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Ikea pax wardrobe system- any good?

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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

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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?



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?



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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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)

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?

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

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

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.

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...

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!

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.

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!)

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.

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

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!

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

Yes, you are smile

Fortify yourself with an ikea breakfast and Daim bars.

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