Whether you have a spare bedroom or separate room to turn into your dream walk in wardrobe. Or if you only have a corner of your bedroom to work with. Or any space in between, really. We have some tips for creating a dressing room in any space.
Use open wardrobes
If you're looking to create that true walk in wardrobe look, open wardrobes are key. If money is no object, you can have fitted wardrobes installed to your exact space dimensions. But a great and affordable option, which allows a lot of customization, is the IKEA PAX wardrobe system. You can choose how much hanging space you need, whether you'd prefer drawers or baskets, how many shelves you’d like and much more. You can always add doors at a later date if you want to.
For smaller spaces use clothing racks
Clothing racks don't need to look like a temporary solution. Go for one with a brass or metallic finish to add style to function. You can also use a clothing rack to showcase your favourite pieces or seasonal essentials and to add a design feature to any room, whether that's your bedroom or entrance hall.
Utalise a storage bench
Getting your socks, shoes and boots on in the morning is made much easier by having a bench or seat of some kind in the room that you get dressed in. And why not make it multi-purpose by going for one with in-built storage.
Opt for a vanity and stool if you have the space
Nothing says dressing room more than a dedicated vanity and stool. Add a pop of colour or pattern with a comfy stool and make sure that the vanity mirror is big enough for what you need it for. You can always set up a vanity space on top of a set of drawers that you already own. By adding a chair you can get ready in the morning without having to perch your beauty products on your lap or bed.
What would your dream dressing room or walk in wardrobe look like?
By Ellis Cochrane
Whether you have a lot or a small amount of space to play with, it doesn't have to cost thousands of pounds to transform a room into a dressing room.
And here are some of our top tips for how to design a dressing room on a budget;
Design with you in mind
First of all, work out what your priorities are.
Unlike a traditional wardrobe or set of drawers, you are in control of exactly how you lay things out. Do you prefer more hanging space? Or would you rather have more shelving? Do baskets work better for you than drawers? Do you need space to store or showcase your jewellery or accessories?
And with budget in mind, you can always add more to any dressing room design as time goes on and you start using the space.
Show off your favourite pieces
If you have the space, why not show off your favourite pieces! It may be a beloved handbag or a collection of shoes or sunglasses. You may want to display special shopping bags or boxes. Whatever it may be, make sure to put what you wish on display.
Even if you have an entire spare room to play with, installing lighting in the wardrobe itself is game changing. You can buy several LED battery operated lights, which stick on without the use of tools, for less than £10 like these
Utilise furniture for other purposes
There's nothing to say that you can't use a bookcase, as part of your dressing room design, to store shoes or handbags. It can often be significantly cheaper to go for this option than to have shelves built in or to buy an open wardrobe. IKEA Billy Bookcase (£35). You could also use a desk instead of a typical vanity table, if you're on a budget.
What would you showcase in your dressing room or wardrobe?
Whether you're all about a capsule wardrobe or your wardrobe is currently bursting at the seams, we can all use a little help keeping them organised. And with these seven hacks, you'll be able to free up some much needed space or create more space to fill up on future shopping trips.
Here are our top hacks to make more room in your wardrobe;
Take advantage of vertical hanging space
If you have one hanging bar in your wardrobe or a narrow space, it's time to start using multi hanger hooks. You can even get away with using a ring pull from a drinks can to stagger the hangers that you already have, without spending a penny.
Store heels, shoes & boots heel-to-toe
Use hanging organisers to store accessories
You can either get over the door organisers or ones on a hanger to store the likes of scarves, hats, underwear and more.
Attach towel rails to store flat shoes or flip flops
Hang your handbags
Keep your handbags in pristine condition and free up floor space by hanging them. We love this clear acrylic S hook from John Lewis & Partners The Home Edit & iDesign collaboration (£4).
Use shelf dividers to keep shelves tidier
Store right up to the ceiling
If you have free space above your wardrobes, use this area to store out of season items, bulkier pieces or even luggage, if you have the room.
What is your biggest space saving tip when it comes to your wardrobe?
By Ellis Cochrane