Start your day in a dressing room that will inspire you through the rest of your day. Having a specific place in your home to dress up and get ready for the day it might be a luxury for many, but you don’t need a huge walking closet to achieve the same results.

Many of us live in a semi detached or terraced house with a 3 bedrooms, but we are well aware that the third bedroom is just a tiny box room that you can barely make it as a nursery, let alone a single bedroom. In some cases this room ends up as a storage room.

A few years back, we’ve rented a semi with 3 bedrooms and the third bedroom already had wall-to-wall wardrobe, which for me was like heaven on earth. I’ve always wanted to have my own dressing room, where I would be able to organize my clothes and many shoes and bags without my husband questioning me, why I have so many shoes. An entire room just for myself was a dream come true, and as we only have one kid, the third bedroom was an extra room that we were able to afford to spare it as a dressing room. I’ve only had to add a chest of drawers, a chair, mirrors, pictures, flowers and bring in all my possessions.

Today I’m showing you how you can do the same, if you have the extra box room that you can turn into a dressing room/walking closet.

From the floor plan above as you can see, the wardrobe is taking the entire wall on the right to make an optimal use of space. Ikea Pax has 2 heights 201cm, and 236cm. I always recommend the tallest, if the ceiling height in your house allows, because you will have the extra storage on the upper part which is great to store out-of-season clothing, handbags that are not used often and luggage if you don’t have another space for them.

The plan below was made based on my storage needs, but as you might know the Ikea Pax system is very flexible and you can plan and build your wardrobe according with your needs. The wardrobe frames in this plan are all 236cm high and 58cm deep with varying width that I will explain next.

Starting from left to right, the first frame is 50cm wide and I’ve planned to have 4 pull-out trays for shoes (I have too many shoes 😊) and 4 shelves above for jeans, knitwear and handbags. The second frame also 50cm will have 3 drawers, one of them with a clear front for easy see through, that will store all the underwear and intimates. Then on top of the drawers will have 2 pull-out tray with dividers for accessories (bangles, watches, sunglasses, etc) for easy access. Then above a clothes rail for blouses, shirts and jackets and on top another shelf.

Moving on to next frame which is 75cm wide, we have another pull-out tray for boots, then a shelf on top and another clothes rail for long dresses and coats, and finishing off with another shelf on top. Finally the last frame which is the widest on the Pax line is 100cm wide and will host a bank of drawers which can hold, loungewear, pjs, t-shirts and anything that can be folded. Then a shelf on top to finish and serve as an extra space for storage. Then a clothes rail for knee length dresses and another shelf on the upper level.

As I have too many shoes, I have decided to reserve specific space for them because I hate the idea of having shoes everywhere, and I love the idea of having my shoes in a display, like a shop, and I’ve found the pull-out trays perfect for that. Another priority for my closet was to have a reserved space for maxi dresses and long coats, enough space for hanging without touching the shelf below because depending on the fabric of the dress it might get wrinkled. But you might have different priorities from mine, let’s say that you have too many denim and you will need more than one shelf, or you might prefer to have them hanging instead of folding. Each person has different priorities and needs, you just have to analyze your preferences and work the plan around that.

The first thing when planning a wardrobe system, like the Pax from Ikea is to figure it out how many items of clothing you have, the type of clothing and how you plan to store them: folded, hanging, in shelves or drawers, enclosed or open. Then you have to take measurement of the room where you will have the wardrobe. You can start by doing a hand sketch of the room shape and noting the measures of each wall, location of windows and doors and any power outlet that you intend to use. Choose the wall you want to use for the wardrobe and don’t forget to measure the ceiling height, very important, so you can buy the right height wardrobe.

For the rest of the room, you can decide which style you wish to have, contemporary, vintage, antique, retro, boho, classic, etc. Then you can choose the other elements: dressing table, if you are a make up kind of girl or a chest of drawers if you need more storage space. Always keeping in mind your needs.

For the plan above I’ve chosen a retro style dressing table from West Elm, chair from Zara Home, a blush pink velvet pouffe from MADE, sheepskin and chandelier from Ikea, rug from Amazon, mirror and vase with greenery from The Pallet House and set of prints from Desenio. I’ve chosen a soft and relaxing colour scheme of warm beige, dusk pink and sage green for a grounded atmosphere which is also a very trend colour scheme for 2021.

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