A savvy homeowner has transformed her inefficient closet into a stunning dressing room – all for just £115.
Emma Tootill, 28, from Manchester, set about converting the space, using paint, shelving and storage boxes from budget brands – including the likes of Asda, Ikea and Wilko.
‘I had a room with a mirror downstairs that I kept walking up and down to look in the mirror as all my clothes were upstairs,’ she explained, speaking to money-saving community LatestDeals.co.uk.
‘We had this cupboard as a storage room for my partner’s tools. We decided to make it a room with shelves in and a mirror at first but it was too small for the idea.’
Emma Tootill, 28, from Manchester, transformed her unused closet into a stunning dressing room for just £115. Pictured, before the transformation
The thrifty homeowner told how she completed the look by using paint, shelving and storage boxes from budget brands. Pictured, after the transformation
Emma, who works in the pharmacy sector, went on to explain how she threw some ideas around, before she and her partner did some measurements and came up with creating a dressing room.
‘I painted all the walls grey,’ she explained. ‘We bought seven shelves: five are floating shelves and the other two above the dressing table had to be cut down to fit the room.’
‘I used storage boxes for the simple things I use everyday and co-ordinated everything else so it was easily accessible for myself on everyday things. I bought six boxes from Wilko for £2.25 a box.
She continued: ‘It probably took us around two to three weeks in total – I just personalised it with pictures and candles as finishing touches. I spent a fair few hours moving things round.’
‘The paint was some old paint we had left over from painting the house a few months ago. The shelving was probably the most expensive as the cheapest we could find was from IKEA at around £9 a shelf.
‘The lights were £1.50 from ASDA per pack and the rest I already had in my house. I spent around £115 in total.’
Emma used storage boxes for the simple things she uses everyday and co-ordinated everything else so it was easily accessible for herself on everyday things. Pictured, after the transformation
Emma is delighted with how her dressing room has turned out, and is equally chuffed she doesn’t need to keep going up and down the stairs to have a look at her outfits.
‘The dressing room works amazingly – no more walking up and down the stairs,’ she added. ‘I absolutely love it – it’s my own space!
‘The best tip I could give is to reuse what you can, as you never know how good it will look in a different room and you don’t need tons of money to create something small.’
Tom Church, co-founder of LatestDeals.co.uk, commented: ‘Many of us wish we had more space in our home for Insta-perfect spaces such as dressing rooms, and Emma’s transformation proves that for many of us, this is possible if we make more space from what’s already there.
‘Consider an empty cupboard you can turn into a ‘cloffice’, a corner of your room you can separate from the rest or an unused garage: there are so many parts of all our homes we could be making more efficient with a bit of creativity and some DIY!’
The DIY fan admitted she is chuffed with the turnout of the stylish dressing room, and added it’s an extra bonus she no longer needs to keep going up and down the stairs. Pictured, after the transformation