How To: Transform Your Closet into a "Dressing Room"

How To: Transform Your Closet into a "Dressing Room"

Sarah Coffey
Sep 11, 2009

Most of us don't have the space for a real, old-school dressing room, but that doesn't mean we can't treat our closets with the same care that goes into designing a grand walk-in. For tips on transforming your blah closet into something special, click below...

  1. The first step in the process is to clean out your closet. This makes room for new growth and gives you a blank canvas to work with. For a 4-step guide to getting rid of excess stuff, click here.
  2. Find your source of inspiration. We love looking at designer dressing rooms. They often use rich paint, wallpaper, and floor coverings to bring a sense of glamour to a small space. Develop a color palette for your closet, and decorate the walls and floors as if you were designing an entryway or living area.
  3. Consider adding lighting. It will expand the sense of space in your closet and, most importantly, it will make it easier to find things. Options include LED dot lights, door-operated closet lights, and motion-sensor lights.
  4. Add functional elements that will streamline your closet and help you stay organized. Your closet system should include a hanging rod (double rods can be very helpful), separate hooks for hanging individual pieces, shelving for folded clothes, a shoe rack, and maybe some drawers or boxes to organize smaller items. For ideas and recommendations, click here and here.
  5. If you have room, adding furniture can go a long way towards transforming a utilitarian area into something more personal. You might not have space inside your closet, but maybe there's room for a small upholstered bench or chair by the door. If you're short on square footage, avoid taking up valuable floor space by hanging a floor-length mirror on the wall.

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