How to Build a Dressing Room

Updated February 21, 2017

Design and construct a dressing room in a walk-in closet or other part of the house that measures approximately 6-by-8-feet. Try to carve out this kind of space to keep the dressing area from being cramped. Create a dressing room that is near a closet and small bath, if possible, to make the whole process of getting dressed easier for work or going out in the evening. Remember to keep the dressing room as clutter-free as possible, or the purpose will be defeated. A neatly organised room will facilitate the speed of getting dressed and out of the house on schedule.

Enclose the space to construct the room with wood framing, if needed. Use 2-by-4-inch boards to create studs on 16-inch centres. Frame a small, open closet. Plan to build this open closet to hang items for making choices during the process of getting dressed.

Install electrical sockets and light fixtures. Run wiring from the home's breaker box or nearby electrical source, but call in a professional to inspect the work. Install recessed lighting in the ceiling area and appropriate fixtures near the dressing table. Create lighting that is not too harsh, since an overly bright room will distort the look of clothing colours and your hair and make-up. Strive for lighting that is natural and easy on the eyes.

Finish the wall surfaces. Cover the walls with drywall and smooth with joint compound. Sand the drywall and paint. Use white or a light colour of paint to reflect more light. Keep the entire room fairly neutral in terms of colours, so reflected colour will not interfere with how fabric colours or accessories look. Install mirror tiles on a large section of one wall approximately 6 feet high by 6 feet wide. Do this in addition to adding a stand-alone dressing mirror.

Install wall shelves constructed of lumber boards that hold pre-made, finished shelves. Paint the shelves to match the walls. Install hanging hooks nearby for dresses, slacks or coats to make getting dressed more organised.

Construct a dressing table from 2-by-4-inch lumber boards and cover it with floor-length cloth. Use a small pattern of flowers or tiny designs to add visual interest to the dressing table. Build or buy a sitting bench and upholster it or have a bench cushion made to match the table cover.


Consider adding a skylight in the dressing room, if there is no window, to bring in more natural light. Don't place the dressing room too far away from the bedroom and main closet area. If it's too far removed, it will probably receive little use.

Things You'll Need

  • 2-by-4-inch boards
  • Electrical sockets
  • Light fixtures
  • Drywall
  • Joint compound
  • Paint
  • Mirror tiles
  • Dressing table
  • Sitting bench
  • Wall hooks
  • Finished shelves
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Judi Light Hopson is a national columnist for McClatchy Newspapers. She is founder of Hopson Global Education and Training and co-author of the college textbook, Burnout to Balance: EMS Stress. She holds a degree in psychology from East Tennessee State University, and has been a professional writer for 25 years.