Every hostess dreams of a dressing room. It just so happened that women always have a bunch of outfits that require proper storage. Not every apartment is capable of accommodating a large dressing room, so this privilege is not available to everyone. There is a way out of the situation - you can make a small dressing room from the pantry, which is available in almost every apartment.
Can't allocate a lot of storage space? Then create your own dressing room from a large number of shelves that are quite capable of replacing a full-fledged wardrobe. A makeshift walk-in closet can take a lot less space than you think. A space with dimensions of 1x1.5 or 1x2 can accommodate both hangers and shelves with drawers. It's great if there is enough room in the dressing room to place a mirror where you can change.
The basic rule when equipping a dressing room in a small room is to create ventilation. If this is not taken into account, then the clothes can not only become soaked with mustiness, but also damp. You should also remember about lighting.
Before you start installing all kinds of hangers, shelves and cabinets, you should calculate the approximate volume of all things that will be completed in the new dressing room. It is best to make a plan or draw a diagram of the location of all the fixtures so as not to miss a single moment.
Alteration plan in a panel house
The decision to arrange a dressing room in the pantry has been made, which means you can safely take up a pencil and draw a diagram of how everything will look like in the end. Usually, a storage room in standard apartments is + 3 or + 2 square meters to the total area. It will not work to put furniture in such a small area, but it is quite possible to carefully lay out all the clothes and shoes.
Visually, you have already imagined what kind of hangers and shelves will be in your dressing room. It remains only to calculate the dimensions and enter the required numbers into the drawing. For storing jackets and dresses, for example, you will need a place no more than half a meter wide, and up to one and a half meters high; T-shirts and shirts will take up a little less space. For shoes, you can build a small shelf along the entire length of the room, with a height of 20 or 30 cm.
At the initial stage, it seems that there will not be enough space, but after installation you will be surprised how spacious the dressing room turned out from the pantry.
In order for the effectiveness of a small dressing room to be no worse than that of a decent-sized dressing room, you should correctly plan the space.
Often, dressing rooms are equipped with sliding systems, which are very economical and allow you to fill the space to the maximum. In the niches of such systems, you can easily install a pantograph or shoe racks. The easiest way is to divide the dressing room space into two zones and fill each of them accordingly.
This part of the wardrobe is the most used. Usually it is filled with rods, shelves and all kinds of drawers. The rods are positioned both perpendicularly and parallel to the wall. It all depends on the depth of the cabinet.
Drawers and shelves are usually located at eye level. Especially interesting in this regard are baskets made of metal mesh and transparent models. If in the first version things will be well ventilated and will be easily noticeable, then in the second case things can only be clearly seen, without wondering what lies there.
The ideal option for the middle area is racks with open shelves. It is easier to put things on them. In addition, the clothes will be visible all the time and will be able to "breathe".
At the very top in the dressing room there are shelves or drawers for things that are very rarely worn. You will need a staircase to access them if your dressing room has high ceilings. Below you can put hats or shoes that will not be needed in the coming months. You don't need too much space for such oversized items. An area equal to the length of the room, multiplied by 20 cm high and 25 cm deep, is fine.
Liberation and finishing
It is better not to demolish the walls, since the pantry is ideal for the role of a dressing room. If you remove from it all the unnecessary trash that is usually stored there for many years, then it is quite possible to find that there is plenty of space there. It will be useful to carry out a small cosmetic repair - if required. It will not be good if the old plaster peels off and stains things.
You can carefully trim the walls and floor to keep the drawers and drawers level. Painting the walls or making expensive finishes is not at all worth it. You can simply whitewash the walls with water-based paint and lay a wooden covering on the floor.
In finishing the dressing room, the main thing is that the walls "breathe" and do not "emit" unnecessary odors. It is possible that too clogged walls and floors will contribute to too high humidity. Painted walls can "share" their scent with clothes.
If wood is too expensive for you, then you can lay laminate on the floor, but its capabilities are slightly worse. Therefore, in any case, you can evenly spread out special bags with substances that absorb excess moisture well throughout the dressing room.
Ventilation and lighting
Ventilation is very important for keeping things safe, while light can expand the space.
The dressing room is the place that is closed most of the time. Therefore, it must be well ventilated to prevent dampness and mold. If the dressing room is small, then it makes no sense to equip a separate ventilation system. Large-scale and expensive projects are more suitable for the dressing room of an actress or singer, whose dressing room area may be larger than a standard apartment.
An ideal option for a small dressing room is to install an exhaust fan or air conditioner. The second option is even better, since many air conditioning systems not only refresh the air, but also clean it from dust and microbes. These parameters are very important, because they will eliminate the formation of mold, unpleasant air and dust on clothes.
