Earlier this year I showed you a few sneak peeks of my work-in-progress dressing room. When Rob moved his office into our spare bedroom, I moved my frankly ridiculous clothing, footwear and accessories collection into the empty box room.
The main purpose of the room is to provide extra storage for my bulkier pieces – coats, knitwear and shoes. I started with a double rail and loaded it up with coats, jackets and scarves. Because our box room is in the attic, it has a sloped ceiling – I made the most of the space by squeezing a lower rail under the ceiling and hanging my dresses and skirts from it.
When I had the practical pieces in place, I set about adding a bit of ‘character’ to the room. Or rather, I filled it with pointless things that just take up space. Yay! I bought the Expedit shelves from Ikea and laid them horizontally to fit under the ceiling. These shelves are fantastic if, like me, you have lots of random bits and bobs you want out on display – they look really neat and are great for showcasing my charity shop and car boot finds.
I’ve wanted a proper dressmakers’ dummy for YEARS and kept a fruitless lookout whenever I went second hand shopping. Eventually I caved and bought one online – she’s called Betsy and I love her. Betsy wears my necklaces and carries my Cambridge Satchel. Behind Betsy, I have these shoeboxes stacked up with my flats inside. The chest of drawers holds all my knitwear and most of my makeup… but that’s another post entirely. The fabric letters are from Joy.
Adding the finishing touches was the best bit of setting up my dressing room. I had so many fantastic car boot finds stashed away, it was great to get them all out on display… even if no one but me really comes in here!
Having this extra space has made a huge difference to storage in the bedroom – rented houses are notorious for lack of space, so being able utilise the box room (which wasn’t much good for anything else) means I’ve freed the bedroom from the manicured clutches of all those coats, shoes and nicknacks. And getting dressed is much easier too – now I can see everything, there’s no chance of forgetting that favourite dress I hung a coat over three months earlier.
How do you store your clothing collection?