Carving out time to sit at our dressing tables and get ready each morning feels like a great way to go about romanticising our day-to-day lives in 2024. Forget dealing with the harsh glare of the white bathroom light, or sitting on the floor in front of your full-length mirror — we’ve earned the right to have a space that’s solely dedicated to carrying out our daily beautifying routines.
Whether you’re bleary-eyed and blow-drying your hair, applying a full face before you head into the office, or carrying out your nightly seven-step skincare regime, sitting at your very own dressing table will just make the whole experience that little bit more glamorous. And you’ll have no trouble finding one that fits in seamlessly with the style of your space.
The best dressing tables at a glance:
- Best classic dressing table set — Lucy Cane 2 Drawer Dressing Table Set, £199, Dunelm
- Best with LED lights – YOURLITE Dressing Table with LED Lights Mirror, £114.66, Amazon
- Best with storage — Grey Adelaide Oak Effect Console Dressing Table, £499, Next
- Best handcrafted – Pacific Arte 3 Drawer Dressing Table, £449, Dunelm
- Best corner – Habitat Heathland Dressing Table, £280, Argos
How do I choose the best type of dressing table?
The amount of space you have is one of the most important things you’ll need to think about when deciding on a type of dressing table. From slimline models that look just like console tables, to deeper ones that can double as a writing desk on the days you work from home, there’s bound to be one that’s well-suited to your specific measurements.
What the ideal shape of your vanity would be is also key. Most will be rectangular — but a corner dressing table might be better if you’re working with a square patch of space. Similarly, ladder dressing tables can be great if you’re keen to maximise storage without taking up too much floor space. Want something that really stands out? Go for a round vanity.
Whatever you do, just make sure you’ve left ample space for someone to walk around the make-up vanity — and double check that your chosen stool will tuck neatly underneath it.
Do dressing tables typically come with storage?
Functionality is key — so if this make-up vanity will also be where you intend to keep all your beauty bits and bobs, you’ll want to pick one that comes with ample storage.
Most dressing tables come with at least one drawer — but if you’re looking to store more than just the contents of your everyday make-up bag, you’ll want to look for a vanity with at least two deep drawers on each side. Found your dream dressing table, but don’t think it comes with any storage? Be sure to fully read the product description, as some models have clever hidden flip-top compartments within the tabletop.
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