Dreamy dressing rooms and how to have one in your home

How to have a dressing room

Until recently, walk-in wardrobes like Carrie Bradshaw’s dream closet from Sex And The City may have seemed a little unobtainable for most of us, but they’re fast becoming a key requirement as we look to keep our sleep spaces as tranquil zones, free from over-spilling wardrobes and cluttered surfaces. 

Spare bedrooms are usually the smallest rooms in a home and can often end up as a bit of a dumping ground for extra storage or junk. Or if you do use it as a guest bedroom, it can often sit empty for weeks on end while you struggle for space elsewhere in your home. So, why not make the most of your space and finally transform it into your dream dressing room?  

Here’s where to start

You’ll want to think about how much hanging space you need, as well as drawers. And then do you want your clothes hidden away behind doors or out on display? The more minimalist would probably choose doors, but it’s worth considering if you’d like any display space at all. Imagine a couple open nooks with glass doors to highlight a few favourite handbags or extra-special shoes.

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How to have a dressing room
If your spare bedroom needs to include a bed, then a run of bespoke wardrobes with luxury glass doors, such as these linear designs from Inspired Elements, can give the impression of a dressing room. LED lighting inside each storage alcove looks incredibly stylish and makes for a practical addition, while grey tinted glass takes on a see-through effect when the lights are on, becoming more tinted when they’re off. Prices start at £6,000 for a three-metre bespoke wardrobe, including fitting.

There are tons of clever storage ideas out there – from pull-down rails (ideal if you’re not blessed in the height department) to drawer dividers for small accessories and shoe carousels. 

Awkward shaped spare bedrooms can still incorporate a space for a walk-in wardrobe – simply section part of it off with a pocket sliding door as has been done in this Knightsbridge property. Where off-the-shelf storage may not work with the sloped ceiling, a bespoke design from Neatsmith ensures every inch of space is utilised. Dark oak walk-in wardrobe, from £1,000 per linear metre. Designed by Linda Elton. Photography: Charlie Brenninkmeijer.
Creating your own organised dressing space couldn’t be easier, with a choice of drawer pull outs, shelving and interior hanging configurations to suit your individual needs. The contemporary Textura collection, from £500, Crown Imperial.

Lastly, do you want the room to purely work as a wardrobe, or would you like to incorporate a dressing table area, where you can do your make-up in the morning? In this case you’ll need to make sure you have some adequate lighting too. 

For example, a walk-in wardrobe will allow you the luxury of a lengthy dressing table area, and positioning it under or near to a window ensures you have plenty of natural light when it comes time to doing your hair or make-up.

You can either buy a singular dressing table, or go for a bespoke design, which means that not only will it tie in with your wardrobe design, but it can be built into tricky corners or alcoves – and you can ensure you have all the drawers and compartments you need. This Kensington dressing room design is from Neville Johnson and prices start from £3,000 + VAT. 

Or you can get crafty…

If you’re handy in the DIY department, you can buy all the components. Grab a pen and paper and jot down the essentials such as rails, drawers, and full storage systems. Have a look online on websites such as Häfele and Spaceslide, so you can personalise the room yourself.

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Alternatively, hiring a joiner or bespoke furniture company is a great option as they come with a wealth of experience and ideas. Plus, they can make the most of every inch of your space – ideal for rooms with a small or quirky layout. 

‘With custom-made furniture you can seamlessly install personal extras, such as integrated full-length mirrors on the inside of doors, bespoke cupboards for hard-to-store objects, show racks, and homes for ties, belts and bedding,’ says Simon Tcherniack, senior designer at Neville Johnson

If space allows, a centre island with drawers is a great way of preventing your room from feeling empty in the middle, and provides a spot to place trinkets and anything else you may want on display. This Wentworth dressing room design is from Neville Johnson and starts from £3,000 + VAT.  

Featured image: This walk-in wardrobe with separate sides for his and her has a display unit right in the centre. Boutique Dressing Room, Neville Johnson. Fitted furniture priced from £3,000 + VAT.

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