The IKEA PAX Wardrobe Alternative That's Perfect For Smaller Closets

IKEA is a favorite for DIYers, and the IKEA PAX system is one of the brand's most-loved products. The PAX wardrobe system has taken over TikTok because it shows how you can create an organized wardrobe system that looks customized without the expensive price tag. However, one of the drawbacks of the PAX wardrobe is its size. That's where the AURDAL system comes in. Because of its smaller profile, IKEA's AURDAL is the perfect wardrobe system for small closets.

The pieces of the AURDAL system are 15 ¾ inches deep and 87 inches tall, compared to the PAX system, which is 22 ⅞ inches deep and 93 ⅛ inches tall. AURDAL's depth is a good option for reach-in and shallow closets that can be tricky to organize. There are also a few options for parts. The basic AURDAL system features shelves with rods where you can hang clothes for $165. Another option has two compartments with flat shelves, tilted shelves for shoes, basket storage, and hanging rods for $315. Another option has shelves, pull-out drawers, and hanging rods in three compartments for $365. You can also combine the different parts to create a custom system. A pre-fabricated system is one of the best ways to organize a closet, and small spaces no longer have to go without one. The AURDAL system works well to keep these tighter spaces organized.

Considering the AURDAL system

The beloved PAX system isn't the best option for small or shallow closets, but the IKEA AURDAL wardrobe is the perfect alternative. The smaller size allows it to fit into tight spaces, making it easy for one person to install. You also don't have to remove baseboards to install the AURDAL like you would have to do with the PAX system, which adds to its easy installation. This makes it a great option for small closets as well as homes and apartments that may be short on space. 

However, the AURDAL system has some drawbacks. The first is that it's not as sturdy as the PAX because the frame is made from a medium-density fibreboard with a honeycomb paper center rather than a solid particleboard. The AURDAL also can't be a free-standing unit and must be attached to a wall. This system also doesn't have doors (and they can't be added), so it may be best to have it in a closet with its own doors if you don't want clothes to be visible. Finally, the AURDAL wardrobe doesn't have as many customizable options in terms of drawer types and configurations as the PAX system. However, that doesn't mean you can't organize the dresser drawers of the AURDAL with inserts or dividers or add jewelry or watch organizers.