Introduction: Affordable Dressing Table (makeup Vanity)

About: I'm an IT manager, married to a makeup lover and father of a 3 years old lovely daughter. I like to do some DIY from time to time.

I was planning to surprise my girlfriend for a long time with a custom dressing table and I finally did it.

This makeup vanity complies with all the requirements that, in my opinion, this kind of furniture should have:

  • Storage space (as much as possible)
  • Mirror
  • Illumination
  • Not very pricey
  • Handy (no need to stand to take anything)
  • Movable (this is not a must, but is nice to have it)

Step 1: Standing Structure, Table

Then, after buying all the items for the hack (at that moment I realized that the table bar had already the holes for 4 legs, so I changed that from the original design), I started to assemble them. This is a 3-step job:

  1. Standing structure
  2. Mirror and drawers
  3. Shelves

So, first things first, the standing (movable) structure: I drilled out 6 holes in each drawer unit top. They are metallic, therefore be patient and use an appropriate drill bit. This part has to be built upside down; I started screwing the drilled tops to the table bar (it is very important that use washers here) and the adjustable legs.

When tops and legs are screwed to the table is time to assemble the rest of the drawer castors. It is quite straight forward, just remember that the tops are in the bottom and vice versa.

After this, standing structure is ready to put it down so it can support its weight itself. Then adapt the legs to the height of the castors (piece of advice, use a spirit level) and set up the drawers of the castors. As you can imagine this is a simple table with drawers that could be used for a plethora of purposes.

Step 2: Mirror and Drawers

A dressing table needs a mirror, but it also needs loads of space, so let’s add some additional drawers.Before assembling the mirror cabinet, we will put a shelf with drawers screwed to the top of the table. First step would be drill out the shelf’s bottom along with the table and screw them together.

Assembling the rest of the shelf it is just a matter of following the instructions.

As you can see in the picture, the shelf is 1 cm smaller than the table. I have no solution for it, I just leave 0,5cms of difference at each side.

Next step, mirror. In this case, there is no problem if you want to assemble the cabinet first and then drill it out and screw it to the shelf.

Step 3: Side Shelves and Lights

And we have arrived to the most delicate part, the side shelves. In this step the spirit level is absolutely mandatory. First thing is screw the small legs to each shelf. Then we screw the brackets (you can use 1 bracket per shelf but I found easier to level it with 2 brackets) to the cabinet and to the shelf. First you do the bottom ones and then the ones on top.

Finally, we just need to light it up. I went for one of the cheapest solutions, a double-sided tape LED strip, which is an elegant solution but the quality of the light is not very good. If you are not going to use it with natural light I would advise to buy a more proper (and expensive) lighting

Step 4: Links to All the Parts Used

I bought everything in IKEA, here you have a link to every piece of furniture used:
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