Since he didn’t need taller hanging space for dresses like me, we added a shelf above the IVAR dresser for his pants. Like you, I’ve looked at all of the closet ‘systems’ and found them wanting so was thrilled about your idea of using the Ikea dressers. We have the base built and the IKEA dressers painted and installed. Any and all direction would be greatly appreciated. Please share your finished closet with me when it’s ready! I can think of a few ways that I would do this. Install your IKEA Dressers. Yes, I just attached 1×2 boards to trim out the 3/4″ plywood shelves. :) curious though my ceilings are 10 foot and what if my plywood boxes dont match up to a stud? Well, the closet came out looking so good. Pinning. I ended using a small roller and a brush to cut in the corners. Our master suite remodel is the biggest DIY/renovation project that we’ve taken on but I’m so glad that we did it. Visit for a wide selection of drawer units. I didn’t do a great job keeping track but I’d estimate somewhere between $1000 and $1500. Remember that awkward bump out in the corner that I showed you when I was talking about building a base frame? It’s A LOT of work!! The right side of the closet is my husbands space. During construction I covered it with some plastic so that I didn’t get saw dust in my ducts. Thanks Julie. Did you measure 2” down from the bottom of the shelf to the top of the rod? Don’t ask me why, I have no clue). This part wasn’t fun but don’t skimp on the paint. I have no idea how to make this work other than have the height not as high. How much clearance did you provide between the center of the rod and the wall? We also went to the Container store to check out their selection. I now it’s 3/4″ but could you tell me more details. The sheathing plywood that you linked to would work but I would highly recommend going with a hardwood plywood instead. Here is a picture after we had framed for the walls and installed drywall. It got to most spots but I did have to hand sand with just paper in a few areas. Your post is inspiring! Each box had a left and right wall and a top. It also features three closet … I negotiated to $200 for two pieces of Henredon case goods. We cut them so that the seams would be behind where the shelf walls were so that you wouldn’t see them. Ugh, I was so excited and now I’m all flustered again. At first we had looked at closet systems at Home Depot and Lowe’s. I’m so happy that this tutorial is helpful to you. If you would like to save this post for later you can pin it below. I haven’t personally had any issues with the drawers but when I first installed them I figured I could replace the bottoms with a thicker piece of plywood if I had issues down the road. I’m so glad that others are finding it useful. Just curious how you handeled the return vent in the closet (I noticed it in one of the pictures)? Awesome! It involved gutting the closet, master bathroom and the den that was behind both of those rooms. That said, I don’t use my drawers for heavy clothing like jeans so that may be a factor. I have a 15 panel glass door leading into my closet. But that seems maybe shaky also. Thank you so much for sharing. They feel too flimsy to be in such a nice build. Thanks again Hannah and good luck with your project Megan! Beautiful and well done! Since we built boxes for the sections to the left and right of the TARVA dresser, I didn’t install the 1/4″ plywood to the left and right walls in those areas. You wrote “For each of the sections we built boxes that we then set in place (more detail in step 4). Install hanging rods in sections where you want to hang clothes. We have started in on the project – which I’ve had saved for months. They aren’t the highest quality so I figured down the road I’d have to replace them with a thicker plywood. The bathroom and closet on the other hand… pretty horrible. You’ll love it. An update: We are currently building our master closet modeled after Hannah’s and I have a suggestion regarding dimensions. Thanks! I enjoyed your closet project and have bookmarked it for future reference/inspiration. I would LOVE if you shared the width/dimensions of all your little cubbies, but if you don’t already have it sketched out, no worries. Sorry for just getting back to you Holly. Terrific job! And interested in what type of door leads into the closet, ie: wood slat, swing direction, mirror attachment? My biggest concern was the bottom of the drawers on the Tarva dresser. . Get an expensive look for a low price with this IKEA hack. We spent around $1,400 for materials. Except, we have 9 foot ceilings in the closet so I am looking for some alternatives to attaching to the ceiling studs. I hope that this post helps some of you with designing and building your dream closet. Thanks so much Alice. For the last few boxes that we set we had to install the top shelf before we set the boxes. My husband and I bought an almost perfect house back in 2015. Very clean lines. Awesome! I envy the women that get entire closets to them-self. The trim was attached with wood glue and a nail gun. This post contains affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will make a commission if you click through and make a purchase. The drawer fronts were critical to my vision: the IKEA Pax drawers look very modular and modern to me, making them stick out like a sore thumb in our 1940’s home. Open wardrobe with 3 drawers 27 1/2x78 3/8 "$ 139. Thank you. Can’t wait for it to be finished. For each of the sections we built boxes that we then set in place (more detail in step 4). Just the backing you had attached to the wall. You can see the unpainted trim a little bit in the background. After it was set in place and we confirmed that it was level and then screwed the back into studs in the wall. What a steal! The 1/4″ plywood sheets were attached to the wall using a staple gun. It features 17 shelves, six of which are adjustable, allowing you to customize the space and make The style is perfect, too. I know you stated that the taller dresser is deeper so I was thinking o placing that one in the center and have the two smaller ones flanking on each side with the center sticking out more. Thank you for for sharing it. After this, it should be smooth sailing.. :). IKEA's PAX wardrobe is a versatile closet that's made just for you. One other method off the top of my head would be to use some sort of mechanical fastener bracket that you could screw into the back of the box and the wall studs. So now is the time, off we go into a new adventure. Here is what the project looked like on demo day. Thanks Lisa. Any thoughts?? you’ll also want to account for the 1/4″ plywood wall backing so the boxes should be 1″ shallower than the IKEA dresser (1/4″ for the wall backing + 3/4″ for the face trim). Hi Lindsey, My empty closet/room was 80″ deep x 100″ wide. With the SuiteSymphony Drawer from ClosetMaid, it’s easy to design and install beautiful storage solutions for your home. I would go with either the second or third one. I can’t thank you enough for sharing. I ordered the 10" drawers that are made to go with tower, and installed the unit in a guest room closet.