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9 best dressing tables that turn any room into a boudoir

Some beauty products are just so pretty you want to show them off, while others will need to be neatly stowed away in these glamorous and functional pieces of furniture

f you’re short on space, opt for a narrow console-style unit you can tuck away

As functional as it is glamorous, a dressing table provides an indulgent spot in the bedroom to sit down and get ready for the day or prep for an evening out with all our make-up and hair products at hand.

It also awards the room an inviting focal point, so you’ll want to find a vanity table to suit your interior’s style.

Some dressing tables come complete with an integrated mirror, giving you versatility if you want to change the room around, while others rely on a wall-mounted looking glass to finish the setup. 

If you’re short on space, opt for a narrow console-style unit you can tuck away, but one that will still allow for a stylish pouffe, stool, or dressing table chair to slide underneath.  

If you want to keep your dressing table clutter free, look for one with generous storage. 

Most vanity tables and consoles offer a nifty drawer or two for tidying away our kit. But being suckers for beautiful packaging, we want to keep our prettiest products on full display, and what better surface is there than a gleaming glass or mirrored dressing table top, just like the shiny beauty shelves of our favourite department store.

We put our roundup of the best dressing tables to the test looking for great design and functionality, as well as durability and a high quality finish, because as furniture pieces go, this one’s a vital part of our daily routine.

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House by John Lewis Bow dressing table, oak: £299, John Lewis & Partners 

We loved the school desk look of this compact dressing table. Smooth and sleek, the angled oak frame supports both a simple rectangular unit and an oval mirror, awarding it a clean and modern profile. Like all the best minimalist design, its beauty is its simplicity ideal for those who appreciate a clean line. A handy drawer helps to keep this dressing table clutter free. You’ll want its attractive natural wood grain on full show.  

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Habitat Richmond walnut and metal dressing table: £450, Habitat  

With a knowing nod to mid-century Danish design, Habitat’s offering is one handsome furniture piece. Its walnut veneer elliptical top is supported by a curvy arrangement underneath in black powder coated metal, making it deceptively sturdy despite its fluid design. We loved its delicate hidden drawer and left-sided round mirror that frees up tabletop space. With its narrow form it’s a space-saver on the floor, too.

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Loaf showtime dressing table: £495, Loaf  

For understated glamour in the bedroom, Loaf’s showtime dressing table marries deco elegance with a beautifully aged, vintage-like finish. Its hand-welded brass frame holds a tempered glass top and nifty shelf, keeping the look light and bright. But don’t be fooled by its apparent fragility this is a solid piece of furniture. Team it with a large, circular wall-mounted mirror to continue the art deco aesthetic.  

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Oliver Bonas kinship rattan pink dressing table: £395, Oliver Bonas 

If old school English eccentricity is your thing, you’ll love this woven rattan dressing table with its wipe-clean pink veneer top and playful blue tassels that add colour pops against the natural materials. We loved its gently curved body and tapered legs, crafted from warming mindi wood. Its two generous drawers offer a practical storage solution, proving this is not just a pretty piece. Choose your mirror wisely it’ll have a lot to live up to.  

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Swoon Belle dressing table, grey wash mango wood: £249, Swoon 

Diminutive in form but big on design, this perfectly rounded dressing table is a thing of beauty. It’s crafted from a light, grey wash mango wood with a rich and varied patina, and offers perfect functionality in the shape of a sleek, curved drawer that sits neatly underneath. Its sunken integrated mirror echoes the shape of the circular top, making it ever so pleasing to the eye at every angle.  

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Ideal Home mirage dressing table and stool set: £199, Very  

Mirrored from top to (almost) toe, this glamorous dressing table and matching stool is a gleaming addition to the bedroom, attracting and bouncing light around the space. Where it’s not clad in bevelled mirror panels, its wood frame is painted silver to continue the sheen. Scoring high on affordability a snip at under £200 its high quality finish belies its price. Do it further justice with a free-standing deco-inspired triple mirror.  

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Made leliana dressing table, ash and white: £299, Made

This contemporary dressing table from Made’s TalentLab range is the handiwork of interior designer Naomi Cheney. We loved its art box design with interlocking interior compartments that can be customised to suit our growing make-up collection. We also loved its integrated mirror in the underside of the lid, as well as its nifty sliding tray ideal for keeping brushes at hand. In smooth natural ash and contrasting white it’s a triumph of form and function.  

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Royal Gold dressing table: £977, Sweetpea and Willow  

This Louis XIV style vanity table is unapologetically ostentatious, which is precisely why we love it. With its intricate carvings and genuine gold leaf finish, it’s a high end, high quality piece guaranteed to give the originals a run for their French francs. The classic trio of adjustable mirrors allows you to make up with perfect precision, but of course, this is a statement piece to be seen from afar, too, so award it pride of place. 

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Aurelia white and Champagne gold dressing console: £239.99, My Furniture  

An elegant affair, this white glass, double drawer unit makes for a stand-out dressing table when finished with a wall-mounted mirror for instant modern glamour. Console-size, its narrow form allows it to sit pretty against a wall where limited floor space might be a concern. Despite its slim silhouette, its curved steel legs (finished in electroplated Champagne gold) don’t interfere with ours, so pull up an equally glamorous chair.  

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The verdict: Dressing tables  

House by John Lewis’s bow dressing table was a winner for its clean and simple design. Ideal for smaller spaces, we loved its compact frame and integrated oval mirror, as well as its discreet drawer for tucking away our make-up. In natural oak, it awards any space instant warmth and homeliness. While Oliver Bonas’s Kinship rattan pink dressing table was an impressive furniture piece for its playful design and quality craftsmanship.  

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