Best Makeup Table and Makeup Table Set Up

Makeup tables, or more commonly known as ‘dressing tables’ are an essential part of any woman’s bedroom if they’re looking for their own personal salon. With everything they need in one beautiful place, it’s like having your own personal style station.

If you understand how to make space work for you (and if you don’t we are here to help) you can turn this dream into a reality, but only if you follow our guidance which we have laid out for you in this very post.

Specially dedicated to women’s beauty, you are able to bring back the feminine touch in your own bedroom with one of our dressing tables, whether you’re a girly girl and looking for something pink or you like a more classical white/cream approach or even you’re a little adventurous and you like the look of mirrored furniture, we’ve got something for you.

Why Feature a Dressing Table in your Bedroom?

The point of makeup tables is not just to add a feminine touch to your bedroom though, they also help with your morning makeup routine, speeding up the process and making the overall task more enjoyable.

Gone are the days of being perched on the edge of your toilet seat trying to look in the mirror whilst seeking out the most flattering lighting…all the while your husband and children run rampant trying to complete their own morning routine.

If this sounds like something you’re ready to make a reality, and to put an end to the constant morning of stress you experience due to a disorganized and overcrowded, then keep on ready.

Styles of Dressing Table

This is dependant on your bedroom, but if you’re lucky enough to start from scratch then you’re free to let your personality take over on this one, assuming it still fits with the rest of your home.

And if you’ve already got a style in mind, perhaps you’re controlled by your different types of bedroom furniture, then we’ll have something for you too! Whether you’re looking to match up with your current hand-carved antique French inspired furniture or to help accentuate the modern look you have going on.

Even if you’re stuck for ideas and you’re not sure what’s going to work best for you, then this article will serve as some creative inspiration for you!

So, now you know there’s going to be something for you from our wide range of collections, here are some of the styles of dressing table we have on the official HomesDirect365 website – these dressing tables are a favourite of ours and our customers!

Antique French Style Dressing Table

Our antique french style furniture is one of our most popular styles, and for good reason. Each piece has typically been hand carved, because of this you are getting a unique finish every time. Coming in a range of colours, from calm antique white to girly pinks, there is going to be an antique french style dressing table that is going to fit your personality as well as your home.

With so much choice, we know you’re going to struggle to make a final decision on just one dressing table, so here are a few of our favourites to help you get started:

La Rochelle Antique French Style Dressing Table By HomesDirect365

Baroque Antique French Style Dressing Table by HomesDirect365

Spire Wooden Antique French Style Dressing Table By HomesDirect365

Shabby Chic Vanity Unit

Shabby chic furniture, just like its antique french style counterpart, can work in many styles of home. Whether you’re already featuring some great cream colours or you’re more of a vibrant girly girl with splashes of pink and purple, there is going to be a shabby chic vanity unit that is going to help add to the character of your personal haven whilst giving you the practical benefit of having your own personal salon at your very fingertips.

To get your creative energy flowing as you begin to think about life with one of our dressing tables in your bedroom, here are a few of our best selling tables so you can get an idea of what everyone else seems to be looking for…

Bakersfield Grey Shabby Chic Dressing Table Set By HomesDirect365

Shabby Chic Dressing Table Set

Bordeaux Shabby Chic Dressing Table Set


Modern Makeup Vanity

Modern makeup vanity units are one of the most versatile styles of furniture we have to offer, typically because of their simple finish – in comparison to the antique French style or shabby chic design. Featuring a range of finishes from blacks to blue, you’re going to be able to find and feature one of our many modern dressing tables in your home so that you can finally have a place for all of your makeup, jewelry, and favorite perfume.

You might want to check out this similar article “Dressing Tables, your own personal styling station“.

Because we offer so many different modern dressing tables, we’re going to give you a helping hand on what could work for you,

Here are our top selling Modern Makeup Vanity to help give you an idea of what everyone else is adding to their contemporary bedroom to give it a more feminine touch:

Remi Modern Dressing Table

Riano Black 3 Drawer Dressing Table

Types of Dressing Table Available

Let’s now identify what sort of dressing table you’re going to want. This depends on a couple of things:

  • What sort of furniture you already feature
  • How much makeup and makeup tools you have (yes, seriously)

These are some of the things you’re going to want to think about, I’d say the second one is the most important because you’re going to want to keep everything from hair clips, makeup brushes, perfumes and anything else you need to get ready in one convenient place. The size of the dressing table is going to be affected by how much you use to complete your look each morning.

