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You know that spare room that started off as a guest room and then slowly became a dumping ground for all the bits and bobs you’ve accumulated over the years? Well, we have a great idea for it. Why not turn it into a dressing room? Nowadays, wardrobe space (especially if you’re a clothes hoarder or as we prefer to say “clothes collector”) is pretty much non-existent. There’s hardly any room to fit a faux-fur coat or two, work-wear, basics and an ever growing selection of shoes.

Yes, once a luxury for the rich and famous, walk-in wardrobes are more than ever becoming a necessity for us all. And, while we’ve always presumed a dressing room would be costly, in reality not only does it not have to cost a fortune, but you can easily create it yourself. Just follow our four easy steps below for a do-it-yourself dressing room of your dreams.

1. First decide on your desired style. With lots of dressing room ideas on Pinterest finding a design that reflects your style shouldn’t be too time consuming. Whether you opt for a vintage style luxury boutique look, a traditional feel or a modern & minimal approach, deciding on the interior is half the battle won.

2. Figure out how much space you need. Go through all your clothes, bags, accessories & shoes and make a decision on how many rails and shelves you’ll require, how much drawer space is necessary for folded garments, how many hooks you’ll need for your bags and decide exactly how you wish to store your accessories.

3. Make a list of everything you’ll need (from dressing tables to lighting) and be open to taking a little more time to shop around for bargains. Don’t overlook second hand furniture especially if you’re going for a vintage style feel. Markets such as Portobello road and Spitafields are great for spotting unique finds. Alternatively scour sites like eBay if you’re not quite ready to brave the cold.

4. Get to work. Enlist the help of your friends, order in some pizza’s….a bottle of wine…and spend the weekend putting it all together. Once you’re done, give yourself (and your friends of course) a big fat pat on the back!

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