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Planning a Dressing Room

When creating a dressing room, careful planning is key to achieving a space that meets all your storage needs whilst remaining luxurious and stylish.

Use the steps below to help guide you through the process.

1. Layout

The first thing to consider is the layout of your room. Decide where your fixed joinery pieces will be, making sure to take into consideration room for doors to open and for you to stand in front of your wardrobe while selecting your outfit. Wardrobes should be 600 mm deep to allow for coat hangers.

2. Planning the Internal Storage

Make a list of what clothes you have and estimate how much space each item will take. Consider which items will require full height hanging (for long overcoats and dresses), medium hanging (for blouses, long skirts and short coats), half height hanging (for shirts, tops and folded trousers) and drawer storage. Measure the length of the longest items in each category so that you can see how high the rail needs to be. (Remember to allow some additional height for the coat hanger). Count the number of pairs of shoes you have and how many pairs of tall boots to see what space you will need for shoe storage.

Shown here is a wardrobe with double hanging for shirts and jackets with shoe racks underneath by The Heritage Wardrobe Company.

3. Don’t Forget Your Accessories!

Allow room in your wardrobe design for accessories storage. Shallow pull out drawers with glass fronts are perfect to make sure that all items can be easily seen. Open shelves are perfect for handbag storage. The dressing room is also a great place to locate a safe for secure storage of more valuable items.

This wardrobe by Interior ID features glass-fronted drawers and a built in safe.

4. Dressing Table

If your dressing room is big enough for a table, consider if you would like this built in to the joinery or if you would like a stand-alone piece. A dressing table chair with a bit of design detail can be a great way to create a statement in the room and, for smaller spaces, there are lots of beautiful footstool designs available where space is at a premium.

Shown here is the Diana Dressing Table by Thomas Pheasant for Baker Furniture.

5. Select Your Style

Having fully considered all the practical requirements, it’s time to get creative! Have a look at different dressing room styles to see what most appeals to you. Consider ways to customise your design, such as using unusual handles or a mixture of finishes.

6. Lighting and Electrics

Decide on where you need lighting in the room. Internal lighting in the wardrobes is a practical solution for better visibility and the addition of a central, statement chandelier gives the wow factor and adds a sense of luxury. Wall lights above the dressing table create a feature in this area and are practical for giving light when applying make-up etc.

The position of socket points should be considered for hair driers, curling irons, vacuum etc.

Bella Figura's Frost Chandelier would create a beautiful focal point.

7. Seating

The addition of some occasional seating in the form of a chair or ottoman gives a place to sit when dressing as well as somewhere to lay other items ready to take with you. Comfort is, of course, still a factor when choosing this seating but, as it is only for occasional use, you can afford to be a bit more design-led.

This beautiful Augusta slipper chair with scroll detail on the back is by Christopher Guy.

8. Mirror

A full-length mirror is a dressing room essential. If you don’t have enough wall space to hang one, fix a mirror to the inside of one of the wardrobe doors or mirror the door fronts.

The Faux Shagreen Full Length Mirror by OKA comes with an adjustable stand, giving the option of hanging it on a wall or leaving it free-standing.

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