Makeup Table with Drawers

If you’re like most of us girls, you’re going to want a dressing table that features drawers…a lot of them. It’s going to be handy to keep everything close, even if it’s not makeup…you’re going to want your favourite earrings and jewelry handy so you can switch, change and compare looks without the stress.

Even having your perfume close by will stop any last minute stresses that us girls seem to have when we’re almost done and the partner is shouting us to hurry up…there’s nothing more frustrating than miss placing something that you need to finish off your entire look.

La Rochelle Antique French Style Dressing Table By HomesDirect365

Sophia Shabby Chic Dressing Table By HomesDirect365

Annaelle Antique French Style Dressing Table by HomesDirect365

Vanity Table Set With a Mirror

It’s obvious but I’ll say it, you need a mirror!

I mean how else are you going to achieve your desired look if you’re essentially applying it with your eyes closed?!

Thankfully some vanity units come with a table mirror but in some cases, they just don’t.

The ones that come with mirrors are usually fixed to the dressing table itself (typically dressing table sets), so if you’re someone who likes to move around the room or get different light angles, then you might want to avoid one of these unless you’re sure the mirror can be moved to how you like it.

Baroque Gold Leaf Antique French Style Dressing Table

Antique French Style Black 2 Drawer Dressing Table Set

Types of Table Mirrors

It gets a little more complicated than just fixed and non-fixed mirrors, but don’t worry I’ve already been through this dilemma with table mirrors myself, so I’ll let you know what’s out there and what could be best for your future/current makeup table setup.

Single Dressing Table Mirror

Probably one of the most common mirrors you will find on a dressing table is a single table mirror. These can come a part of a dressing table set, typically fixed to the dresser or bought individually if you’re wanting to finish off the dressing table you’ve already got.

Single mirrors will fit all basic needs that you could want and need for your dressing table since are perfect for applying makeup and tidying up your hair.

Because of their design, they also take up a small amount of space, making them ideal for many dressing tables regardless of how much tabletop space you may have left to play with after makeup organization trays and personal decorations.

Remi Shabby Chic Table Mirror

Dressing Mirror With Drawers

Typically these come in the form of single table mirrors, but they are not limited to them. A dressing mirror with drawers is a great choice if you’re wanting to get the most out of your dressing tabletop space by having a mirror and storage built into one tabletop accessory.

Chic Silver 2 Drawer Shabby Chic Dressing Table Mirror

Triple Vanity Mirror

Arguably the best style of table mirror for your dressing table, triple vanity mirrors offer you a way of getting plenty of angles so that you can make sure that your make-up is on point. Because of the triple design, the reflectiveness of the mirror will also help to bounce light towards your face, this way you are able to get even more direct lighting that will help you get the best look.

White Triple Vanity Mirror

Dressing Table Wall Mirror

Technically not a table mirror, a dressing table wall mirror can be used if you wish to properly utilize the tabletop space of your dressing table. I’ll talk about this a little bit further down the page so you can grasp the true reasoning’s as to why you’d go with this choice above the rest.

Argente Antique French Style Dressing Table Mirror

Whatever you decide to choose, just remember to get one! Oh…and remember it needs to match the setup or it’ll look out of place!

Don’t Forget The Stool

To round of your dressing table set, you’re going to want a stool. Now we’ve all been there, with one of the dining room chairs up in our bedroom because we haven’t quite yet decided to get a stool…

It doesn’t really matter what stool you’re going to add, just rule of thumb is that you’re going to want to be able to see yourself in the mirror (who would have guessed?)

Oh and don’t forget, it should match your new dressing table and mirror, as well as the furniture you already feature in your personal haven!

Where to put a makeup vanity set

Now you’ve figured out what type of dressing table you’re going to add, you need to ask yourself where you want to put your makeup vanity. And we could tell you right here, but instead, we’ve got an even better guide for that, one that even goes in depth of the styles of dressing table we offer and the origins of their design so that you can feel a little closer to your purchase.

Click here to find out Where to Place a Dressing Table in your Bedroom

Makeup Table Set Up

Great, we’ve got our beautiful dressing table from HomesDirect365 and its in our bedroom which now looks stunning. Time to throw all of our makeup in the drawers provided, on the rest of the table top and call it a day?

Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!

