The dressing room is not only very practical, but also fashionable: everyone around will gasp when they see how you tremble with your own things! Not every modern apartment has a place for a full-fledged room for storing clothes, and many stop at a compromise option - a dressing room in the hallway.
Features and Benefits
All the necessary things in perfect order and always at hand - this is the main idea of any dressing room. And if at the same time she is at the exit from the apartment, then this is just fine! In addition, if the dressing room is arranged in the hallway, it is possible not to put bulky wardrobes in rooms, for example, in the bedroom, as is usually the case. There is more space and light in the house.
Unlike other options, the dressing room in the hallway is the best fit for storing purely street things - gloves, scarves, umbrellas, sports equipment and clothing. If space permits, it is quite possible to place household items in such a dressing room, as well as a safe, an electric meter, an alarm control panel, etc.
Of course, a place must be allocated for the dressing room. A built-in wardrobe can be made in the spacious hallway. If you paste over its walls with the same wallpaper as the walls of the hallway, visually it will resemble a niche. In some apartments, by the way, such niches are created on purpose.
It is very good if a pantry adjoins the hallway from one side - you can combine these two spaces.
The dressing room in the hallway can be of three types:
A closed dressing room is a large wardrobe. As a rule, it is closed by sliding doors with a mirror on the outside. Open - racks with shelves or open storage systems with hanger rails and baskets. Such a dressing room takes up less space, but requires perfect order. everything in it is in sight.
A combined dressing room is a system when part of the space is open, and part - for example, the upper or lower shelves, is closed from the eyes. This allows you to keep things tidy and keep things out of your way that you don't use on a daily basis.
Every Centimeter Matters
For an ordinary family with 1-2 children, the best option for a dressing room is 4-5 m². In such a space, you can place all the things and accessories of household members. If there is very little space, you can equip a dressing room for 2m². In principle, such an area is no different from a standard wardrobe, but the space in it will be used more rationally.
In a small hallway, a dressing room is made against the largest wall. Sliding doors are installed from floor to ceiling and across the entire width. This option is successful, even if the hallway is narrow and long. Shelves, rails, hooks, shoe racks, baskets and boxes are installed inside. The essence of any dressing room, and even more so, a small one, is that there can be no useless space. The shelves start from the ceiling itself - there you can hide a lot of things that you don't need all the time. For convenience, you will need to purchase a stand or a small stepladder.
If there is not enough space, you should pay attention to the corner wardrobe. This can be a corner wardrobe or a rack with partially closed shelves. There are projects where the corner is simply fenced off with a drywall wall, in which the door is made, and the storage shelves are placed inside right on the walls. It turns out a triangular wardrobe.
There are options for a mini dressing room. This is a small open storage system for essentials that stands at the front door. Most often this is a shoe rack, a railing for hangers with outerwear, hooks for umbrellas and a top shelf for hats and accessories.
For the convenience of using the dressing room, it is important to consider:
- Floor and wall covering. In the advertising photographs, 2-3 dresses or jackets hang in the dressing rooms, and 2-3 pairs of perfectly clean shoes stand. In practice, it will not be like that at all. Children will throw dirty shoes into baskets, walls can get dirty with wet umbrellas or shoe brushes - so all covers should be easy to clean and not absorb dirt.
- Lighting. All things should be clearly visible so that you do not have to search for them in a hurry. In addition, the light should be such that a stain, hole or crease on clothing can be noticed in time.
- Ventilation. It is especially important if things of a different season are stored in the dressing room (for example, fur coats in the summer or light dresses folded in boxes in the winter). This will keep things looking good.
- Mirror. In variants with a hallway, it is usually placed outside on the door, or next to it on the wall.
In total, according to the internal structure, dressing rooms can be divided into:
The frame wardrobe is based on metal racks. On them, like a designer, a storage system is assembled according to an individual project: rails, baskets, rods and shelves. Such a structure can be easily attached to walls of various types, easily changed (there are holes for fastening modules in metal racks at very different heights) and, if desired, it can be independently dismantled and moved to any other place in the house. To create such a dressing room in the hallway, consider stability - metal hooks and shelves must withstand heavy outerwear.
The panel construction takes up more space but looks very solid. Typically, storage modules are attached to a panel that simply stands against the wall or is attached to it. This stationary version is made of various materials, but most often from MDF with veneer of various types of wood. In an expensive interior, of course, an array (classic) will look best. Experts believe that in the pursuit of the beauty and status of such a design, the dressing room loses its functionality and is not always created rationally. So if there are a lot of things to fit, the simpler the project, the better.
Having decided on the type of internal structure, you need to create a project for the future dressing room. If you plan to contact specialists, a simple drawing on paper will be enough.
A few secrets for placing things successfully:
- Grouping clothes. Upper - underwear - underwear. Summer-winter-demi-season. Womens-mens-childrens. There may be a lot of options, come up with your own. The most important thing is that the clothes that are being worn at the moment and correspond to the season are in front of your eyes, and everything else is tucked away.
- The length of things and an understanding of what should be stored on hangers and what should be folded. According to the number of long (dresses, trousers) and short (jackets, jackets, blouses, shirts) items, the project creates bars at different heights and corresponding lengths. Knitwear, jeans, delicate items are best kept folded - they will need shelves.
- Shoes are stored either in shoe racks (ideally inclined, where the shoes stand upright), or in boxes on the shelves. Seasonal pairs are placed in the "access zone", non-seasonal pairs are removed up or down. The boxes must be signed, and it is best to purchase special boxes with a transparent window to see which pair is inside.
- Using storage accessories. Shelves and drawers are, of course, good, but there are many devices that allow you to fit a huge amount of clothes in a tiny wardrobe. For example, a chain for hangers. This is how you can hang up shirts or T-shirts. In appearance, of course, it resembles a clothing market, but then each shirt will be in sight. There are special ramps for accessories, belts, belts, trousers. Use dividers to organize your socks and linen drawers.
As apartments become smaller in cities, the problem of storing a large number of things becomes more urgent. Some companies make the creation of wardrobe systems their main profile.
Parus and K positions itself as the first Russian manufacturer of storage systems. The company offers to develop an individual design project or purchase a ready-made solution for standard sizes. The ready-made systems include an office, a nursery, a pantry system and a dressing room for the hallway. It consists of two rows of mesh shelves at the top, two rows at the bottom, four spacious baskets and a rail for hangers.
The Swedish company Elfa implements a huge number of projects for storing things, including in the hallway. Designers offer tons of options for placing shelves and hooks, including not doors, under stairs and in other unexpected places. On the company's website, you can find ideas for inspiration.
The leader in the Russian market is, of course, Ikea. The company, in addition to household goods, specializes in solutions for compact storage, including dressing rooms. The most popular Ikea options are:
- PAX wardrobes. In fact, they are wardrobes, but they also have some consistency: shelves that start from the very top, light baskets, rails for hangers in two rows and at different heights. Huge selection - from narrow and long to huge corner cabinets in different colors.
- Open systems ALGOT and ELVARLI. Metal structures broken into long narrow sections. A project for each specific house is made up of these sections - there can be as many of them as you like. They can also be supplemented with accompanying furniture - dressers, etc.
Having thought through everything to the smallest detail, you can make a dressing room in the hallway and do it yourself: the network has detailed instructions on how to create a project and bring it to life. You can take shelves, hangers, and other elements of ready-made hallways and assemble your own storage system. The main thing is that everything you need can fit in it, and the necessary things are always at hand.