Dressing rooms are back in vogue, and a lot of people are now striving to set aside a separate area for it in the hallway or in the room.
Even in a small apartment, you can equip a separate dressing room.
At first glance, it is overkill to have a separate room for a wardrobe. But this is not at all the case.
With a properly planned dressing room, you can free the apartment from bulky wardrobes, dressers, nightstands.
You can use the entire height of the wall, not limited to cabinets. When all things are collected in one area, it takes less time to find the right clothes.
You can install a mirror in the dressing room, then it will be easy to pick up an outfit for yourself, especially since all things are at hand.
In the dressing room, it is possible to install an ironing board, for storage of which it is so difficult to allocate space in the apartment. You can install a washing machine and dryer.
In the dressing room, you can leave all the shelves open, all things will be clearly visible.
Practice shows that if the house has a separate room for a wardrobe, things retain their original appearance longer and require less maintenance.
Organization Principles for Men and Women
Organization of any dressing room is carried out in several steps.
First step - you need to think about the lighting so that you can easily admire the outfits in front of the mirror
Second step - it is necessary to equip ventilation in this room, especially if a washing machine is installed in it. But even if you are not going to wash in the wardrobe, then, in order to avoid the appearance of an unpleasant odor in things, an influx of fresh air is necessary
Third step - we define the storage area. Its dimensions depend on the area of the dressing room itself and on the number of things that are planned to be stored there
Fourth step - we structure the space. At this stage, we plan the placement of sections, shelves where things will be stored, we decide the question in what dependence this will be done (color, functionality, etc.)
When organizing a dressing room, you need to take into account that you need to leave the dressing room fully dressed. Only outerwear and outdoor shoes are worn in the hallway.
The dressing room for women is a separate world. Here she can spend unlimited time trying on her clothes, disassembling accessories.
That is why, when equipping a wardrobe for a woman, you need to pay attention not only to functionality, but also to aesthetic beauty.
The classic female version is a wardrobe in pastel colors. Women often choose Provence or country styles to decorate these rooms.
The latest squeak of fashion is the arrangement of a special place in the dressing room, in the center of which is an ultra-fashionable sofa or, conversely, a vintage chest of drawers. They fill the room with various figurines and other design details.
You definitely need a mirror, preferably movable or even several, so that you can evaluate yourself in a selected outfit from all sides.
To equip a women's dressing room, you must not forget to allocate space for storing bags and jewelry.
A men's dressing room is a completely different matter. Brutality and functionality - these are the main directions in the equipment of this room for the stronger sex.
Here you should choose restrained, calm colors. Brown, beige, gray tones, materials - metal or wood are perfect.
The style is more suitable for hi-tech or classic. You need one mirror, full length.
Men need to arrange an organizer for storing belts,
and also equip a special tie hanger.
It is also worth allocating a space where everything for hobbies will be collected. This is, for example, sportswear or camouflage for fishing. Immediately equip a place for storing accessories (fishing rods, scooter).
If you plan to combine a dressing room for a man and a woman, then usually the separation is done in color, while the female half is also tried to restrain a little in terms of brightness. For the rest, they try to adhere to the above. The common part of the room is decorated in a neutral way.
You can choose any finishing materials for the dressing room, but it is still better to focus on washable ones. This is due to the fact that clothes and bed linen tend to accumulate dust, which subsequently settles on the walls of the room.
For this reason, it is also better to refuse carpets on the floor. The most suitable flooring will be tile or laminate.
Where to mark
You can organize a dressing room, in principle, in any room where it is possible to allocate at least a few square meters. You can find a place for her in the bedroom, in the hallway. By combining the bathrooms, you can also free up a couple of meters. If your apartment occupies two floors, then it is advisable to organize a dressing room in the space under the stairs.
If you have a private house with an attic, then you can arrange it in the roof slopes.
Dressing rooms are:
Linear dressing rooms are like large wardrobes.
They usually separate the wall of a room without a window and have a sliding door design. You can fence off such a room with a blackout curtain.
If the apartment has a free corner, the dressing room can be placed there. Then two walls are involved, and, between them, the third is performed in the form of sliding doors or a dense curtain.
The U-shaped dressing room is most suitable for equipment in the bedroom. In this layout, it is possible to arrange shelves, racks and rods on both sides. In the niche that the dressing room forms, the bed will fit perfectly.
A parallel dressing room is a great option for a combined dressing room where men and women will be at the same time.
A rectangular dressing room is suitable when it is possible to allocate a separate room for these purposes.
In organizing such a room, there will be where to swing, organize a storage system, and a laundry, and a dressing table, and a whole area with various mirrors, in which you can see yourself not only from the front, but also from the back.
And the window will perfectly fit into the interior and carry the function of lighting and ventilation. In natural light, the colors of the chosen outfit will look more reliable, and it will also be possible to ventilate the room, filling it with fresh air.
