Compact but perfectly formed vanities for when every inch counts
Hello bijou bedrooms, we have a beautiful selection of dressing tables for you.
Once a ubiquitous piece of furniture in bedrooms, the dressing table or vanity unit has become something of a luxury in urban homes, giving way to chests of drawers, desks or shelving, where maximum storage is key and space is often tight.
Therefore the large, chunky forms of old have been consigned to country piles, stately homes and old movies, while dressing tables with new, sleek, slimline profiles have emerged.
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Despite the changes in our lifestyles – we’re far more likely to ‘wash and go’ than spend hours pampering in front of a mirror – there is something to be said for the touch of glamour and luxury that a dressing table brings to a bedroom, not to mention to our beauty routines.
We might not be Bette Davis or Joan Crawford dabbing our noses with a powder puff or spritzing with an atomiser in a film noir, but it still feels deliciously decadent to be blending and brushing at a dressing table, whether you go the full Kardashian with contouring and drag-style lashes or prefer a more natural look.
Our edit consists of compact dressing tables that will fit neatly into small corners or bay windows, those that double up as desks, and all have minimal frames.
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At the affordable end of the scale, check out the Bow from John Lewis & Partners, the Liana by Sebastian Cox for Made, or the Sten from Swoon. There’s also the Whitely Bay from Houseology and the Salina by Ercol, available at Heal’s.
For designer looks we’re loving the Pebble from Living Divani, Ren by Neri & Hu and the Chapeau from Alivar.
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Part of a wider collection of bedroom furniture, this compact piece is made from solid ash and finished in a white washed stain and clear matt lacquer.
Designed by Sebastian Cox, this timber and rattan piece combines soft rounded contours with clean lines.
Made from solid oak, this compact piece has a roomy drawer for storing hair and beauty paraphernalia and an oval mirror for getting ready every day.
Complete with a marble 'pampering plinth' for perfumes and power puffs, this is the ultimate piece for beauty prep.
Inspired by the organic form of stones, the pebble vanity has a slim profile that would suit modern spaces.
Designed by Neri & Hu, this award-winning piece exudes luxury and refinement.
This clever piece doubles up as a desk or vanity table.
A double handed storage drawer and moveable mirror make this a stylish and practical piece.
Doubling up as a desk, with its fold-away mirror, this is a versatile piece.