Use This IKEA Trick To DIY A Walk-In Closet

Do you have a lot of clothes that don't have a place to live? Are your closets overflowing and crammed full? If so, it might be time for you to build a walk-in closet! This can be done relatively easily by using an IKEA trick.

According to Storables, walk-in closet systems offer a lot of versatility, especially if you have a lot of clothes, footwear, and accessories. A walk-in closet makes it easier to see everything that you have and decide what to wear each day. Still, not everyone has the extra space for a walk-in closet in their home. If this is the case for you, don't worry! You can still create the closet of your dreams with a little bit of creativity.

Home Depot recommends considering your spacing needs before you get started. How much clothing and other items do you have? Do you need a lot of hanging space, or will shelves work better for you? Once you have a general idea of the size and layout of your closet, it's time to head to start shopping!

In this article, we will give you all the details on how to do it. So get ready to create the walk-in closet of your dreams!

1. Get the right equipment

The first step is to get all of the necessary equipment and materials for your closet. Materials include things like hangers, storage boxes, and shelving units. IKEA Hackers recommends the department store's PAX Wardrobe Frames, KOMPLEMENT Shelves, KOMPLEMENT Drawers, and VARIERA Cover Plates.

For tools, Storables recommends equipment such as a tape measure, level, circular saw, glue, stud finder, and paint. For any wood, the amount you'll need will depend on the size of your closet project. It's always better to overestimate and have too much wood than too little!

2. Prepare your space

Now that you have your equipment, it's time to prepare your desired space for your project. According to Budget Dumpster, you should start with deciding on a location for your closet. From there, you should decide on a layout, taking into consideration factors such as the types of doors, what you'll be storing inside of it, and if it will be a storage-only or multi-functional closet. To help determine the size of your closet project and any adjustments you might need to make, IKEA Hackers recommends determining the amount of space necessary to store your items.

3. Take proper measurements

Measurements are crucial for any closet project. After all, you don't want to end up with a space that's too small or too big for your needs. Per Sawdust Girl, you should begin with creating a floor plan to get the dimensions of your closet space. Keep track of windows and doorways, switches, vents, outlets, and any other obstacles that might get in the way. IKEA Hackers also recommends using IKEA's PAX Planning tool to help you plan the perfect closet for your space.

4. Start with your woodwork

Now you're ready to lay the foundation with woodwork. According to Storables, when cutting the wood, be sure to double-check your measurements before cutting them. You can use a circular saw to make precise cuts, though it's recommended to refer to the manufacturer's instructions regarding proper usage and safety, such as protective eyewear.

Per IKEA Hackers, you can install baseboards on your units using construction adhesive. Crown molding can help give your closet a more polished look, though it's not required.

5. Install your shelving

According to Home Depot, you can choose between wood and wire shelving depending on your needs or personal taste. Wire shelving tends to be the more customizable and cost-effective option, while wood shelving offers a more clean and sophisticated look, though with higher costs than the former.

If you go with KOMPLEMENT shelves per IKEA Hacker's suggestion, be sure the units are level with the ceiling. You may have the build the units in the space you're renovating.

6. Apply the finishing touches

Once you've installed your shelving and finished building your closet, it's time to apply the finishing touches. IKEA Hackers recommends using VARIERA plugs to fill in any holes. Before painting, apply one to two coats of a shellac-based primer. Then you can apply the paint using rollers and brushes or a spray gun.

From here, it all comes down to personal taste. According to Home Depot, pieces of well-placed artwork can add a personal touch to your walk-in closet. These can range from a framed magazine cover to a scenic landscape painting.