You need to properly utilize the space you’ve just added to your bedroom, just like they do at your favourite salon in town.

But how do you go about this you ask? Don’t worry, we’re going to get into the proper etiquette of setting up your makeup table, taking direct inspiration from the best beauticians in the world.

Utilize the space you’ve got

Now, we could spend hours scrolling through Pinterest looking at all the beautiful setups of how other women have set up their dressing tables, but the reality of that is, we might not have the space to directly copy what we like the look of…

But, that’s fine, we can still let it inspire us when we think about our own makeup table setup.

There are many ways you can utilize your dressing table space, here are a few things we have come up with from our personal experiences and strategies the best beauticians in the world apply when making the most of their makeup tabletop space.

Use that wall space

Probably 99% of you will have your new dressing table up against a wall, and because of this, you’ll be able to use that wall space to help you out with organizing your makeup table.

Replace the Table Mirror with a Wall Mirror

Instead of using a table mirror like everybody else, you could use a shabby chic wall mirror.

Attaching it to the back wall the dressing table sits against, which will not only give you the added benefit of creative feminine style but will also help to free up some essential tabletop space so that you can place more brushes, jewelry boxes or whatever it is you’re wanting to use the free room for.

Wall Hanging Jewelry – Why Not?

In the same space, you could have a table mirror and also hang your jewelry up on the wall.

This will create a unique look whilst giving you a way to free up some extra room on your tabletop which can be used for things that should stay on the table and not on the wall – like perfume and makeup brushes (unless you want to hang that up too, then go ahead – it’s all about being creative and having a space you can fall in love with!)

All within reach

The most important part is having everything handy, we don’t want any last minute mini-heart attacks when we can’t find out contour brushes or our favourite pair of earrings. Ideally, we’re going to want everything to be on or in the table itself, so that its close by but in an organised manner so we’re not hectically looking for something we need.

Have a system

Just like everything in the kitchen, every item has its own place.

For example, I keep all my glasses and cups in one cupboard, bowls and plates in the next, cooking pans and pots in a separate drawer and so on.

This is a system I have built over time and I suspect yours will also look a little similar, so let’s apply this logic to our dressing table setup.

The best way to do this is by playing by this golden beauty rules;

Show what is beautiful, hide what isn’t.

Simple right?


One problem,

I can’t exactly tell you what is and isn’t beautiful, so this ones up to you, what I can help you with is the best way of going about organising your dressing table, taking inspiration from many beauticians.

Makeup Organiser Trays

These are an absolute godsend. They can become messy if you don’t keep tidying them every week or so but you really won’t be able to live without them once you start to properly utilize the extra space they give. Typically I’ll keep any jewelry in these, possibly separating each particular piece so they have their own separate trays.

Don’t forget about lighting

We’ve already shown you table mirrors that can help with lighting, but these can be expensive and they even might not be of your taste as they usually feature some pretty bold design. In this case, we recommend getting some form of desk lamp to help you with the lighting so that you can properly apply your makeup.

Matte Pink Traditional Large Desk Lamp by HomesDirect365

If you’re wanting more unique lighting, rather than directly on your face, or even if you wish to combine both. You should get some fairy lights that will help with both aspects of lighting and design.

Remember to decorate

Sometimes we can get distracted by the main objective of having a dressing table in our bedroom; a helpful place for us to apply our makeup.

But in reality, it’s more than that. It’s a way for us to show our personalities, express ourselves creatively and to create a space we can feel like a woman in – to be our best selves.

So don’t forget, with whatever leftover space you have, make sure you’re adding your own feminine touch to it, something that you can be proud of and that resonates with you. Some types of harsh compounds like nail varnish remover can leave marks on your furniture, sometimes you can spill things on your accessories nearby or get marks on your clothes from these compounds. Its not a nice feeling when this happens but there are dedicated cleaning websites like Clean Home Guide that can give you little tips and tricks to remove these marks and stains, its amazing some of the ideas listed on the site that you just would not try without knowing.

Whether that’s plants, photo frames or ornaments – by now you won’t need me to say it but – It’s up to you!


Having somewhere for us to apply our makeup and feel our true feminine selves is important, but just as important is that we are able to create a space using our new dressing table that will add beauty to our home and help to accentuate the look we are going for. With a balance of both, we can really turn our bedroom into something we love, and not to mention – make our morning routine something we look forward to doing.

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