Woman creates dream walk-in wardrobe for £1k by transforming ‘bland’ room

Most women dream of having their own walk-in wardrobe, however it doesn’t become a reality for many.

However, one property owner made her dreams come true by creating her own walk-in wardrobe on a budget, thanks to some DIY.

Megan Righelato, owner of Instagram @megsathome, says she transformed a bland beige room into her dream walk-in wardrobe space and a bedroom, for just £1,000.

This is a whopping £10,500 cheaper than having a professional design and create a walk-in wardrobe space of the same size.

Talking about the renovation to MattressNextDay, Megan said: “We are having to budget as we’re renovating the whole house, and adding an extension downstairs next year.

“We spent approximately £1,000 building our walk-in wardrobe and renovating the bedroom (excluding furniture).

“We managed to keep the cost so low by doing everything ourselves, as usually, paying for labour is the biggest expense.”

She’s definitely not wrong, with the average cost of a labourer being £200 per day.

With a wardrobe of her size, it would take four days for a professional to complete, costing a total of £800 in manual work.

Megan Righelato's walk-in wardrobe
She saved a whopping £10,500 creating the walk-in wardrobe herself
(Image: MattressNextDay/Megan Righelato)

Instead, Megan and her boyfriend saved this cost by carrying out the work themselves.

“We both work full-time so could only dedicate our weekends to working on it, so it took about six weekends in total,” she said.

Whilst she and her boyfriend had no experience in creating a bespoke wardrobe space, Megan claims that YouTube was her biggest help.

“The coving was a bit of a nightmare to get our heads around but with the help of YouTube, we ended up mastering it,” she said.

Megan Righelato's refurbished bedroom
She also transformed the space into a bedroom
(Image: MattressNextDay/Megan Righelato)

“By the end, I realised that it’s important to not be afraid to make mistakes and realise that it always gets worse before it gets better.

“We got to a point where it felt like it was never-ending, but we are so pleased with the result.”

Another way that Megan saved money is buying purchasing cheaper, but good quality, wardrobes and finding ways to make them look more bespoke.

“We purchased the PAX wardrobe units from IKEA for around £600, however, we decided to add beading to the drawer units to match the more traditional style of our bedroom, such as the paneling,” she said.

“We then painted them in Crown’s ‘Satin White’ to get rid of IKEA’s classic white colour. Finally, we added cup-shaped handles to the wardrobes to make them look more expensive.”

Her final touch in the walk-in wardrobe space was her vinyl herringbone effect floor, which cost £65 and is from onlinecarpets.co.uk. However, this was the only part of her bedroom floor that was altered.

For the sleeping part of the room, she “shopped around to find the best carpet deals but decided to leave the carpet as it is for now, to keep our costs down”.

When talking about the space outside of the walk-in wardrobe, she said” We wanted to go for a calming vibe so kept the tones neutral.

“However, we used black accents to add more modern touches throughout the room, such as the black sockets and the statement chandelier.

“We also added paneling to the walls.”

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