These days finding a room of your own, let alone one big enough to fit a dressing table, can feel like a tough feat. Our mothers and grandmothers pampered themselves at grand tables with winged vanity mirrors and cascades of drawers for hiding away beauty secrets.
That style still exists, although a more multi-functional type of dressing table is evolving to suit modern needs. These take the form of slim console-style tables that can also fit in the hallway or function as a desk, or compact versions that still have the essentials but leave space for other furniture.
Choosing a dressing table is down to personal style. Go for a traditional style if you like to keep everything put away in drawers, or a simpler table if you’re happy to accessorise something more basic or smaller with your choice of mirror, jewellery tree and trinket boxes.
A dressing table, wherever you can fit it, should be about fun and a little luxury to enjoy every day.
1. Habitat Limbo Oak Dressing Table and Stool: £250, Habitat
If a dressing table seems like a luxury you don’t have space for, this compact, budget-friendly design from Habitat might make you think again. Made in solid oak, it has a good finish and a robust feel, with the bonus of arriving fully assembled. The table top is of course smaller than most (40x50cm) but the two drawers help keep things organised. The stool and adjustable mirror are included, proving excellent value for money.
2. House Doctor Metal Desk: £290, Nunido
This sleek furniture piece by hip Danish brand House Doctor is actually a desk. But its in-built tray tower is perfect for tidying away cosmetics, hairbrushes and everyday bits and pieces. The modern design is all about sharp angles and slim profiles, so there’s no additional storage drawers (although you could add a pedestal underneath). At 60x120cm, the table has a surface area larger than most. It comes in white, black or army green.
3. Willis and Gambier Grace Oak Dressing Table: £580, Cuckooland
The solid oak and veneers of this dressing table give it a warm feel and traditional finish. It’s a practical choice, with four handy drawers and smart integrated handles. The large vanity mirror and stool are optional extras (£162 each) if you want to kit out the table in the same style, otherwise a contrasting stool and mirror would do just as well. The neutral looks and solid construction mean it should last well over time.
4. Senzo Dressing Table: £349, Swoon Editions
This characterful dressing table has Art Deco glamour in spades. The pill-shaped top is made in luxurious white marble, with a contrasting vanity shelf in green. The in-built circular mirror, frame and legs have a brass finish that completes this statement dressing table without going over the top. The surface area is a little small at 100x48cm and there’s no additional storage. If you like to make a drama of dressing up, this one is for you.
5. Feather and Black Mala Dressing Table: £299, Feather and Black
With simple looks, the character of the Mala dressing table is down to its materials – stained rubberwood solid and veneers that remind you of exotic climates. It has three good-sized drawers that sit under the top rather than down one side, leaving decent leg room. Relatively long and shallow dimensions (120x45cm), mean this table could also act as a hallway console. Matching mirror and stool are optional extras (currently £125 each).
6. Next Fleur Dressing Table: £675, Next
A good dressing table gets you in the spirit for glamming up, and Next’s version does so in high style. Mirrored surfaces with bevelled edges, crystal-effect glass handles and faceted legs framed in pewter all make the Fleur table the stuff of fairytales. To avoid going overboard, mix and match this dramatic piece with other furniture from different ranges and brands. Two large side drawers, plus three across the top, are handy for stowing unsightly hairdryers and styling tools. The matching stool is £175.
7. Cotswold Co. Burford Painted Double Pedestal Dressing Table: £299, Cotswold Co.
Full of rustic charm, the Burford dressing table is a simple take on country style. The white-painted finish helps it to fit in a contemporary home, and avoids the feel of a copied antique. With eight drawers it tops the list for storage – a godsend if you need help organising, or you’d rather not put all your beauty secrets on show. The white-painted finish can mark easily with the odd scratch or knock though, so care should be taken to keep it looking pristine.
8. M&S Hastings Dark Dressing Table and Stool Set: £319.20, M&S
Dressing tables can tend towards the princess-y, so it’s good to see Marks & Spencer offering something that still feels stately, but has a contemporary finish in dark black. The Hastings range is designed to suit smaller bedrooms, but at 137x44cm this table’s surface is still roomy enough. It’s made from sustainably sourced wood, comes in an alternate natural lacquer finish, and has three drawers on either side giving ample room for storing everyday essentials.
9. Atkin and Thyme Milan Dressing Table Console: £299, Atkin and Thyme
Slim console-style dressing tables are proving a popular modern update on this sometimes bulky genre of furniture. More versatile, these tables can also feature in the hallway, or as a small desk. The Milan table has super-slim legs finished in brass, and a mango wood top that includes two drawers in contrasting styles. It appears much lighter than a traditional dressing table, and gives some flexibility as to how and where it is used.
10. Oliver Bonas Oro Dressing Table: £595, Oliver Bonas
Even if your style is strictly minimal, a dressing table is a piece where you can afford a little whimsy. This feminine table by Oliver Bonas manages to blend old and new, with a lightly patterned parquet top with rounded edges, gold-toned legs, and a contrasting soft grey drawer that is internally divided in two. Luxury comes in details like the brass half-moon handle, but sadly not in the materials. MDF and veneers lack the feeling of solid wood. The Oro table is currently available for pre-order.
The Verdict: Dressing tables
The Limbo oak dressing table from Habitat is designed to suit modern needs. This compact table doesn’t make a grand statement with style or size, but has a solid feel and looks to suit most interiors. Stool and mirror are included, which makes the whole package remarkably good value. For something more dramatic to dress up at, the charming Senzo table by Swoon Editions is a real showstopper that also comes at a reasonable price.
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