How to make a walk in closet into a dressing room

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How to make a walk in closet into a dressing room
Create a space to not only organise your wardrobe but also to get dressed every day. (sapatos image by lulu from Fotolia.com)

If it is large enough, making a walk-in closet into a dressing room makes sense for ease of getting ready and organising your home. With the choices in custom built-ins for clothes and shoes organisation, it will be easy to find drawers, cabinets and hanging solutions that fit your wardrobe. To free up space, these traditional items found in any closet should be organised on one side wall. The other side and back wall is where you will complete the transformation into a full-fledged dressing room.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Vanity
  • Wall make-up mirror with lights
  • Shelving
  • Jewellery box
  • Decorative containers
  • Full-length lighted mirror
  • Dimmer switches

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place a vanity on the back wall. Hang a wall make-up mirror, with lights, above it.

    How to make a walk in closet into a dressing room
    Create an area to sit and do your make-up and hair. (at home office image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Install shelving around the mirror to organise anything that cannot fit into the vanity's drawers. Use decorative containers to hold beauty products and hair accessories on the shelves.

    How to make a walk in closet into a dressing room
    Organise your beauty products and tools in decorative containers to keep everything sleek looking. (make-up time image by Pix by Marti from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Bring in a jewellery box that fits the space. Options include a traditional one that sits on top of the vanity or a lockable one, for your more valuable pieces, built into the wall.

    How to make a walk in closet into a dressing room
    Choose a jewellery box that fits the space and your personal design style. (jewellery box image by Sid Viswakumar from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Hang a full-length dressing mirror, or a couple of them if you have the space, with lights around it. If you opt to have two, hang one on the door and the other one on the side wall to enable you to see what an outfit looks like from different angles.

    How to make a walk in closet into a dressing room
    Full-length mirrors are needed to see the whole picture of how you look. (mirror image by Lars Christensen from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

    Put all of the lights on dimmer switches when you make a walk-in closet into a dressing room. Not only is this nice when you are not ready for complete brightness in the morning, it allows you to see your entire look in all the shades of day and night.

    How to make a walk in closet into a dressing room
    Even though you need bright lights to get ready, having dimmer ones available is useful too. (Bright Ideas image by Peter Haken from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • When making a walk-in closet into a dressing room, add a small sink area for washing up if you have the space, especially if it is above or next to an existing bathroom or kitchen in your home. A plumber can easily access the plumbing if that is the case.

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