How to properly plan space for a small dressing room
In a small apartment there is not a lot of space for a wardrobe. But even there you can perfectly plan the space.
In one-room apartments, as a rule, they allocate a niche or storage room for a dressing room. You can organize it in an elongated room, separating several squares, thereby aligning the proportions of the room. A corner dressing room can be arranged in the corridor. Another option is to organize this room on the balcony, however, it will need to be heated there so that it can be used in winter.
The smallest size of the dressing room is 1x1.5 m. If it is impossible to allocate such an area, it is more expedient to build a wardrobe. You need to start equipping a small dressing room with the selection of the right furniture.
Various ready-made complexes can be purchased. They contain a set of baskets, bars, shelves, boxes. With the help of them, you can not miss anything important, while creating a comfortable, roomy, interior of your dressing room.
Also, fabric storage systems will be an excellent option in arranging a small dressing room. When planning a small dressing room, it is worth dividing it into three levels in height.
Lower tier. Its height is no more than 60 cm. There is a place for storing shoes, tools, and a vacuum cleaner. You can also arrange boxes for storing linen and socks. By the way, it is convenient for them to use organizers with cells
Middle tier. Its height is from 60 cm to 2 m. It is used for storing things for everyday use. Here they place rods on which skirts, pants, dresses, boxes for jewelry, gloves, organizers for bags, hangers for ties and scarves, as well as shelves for hats are hung
Upper tier. Anything taller than two meters. Here shelves are placed where rarely used clothes, bedding for guests, Christmas tree decorations, skates, rollers, suitcases are removed
In small dressing rooms, the walls are made of plasterboard, and the doors are installed sliding, or a curtain is used. You may not close the dressing room at all, but for this you need to devote a lot of time to the perfect order in it, hang all things to increase their length, arrange them on the shelves by color, or put them in baskets and boxes.
But, no matter what kind of dressing room you have, closed or open, its design should be a continuation of the room in which it is located. They should be made in the same style and, preferably, match in color, so that, opening it, you get a single interior.
If the modest size of the room does not allow a mirror to be placed in the dressing room, installation from the outside of the door can be a way out. Thus, you do not need to occupy part of the wall, and you can arrange additional storage space there.
For lighting a small dressing room, LED spotlights are most suitable. They consume little energy, while illuminating the room well. Under no circumstances should halogen lamps be used. They get very hot, and given the fact that the room is very small and there are many flammable things accumulated in it, this can lead to a fire.
Sample projects for small wardrobes
Project for 1.5 sq. meters
The smallest dressing room has an area of 1.5 m2. In this case, one of the sides should not be less than 120 cm (racks are located on one side) or 150 cm (racks will be on both sides), otherwise the passage will be very narrow and inconvenient. Also, a room in one and a half squares can be corner. In this case, the length of the walls along which the storage systems will be located will increase and allow you to accommodate much more things. The depth of the racks, where the rods will be located, should be at least 50 cm, drawers, at least 30 cm. The shoe storage system should not have shelves with a height of less than 20 cm. The height of the sections for dresses and coats should be at least 150 cm, for shirts and trousers folded in half - 120 cm. Other sizes at your discretion.
Instead of shelves for bags and other accessories, you can use fabric pockets. This will significantly save space, but at the same time, each item will have its own place.
Project for 2 sq. meters
Usually dressing rooms of this size are equipped in niches or closets. There are similar premises in the apartments with the "Khrushchevka" layout. The dimensions of 2x1m are sufficient.
In principle, the dimensions of the shelves will be the same as in the one and a half meter, but they can be accommodated a little more. Or, a mirror can be placed in the increased space. If the door to such a dressing room is hinged, then it is convenient to mount the mirror on it from the inside.
Project for 3 sq. meters
On three square meters, you can already swing. This is the most suitable dressing room size for small apartments. In modern layouts, a room is usually already laid down for these purposes.
But if you do not have such a room, then an angular or U-shaped placement is suitable for a dressing room of this size.
The dimensions of the shelves can also be added a little here. Among the system for storing shoes, highlight shelves, 30 cm high, for storing high-heeled shoes, equip separate racks for storing bags, and other trifles. A movable mirror or a pull-out ironing board can be placed here.
Project for 4 sq. meters
Having a dressing room on four squares is already a dream. The most suitable forms here are U-shaped or parallel.
With the size of shelves and their number, you can no longer waste time on trifles. A separate bar can be distinguished, with a compartment height of up to 140 cm, for full-length trousers and floor-length skirts. Separate storage areas for coats and dresses, arrange all accessories the way you want.
If desired, you can install a washing machine. However, do not forget about good ventilation of the room.
Mistakes to Avoid
When planning and arranging a dressing room, they often do not pay attention to trifles, which can subsequently result in a whole problem. We will try to prevent this and learn from other people's mistakes.