Light is important. If you make the right lighting system, you can visually increase the storage space. In addition, it is much more productive to pick up outfits in a bright room.
A small dressing room should not have large lamps with lampshades or shades. This will only aggravate the situation, as unnecessary shadows "eat up" half of the entire space. It is best to give preference to small lamps in large quantities, which can be evenly distributed over the area of the dressing room. They can be installed both on the wall and on the ceiling.
Storage system installation
It's quite possible to build a small dressing room yourself. To do this, you will need to purchase all the necessary materials, based on your own calculations and desires. An approximate list of materials may be as follows:
- Metal pipes. These parts can serve both as the basis of the frame and as hanger holders;
- Particleboard with plastic coating. This item will be required as the main part to create shelves or drawers;
- Fastening. Self-tapping screws, various plugs and corners may come in handy;
- Edge tape;
- Additional details in the form of hooks and handles.
You can assemble the installation according to the following plan:
- Cut the metal pipes into the required lengths according to your calculations.
- Prepare the parts by mashing them with special tape.
- Install vertical posts and secure them with self-tapping screws.
- Arrange the rails and fasteners.
- Install shelves and drawers.
- Install a backlight inside (if necessary).
- Secure the doors.
- Screw on the hooks and handles.
At the end of the installation, fill the cabinets with hangers.
To consider the arrangement of the dressing room from the closet complete, you need to arrange the doorway. This must be done correctly. For the closet from the pantry, sliding doors are best suited, which save space and ennoble it with their stylish design.
There are several options for wardrobe doors:
- Swing doors; These models are suitable for spacious rooms, as they take up some space when opened.
- Screens-partitions; This option looks very sophisticated and unique. A more simplified option is beautiful blackout curtains.
- Compartment doors; The most convenient doors for a small dressing room, because they are ideal space savers.
The dressing room is the personal space of any girl. The layout and arrangement of such a room is everyone's business. There are several types of standard layouts:
This option is suitable for any room. Most often they do not have doors. In the case of a closet from the pantry, to create it, you will need to demolish one of the walls. This dressing room is usually designed for one or two people, as it can be easily divided.
You can easily decorate a corner wardrobe, inspired by the following ideas:
- Stylish wardrobe made of metal frame. It looks discreet and takes up a minimum of space.
- A massive wardrobe made of wood with sliding doors organically blended into the corner.
- A cozy little dressing room resembling a wardrobe is reliably hidden from view with the help of stylish sliding doors.
The easiest way is to install the dressing room parallel to the wall. Such a dressing room can either have doors or be open. Space for a linear dressing room will require no more than 2 square meters.
This option is suitable for a pantry or hallway. A similar dressing room can consist of drawers at the bottom, shelves and hangers at the top, or a free-standing wardrobe. There are a lot of options for such an organization of storage. Here are just a few of them:
- Compact light wood wardrobe, which includes both open shelves and drawers with transparent doors. The lighting is very interesting: the lamps are fixed on the upper shelves. A large mirror is the perfect complement.
- Stylish dressing room in a niche. Minimum parts - maximum storage space.
- Dressing room made of wood and plastic. It harmoniously combines open shelves and drawers. Beautiful and roomy.
This option is suitable both for a walk-in closet built into a niche and for a closed-type dressing room. For the implementation of such an option, it may be required from 3 or more square meters. The U-shaped dressing room is characterized by the presence of lighting and all kinds of items for storing things.
Such a dressing room will perfectly cope with the storage of absolutely all things in the house. Here are just some of the options for organizing this option:
- An interesting option made of wood in light colors, which is characterized by the completeness of filling the space: there are all types of storage, in the form of shelves, drawers, hangers and baskets.
- The metal wardrobe looks very stylish and neat. A minimum of solid surfaces, which means a maximum of space and fresh air.
- Miniature wooden dressing room, which is mostly occupied by hangers and shelves with drawers. In this version, lighting comes first, since without it the room will become very dark.
This option assumes the presence of two free walls, in which linear mini-wardrobes can be arranged parallel to each other. Rather not suitable for a small room. Very convenient for storing things for two people - one side belongs to a separate person. When installing such a system, always choose compartment doors, otherwise swing doors will interfere with the opposite side.
What can be summed up? The dressing room is not a dream, but a reality. Anyone can bring it to life, despite the size of their apartment and financial capabilities. All that is needed for a dressing room is a minimum of space and a maximum of imagination and patience. Feel free to take matters into your own hands and you will have the perfect closet from the closet.