX. We have it in my sons room & are now buying it for my DD.
DS has a mixture of Beech & mirror doors - they really brighten up the room.
After 5 years they still look like new.
If you soom of the finishes match other ranges, such as Malm, so you can get other bits that sort of match.
My only complaint is that they have reduced the number of wooden drawers that they do. They used to do a great shallow drawer & also one with lots of wooden dividers, much better than the stuff they do now.

achillea Fri 28-Sep-12 22:24:29

The pull out trouser hanger is great if you can get both doors open wide enough for it to pull out!

Not that I ever dump stuff on the floor in front of the cupboard doors or anything, as if.

Brycie Sat 29-Sep-12 00:25:09

Yes, if you can get a height of about five shallow narrow drawers with gaps above, it looks lovely and is so useful.

shrimponastick Sat 29-Sep-12 00:32:12

We bought Pax wardrobes earlier this year after a bedroom refurb.

Our new room is quite small, but has an alcove at the side of the chimney breast - however it is shallow. AFter deliberation we got the PAX, full height to ceiling, three doors wide, but the shallow depth. It is surprising how much we can hang in it, despite the clothes hanging from front to back (rather than side to side as in a regular wardrobe).

I also bought something similar for DS - his is also full heigh, but full depth too.

We don;t have sliding doors, just the regular opening doors.

The one in our room took a couple of hours to assemble, it was a bit awkwards as it was so high - but we managed. I did DS mostly on my own - just needed DH to hold up the main carcass until it was screwed together.

So far so good. They all have the wire baskets on runners. Also shelving in half of ours.

I think they were pretty good value really - and our gloss doors look perfect - I give them a quick whisk over with a duster when I can be bothered.

civilfawlty Sat 29-Sep-12 03:53:44

I have several, but I buy MDF or ply for doors instead, and paint them as required. Looks more 'expensive'. They are great.

shelley72 Sat 29-Sep-12 07:23:35

I too am stupidly excited about my trip to ikea on monday. Measuring up today, I think I can just about get away with the tallest wardrobes, but can't decide whether to have 2 x 2 m wardrobes or whether to get one wardrobe and then chests of drawers for bedding, towels etc.
Wardrobe wise I want long hanging space for dresses/coats, a long enough gap though so that i can stand up my winter boots. Compartment to store scarves, shelf to keep cosmetics away from my 2 year old. I suppose hubby may want a bit of space too...
So the baskets, trouser hangers, drawers are recommended too? I am going to be hours there aren't I?!

LadyEmmaHamilton Sat 29-Sep-12 07:35:48

Yes, you are smile

Fortify yourself with an ikea breakfast and Daim bars.

herhonesty Sat 29-Sep-12 07:37:27

Had pax wardrobes in a rented property since 1999 and never even had to adjust a screw. I use the insides for custom made furniture at home. I need an ikea trip too if only for a plate of gravadlax,meatballs and a bag of bag clips!

RonettePulaski Sat 29-Sep-12 08:03:43

I went crazy with fittings but but over the years have taken most out to maximize hanging space as that's what is most useful for me. I found for example the trouser hanger held 13 pairs or what have you of trousers but if I had a rail in the same position I could hand a great many more things

I love pax, I'm a bit obsessed

Can I ask what you all have in the very top? I've got a hanging rail in each as high as it can be for me to still easily reach. Then a shelf above which leaves a gap of about 30cm. I shove stuff up there and it disappears off to the back. It's the only part of the wardrobe I've not been able to
Usefully utilize, I guess because it's out of easy reach

Pannacotta Sat 29-Sep-12 10:20:32

I am about to put in a big order but not sure how many shelves/drawers I can fit in with hinged doors rather than sliding, can anyone give me some advice?
(we are having some 50cm wide units with no hanging space and need to pack in lots as we have no airing cupboard).

Also, civil, do you get your mdf cut to order? What do you paint it with?

Pannacotta Sat 29-Sep-12 10:20:57

sorry shoudl have said we are having the 236 high carcasses....

Arithmeticulous Sat 29-Sep-12 14:20:21

I'd get the 2 x 2 m wardrobes rather than chest of drawers. Put more drawers in the Pax, then you have choice to change later.

civilfawlty Sat 29-Sep-12 14:38:59

I get my MDF cut by a brilliant local supplier. I'd avoid B+Q as the cut is never brilliant, and it has to be be bang on. Ask around - unless you are near Crouch End, in which case go to Thomersons.

