How to build a dressing table

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How to build a dressing table
Organise your accessories at your dressing table. (byryo/iStock/Getty Images)

A dressing table is a specialised piece of furniture used to store dressing accessories, hair products and make-up. Most people situate this table in a bedroom or bathroom area where they can perform their grooming duties with ease. Instead of purchasing an expensive ready-made vanity table, consider building one yourself. Doing so, you'll be able to get it fitted specifically for the space in your home and tailor it to your existing décor.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • One Piece 1.9 cm (3/4-inch) plywood, 60 by 100 cm (24 by 40 inches)
  • One piece 1.9 cm (3/4-inch) plywood, 78 by 100 cm (31 by 40 inches)
  • Four pieces 1.9 cm (3/4-inch) plywood, 78 by 59 cm (31 by 23 1/4 inches)
  • Six pieces 1.9 cm (3/4-inch) plywood, 29.2 by 59 cm (11 1/2 by 23 1/4 inches)
  • Two pieces 1.9 cm (3/4-inch) plywood, 78 by 33 cm (31 by 13 Inches)
  • Four interior hinges
  • Two door handles
  • Drill with screwdriver bit
  • 3.8 cm (1 1/2-inch) wod screws
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Place the piece of 78 by 100 cm (31 by 40 inch) plywood on a building surface so it is standing vertically and is resting on one of its 100 cm (40-inch) edges. This will be the back of the table. Place a piece of 29.2 by 59 cm (11 1/2 by 23 1/4 inch) plywood on the building surface so it is vertical on its 59 cm (23-1/4-inch) edge. Create an "L" shape by placing the smaller board next to the larger one. The smaller board will create a side of the table. Screw the back to the side by driving screws spaced 15 cm (6 inches) apart through the back and into the edges of the side pieces. Repeat this step for the other 78 by 59 cm (31 by 23 1/4 inch) board on the opposite side of the larger piece of plywood to create a U shape. (An alternative to screwing the boards to one another is to use L-shaped brackets to connect them.)

  2. 2

    Measure 29.2 cm (11 1/2-inches) from the side pieces toward the centre of the back piece and mark this spot. Place the other two pieces of 78 by 59 cm (31 by 23 1/4 inch) plywood at these locations so they are parallel to the side pieces. Screw them to the back piece in the same manner as you did the side pieces. The 29.2 cm (11-1/2-inch) space on either side of the table will create cabinets.

  3. 3

    Place a piece of 29.2 by 59 cm (11 1/2 by 23 1/4 inch) plywood on the surface in between the table's sides and the cabinet sides to create the cabinet bottoms. Screw these pieces into place by driving screws that are spaced 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inches) apart through both the table and the cabinet sides into the edges of the cabinet bottom.

  4. 4

    Place the piece of 60 by 100 cm (24 by 40 inch) plywood on top of the existing frame. This is the table top. Screw this piece to the frame by driving in screws through the top of the table and into the edges of the frame. The screws should be placed about 15 cm (6 inches) apart.

  5. 5

    Measure up from the bottom piece of each cabinet 1 foot toward the table top and make a mark. Place a piece of 29.2 by 59 cm (11 1/2 by 23 1/4 inch) piece inside the cabinet at this location. Screw this to the cabinets in the same manner as you did in Step 3. Repeat this for the final two pieces of 29.2 by 59 cm (11 1/2 by 23 1/4 inch) shelf pieces, measuring 30 cm (1 foot) from the shelves you just placed and screwing it into the sides.

  6. 6

    Place the interior hinges on opposite sides of the table cabinets spaced 7.5 cm (3 inches) from the top and bottom. Screw them into the sides of the table. Place the pieces of 78 by 33 cm (31 by 13 inch) plywood on the hinges and screw them into place. These are the cabinet doors. Screw in door handles to each door on the opposite side of the hinges.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are interested in attaching a mirror to the table, simply screw the mirror mounting legs to the back piece of the table.
  • The table can be any size you wish, just have the wood cut to the correct sizes. The construction process is the same.
  • Paint or stain the table when you are completed with the project to match your bedroom décor.

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