- Main dimensions
- Types of dressing rooms
- Interior decoration of dressing rooms
- Filling for dressing rooms
- Dressing room lighting
The presence of a dressing room in an apartment of any size is a must. As a stylistic solution to the interior and layout options, we will talk about the size and type of dressing room in this article. You will also learn about storage systems, filling and other points of arrangement.
A dressing room is a necessary room in any apartment or house. Its absence leads to the appearance of massive wardrobes in almost every room. At the design stage (if we are talking about new housing), it is better to allocate a spacious room next to the bedroom for a dressing room, preferably with a window and an additional ventilation duct. The ideal link is: bathroom – dressing room – bedroom.
If we are talking about a finished house or apartment, then here it is necessary either to select the smallest room (for example, donate one guest bedroom), or to redevelop by adding the necessary partitions.
By appointment, there are:
- dressing rooms for outerwear (used close to the entrance node: hall, hallway, vestibule);
- dressing rooms for personal belongings (set up next to bedrooms and bathrooms).
The minimum area for a dressing room is from 2 sq. m. Even if there is no such space, you can separate part of the bedroom with a partition 1 m from the wall, which will allow you to install a wardrobe from floor to ceiling and close the space with a sliding door.
It should be remembered that when designing dressing rooms, a passage of 720-750 mm is left between the wardrobes, implying a space of 700 mm wide for storing clothes.
Types of dressing rooms
There are three main types of dressing rooms:
- classic dressing rooms equipped with body modules;
- wardrobes on wall panels;
- dressing rooms on metal racks or on rails (frame system).
In the first two cases, the load-bearing elements are vertical walls, between which shelves, drawers, roll-out drawers, etc. are installed..
The space of classic dressing rooms is completed not only with a storage system, but also with additional pieces of furniture:
- pouf (change shoes);
- a table (it is convenient to pack a suitcase for the trip);
- chair (reflect on the outfit).
Frame structures are characterized by the presence of load-bearing vertical racks installed with a spindle, or metal guides fixed to the walls. Mesh shelves, nets and clothing bars are attached to them. As a rule, such systems are used in modern-style apartments or in small spaces, since they do not visually burden the space..
Interior decoration of dressing rooms
The most expensive option is a wardrobe made of solid wood. The wood is varnished, protecting it from harmful effects, and a beautiful eco-variant of space design is created.
Another option is veneered or laminated wardrobes. This solution is much cheaper, but also inferior in quality, cannot be restored. At the same time, the color palette and texture solutions are very diverse..
Often, when designing wardrobe, materials are combined. Facades can be made of solid wood, while the inner part of the dressing room (frame, drawer walls, etc.) is made of chipboard. This allows you to reduce the cost and get a high-quality result..
Indoor wall decoration should be practical, painting or decorative plaster works well. Since the dressing room is a room that only family members use, you can save money by using PVC wall panels for decoration. They are easy to clean, have a wide color palette and a large number of texture maps.
Filling for dressing rooms
First you need to decide what kind of things you are going to store in this room. This will already tell you what the minimum stock of “filling” is needed in the dressing room.
Traditionally, the room is divided vertically into three unequal parts:
- The upper (access to it, as a rule, requires a stepladder or folding ladder) is given for storage of pillows, blankets and seasonal clothes in convenient covers or vacuum bags.
- Medium – for clothes and wardrobe items that are used daily or often.
- The lower part goes under shoe boxes or nets. As a rule, 30–40 cm is enough for a shoe shelf. The height to the upper shaft should not exceed 1.9 m – otherwise it will not be possible to use it without additional equipment. So whatever remains above goes under the shelf for seasonal items..
Clothing and wardrobe items. As a rule, first of all, places are provided for the installation of rods for clothes. The maximum rod length is 1.2 m. If it is necessary to install a larger element, additional intermediate fasteners appear. In addition to a bar for long clothes (dresses, coats, fur coats), you can divide the space into two short levels (for storing ironed blouses, skirts, pullovers).
Open or closed shelves. They can hold folded sweaters or jeans, scarves or hats. It is impractical to organize shelves more than 90 cm wide – they will bend under the weight of things. It is better to divide a large space into short compartments.
Filling cabinets. These are trousers (it must be remembered that the set height is not lower than 850 mm), ties of various types (which allow the use of small narrow spaces), drawers for shirts. Chests of drawers with glass top let you see what’s in the drawers. Drawers (optimal height, convenient for use – 18 cm, less often 15 cm) are designed to store gloves, jewelry, small wardrobe items. Variety of shelves for shoes (horizontal installation of pairs, if the width of the cabinet allows, or inclined). There are compartments for belts, watches, jewelry.
Ironing board. If the area of the dressing room allows you to use it also as an ironing room, then you need to provide a compartment for an ironing board (1.8 m high and about 20 cm wide).
Mirror. In addition to the above, any dressing room should be equipped with a mirror. This can be either a mirror door in one of the cabinets, or a separately suspended mirror on a free wall. If the area of the dressing room does not allow sacrificing a wall, the mirror can be installed on the front door or integrated into the surface.
Electricity. Each dressing room should be equipped with additional sockets: for example, for a hairdryer or curling iron (if the bathroom is busy), for an iron (if the dressing room is an ironing room).
Dressing room lighting
This issue must be treated very responsibly – the lack of light inevitably begins to annoy, especially if the dressing room is also a fitting room and a place to change clothes.
One ceiling chandelier is not enough even for a small dressing room: shelves and things will shade the lower part.
Spot overhead or recessed luminaires. Spot illumination will visually “lower” the ceiling structure, and additional inserts will have to be provided under the guide for built-in wardrobes.
Use ceiling spotlights. They not only provide enough light, but also allow you to change its direction depending on the needs..
Lighting inside cabinets. These are spotlights fixed to the bottom or sides of the shelves. Also, the illumination built into the boom is now very popular. Convenient when the lighting elements are equipped with touch sensors or motion sensors, the light turns on when the doors are opened.
Sometimes a backlight is arranged, but this option is less successful – the main light illuminates the back of the clothing. This solution pays off if the shelves are half empty..
The mirror requires a separate lighting. This could be a ceiling spotlight or a sconce mounted directly above the reflective surface..
Note:there are sconces models that are installed at the height of a person’s height or along a mirror frame. This option is “not for everybody” – very often the light hits the eyes, making it impossible to see oneself.
The variety of materials and filling for dressing rooms will allow you to equip a storage room in any apartment or house. It is only important to correctly approach the solution of this issue, carefully analyzing your own needs and market offers.