21 Must-Have DIY Ikea Closet Design Ideas
We all heavily rely on our closets to hold anything we need to store, yet we often overlook them when it comes to organizing our homes. With these unbelievably creative (and beautiful) Ikea closet design ideas to inspire you, look no further for your next Ikea closet hack!
Oh, closets. I love closet storage space – crave it, even – and yet, if I’m not careful, the closets in our house can turn into black holes where things go in and are never found again.
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My son’s baseball glove? Oh man, we looked and looked for that thing and eventually just gave up and bought him a new one.
That awesome warm winter hat? Forget about it – it was long gone the second it crossed the threshold.
Seriously, it’s pointless for me to tell my kids to “put things away” when all that happens is the closets get filled up and no one can find anything they want or need.
Why are closets so difficult to make them work FOR us rather than feeling like we’re constantly working overtime to find anything inside a closet? (Trust me, like you, I’m super busy and don’t have the time – or, let’s be real, the desire – to put in extra work to find what’s needed.)
It all comes down to closet organization, my friends. Maybe that word “organization” makes the task seem overwhelming, even daunting.
The good news is that it doesn’t need to!
With just a little inspiration, some time and a small investment, you can turn your closets from black holes into useful spaces that help you stay organized so you find what you need…when you need it.
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21 Ikea Closet Design Hacks
Given the closet organizing solutions that Ikea offers and considering how they may fit into the space you have, you may be thinking “how can I make my own closet organizer?” These hacks will show you exactly how to do that – and inspire you to tackle your own closet storage needs.
1. A Dream Dressing Room For A Fraction The Price | Heathered Nest
An unused room off our master bedroom became a deluxe dressing room. On a tight budget, IKEA was an incredibly affordable option. And to make it even MORE affordable, we bought IKEA Pax units…secondhand!
A few adjustments were used to create a built-in look, and voila! Fancy dressing room on a finite budget. Thanks, Ikea!
2. Pax System Custom Closet | Erin Kestenbaum
Create a one-of-a-kind, custom system that’s perfect for any style home by adding baseboards, shoe molding, crown molding, special hardware, recessed lights, and fun paint colors.
This Pax Ikea Hack not only looks truly custom but also high-end, and I love the way the wallpaper on the ceiling contrasts the system so perfectly.
3. Substitute Rast Units | Shelterness
When an Ikea closet system is too expensive, think outside the box to create a closet organizer from other Ikea pieces that works for you (and your budget). This Ikea closet hack takes to Rast dresser units and some melamine board to create an affordable organizer’s dream setup.
4. Shelving, Shelving, Shelving | The Pink Dream
The versatility of the Pax system is its superpower. Depending on your space and how you need it to work for you, add drawers, shelves, and more to any level you wish. This Pax closet organizer from Ikea uses a majority of shelves to create storage and display room for jewelry, mementos, books, and more. Plus, that swan wallpaper is just too cute!!
5. Maximize a Small Storage Area | Real Simple
Using a closet organizer from Ikea is perfect for maximizing your storage in a small space. This wardrobe vanity closet hack is perfect for storing shoes, accessories and more to keep everything organized and also easy to grab and go.
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6. Custom Walk-in | Handmade Weekly
The only word that comes to mind when I see this is WOW. I betcha didn’t think of turning 1 Ikea Tarva and 2 Ikea Ivar pieces into this heavenly closet that would make you the envy of anyone who sees it. See how far 3 dressers, some boards, and some paint can take you?
7. Accessories Island | Trulia
When you have a closet big enough to add in an island, then you just gotta do what you can do (and I’m totally jealous!). This elegant Ikea hack uses simple shelving cubes and tops them with a beautiful piece of granite that was purchased off of Craigslist for only $60.
Frugal and beautiful – my favorite kind of hack!
8. Turn a Room into a Closet | Ikeahackers
Sometimes you just don’t have a closet big enough for an island…but you DO have a spare room you can convert into an amazing closet. This hack uses 14 (!!) Expedit shelves to transform a small room into a one-of-a-kind closet that can hold anything and everything you need it to hold.
