How to create a walk-in wardrobe on a budget

How to create a walk-in wardrobe on a budget

Anne, Painter, Cambridge

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Anne, Painter, Cambridge

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Hoping to create a walk-in wardrobe without blowing your budget? DIY, upcycling and furniture hacks are the answer! Short on space? Your storage system can always go under the stairs, in an attic or can even be used to divide a room. Read on for our tips on creating a stylish walk-in wardrobe that won't break the bank.

Important features

  • Storage items
  • Accessories
  • Walk-in wardrobe location
  • Space constraints
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Deciding where to fit a walk-in wardrobe


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Before you think about how to go about creating your walk-in wardrobe, it's important to choose exactly where it will be installed.

These days, walk-in wardrobes are a key part of our homes and they don't necessarily have to be hidden away. While functionality is key, these spaces can also be decorative and used to bring a little extra something to your room. For smaller spaces like flats or studios, a walk-in wardrobe can act as a room divider to separate your 'day' space (e.g. living room or dining room) from your 'night' space (i.e. your bedroom).

Otherwise, if you've got an entire room to set up a walk-in wardrobe then you won't have to worry about slotting it in anywhere!  These spaces can be fitted out with shelves along the lengths of the walls and storage units in every corner. Looking for more storage? Place a shelving unit on its side and top it with cushions and fill it with wicker baskets to create seating and storage space in one. Curtain rods can be used to hang clothes while furniture items like chests of drawers can add a decorative touch and more storage space to boot. However, if you don't have a lot of room don't worry: there are plenty of solutions to make the most of the space you do have.

Creating a walk-in wardrobe under the stairs


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If you have an empty space under your stairs, why not use it to set up a wardrobe space? This can be a the perfect spot to hang your clothes and install a few shelves to create your own storage system. A clothes rail and a few boards of MDF here and there and your work is done! Remember to pick up some nice storage boxes to tidy away any bits and bobs.

A practical and cost-friendly way to hide away your homemade storage system is to use Velcro tape to hang a curtain; one half of the tape can be stapled onto the stairs while the other half can be sown onto the curtain. If your sewing skills leave a lot to be desired, go for adhesive Velcro instead; note that this option is ideal for voile but might not work so well for a heavier curtain. Furthermore, installing a curtain in this way means you won't be able to slide it open. As such, it's a good idea to separate the curtain into a few smaller panels to access your clothes.

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Turning your attic into a walk-in wardrobe


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Attics are often left unused but can be the ideal location for a custom walk-in wardrobe. While you can certainly hire a professional to design the space, it will set you back a bit. If you are a bit handy, the best solution will be to create your own storage system. Hang a few curtain rods and shelves and you've got your own made-to-measure dressing room!

Set up a unit along the length of the wall and use the slope above to install a sliding rail system to hide everything away Alternatively, if you don't fancy having to carry out too much work, you can simply install a curtain rod along the slope of the roof to hang a curtain that matches your space. You might also want to consider investing in some storage boxes on wheels –a practical innovation these boxes are the ultimate in functional storage!

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Using a walk-in wardrobe to divide a space


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Using a walk-in wardrobe to separate your living space is a great way to really make the most of your home storage.

In this case, it's best to choose a system that is both practical and discreet: a cube storage unit and some boxes will be perfect.

It's also possible to box in your walk-in wardrobe to hide away your cupboards, shelves or clothes rail. This also gives you the opportunity to play around with colours and make the surface a decorative item in its own right. You can paint the surface of your storage system with blackboard paint for a really original effect!

Walk-in wardrobes on a budget: upcycling, furniture hacks and DIY


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There's nothing stopping you from taking any furniture you might already have and using it to create a more functional walk-in wardrobe. Use a curtain pole to hang up your favourite items and storage boxes or baskets for an attractive yet practical tidying solution. Make the most of the height of a room to install a shelf to hold clothes you only use occasionally. Other options include fitting a suitcase with brackets or using a laundry basket for extra storage.

Your walk-in wardrobe second-hand items. Why not go all out with an old-fashioned coat stand or metal hooks for hanging your coats and jackets, big wooden trunks or worn leather suitcases for hiding away your bulkier items like quilts or towels or industrial-style storage units for a guaranteed vintage effect?

For a more streamlined look, you can paint all your second-hand items the same colour as your wall to ensure they blend right into your decorative scheme.

How to make a jewellery holder in 5 steps

To round off your DIY walk-on wardrobe, you can even make your very own jewellery storage using a bit of wood, a photo frame and a few eyebolts!

1. Track down or buy a cheap oversized frame; note that you'll only need the frame itself for this project so the state of the glass doesn't matter. If you're pretty handy, you can even make your own frame using a piece of moulded skirting board, a mitre box and a saw. If you're not a keen woodworker, take some cheap polystyrene boards and cut them down to make your own 45° templates to avoid having to invest in a mitre box.

2. Remove the glass from the frame and replace it with an MDF panel of the same dimensions(thickness of 9 to 12 mm will do). 3.Paint the frame and panel with any finish you like such as decorative paint, wax, gilding, and so on.

4. Organise the layout of your eyebolts to match the jewellery you want to hang from the board. Pre-drill small holes using a gimlet or a drill and insert your eyebolts, fastening them in place on the back on the board.

5. Glue the panel into the frame using wood glue or a glue gun making sure to wait until the glue cures before hanging your jewellery.

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Guide written by:

Anne, Painter, Cambridge, 39 guides

Anne, Painter, Cambridge

After 8 years of trade, I turned professional: I trained myself to be a painter and carpet layer either solo or with 16 years old comrades. 9 months later, following vocational school, my registration in Trades Directory, and the label ‘Artisan’ in hand, I created my company. And since then, I don’t even touch my brushes. I’m a self-taught DIYer and decoration enthusiast, I love to find and restore furniture and to create unique decoration elements. I completed the restoration of my sister’s house, this was last summer, with my niece: electrical, tiling, finishing, plasterboard...we did it all. And today, if I can share my experience I'm happy to do it. A total DIY enthusiast joke: ‘What’s the difference between a clown and a DIY enthusiast? A sense of humor.’ Good Luck.  

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