10 walk-in wardrobe and dressing room ideas

Get ready in style in a dressing room that is every bit as fabulous as it is functional – use these ideas as inspiration for your new space

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Dressing rooms cannot be beaten as a bedroom storage solution. They are the ultimate answer to clutter – and they are glamorous, too. If you have ever caught an episode of MTV's Cribs, Keeping up with the Kardashians or even good old Through the Keyhole, you may have got a serious case of dressing room envy at the sight of the floor-to-ceiling shelves full of their neatly arranged garments.

A dedicated dressing room might be the dream, but even if you don't have space for a walk-in wardrobe in a small bedroom, these dressing rooms, dressing areas and dressing tables will give you a good dose of inspiration for creating the perfect clothes storage solution in your home.

1. Choose statement clothes storage

Walls of wardrobes can make a room feel enclosed, so choose open storage instead. 

The Elvarli system from Ikea comes in a variety of combinations and lets you make a feature of necessary bedroom storage. It also means you can see exactly what you own, so fewer items will be left lurking at the back of your closet, out of sight and out of mind.

Elvarli dressing room open clothes storage system

(Image: © Ikea)

2. Pick a characterful dressing table

Choosing the right dressing table is very important for creating a beautiful dressing area. Make sure that the dressing table matches the rest of your bedroom furniture and accessorise with cushions, rugs, and throws for a boudoir look

Blush pinks and luxuriant textures create a chic dressing area in this room from Maisons du Monde, featuring the Salome Solid Mango Wood Dressing Table. If you can, place your dressing table somewhere that gets plenty of natural light to help you see well as you get ready.

Dressing table with a pink furry chair and round mirror table in a glam pink room

(Image: © Maisons du Monde)

3. Consider a walk-through wardrobe option

An interior room between the bedroom and en suite can be the perfect spot for a walk-in – or through – dressing room. If possible, choose fitted wardrobes with doors over open shelving to protect your clothes and accessories from bathroom steam.

This dressing room was created by Barbara Genda Bespoke Furniture. Prices start from £1,200 per linear metre.

A walk-in wardrobe with mirrored doors by Barbara Genda

(Image: © Barbara Genda)

4. Create a secret room behind mirrored doors

Section off part of the bedroom or build a walk-in wardrobe in an adjoining room, using sliding doors for division and to keep dust away. A mirrored door not only has the obvious practical use, but will also create the optical illusion of even more space.

This dressing area solution uses the Signature Range in Cashmere from Spaceslide, POA.

Signature mirrored walk-in wardrobe from Spaceslide in a bedroom

(Image: © Spaceslide)

5. Go bespoke for the perfect fitted dressing area

Maximise every last inch of space in your dressing room with bespoke, fitted furniture. Before appointing a joiner or company to kit out the space, do a good audit of what you want to stow away. Shelves are great for shoes and bags, and make the most of space by using a combination of full-length hanging space (for dresses) and half-height for shirts. 

This boutique Dressing Room from Neville Johnson uses all available space, while still leaving plenty of floor space for getting dressed. Fitted furniture concepts start at £3,000 + VAT

Fitted dressing room from Neville Johnson

(Image: © Neville Johson)

6. Utilise an unloved corner

Sloping ceiling, an awkward alcove or too small for a wardrobe? We all have those spaces in a room that don't seem suited to much else, so make the most of them with a compact dressing table, statement chair, and some fun wallpaper. Just make sure you have a plug socket nearby for plugging in lights, hairdryers and straighteners.

Blush pink chair stool and accessories in a dressing table set up from Maisons du Monde

Blush vintage dressing table in white and pink, £165.50; Blush fabric polka-dot button-tufted pouffe chest in pink, £53.99; silver eyelet curtain in silver, £47.99; white faux fur rug, £71.99; Blush 10 LED origami lantern string lights, £23.99; multicoloured graphic artwork, £59.99; all from Maisons du Monde

(Image: © Maisons du Monde)

7. Use a room divider to create different zones

Even if you don't have a walk-in wardrobe, you can create the look in a small space by using a wardrobe (or a floor-to-ceiling storage system) as a room divider. This will work if you want to use part of your bedroom as a home office, too. 

In this bedroom from Ikea, the Pax wardrobe with dark green Hokksund sliding doors (priced from £585) has been used to zone the room.

A bedroom divided into a dressing room with a Pax wardrobe with green Hokksund sliding doors

(Image: © Ikea)

8. Show off your clothes and shoes

Got a particularly sharp set of clothing and shoes you'd like to show off? Put them behind glazed doors and – even better – light them to show off your clothes softly even at night.

Gliss Master Window by Molteni & C

Gliss Master Window by Molteni & C

(Image: © Molteni & C)

9. Repurpose a spare room

Got a box room you're not using for much? Why not swap the spare bed out for a sofa bed and line with walls with wardrobes for a dressing room feel? Mirrored doors will stretch your space visually and add a touch of glamour.

Hotel-style master suite of Michelle Chian and Ross Jones

(Image: © Real Homes)

10. Choose a budget-friendly option

Designing your bedroom on a budget? If you've got an alcove or a long run of wall, fixing clothes rails and shelving, then hiding them behind curtains that match your scheme is an affordable way to create a walk-in wardrobe effect, without the spend. Ideal if you're renting and don't want to fork out on new bedroom furniture, too.

walk-in wardrobe with curtain to cover it

(Image: © Ikea)

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