How to Design a Dressing Table

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How to Design a Dressing Table
Every dressing table requires a mirror and sufficient lighting. (Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Getting dressed becomes much more routine with a well-planned dressing table. Create a table that works well in real situations instead of just looking pretty. Appropriate lighting, a good chair and storage near the table are always helpful. A dressing table can work well in a master bedroom, master bathroom or small hallway outside of a bathroom. Create the table to fit in with the room's decor and colour scheme. Keep in mind that a mirror is always required for any dressing table as well.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • New or recycled table
  • Mirror
  • Chair
  • Slipcover for chair
  • Mirror hardware
  • Light fixture
  • Storage shelves
  • Fabric skirt for table
  • Small storage cabinet
  • Hanging peg system
  • 3-inch wood screws

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    Measure the floor space you will use for the table. Evaluate surrounding space to envision the type of table and colour you will design. Plan to buy a sturdy white table to serve as the base, for example. Select a chrome table or oak table as possible choices. Envision both a mirror and chair that will harmonise with the table surface.

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    Plan the chair and table to work well together. Buy the chair when you purchase the table. Build the table to fit certain dimensions and buy a chair that works with the constructed table. Use a chair that is large enough to support the weight of an adult, if an adult will use it. Buy a sturdy French-look dining chair at a furniture store close-out sale, for example. Cover the chair with a brocade slipcover made to fit.

  3. 3

    Figure out a way to install a mirror by attaching it to the table or wall. Buy a mirror with bevelled edges for a more high-quality look. Make sure the mirror frame is all wood or metal, if possible, so it will hold up well over time. Use sturdy hardware to secure the mirror in place. Add lighting beside the mirror or above it, so the dressing area is illuminated properly.

  4. 4

    Add storage shelves under the dressing table. Store brushes, curling irons or cosmetics in plastic bins on the shelves. Create a fabric skirt for the table that will hide the storage space underneath. Install a small cabinet with doors near the dressing table to store toiletries or cosmetics as well. Make sure you do not have to take a lot of steps to retrieve items needed for getting dressed.

  5. 5

    Place a hanging peg or two near the table for clothes or a robe. Secure a hanging peg system to wall studs using an electric screwdriver and wood screws. Install pegs that are at least 3 inches long, so you can hang a heavy garment or two, if needed, while you are getting dressed.

Tips and warnings

  • Place the dressing table near an electric outlet. Have one installed if there isn't one near the table, because you will need to plug in a make-up mirror or hair dryer.
  • Don't add a dressing table beside a bathtub, just in case you will run water while getting undressed or styling your hair. A hair dryer or curling iron that falls into the tub, while plugged into an outlet, could cause serious problems.

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