Why Is The Infamous IKEA Pax Wardrobe System Taking Over TikTok?

As of today, TikTok videos about IKEA's Pax wardrobe system have collectively gained over 13 million views. Why? Well, to begin, it's the perfect way for creators to make satisfying and aesthetically pleasing content. Because all of the pieces of these custom-made wardrobes fit together perfectly and have a minimalist aesthetic, TikTokers can use them to make countless videos about organization. For instance, Kayla Argyle made one about folding and hanging her clothes in a color-coded manner, which currently has over 1 million views.

Another reason why IKEA's wardrobe has become so popular is because of its low price point. Custom closets can cost anywhere from $1,500 to around $20,000, and for under $2,000, TikToker @Hanashappyhome was able to buy two wardrobe frames with paneled doors and plenty of accessories. These wardrobes are cheaper than most other options because the consumer has to build it, meaning there aren't any installation costs. Finally, many love this IKEA product because you can customize your closet right from their website, ensuring it's perfectly designed for your specific needs. 

The many parts of a Pax wardrobe system

To create a Pax wardrobe, there are three things you'll need to choose: the frames, doors, and interior organization system. There is also an option to add lighting. When deciding upon the right frame, you'll have a number of height, width, and depth options available, as well as various color choices. For the doors, you can choose hinged or sliding, which can either be solid or paneled. The interior organization options are what really makes this product so intriguing. While there are simple choices like shelves, hanging rails, and drawers, there are also a number of other unique designs like pull-out versions, baskets, trouser hangers, shoe shelves, pull-out mirrors, and storage bags that could be used as hampers. If you want to include it, the final step to creating your system is deciding upon the right lighting, which can either be spotlights from above or strip lights that have an automatic turn-on feature.

When @Hanashappyhome started planning for her own Pax wardrobe, she knew that things like aesthetics and storage space were most important to her. That's why she prioritized paneling on the doors, gold hardware, and crown molding along the top of her piece. She also included lots of drawers underneath her hanging bars, as this provided her with enough space for all her different articles of clothing. 

Designing your dream closet on IKEA's website

Once you've decided exactly what you want, you can use IKEA's Pax planning system to create the wardrobe of your dreams. The first thing you'll find is that there are three possible routes to designing your wardrobe: You can customize it based on your unique preferences, create a design from scratch, or browse already-designed systems. Designing from scratch may be a bit challenging for some, since you'll be working with a blank canvas, while the other two options allow you to simply change out specific elements from predetermined configurations.

If you already know what you want in your closet, having your wardrobe customized by choosing from preferences is the best route to take. This will walk you through how to create exactly what you need and let you know if items won't work in certain instances. As you add on items, it will also tell you how expensive your specific wardrobe will be and if items are in stock at a store near you. On the other hand, if you're not sure what you want in your Pax wardrobe, browsing systems that have already been created and then tweaking them to your needs may be easier.