What do you use your vanity table for? Whether it’s getting ready for a night out on the town, for your skincare ritual or just as a decorative addition to your space, we all have different uses for them. This little guide will help make the most of your vanity table design and how to make it work for you!


  1. Storage

Drawers and shelving are paramount to keeping your vanity table clutter-free and looking good. Whether you need to store lots of face creams and lotions or you like to keep other items close to hand such as important documents, you’ll want plenty of drawers or shelves to keep them on. Not only does it keep the main surface looking tidy and easier to wipe down, but it gives you more space to get comfortable and do whatever you need without feeling cramped!

2. Lighting

You’d be surprised how deceiving an overhead light can be when looking at your facial features! If you use your vanity table for applying make-up, you’ll need soft ample lighting that illuminates your whole face, so there aren’t any shadows that affect your makeover. LED lights are the most energy-efficient and greenest option to have installed, and there are lots of mirror options out there that have LED lights already installed inside.

3. Space

If you have enough room to allow for more, don’t settle for a tiny vanity! You’ll always be more comfortable having more space to spread out any makeup palettes you have, or your arms if you’re resting them on the table. As a general guide, the perfect size table is one where you can have both elbows rested with your arms positioned at a 45º angle, with enough depth for your arms to be positioned at 90º without your hands or fingers being pushed up against the back.

4. Seating

Whether you sit at your vanity for only short periods or if you sit there for over an hour or so to get ready, it’s always a good thing to make sure the seat is comfy! If you use your vanity more often, it would be worth investing in a comfier, upholstered chair with a cushion to make sure you don’t get a numb rear from sitting in one place for too long! However, if you only use your vanity for a few minutes a day, you might just want to have a stool there. If you enjoy a bit of DIY, you can experiment with making your vanity stool more comfortable by painting it any colour you like, or buying a seat cushion to make it a bit more comfortable and either pinning it to the chair or tying the cushion to the legs if there are fabric ties attached.

Did you find this guide helpful? Are there other things you’ve done that make your vanity table work well for you? We’d love to know! Leave your suggestions in the comments below, we’d love to hear them!

We can also make a custom vanity table entirely to your specifications. If you’d like to design your own vanity table, give us a call on 01536 697996 or an email: info@madeinteriors.uk