Dressing table ideas – ways to create the perfect beauty spot

Get ready to go 'Out Out' at your very own elegant and organised pamper station.

As any girl knows, half – actually, let's face it – most of the fun of going out can be had in getting ready beforehand. That's why we always recommend trying to squeeze in a dedicated area for the ritual. Somewhere to sit and focus on your cleansing and countering, blending and bronzing, with an appropriate amount of good light, and storage for all your lotions and potions.

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As our dressing table ideas show, you can create said pamper station in even the tiniest spaces. And it could have transformative effects on your bedroom as a whole, making it look more glamorous into the bargain.

1. Keep it simple

bedroom with dressing table with white walls

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A bedroom should be a restful space, so keep things simple with a chic low-key table like this one. As well as a place to apply make up and take it off before bed, it can also serve as a desk.

2. No space for a table? Try this Ikea hack

dressing table with purse white walls and watch

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

Make tangled necklaces and missing earrings a thing of the past with the ultimate jewellery organiser, which can double as a make-up station with the addition of a mirror.

It's been created by turning Mosslanda shelves upside down so they double as storage space. Screw hooks and eyes into the front and back edges for hanging items, leaving the flat tops free for make-up and accessories.

3. Get more from your chest of drawers

dressing table with white walls and mirror on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Oliver Gordon)

Let's be honest, a dressing table is a luxury that often gets the boot in favour of more substantial storage. Like a chest of drawers. But this hard-working piece of furniture can do even more. Choose one at the right height and it can double as a dressing table. Place a chair nearby so that you can pull it up when you need to 'put your face on'.

4. Think outside the box when it comes to furniture

dressing table mirror and white walls

(Image credit: Future PLC/Rachael Smith)

The owner of this house was looking for a dressing table that would fit in a restricted space. But when she couldn't find the right 'traditional' dressing table, she used a console table and kitchen stool instead. Then rather clutter up the tabletop with a box, she came up with an ingenious hanging station for jewellery.

Nervous of getting your mirror height right? Rather than hang it, rest it on your table.

5. Go for a fun look that will inspire your big night out

blue walls bedroom with dressing table

(Image credit: Future PLC/Dominic Blackmore)

We adore the bold use of colour in this fun and fabulous bedroom. If this won't get you in the party mood come Saturday night, nothing will! Upcycling a vintage table with a new paint job and pretty handles is a cost-effective way to get this look. The long drawer will provide oodles of storage for blusher, bronzer, shadows and scents.

6. Have a place for everything

dressing table peach wall with mirror

(Image credit: Future PLC/David Brittain)

7. Go glam with glass

grey walls dressing table with mirror on wall

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For full-on Hollywood glamour, you can't go wrong with mirrored bedroom furniture. Up the wow factor even more with a statement mirror – either in a matching look, or framed with film-star bulbs that will help you get your make-up on point!

Buy now: Parisian Mirrored Dressing Table, £199, Very

These examples prove that it really is worth trying to fit in a dressing table if you can. Because as we all know, a little bit of 'me' time can make a big difference.

Amy Cutmore

Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.