I use Satin wood and a brush, because I don't like a rolled finish. It is also possible to use emulsion and then apply a coat of briwax for a lovely soft finish. Either way, prime first. And cut your handle holes first so you don't naff up the paint work. GL

achillea Sat 29-Sep-12 17:32:49

pannacotta I have one shelf at the top for suitcases and one shelf in the middle which divides two rows of hanging clothes. It would be the same for sliding as hinged doors. Make sure you choose handles that will enable the door to open fully if the cupboard is against the wall at the side.

Pannacotta Sat 29-Sep-12 21:32:29

Thanks for the tips.
Might try the mdf doors, though wonder if it gets pricey after buying primer/paint and paying a decorator (dont fancy prepping and painting 4m worth of doors!)

ThreePly Sat 29-Sep-12 21:41:37

Another fan here. A word of warning, though -- we spent over £1000 on one wardrobe with all the fittings. It was massive, though.

Glittertwins Sat 29-Sep-12 21:48:24

We've had ours for 13 years or so.
We have a one metre wide one with a high up hanging rail and twomshelves, one top, on bottom. The other one is two 50 cm wide ones pinned together - one side has a mirror door and two drawers at the bottom. Behind the mirror door, we have 4 pull out wire baskets and a shelf. The othe side we have 2 hanging rails.
Not really had a problem moving them although I do wonder how DH shifted a one metre width one from one bedroom across to another without me emptying it first and didn't hurt himself!

Pannacotta Sun 30-Sep-12 11:03:34

civil can I ask what thickness mdf you used?
Can you see your wardrobe sides (ie the Pax carcasses) and if so does the difference look odd?
Am thinking about having mdf door painted in with the wall (F&B Elephants Breath) but one side of the run will be on show as cant do the whole wall...

Brycie Sun 30-Sep-12 12:14:28

I would just like to say, that on part of our pax we didn't have a door at all and it looked fine. It was the jumper shelves, yes we had to keep them looking tidy all the time, like a benetton showroom, but it was great for access and it looked quite nice. Saved us the door money too.

achillea Sun 30-Sep-12 12:20:47

I'd agree with not putting doors until you're sure about what you want.

shelley72 Mon 01-Oct-12 06:19:45

Pannacotta we have just picked out ' elephants breath' as a colour for our room. Is it a blue grey, the description said it was lilac grey?

Pannacotta Mon 01-Oct-12 08:23:19

shelley I would day its very pale grey with a hint of lilac but not really blue grey. It is quite a cool colour, lovely though.
This is quite accurate (as far as you can be on a computer)

civilfawlty Mon 01-Oct-12 08:24:35

Doubt the MDF option is cheaper if you factor in paying someone to paint, but it makes the cupboards look bespoke and chic. Just about to paint them with blackboard paint in my dd's room.

dikkertjedap Mon 01-Oct-12 20:11:54

We have 8 very tall 1 metre units from PAX. They are brilliant and it is easy to store anything as there are so many interior options (although quite pricey).

We were offered by IKEA that they would come and assemble them (which would have cost approx. £200 extra I think) which we declined. We really regretted that, they are a pain to put together, especially the really tall ones (you need to anchor them to the wall).

So if you can have IKEA assembling it, I would definitely recommend that.

Pannacotta Tue 02-Oct-12 10:40:08

civil sorry to keep bombarding you with questions, but did you use IKEA hinges with the mdf doors?
The blackboard paint sounds great, lucky dd!

civilfawlty Tue 02-Oct-12 11:05:58

Yes, use the ikea hinges. They are easy to install. You need a drill bit the right size to drill the holes in the MDF. They say three hinges per door, but I use four.

18mm MDF is sufficient.

shelley72 Tue 02-Oct-12 16:24:08

Thank you, that paint colour looks perfect. Well spent hours in ikea, think we have chosen our wardrobe (as big as we can fit, 2m by 2m) and also chest of drawers. Did get a bit carried away with the pax planner and have loads of drawers etc on the list. Deciding on which clothes rail to get now - I need a long hanging space for dresses but the adjustable one looks like it may be useful. Long task of de cluttering now - ebay here I come!

GooseyLoosey Tue 02-Oct-12 16:27:15

I've had a 2m run of them in our bedroom for the last 10 years. They have survived 3 house moves and being reassembled several times and people still say they look good.

Love 'em.

lillyputt Sun 16-Dec-12 21:03:15

Hi SILVERSIXPENCE! I have just had the same problem with my sliding glass doors. How did u resolve it? Does it require new/ replacement parts if so do IkeA replace them under warranty?



lillyputt Sun 16-Dec-12 21:03:40

Hi SILVERSIXPENCE! I have just had the same problem with my sliding glass doors. How did u resolve it? Does it require new/ replacement parts if so do IkeA replace them under warranty?



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