Let’s face it, coming up with the perfect outfit and accessories isn’t always easy. There are going to be times when you just have too many good ideas, as well as times when it seems like nothing fits the moment you have in mind.
In moments like these, having a private space to explore your options, or simply to set yourself up for the next day will go a long way toward taking the edge off. This is just one of the many reasons why so many homeowners prize an expansive walk-in closet off their master bedroom.
If you also happen to have a little extra space in the master, or perhaps an adjacent room, then you might be thinking about adding a dressing room to your cherished walk-in closet. This is increasingly common with families who’ve had a child leave the nest!
How Do I Design A Dressing Room?
A dedicated dressing room that is built into your walk-in closet or attached to it is certainly a major investment in premium household space. This level of luxury deserves to be respected by the type of thoughtful planning that gently marries convenience with innovation. So, if you’re going to do it, you want to do it right.
Measuring Is The First Step Toward A Successful Vision
Sure, maybe a measuring tape isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but it sure can help you get a good idea of the space you have to work with. It’s also really handy to have on hand throughout the process when you start to consider your options.
Planning For Your Daily Routine
One of the biggest benefits of incorporating a dressing room into your walk-in closet is its ability to streamline your morning and evening routines. Including things like display rods and accessory holders allow you to layout your outfit for the next day.
Convenient features to consider include
Display hangers allow you to set up one or more outfits the night before, allowing you to quickly choose the one you want the next morning. Belt hooks can hold suspenders, belts, and other waistline accessories. Having them close at hand allows you to try different combinations with the garments you are interested in. A scarf or tie rack lets you layout multiple favorite items at the same time, without having to go back and forth into your walk-in. A shoe cubby or shoe display area lets you set out the ideal footwear for the next morning. Jewelry racks or hooks lets you pair necklaces, earrings, brooches, rings, and other jewelry items to spare you time searching for the right accessories. A full-length mirror or wall-mounted mirror allows you to try on combinations and decide which one is right for you.
A Dressing Room With A Divider
For some people, a dressing room is simply an extension of the walk-in closet. It might just be a privacy screen or a room divider that separates the dressing area from the master bedroom or a shared walk-in closet.
In a situation like this, you might only need one or two display areas, while the walk-in closet itself serves as the primary storage area.
A Separate Dressing Room
There are also some dressing rooms that are an adjacent room all their own with little more than a pass door or curtain leading to the storage of a larger closet. In a scenario like this, you might want to keep a dresser, jewelry box, and hanger rods in the dressing room. This allows you to keep a modest range of favorite items in the dressing room, while your walk-in closet serves as the primary storage space.
A Dressing Room As A Lounge
For some people, a dressing room can also double as a space to socialize with guests and other family members. In a scenario like this, you might want to also include comfortable seating. Popular furniture options to consider for a dressing room like this include things like:
- A tastefully upholstered recliner
- A chaise lounger
- A fainting couch
- Benches with built-in storage
- Multiple adjustable mirrors
Dressing Room Appliances
Of course, a streamlined morning or evening routine involves more than just getting dressed in comfort and style. Take a moment to think about appliances and other features that might help you relax at the end of the day, or get your morning started with a little boost.
- A single cup coffee maker gives you the ability to sip on a warm morning beverage in the comfort of your dressing room. This can especially nice if your kitchen tends to be a place of chaos in the morning.
- A mini-refrigerator gives you a separate place to keep bottles of water and other beverages cool. It’s especially nice in the evening when you want to retire to your dressing room, without having to go back out to the kitchen when thirst strikes.
- A wine rack or liquor cabinet can also serve as a nice place to enjoy an evening aperitif or other adult beverage.
- A media station with a flat-screen TV allows you to follow the news, and catch your favorite shows.
- A charging station allows you to charge laptops, smartphones, and other wireless devices while you dress.
- A display case allows you to show special featured items. This might include industry awards, artwork, and high-value jewelry.
Dressing Room Lighting
As you continue to explore your options, make sure to also think about the lighting. The right overhead lighting lets you see your garment selections as they are meant to be seen. The wrong overhead lighting can cast shadows or cause uncomfortable glares.
At the same time, you also want to think about accent lighting for accessories and display areas. LED lights on shelves, inside drawers, and display areas help you find what you need when you need it.
Experienced Design And Professional Installation Services
An elegant, yet functional dressing room isn’t necessarily a DIY project. Fortunately, Closettec’s design staff have decades of experience developing custom dressing rooms and walk-in closet spaces that are perfectly tailored to our client’s needs. Our expansive showroom lets you explore your options and décor.
Once we capture your vision, our highly trained installation techs can get to work transforming your dressing room dream into a tangible reality.