A Peep Inside My Dressing Room!

Dressing room transformation, shoes, Jimmy Choo, Billy Bookcase, Ikea

How To Transform A Small Spare Bedroom Into a Walk-In Closet/Dressing Room
I wasn’t planning on writing a post about this, but I had so many lovely comments after sharing some video of my new dressing room on Instagram Stories, along with several requests to see more, that I decided to share it here on my blog.
It was just over two years ago that I transformed my small, narrow spare bedroom, (it’s 13 feet long and 5 feet wide), into a walk-in closet. Since then, I have amassed more clothing, shoes and accessories and realised I needed more storage and hanging rails, a fact made more obvious when I overloaded a wall shelf which promptly came crashing down. I decided to add more hanging rails, another bookcase for my shoes, two chests of drawers plus storage boxes to help keep everything organised.  Some of the furniture in there had moved with me from my previous home and was always rather bulky side for the size of the room so the pieces I chose to replace it are more streamlined and because it’s all white, it gives the illusion of making the room, which faces North and has only a very small window, look brighter and lighter too.

Clothing Rails
Along one of the longer walls, I have two rails, (Rigga from Ikea), side by side on which I have dresses, skirts and trousers. I have arranged them in colour order because it looks neater and is more pleasing to my eye.

Walk in closet with white Rigga rail from Ikea

Above this is an Ikea “Lack” floating shelf on which I have some of my handbags. I have two more identical shelves. They are neat and glossy so reflect light, again making the space appear brighter.

Walk in closet with white floating Lack shelf from Ikea

Bookcases for Displaying Shoes

Opposite these rails on the other longer wall, are two Ikea “Billy” bookcases. These are ideal because the shelves can be moved to accommodate shoes of different heights, so for example, I have ankle boots along the bottom two shelves of each and lower shoes above. Again, I have arranged them by colour for aesthetics and for ease of finding the appropriate pair. 

Walk in closet with white Ikea Billy bookcase as shoe shelf storage

Can you tell I love animal print shoes?

Walk in closet with white Ikea Billy bookcase as shoe storage, animal print shoes

Walk in closet with white Ikea Billy bookcase to store coloured shoes

Picture Ledges for Clutch Bags and Nail Polishes

To the right of my shoes cases, (you can see it the photo above), is a narrow space between the end of the bookcase and the wall which was the perfect width for putting some picture ledges in to hold my clutch bags. 

Ikea picture ledges for storing clutch bags

 A longer length picture ledge is ideal for nail polishes.

Ikea picture rail for nail polish

Ikea Alex Drawers

Opposite the window along the short wall, (you can see just how narrow this room is), is a third Rigga rail, which holds my tops, above which is another Lack shelf and below which are storage boxes. In these I have things like bikinis, gloves and other small seasonal items. I have two identical chests of Ikea “Alex” drawers which hold allsorts, including jewellery, camera lenses, gym kit, suncare products and so on. I love the fact that there are five shallow and four deeper drawers, again, an excellent way of optimising storage space. 

convert spare room to walk in closet Ikea Rigga rail Alex drawers

White Ikea Alex drawers

I hung a full-length mirror opposite the door which is of course incredibly useful, if only I could figure out how to take mirror selfies.

Walk in closet using white Ikea furniture, full-length white mirror

How to convert a small spare bedroom to a walk in wardrobe closet dressing room

Everything I have mentioned is from Ikea. This isn’t a sponsored post, (sadly!), I just love the ranges they do. It’s simple to self-assemble and inexpensive. I was able to assemble most of the furniture myself, only the odd little bit needed an extra pair of hands, which my daughter willingly supplied. 

I’m so pleased with the finished result. It’s neat and organised, it means I can see my clothes so nothing gets forgotten about at the back of the wardrobe and because I have maximised every bit if space, I feel that I have really made good use of what would be a tricky room to utilise otherwise.

Love Lizzy x

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  1. Gail Hanlon
    July 3, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    You've made such good use of the space Lizzy. Your shoe collection looks wonderful! I have run out of space for clothes so I have to put clothes that aren't in season in the loft.

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 3, 2017 / 8:35 pm

      Thank you Gail. I do love being able to see all of my shoes!! I'm lucky to have the spare bedroom to utilise. It would be difficult to fit a single bed and a small chest so I'm glad to make it feel useful!!! xxxx

  2. Sequinist
    July 3, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    First that's a lorra animal print, young lady! Meow! I love it all. I am green with envy over your spare bedroom that is now a walk in closet. Mine is so small I have to constantly rotate stuff. I think I'll come live with you. xx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 3, 2017 / 8:36 pm

      Yes, come live with me. I can borrow all of your sparkle then 😉 xxxx

  3. Rosie
    July 3, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    This is so well planned and beautifully arranged,Lizzy. I remember being impressed when you first wrote about how you'd transformed this small bedroom a year or so ago … but now it really is perfect. Thanks for sharing your great ideas!
    Hope you're having a good week.