9. Dream Coat Closet | Home Moyaone
Nothing says that you can only create a custom master closet. 😉 Have fun transforming your coat closets and other closets, too! This hack takes 3 Ikea Rast pieces and combines them into one piece that takes up the entire lower half of the closet. Add some paint, shelves, and hangers and all of a sudden you have a very swanky coat closet.
10. Simple Closet Island | Lauren Messiah
The beautiful thing is that you can make your Ikea hacks as simple or as complex as you want. If you’re a beginner to Ikea hacks, keep it simple while you find your way.
This simple Ikea closet hack uses Expedit shelving cubes and brings them together with drawer inserts and legs to create an island.
11. Open Closet System | Apartment Therapy
When you’re living in a small apartment, chances are that you don’t have much (if any) closet space. Create your own OPEN Ikea closet design with cubes, shelves, rods and more and triple your storage space!
12. Billy Bookcase Closet Design | Bless’er House
This hack makes very clever use of combining Billy bookcases with a Pax wardrobe to create a ton of storage in a small, narrow, awkwardly-shaped closet.
13. Simple Works Well | Housegarner
All you really need to help you stay organized is a system. Shelves and rods may be all that you need like this Ikea closet hack shows!
A simple Ikea close hack like this one takes advantage of a small space while providing ample storage room for both hanging and folded clothing.
14. Shoe Closet | Tatiana’s Delights
How creative! If you love shoes and happen to have a bunch of them, you’ll need a place to keep them so you can find that perfect pair when you need them.
This Ikea closet hack is perfect! Take a Billy bookcase and add glass shelves and glass doors to create a shoe cabinet with a LOT of storage so all your pairs of shoes have a home.
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15. Kids Closet Makeover | Making Home Base
Use Ikea products to makeover kids’ closets too! This hack really couldn’t be easier.
Use a Pax organizer to create oodles of storage – so much space, in fact, that your kiddo may not even be able to fill it all up. But, it’ll hold every stitch of clothing (and every shoe) she owns.
16. Walk-in Ikea Closet Design | LAXrealtor
Forget about his and hers closets. This wall to wall Ikea closet design has enough space for both…and then some. Simple design that yields crazy functional storage!
17. Well-Balanced Ikea Closet Hack | Fashiion Carpet
This Ikea closet design contains a little of this and a little of that. This adaptation of a Pax wardrobe offers drawers, shelves, and space for hangers too.
Oh and don’t forget room for hats and shoes!
18. Algot Ikea Closet Design | Apartment Therapy
If other Ikea closet systems are out of your price range, perhaps the Algot system, with a lower price tag, will fit your needs. The versatility of this system is unparalleled and it provides a distinctive industrial look that’s very appealing!
19. Affordable Kids Closet Design | Southern Revivals
And it’s Ikea Billy bookcases to the rescue!
Create a DIY Ikea closet system by using 2 Billy bookcases and separating them with a shelf and hanger rods. Simple, effective and super affordable. Even better, this hack costs less than $100.
20. Go Contemporary | HomeJect
The Pax system doors are versatile enough to replace existing sliding closet doors so that you can easily update a non-walk-in closet in a wallet-friendly way. Simply adapt the doors to hang and slide, much like barn doors.
Ditch your old doors to give your entire room a more contemporary look.
21. Wardrobe Organization | Remodelaholic
Countless people depend on Ikea products to provide storage solutions for any space short on…well, space. This Pax wardrobe hack creates a functional layout that acts as both a dresser and a closet for TWO kids sharing a bedroom.
I love the efficiency of the whole design idea!
22. Storage For a Room With No Closet | Curbly
What do you do with a room that doesn’t have a closet? You create a closet, of course! You can do this either in an actual closet or in a recessed area like this hack idea. Turn any space into an area that helps you stay orderly and clutter-free with a closet organizer from Ikea.
With these 22 must-try Ikea closet design ideas, you can take any closet in your home and make it something stunning while increasing your storage space and organization.
This huge list of ideas, in addition to our Pax hack ideas, have you covered no matter what closet you want to redesign!
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