DIY-er saved £800 on glamorous bedroom makeover with a smart IKEA Pax walk-in wardrobe

A dreamy walk-in wardrobe doesn't need to cost a fortune

A walk-in wardrobe may be desirable, but let's face it, these bespoke storage spaces don't always come cheap. There's a reason why they're a celebrity favourite. However, with a trip to IKEA and a little hard work you can save a fortune building one.

That is just what Megan Righelato from Essex did when she updated her bedroom and wardrobe area. If you're short of bedroom ideas or have been stuck on wardrobe storage ideas, then this makeover is a lesson in great planning and creative thinking.

Having moved into the house she shares with her boyfriend in October 2020, Megan was keen to turn her bedroom into a soothing sleep space with the walk-in wardrobe of her dreams.

IKEA Pax walk-in wardrobe makeover

Bedroom before

an empty bedroom with no furniture or curtains and dirty carpet

(Image credit: @megsathome)

Beige walls and carpet, curtain-free windows and lots of scuff marks meant the bedroom in Megan's new home was in desperate need of a makeover.

'We're having to budget as we're renovating the whole house and adding an extension downstairs next year,' Megan told online retailer MattressNextDay (opens in new tab).

'We spent approximately £1,000 building our walk-in wardrobe and renovating the bedroom. Keeping costs low by doing everything ourselves, as paying for labour is usually the biggest expense.'

Empty cream bedroom with a built in wardrobe with sliding mirror doors

(Image credit: @megsathome)

On the other side of the room, a small mirrored wardrobe just didn't live up to Megan's dream of a large clothing closet. She began to think about how she could use the space better. With the average cost of a labourer around £200 per day, it would likely have cost Megan about £800 in labour. However, she was determined to do the work herself.

'As we both work full-time we could only dedicate our weekends to working on it,' she says. 'It took about six weekends in total.'

Glam bedroom after

A white bedroom with a large padded headboard, black bedside tables and a large glass chandelier

(Image credit: @megsathome)

Fast forward to now and you wouldn't recognise it as the same room. Gone are the plain walls and dreary decor. Now a smart bed, wall panelling and beautiful lighting combine to create a stylish hotel feel.

'We wanted to go for a calming vibe, so we kept the tones neutral,' Megan explains. 'However, we used black accents to add more modern touches throughout the room, such as the black sockets and the statement chandelier overhead.'

A white walk in dressing room with shelves on each side and a large mirror at the end

(Image credit: @megsathome)

On to the walk-in wardrobe idea, which Megan made after watching YouTube videos. Large enough to store all her clothes and shoes neatly, the wardrobe area looks much more expensive than it is.

The bespoke space is filled with plenty of drawers and rails, a small dressing table area and vinyl herringbone-effect flooring.

'It was a bit of a nightmare to get our heads around, but with the help of YouTube we ended up mastering it,' she says.

'By the end, I realised that it’s important not to 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.'

a black handbag on the shelf of a white walk in wardrobe with a black stool and wood floor

(Image credit: @megsathome)

Another way that Megan saved money was by buying cheaper (but good quality) wardrobes and finding ways to make them look more bespoke.

'We purchased IKEA's Pax wardrobe (opens in new tab) units for around £600, but added beading to the drawers to match the more traditional style of our bedroom, such as the panelling,' she says. 'We then painted them in Crown’s Satin White (opens in new tab) and added cup-shaped handles to the wardrobes to make them look more expensive.'

Megan's done an amazing job and it's a space to be proud of. You can see more of Megan's home on her Instagram account @megsathome (opens in new tab).

Has this inspired you to create your own walk-in wardrobe?

Laurie Davidson
Laurie Davidson

Laurie Davidson is a professional stylist, writer and content creator, who lives and breathes interiors. Having worked for some of the UK’s leading interior magazines, styled homes up and down the country and produced sets for TV shows, adverts and top brands, it’s safe to say Laurie has had a pretty exciting career. Find her on Instagram at @lifeofaninteriorstylist or over at lauriedavidson.co.uk