DIY couple save £5,000 by building walk-in wardrobe using Ikea units

Megan Righelato, 25, and Chris Forshaw, 27, from Stansted, London, moved into their four-bedroom home in October 2020 and began renovation straight away. 

Accountant Megan always dreamed of having a walk-in wardrobe but the steep prices made her question the goal. 

And after seeing online quotes for £6,000, she gave up on the dream.

However, after moving into their second property together, Megan and Chris took matters in their own hands. 

The pair eventually decided to build their own walk-in wardrobe and in the end, spent less than £1,000 after using Ikea units and doing all of the work themselves.

The wardrobe took 12 weeks to complete and consists of hanging space, drawers, a full length mirror, a vanity desk and plenty of storage.

‘The house was built in 1990 so a lot of the decor was outdated,’ Megan said. 

‘We knew we wanted to renovate the property and one of the first things we started on was the walk-in wardrobe as it was always a dream of mine.

‘I noticed the master bedroom was a good size and mentioned a walk-in wardrobe to Chris but when we moved in our furniture, that’s when we really saw potential for one as there was plenty of space.

‘Chris started by building a stud wall, adding plasterboard and making it into a proper room.

‘We then painted it and added all the interiors like the Ikea units and rails.

‘The Ikea units cost us £600 and the rest of the painting and building materials was around £400 so we managed to save a lot of money by doing it ourselves.

‘We both have our own sections and use it everyday.

‘I never thought I would have a walk-in wardrobe so it’s a dream for me and by using Ikea pax units, we’re able to change it in the future if we want to.’

The wardrobe is 46.4 square feet and the couple’s DIY hack turned it into a bespoke outfit.

‘For anyone wanting to do a similar thing, I’d recommend working out the layout before getting started and shopping around for the best deals,’ Megan advises. 

‘Work out how you want to prioritise space and take your time with it.’

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