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Vanity Buying Guide

There are 28 of the best vanity tables that I reviewed for you, enjoy!

1) Poundex Bobkona Susana Tri-fold Mirror Vanity Table | 2) Giantex Bathroom Vanity Table Jewelry | 3) Giantex Tri Folding Mirror Vanity Makeup Table | 4) SONGMICS Vanity Set with Flip Top Mirror Cushioned Stool Makeup Dressing Table | 5) Nexera 221633 Allure Vanity | 6) Harper & Bright Designs Vanity Set Make-up Dressing Table | 7) Frenchi Home Furnishing 3-Piece Vanity Set | 8) Facilehome Vanity Table Mirror Dressing Table | 9) SONGMICS Vanity Table Set | 10) Bobkona F4079 St. Croix Collection Vanity Set with Stool | 11) Coaster Home Furnishings Contemporary 3 Piece Vanity Table Set | 12) Giantex Bathroom Vanity Wooden Makeup Dressing Table Stool Set | 13) Frenchi Furniture Wood 3 Pc Vanity Set | 14) Giantex White Bathroom Vanity Dressing Table Set Mirror | 15) SONGMICS Vanity Set Tri-folding Mirror Make-up Dressing Table | 16) Organizedlife White Vanity Sets | 17) SONGMICS Vanity Set with Mirror and Stool | 18) Bobkona F4072 St. Croix Collection Vanity Set with Stool | 19) Poundex Bobkona Susana Tri-fold Mirror Vanity Table | 20) Oak Wood Vanity With Table & Bench Set | 21) Giantex Bathroom Vanity Makeup Table Set | 22) BEWISHOME Vanity Set with Mirror & Cushioned Stool | 23) Carved Wood Vanity with Mirror | 24) International Concepts Unfinished Vanity Table | 25) Coaster Home Furnishings 204187 Bling Game Collection Vanity Desk | 26) SONGMICS Vanity Set with Flip Top Mirror 2 Drawers Makeup Dressing Table | 27) SONGMICS Vanity Set Tri-folding Mirror Make-up Dressing Table | 28) Linon Jackson Vanity Set |

Having a vanity in the home may seem like a quaint luxury from days gone by, but in fact, vanity tables are quite convenient and do have a place in a modern, hectic world. Some home bathrooms do not have enough storage space for women to keep and use all of their grooming items in one place.

Other bathrooms are spacious enough, but the number of family members who need to use the bathroom may limit the amount of time that a woman gets to spend in this part of the house.

Having a vanity in a bedroom or walk-in closet enables a woman to put on jewelry, apply makeup, and style her hair calmly and gives her a chance to put her best face forward without taking up precious minutes and space in the family bathroom. This guide will discuss how vanities developed as individual pieces of furniture, the different options available when shopping for vanities, and how to find the best one for specific needs.

History of the Vanity

A vanity may also be called a vanity table, makeup table, dressing table, or toilet table. This piece of furniture is considered a variation on a lowboy chest of drawers, with the addition of a mirror to assist in the grooming process. Before indoor plumbing, the bedroom washstand, which held a washbowl and pitcher of water, served as the basic grooming center (with other functions being taken care of separately in a washtub in the kitchen and the outhouse).

The vanity was essentially an evolved hybrid of the washstand and the lowboy. (The vanity-style sink, which features a countertop surface and a cabinet beneath to hide plumbing and create storage, is modeled after the vanity table.) Surely the first makeup tables were for women who could afford jewelry, perfume, and cosmetics, but eventually these furnishings became standard even in middle-class homes.

Sitting at a vanity to put on makeup or fix hair is a much more calming experience than standing in a harshly lit, humid bathroom under a time crunch. Shower dampness can lead to hairstyles that flop and streaky makeup application. Bathrooms also tend to feel hot and uncomfortably sticky in warm weather and cold and damp in winter weather. Exiting the bathroom to sit at a vanity is generally a much more pleasant and efficient experience.

Vanities were popular from their creation in the eighteenth century until later in the twentieth century, when simpler, more modern decorating became more fashionable. The truth is that a vanity can be simple; it does not have to have an ornate design or a ruffled skirted. In fact, many vanities double as desks, making them quite practical pieces of personal furniture for women to own.

Vanity Options

Many people have an image of a frilly dressing table in their head when they think of a vanity, but there are many different vanity looks to choose from, depending on the construction and features, materials used, and overall styling. Buyers should know the options available before making a purchase so they can select a style that complements their home and personal taste.

Vanity Construction and Features

Dressing tables come in different shapes. One popular organic shape is the kidney-shaped vanity. This type of vanity features a rounded countertop with an indentation in the center where a woman takes her seat at the table.

The kidney shape generally has a softer, more feminine look and is often skirted to hide shelves and table legs. It is possible to find drawers in curved makeup tables, but it is less common. The draped fabric can also conceal storage containers and grooming equipment like hair dryers and curling irons.

Rectangular vanities with storage drawers can sometimes look more like desks, which is why the hybrid versions of makeup table and writing table were developed. Drawers may be of a consistent size or be graduated, with shallower drawers near the top to hold smaller items and deeper drawers below.

Some drawers may come with built-in organizers; for example, there may be a special jewelry drawer. Drawers can also hold makeup, fragrances, hair brushes, hair accessories, lingerie, or private treasures like photographs and love letters.

A dressing table without a mirror would not be very useful. Most of the time, the mirror is attached to the table itself and is part of the unit. Mirrors may be elaborately carved, paneled and hinged to allow viewing from different angles, or relatively simple.

Some vanities even have mirrors that flip up from the top, allowing them to be closed during the day when not in use. Any vanity should be topped with a smooth, moisture-resistant surface to protect against spilled lotions and potions.

Last but not least, a stool should come with the vanity. This seat should match the vanity in style and also slide neatly underneath the unit when it is not in use. Stools are typically padded and upholstered for comfort. Some women prefer to switch out the stool for a chair if they need the back support.

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