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Whether you prefer to call it a vanity, chest of drawers, or even a ‘lowboy’ or ‘tallboy’ like the Americans do, the dressing table is a time-honoured, classic piece of bedroom furniture that no self-respecting boudoir can possibly do without. Home favourites dating back as far as the 18th century, typically made of oak, mahogany and walnut, dressing tables have always been equated with elegance, yet humble modesty and perfunctory uses. The typical dressing table designs date back then featured fancy trimmings like brass pulls, cabriole legs and escutcheons, often constructed in a Georgian, Queen Anne or Chippendale style. But these days, the modest bedroom dresser can manifest in all manner of styles and designs.

Take a gander at the following few examples of neat and elegant dressers—may they trigger some neat ideas on how best to incorporate the perfect dressing table choice amidst your dainty bedroom aesthetic.

Utilising a small space

classic Bedroom by Roselind Wilson Design
Utilising a small space

Do you have a small alcove or area that appears difficult to furnish? Look no further than a dressing table. Often with small areas we attempt to find furniture that fits within the space, and avoid items that are large and fill the space, but in this case the latter actually works extremely well. Bespoke or custom furniture works best in this scenario, and the final product lends itself to many different uses, from dressing table, to desk, to effective storage space.

Do you have a small alcove or area that appears difficult to furnish? Look no further than a dressing table. Often with small areas we attempt to find furniture that fits within the space, and avoid items that are large and fill the space, but in this case the latter actually works extremely well. Bespoke or custom furniture works best in this scenario, and the final product lends itself to many different uses, from dressing table, to desk, to effective storage space.

The fairy tale dresser

classic Bedroom by Homesdirect365
The fairy tale dresser

A dresser fit for Cinderella herself! This gorgeously traditional table blends fairy tale frivolity with a hint of practicality and a good helping of whimsicality. Add perfumes and lotions, scented candles and fine jewellery for a space that evokes happiness and fanciful magic.

A dresser fit for Cinderella herself! This gorgeously traditional table blends fairy tale frivolity with a hint of practicality and a good helping of whimsicality. Add perfumes and lotions, scented candles and fine jewellery for a space that evokes happiness and fanciful magic.

Upcycled dressing table made from a pallet

modern Bedroom by starg
Upcycled dressing table made from a pallet

Pallets are an excellent choice if you are looking to have a beautiful dressing table design on a budget. Besides being very sturdy and cheap, upcycled dressing tables made from pallets, offer excellent lighting opportunities. Concealed spotlights  integrated into the wooden pallets bring out a very stylish look in this design.

Pallets are an excellent choice if you are looking to have a beautiful dressing table design on a budget. Besides being very sturdy and cheap, upcycled dressing tables made from pallets, offer excellent lighting opportunities. Concealed spotlights  integrated into the wooden pallets bring out a very stylish look in this design.

Classic timber fold-out table

classic Bedroom by Meltons
Classic timber fold-out table

A simple and timeless classic, this fold out timber dressing table works well in any heritage style interior, and would look equally as suitable in a more contemporary setting, as the delicate timber lends itself to many different schemes and styles.

A simple and timeless classic, this fold out timber dressing table works well in any heritage style interior, and would look equally as suitable in a more contemporary setting, as the delicate timber lends itself to many different schemes and styles.

Elegant and simple

modern Bedroom by Lime Lace Eclectic Interiors
Elegant and simple

Probably one of the simplest dressing table designs, this dressing table includes a contemporary mid-century chair that injects a sense of modernity and fashion into the space. This type of dressing table is perfect in children’s rooms as it lends itself to many different uses should the dressing table become unwanted or the room require renovation.

Probably one of the simplest dressing table designs, this dressing table includes a contemporary mid-century chair that injects a sense of modernity and fashion into the space. This type of dressing table is perfect in children’s rooms as it lends itself to many different uses should the dressing table become unwanted or the room require renovation.

Modern space for everything

modern Bedroom by Escapefromsofa
Modern space for everything

A dressing table design can take many forms—this excellent design is simple in structure, but incorporates a modern, contemporary take on the standard style, whilst incorporating a large amount of space and storage. This dressing table is the ultimate area to prepare for an event, apply make-up, or simply display ones jewellery, perfumes and accessories.

A dressing table design can take many forms—this excellent design is simple in structure, but incorporates a modern, contemporary take on the standard style, whilst incorporating a large amount of space and storage. This dressing table is the ultimate area to prepare for an event, apply make-up, or simply display ones jewellery, perfumes and accessories.

The eclectic dresser

modern Dressing room by tim germain furniture designer/maker
The eclectic dresser

If you want to look outside the box, and incorporate something a little different to your bedroom, take a peek at this wonderfully eclectic and abstract dressing table design from Tim Germain Furniture. Place this dressing table in a traditional or contemporary space and watch the area enliven with energy and flair.

If you want to look outside the box, and incorporate something a little different to your bedroom, take a peek at this wonderfully eclectic and abstract dressing table design from Tim Germain Furniture. Place this dressing table in a traditional or contemporary space and watch the area enliven with energy and flair.

Contemporary industrial

industrial Bedroom by Cube Deco
Contemporary industrial

Uber-chic and effortlessly cool this dressing table design is modern, stylish and effective for any modern or contemporary space. Simply add some green indoor plants, tribal jewellery and a little iron stool, for a dressing area that is super easy and full of panache.

Uber-chic and effortlessly cool this dressing table design is modern, stylish and effective for any modern or contemporary space. Simply add some green indoor plants, tribal jewellery and a little iron stool, for a dressing area that is super easy and full of panache.

Innovative and original

scandinavian Bedroom by AT
Innovative and original

If dressing tables aren’t your cup of tea, then take a look at this unique and inventive dressing table design that flips traditional design on its head, and suggests a new way of looking at the humble dresser. This system from Atelier Rennais comprises a stand along piece of timber reminiscent of a coat rack, furthermore it has a fabric top that folds up into a compact and hand held system filled with make-up and accessories. Complete with a mirror that hangs to the hook above, this dressing/preparation system is guaranteed to get people talking!

If dressing tables aren’t your cup of tea, then take a look at this unique and inventive dressing table design that flips traditional design on its head, and suggests a new way of looking at the humble dresser. This system from Atelier Rennais comprises a stand along piece of timber reminiscent of a coat rack, furthermore it has a fabric top that folds up into a compact and hand held system filled with make-up and accessories. Complete with a mirror that hangs to the hook above, this dressing/preparation system is guaranteed to get people talking!