Pax, Is That You? 10 Favorite Designer Hacks of the Iconic Ikea Wardrobe

A.S. Helsingo Ikea Pax Hack in Gray

Here are our favorite hacks of the Pax wardrobe, an iconic Ikea storage piece that has graced grand homes and starter apartments alike. Here are 10 favorites, from five hack-minded design firms.

1. Reform

The high-brow disruptors in the Ikea hack industry, Reform partners with renowned architects and designers to create premium cabinet fronts for Ikea’s Sektion and Akurum kitchen systems, Godmorgon bathroom pieces, as well as Pax wardrobes. See its latest collaboration with design darling Cecilie Manz here.

Reform Ikea Pax Hack with Basis Fronts
Above: Reform offers nine styles for their fronts. Pictured is the Basis style, which features cutout door handles.
Reform Pax Hack with Basis Fronts
Above: The Reform fronts come in dozens of colors.

2. A. S. Helsingö

The Helsinki-based company makes it easy to upgrade standard Ikea cabinet frames. Once you know which Ikea cabinet frames you’re using, simply choose A. S. Helsingö‘s fronts (it offers three styles for the Pax wardrobe), and the handles (four options).

A.S. Helsingo Ikea Pax Hack in Blush
Above: This Pax wardrobe was outfitted with A. S. Helsingö’s Ingarö fronts in Blush Rose, framed with oak rails; the Parasol handles are aluminum.
A.S. Helsingo Ikea Pax Hack in Gray
Above: An entire wall of Pax wardrobes fronted with Ensiö doors and Parasol handles in copper.

3. SemiHandmade

SemiHandmade’s tagline makes it clear what their business is all about: “Their system, our doors, your home.” The American company has showrooms in five cities: Pasadena, Palm Springs, Chicago, New York City, and Minneapolis.

SemiHandMade Ikea Pax Hack
Above: A SemiHandmade Pax hack with Flatsawn walnut doors.
SemiHandmade Ikea Pax Hack in Gray
Above: SemiHandmade offers a DIY Slab cabinet front, which allows you to easily paint it the color of your choice. Here, a client further customized with moulding.

4. Superfront

With showrooms in Stockholm and Oslo, Superfront ships its whimsical Ikea-suited doors throughout Europe; it will, however, ship only its handles and legs to the US.

Superfront Ikea Pax Hack in Pink
Above: Superfront offers eight different patterns for its Pax fronts; shown is the Big Fish pattern.
Superfront Ikea Pax Hack in White
Above: Here it is in the Marais pattern.

5. Studio Oink

Studio Oink, the interior-design/styling/product design lab run by husband-and-wife team, Matthias Hiller and Lea Korzeczek, is based in Leipzig, Germany, but we’ve been admirers from afar for a while. They don’t sell cabinet fronts for Ikea, but they are incredibly adept at mixing high and low, often working Ikea pieces into their designs.

Master bedroom in a luxe-minimalist apartment remodel by Studio Oink in Mainz, Germany | Remodelista
Above: Upgraded Pax closets from Earthly and Ethereal: An Apartment Makeover by Studio Oink. Photograph by Studio Oink.
Studio Oink Washington D.C. Remodel Photograph Matthew Williams Styling Alexa Hotz
Above: For an American client, the couple used Pax closets, with custom painted doors, to separate the hallway from the master bedroom. See A Luminous, Euro-Style Row House in Washington, DC, Courtesy of Studio Oink. Photograph by Matthew Williams, styling by Alexa Hotz for Remodelista.

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