How to Make a Dressing Table

Updated April 17, 2017

A dressing table is a piece of furniture typically used to store items like scarves, hats and other accessories. The dressing table is a traditional furniture piece from the 1920's, and making one by hand can add a stylish focal point to a dressing room or bedroom. By using some basic woodworking tools and materials, constructing your own custom dressing table can be simple and easy.

Use sand paper to remove all rough spots and edges of the two plywood boards you will be working with. Make sure the rims of the boards are smooth and rounded.

Spread wood stain over all sides of the four plywood boards using a stain and rags. Let dry and then rub a second coat over the sides again. Let dry.

Nail the two, 1/2-by-3 ft. plywood board in between two of the 3-by-2 ft. boards, making a shelf. Nail the board about one foot from the top of the two 3-by-2 ft. boards when they are standing perpendicular to the floor. Place a level on the shelf to make sure it's even.

Nail the remaining 3-by-2 ft. plywood board to the top of the construction to make a counter top for the dressing table.

Cover the table with decorative accessories like scarves, a mirror, hats and jewellery.


Place a lamp near the dressing table for the best lighting.


Make sure to use enough nails to ensure the stability of the table.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-3x2 ft. plywood boards
  • 2-1/2x2 ft. plywood board
  • Sand paper
  • Wood stain
  • Rags
  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Level
  • Accessories
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