10 best dressing tables
Get ready in style with a furniture set to store your jewellery, make-up and everyday essentials in
A dressing table should be about fun and a little luxury to enjoy every day. The fairy-tale version of a dressing table is a grand piece with winged vanity mirrors and cascades of drawers for hiding away beauty secrets.
By modern standards, it’s hard to find the space for something sop decadent. The grander style still exists, although a more multi-functional type of dressing table is more common.
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. Most don’t include a mirror or stool, but will usually stock these pieces to match.
Verona dressing table: £349, Feather and Black
Best for adaptability, Feather and Black’s oak table has a choice of ten heritage paint colours for the base, and a light or dark finish for the top. It’s traditional in style, with just a hint of fluting detail to the smart, tapering legs. The two drawers are a little small to be really useful, and self-assembly isn’t the most straightforward. The range includes a matching mirror and stool.
Classic mother of pearl desk console: £599, Atkin and Thyme
The craftwork on this inlaid mother of pearl table is really something to admire. Petal and leaf-shaped pieces have been individually placed by hand, making each table slightly unique. There are three small drawers across the front. Slim dimensions make this piece equally useful as a console, or desk. A matching stool and mirror are also available.
Brodi ash dressing table: £200, Habitat
This fuss-free space-saving design fits all the essentials of a dressing table into an impressively compact form. The ash veneer base looks handsome in the bedroom, and the 65cm-diameter white tabletop gives just enough space for your daily cosmetics. A slot-in mirror and removable storage box are included. The base is weighted to stay stable, and the whole piece comes as one.
Oro dressing table: £475, Oliver Bonas
This feminine table by Oliver Bonas manages to blend old and new charm. It has a lightly patterned parquet top with rounded edges, gold-toned legs, and a contrasting soft grey drawer that is internally divided in two. A little luxury comes by way of details like the brass half-moon pull, but sadly the MDF and veneers lack the quality feel of solid wood.
Provencal carved white dressing table: £588, French Bedroom Company
This romantic French-style dressing table lets you indulge your inner princess. It’s dripping in luxurious little details, all carved from mahogany and hand painted to a quality white finish. The front has three concealed drawers, perfect for stashing away those top secret beauty products. The oval mirror is included, but the matching stool in the Provencal range costs £235.
St Ives dressing table: £299.99, Oakland Furniture Company
Oak is hard to beat on quality and robustness; there’s a good reason why this type of furniture endures. The solid oak St Ives table is simple but practical. Three side drawers have room enough for a hairdryer and bigger items, as well as make-up and accessories. It’s finished in light grey paint finish and a contrasting natural oak top. A stool and swivel mirror come separately.
Willis & Gambier Spirit wooden dressing table: £585, Cukoo Land
The made-to-order Spirit table, by British brand Willis & Gambier, is a modest but elegant piece. It’s made in a mix of solid Chinese oak and oak veneers, finished with a low-gloss lacquer for a natural effect. A pair of small drawers on either side help you keep everything within reach; each has a charming finger joint detail that gives the front some character.
Clairoy 1-drawer dressing table: £189, Le Redoute
This retro-style table is good for saving money and space. It’s made of solid oak and veneered MDF, either in a natural oak or painted blue finish. The shape of the edgeless mirror helps it squeeze into awkward spaces. There’s one small drawer for your daily cosmetics, but you could boost storage by adding your own small boxes and jars to the tabletop.
Liang & Eimil Rivoli dressing table: £900, Houseology
This high-end dressing table borrows glamorous details from the Art Deco era. Its heavy steel frame has two semi-circular sections that touch gently to form the base – an unusual detail that make this table look bespoke. It’s finished in brushed brass that contrasts beautifully with a top and drawers in black ash veneer. The 120cm-wide top has two spacious drawers underneath.
Leila dressing table: £399, Made
The central panel of the Leila table lifts up to reveal a built-in mirror, and shallow compartment for storing make-up and brushes. It’s a nifty little detail that helps keep clutter hidden away. There are two further drawers, and an extra-wide table surface, for holding all your essentials. It’s made of rubberwood, plywood and MDF which helps make this large piece affordable.
Verdict: Best bedside tables
Feather & Black’s Verona table is made in parts of solid oak (if you don’t mind putting it together) and has timeless traditional looks. Unlike a lot of larger furniture, there’s a good range of options when it comes to colour and finish.
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