Published on March 21, 2019

We have seen our fair share of IKEA hacks throughout the years, but if there is one piece that has managed to consistently surprise us with a never-ending cycle of creative reinventions, the Pax system would be it. Versatility is at the core of this IKEA staple.

The Pax’s ability to be customized to a wide variety of styles and spaces is its primary selling point. (This oldie but goodie Pax hack from Little Green Notebook’s Jenny Komenda will forever remain one of our favorite IKEA hacks of all time.)

With that in mind, we rounded up these clever transformations for the streamlined storage solution. Read on for the best IKEA Pax hacks we’ve seen so far.

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Outfit the panels of the Pax system with panoramic wallpaper or patterned upholstery to add a captivating motif and dose of color to an otherwise plain storage solution.

Get the how-to on Around the Houses.

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A wall-to-wall Pax system cleverly disguises the slanted roof of this quaint attic bedroom. Behind the scenes, a few handy updates to the shelving unit allow the structure to complement the sloping ceiling, giving the room a more uniform and functional feel.
Get the how-to on Designsixtynine.
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Photography by and Christina

We love this hack not only for the fact that it resulted in a super streamlined space but also that it made excellent use of an awkward corner. With the addition of the open-shelving up top that doubles as a display area, this is one seriously stunning storage solution.

Get the how-to on And Christina.

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Photography by WHIT PRESTON VIA HOUZZ

A splashy shade of blue steals the spotlight in this mid-century modern kitchen.

See more of this inspired kitchen on Houzz.

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Photography by BRAUN ADAMS

Inspired by Jenny Komenda’s ode to the Pax, one blogger updated her light-filled San Francisco master bedroom with a major DIY. Outfitting the closet with mirrored panels bordered in a captivating shade of teal, the wardrobe was instantly transformed. And brass bar pulls are the perfect finishing touch.

See the complete before-and-after makeover on Braun + Adams.

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Photography by BROOKE FITTS VIA DESIGN SPONGE

A wooden base elevates an otherwise simple Pax system into a mid-century modern accent piece. Nestled into a compact nook, the storage unit gets paired with a set of wooden floating shelves to strike just the right balance. Note how simply swapping out the knobs creates a whole new look.

See more of this light-filled home on Design*Sponge.

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A playful color block with a set of primary colors transforms the ordinary structure into a vibrant statement piece.

See more on Livet Hemma.

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Swedish company Superfront provides an array of style-focused replacements for a wide selection of IKEA items, Pax included. From subtly patterned cabinet fronts to chic pulls and legs, consider it a must for your next DIY.

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Photography by TY COLE PHOTOGRAPHY VIA DESIGN SPONGE

A soothing shade of sage green coupled with minimalist moldings reinvents the Pax into one seriously pin-worthy storage solution.

Get the complete tour of this Brooklyn brownstone on Design*Sponge.

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Photography by JENNA SUE DESIGN CO.

Who said the Pax was only for the bedroom? This crafty blogger proves that the classic Ikea piece works just as well as a stand-in for a kitchen pantry.

See the stunning reveal on Jenna Sue Design Co.

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Warm wood details extend a hint of country chic to this modern bedroom. From the mid-century details of the furnishings to the polished concrete backdrop of the room, the stained wooden finish of these doors blends right in with the surrounding decor.

Get the scoop on these doors on Semi Handmade.

This story was originally published on July 7, 2017. It has been updated with new information.

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