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 3, 2017 / 8:39 pm

      Thank you Rosie. Yes, it's evolved and is now exactly how I want it to be. I do love putting shelves up and rearranging things! I'm having a lovely week thank you- hope you are too xxx

  4. Elegance and Mommyhood
    July 4, 2017 / 12:59 am

    WOW Liz your walk-in closet is so beautiful and organized. I am pinning everything. Thanks so much for sharing. You own so many gorgeous shoes and so many designer pairs, too. Lovely closet for sure! You have me inspired!

    Welcome by Thursday this week and every Thursday and join my style linkup with me. =)) I miss you on my linkup dear Liz.

    Ada =)

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 4, 2017 / 6:35 am

      Thank you so much Ada. I will pop by on Thursday for your style link-up- thank you. Have a lovely day xxxxxx

  5. July 4, 2017 / 4:57 am

    I could do with this but I turned our spare room into a lounge for the boomerang offspring. I got my priorities wrong. Oh well.

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 4, 2017 / 6:40 am

      Hee Hee! I think you have your priorities just right! It's all about maximising and utilising the available space. I felt this room was too small to be a bedroom for my teenage son so he has a much larger room which was designed to be a study. I work at the kitchen table instead but it meant that I could use the spare room for my clothes because my own bedroom is small too. I am so pleased with how I've managed to use all of the space and keep everyone happy!!! xxx

  6. ModernVintageStyle
    July 4, 2017 / 8:25 am

    If there's such a things dressing room envy, I have it! What a terrifically-organised way to store everything. And what a collection of shoes!

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 4, 2017 / 6:26 pm

      Thank you so much! I do have a lot of shoes but truly., I wear them over and over xxx

  7. July 4, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Wow!!! I'm so envious! What a beautiful room. Isn't IKEA fabulous, just goes to show how imagination and creative flair can create something spectacular the simplest of things xxxx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 4, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      Thank you lovely. Yes, Ikea is amazing. So practical and easy to build and thank you for the lovely compliment xxx

  8. Emma Peach
    July 4, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    You've done a brilliant job Liz! This is what I'm attempting to do with my spare room – I'm about half way there. My husband calls it the disaster room! I love Ikea furniture and already have a dressing table and set of drawers but I need to go back for shoe shelves. I'm not allowed to get rid of the bed so I'll have to work around it! I'll bookmark this post for reference 🙂

    Emma xxx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 4, 2017 / 6:30 pm

      Thank you so much Emma and good luck with your ongoing transformation!!! Hee Hee! I think you'd be better keeping you bed and I'm sure you'll easily work around it!!! xxxxx

  9. July 4, 2017 / 7:07 pm

    OMG you have more shoes than me!!! What a total fabulous CLOSET! I'm incredibly impressed Lizzy. It looks wonderful. We're just in the planning stages of building our dream home and I've got a lovely walk in closet planned too 😀
    Suzy xx

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 4, 2017 / 7:15 pm

      Hee Hee!!! Do I??? I LOVE shoes. Always have. My mum always says it's because she couldn't resist buying red or patent shoes for me when I was a little girl (in contrast to trainers and football boots for my two brothers!!). How wonderful that you're building your dream home Suzy. I hope you're planning several guest rooms for when Ian, The Over40Collective and I come and visit 😉Xxxxxx

  10. July 5, 2017 / 1:22 am

    Yassu from Greece (Yassu means hello in greek)
    What a nice post! Shoes shoes! Everywhere! I like mostly your shoes pics

    I like to see girls with this style! Well done pretty!
    I'm a young (new) lifestyle blogger at Euframe.blogspot.com all about travel, festivals, photography series fashion & Style! I would like to see you there girl and tell me your opinion too!
    Φιλιά (kisses)

    • Elizabeth Yeowart
      July 5, 2017 / 7:22 am

      Hello and thank you very much for the lovely compliments. I have just been to look at your blog and your photographs are amazing! Good luck with it and thank you again for stopping by xxx

  11. Michelle Tyler
    July 5, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    You clever lady! With those dimensions, this room was made to be a walk in wardrobe. And what an incredible job you've made of it too Liz. So well thought out, every inch utilized to the max & looking fabulous to boot. I'm pleased to see you've saved some shelf space for future additions to your incredible shoe collection 😉 That's smart. xxx

  12. mummabstylish
    July 7, 2017 / 9:09 pm

    What a fantastic space, I've got wardrobe envy! That's on my wish list – one day, one day! Jacqui

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