What is a vanity? In the 1950s and ’60s, this dressing table was de rigueur in lady’s furnishing, stocked with beauty gear, a petite chair, and large mirror. And though today’s homeowner probably no longer dabs cold cream on her cheeks or sets hair rollers in this spot, a vanity can still pull its weight in rooms throughout the house.
“This piece can definitely serve its original purpose as a place to apply makeup, but it can also be a station for storage and display,” says Anna Brockway, co-founder of the furniture design site Chairish.
And for the lucky among us, a vanity can be installed in a walk-in closet, which can upgrade the space as you get dressed and accessorize each day.
“These tables make a closet feel luxe and regal, and if you’ve got the room, add an ottoman for putting on shoes,” suggests Drew Henry of Design Dudes.
For help in selecting a dressing table for every room in the house, here are some great finds along with fun ways this piece can be put to work.
“The right vanity table can bring a touch of femininity and glamour to a space as well as serve as a practical and chic spot for storing and displaying favorite accessories and getting-ready items,” says Brockway.
Homeowners with a penchant for ’60s design or Hollywood Regency style might dig this gently priced option ($199.99, Target). Two deep drawers can hold eye creams, masks, and a flat iron, and the glossy white surface wipes clean easily.
Dressing table as desk
If you have the space, choose a dressing table that can also stand in as a desk.
“And there are smaller vanities that can be multipurpose if you don’t have lots of room,” adds Henry, who suggests seeking out a dressing table with a fold-down mirror that doubles as a multifunctional flat surface.
This option ($188.09, Home Depot) is perfectly suited to the task as it’s big enough to hold all of your morning supplies plus a laptop, work folders, and phone charger for those now-common work-from-home days .
Dreaming of a vanity in your closet? Consider one that can be mounted on the wall.
“If you have a built-in closet system, you can rig a piece like this yourself by adjusting your shelves,” says Darla DeMorrow, author of “Organizing Your Home with SORT and SUCCEED.”
But watch out for glare from overhead lighting or a bank of windows behind you, she cautions. “If you’re taking selfies in your closet—and who isn’t these days—you’ve got to consider the light.”
This two-drawer space-saver ($94.04, Home Depot) features pretty crystal knobs, requires just a screwdriver and a level for proper mounting, and can also work as a bathroom vanity.
Vanity for kids
Little ones can benefit from their own tiny workspace—and if it’s adorably constructed like this table ($118.99, Wayfair), then all the better.
Some kids might actually comb their hair here, while others can use it as a desk for math sheets or employ the piece in pretend play with their dolls .
All of your beauty tools are on display in this glass-cased vanity table ($430.64, Overstock). The glass won’t take up too much visual space in a room, either.
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