None of them offered exactly what we wanted and most of them were over our budget so we took a trip to IKEA to check out their PAX line. We loved how customizable everything was and how the closet could grow with us overtime with the addition/subtraction of different components.
No, this post isn't sponsored by IKEA! :)
When we got home, I took the measurements of our closet and used IKEA's PAX Planner to plot out the layout so I could visualize everything a little better and to see how much everything was going to cost.
You might notice that we have some dead corner space. IKEA does offer a corner cabinet but it's not customizable and we didn't like what it came with (two shelves and two hanging rods). Also, when we tried to fit two of them in our layout, we could only fit one wardrobe on the back wall with two smaller wardrobes on the left and right walls which left a lot of gaps in between everything. The dead space layout we ended up with actually gave us more storage than the one we put together that utilized every square inch of space!
There's two walls missing in this mock up but here’s what our new closet will look like when you enter it:
The back wall of the closet will be shared between us. My husband’s side on the left and mine is on the right:
Our old closet’s system lacked a lot of concealed storage so we wanted to include as many drawers as possible. I included some cubbies above the front-facing, pull-out hanging rods so I could store my handbags and shoes and my husband could store his hats and whatever else he wants.
The entire left wall is all for my husband:
All of the marked areas will probably change as we bring stuff in and start using the closet. All of the unmarked areas are extra storage spots we included for extra things we may not have thought of to store before.
The entire right wall is all for me:
If you’re facing my full section, there’s a small wall to the right of it that was always blank in our old closet:
We plan on hanging a hinged full-length mirror on it, like so:
We’ll be storing secret things behind it! ;) I’m just kidding, we’ll be hanging some of my jewelry behind it but storing secret things sounds more fun haha
In addition to painting the walls, we also plan on replacing our light fixture (we currently have a boob light) and adding a small rug to the space. I have my heart set on the Pizzazz rug from Home Decorator’s but my husband hates it haha
It looks great in the mock up since there’s nothing else in the space but I think it’ll be too much once everything is brought in so I’m on the hunt for something a little more neutral.
Once our plans were finalized, we made our way back up to IKEA after work last Friday where spent about an hour pulling and piling everything we needed onto two of their flat carts. So thankful we didn't have to do that on a busy Saturday afternoon haha
After everything was all said and done, we ended up with 50 items (!!!) that we Tetris-ed into our Jeep:
We've set up an assembly line in our dining room and have been putting together everything over the past week. We're hoping to paint and install it all this weekend!