IKEA Pax 2.0: The 2 main problems with Pax SOLVED!
Let’s address the PAX wardrobe bulge and sag problems.
I did these mods, because in my opinion, there are two big problems with the PAX system: the back and the shelves.
1. The backer board is thin and not rigid. Over the time it deforms. It also doesn’t make the PAX frame very stable. (Others have mentioned their concern.)
2. The shelves, specially those longer than 50 cm, tend to sag in the middle.
Here are my quick mods to solve these 2 problems with the PAX wardrobe.
- Aluminium C profile 20x20x1 mm (Internal dimension is 18 mm)
- Metal hacksaw
Here’s what I did the reinforce the PAX back and shelves
Instructions for back mod:
Assemble the PAX structure including the back panel. After this, place the PAX on the floor with the back facing up.
Fix 2 or more OBSERVATÖR cross braces using the supplied screws to connect them to the side of the PAX frame. (The screws must be fixed into the thickness of the side panel).
After this mod, the structure will be more rigid and the backer board will not deform by pushing outwards.
Instructions for shelves mod:
Cut the aluminum profile into piece 10 cm shorter than the shelves and remove the metal burrs with a rasp.
Insert the profile at the back side of shelves. After this the shelves will be more durable and will flex less.
This two little hacks are very simple to do but they radically change the resistance of the PAX wardrobe and will solve the main problems with the system.
~ by Alessandro
- See PAX wardrobes
- Buy OBSERVATÖR cross braces, $5.00 at IKEA
Other IKEA PAX wardrobe problems
#1 CAN I TURN REGULAR PAX UNITS INTO A CORNER WARDROBE?
I am thinking of purchasing a PAX wardrobe to fit on a little corner on my entry room. I really like the new design of PAX for the corner wardrobe, the problem is that the corner unit is very similar to a regular unit but almost 3 times the price!
#2 HOW TO MAKE SLIDING CLOSET DOORS FOR PAX?
I need a hack for PAX wardrobe system, I cannot afford IKEA’s sliding closet doors and I was wondering if there are any hacks that can turn a regular wardrobe door to a sliding door?
#3 IKEA KITCHEN DOORS ON PAX FRAME?
According to your experience, is it possible to use KUNGSBACKA IKEA kitchen doors on PAX units?
We have two PAX units in the entryway and would like to change their doors and use KUNGSBACKA ones. Our kitchen is KUNGSBACKA and we love it a lot!
#4 HOW TO SHORTEN PAX WARDROBES?
I moved into a new house with a huge open closet room with no storage. I designed my entire walk-in gorgeous closet using the PAX system, but now have realized my ceiling is too low. The ceiling is 78 1/4” tall. Can the PAX system be cut down? Would you cut the bottom or the top?
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