As a lover of interior design and particularly bathroom décor, loving vanity tables is just natural to me. I also love make up and went to cosmetology school. So, I don’t know that there is a piece of furniture in the whole house that I love more than my vanity make up table. In my home, I spend a great deal of time seated at mine, which happens to be right at the foot of my bed.
When I became a high end bedroom and bathroom designer and decorator I knew that I would use my knowledge and expertise in furniture to help my clients make decisions but I was shocked at how little the average person knew about purchasing furnishings for their home. They felt overwhelmed and unsure. They didn’t know what colors looked good in their home; they were completely unaware of what size pieces that they needed. They seemed confused and unprepared.
That is why I started this site. I wanted to help people make the best possible furniture decisions with no pressure and no strings attached. It is a big decision because you will likely see it every day. As a matter of fact, you will likely sit right at it and stare into its mirror almost every single morning.
When purchasing any piece of furniture you want to make sure that you are going to love it. Furniture doesn’t get changed out every season like a new sweater or an old pair of boots. Furniture choices matter and we have to live with them for a very long time.
Therefore, you have to be able to love it for a long time. But, with the economy the way that it has been, people are always in search of a deal. We are all living on budgets.
The truth is, if you want a cheap vanity table, I will give you advice on which ones to purchase that are actually still pretty high quality and attractive. I understand that not everyone has huge furnishing budgets for their homes. But, a cheap vanity table doesn’t have to be an ugly or rickety old thing. There is a middle ground. And, I will discuss, in this article, how to find it.
However, I do want to say that I hate when women cheap out on their vanities while the rest of the home is furnished beautifully, because it demonstrates a lack of self-care that bleeds into other areas of a person’s life and psyche. If you love doing your makeup and hair then you deserve a nice place to do it. So, have fun and pick something that you feel excited about. You deserve it.
One great way to save money is to purchase something that you will assemble yourself. Ordering from a reputable site and purchasing a piece that is made of decent quality pieces will make putting it together on your own much less stressful. All of the vanities that we will discuss in this article do require assembly. But, they are also from great companies with awesome customer service and made of durable materials. You should not have a difficult time getting the pieces together and the savings is well worth a little extra work. At least, I know that that is the case for me.
Cheap Vanity Table Reviews
1. Crown Mark Iris Vanity Table with Beige Seat
Inexpensive, small, cute and feminine. Those are the best words to describe this vanity. It is perfect for a little girl’s room and would also be great for a small apartment where space is at a premium. Vanity tables can become a bit of a space killer if you are not careful. Most of us do need and a vanity table, and often even more so in small apartments where bathroom counter space is sparse. But, this little gem won’t take up too much room and it’s super, super cute.
There are color choices, meaning that you can get the color or stain that best suits your home. It is a great value for the money but is not a long-term piece, more than likely. This is not the kind of furniture piece that you will pass down through generations. But, if you are looking for a good deal, then this little cutie is perfect for you and your home. It is always most important that you know what you want and need. As we move on, you will see that there are pros and cons to every vanity table described here so all that you need to do is find the one that works for you. It is not a one-size fits all endeavor and there are no right or wrong answers. That’s what shoppers need to know in order to feel empowered. And, I am here to empower you.
2. Bobkona Jaden Collection Vanity Set with Stool
This set is elegant and traditionally designed with beautiful curves and a 3-piece mirror. It comes in a wide variety of colors. It is a bit more of an investment than the first vanity we discussed but it makes sense for someone who wants a more substantial piece of furniture for a traditional bedroom or bathroom. The bench stool is also classic and elegant.
You can choose between a paisley print or a solid color for your bench upholstery, making the set highly customizable.
3. Furniture of America Doris 2-Piece Vanity and Stool Set
This is about the same price as vanity # 1 but much larger. The design is a bit modern with mirrors that have an offset look. The lines are clean and the piece is well-built and easy to assemble. However, it looks a bit more like an end table than a vanity to some.
Again, it is very plain. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your point of view. If you want it to blend into the room and not call attention to itself then this is definitely the right choice. And, there is no reason that you should choose something ostentatious or expensive if it doesn’t fit your needs. Traditional, simple furniture is often a practical and smart choice.
Available in 3 colors, it comes with a stool and 3 mirrors. It is a piece that you will not be sorry about purchasing. But, do remember that it is a less expensive vanity and may not be quite as durable. This is probably not a family heirloom, if you know what I mean.
4. Coaster Vanity Table Set
A vanity table like this is perfect for the bohemian home but could also be used in a more elegant or traditional home. It would look amazing decorated with fresh plants, and adorned with brightly colored make up and perfume bottles. Another inexpensive choice, you can be confident that this is more durable than a cheaper wood set. The wrought iron construction isn’t going to wear down in the same way. The glass top is easy to clean and there is no finish to ruin.
The swirly designs and cute little bench create a fun, unusual, but still classic look. This is the perfect vanity for a bedroom or bathroom that needs something just a little special – a piece that will start conversations.
Who is this perfect for? If you love something a bit different, a bit hippie-ish, but still pretty, then this just may be the piece of furniture for you. If you love the eclectic, somewhat funky look then this is the vanity for you. You are not a traditional furniture lover and you need something that will match your personality. After all, that is what life is all about, right?
5. Bobkona St. Croix Collection Vanity Set with Stool
This is the most expensive vanity set on our list, and there is a reason for that. It is beautiful, elegant and well-built. But, it is not for every house or for every buyer. This is suited to a larger room and will take up a substantial amount of space. It could easily overwhelm a tiny bathroom or a small bedroom. It is an investment, however, that you can take along with you from home to home.
The round stool is really quite beautiful and the legs have been artfully carved creating an amazing silhouette. The price of this piece is offset by its high quality and beautiful design. But, if you are looking for a piece to only last you a year or two there are better choices for you on this list. This one will cost you more than any of the others and, of course, it is worth every penny. But, as we have talked about before, sometimes our budgets simply are tighter than we would like. Don’t feel let down. You can still buy an amazing vanity.
Again, there are up sides and down sides to each vanity table described here so all that you need to do is discover the one that works for you. It is not a one-size fits all undertaking and there are no exact or right decisions. There are only your preferences.
6. Roundhill Furniture Ashley Wood Make-Up Vanity Table & Stool Set
This design is decidedly girly and gives off a fairy tale vibe. You can just imagine the evil stepmother staring into the mirror, can’t you? But, this table is not just pretty. It is also very practical and large. This piece can accommodate a large make up collection and a ton of hair products. All of the little drawers make it easy to keep your stuff organized.
The white color is perfect for a little girl’s room and the cherry wood finish is beautiful for a master suite. But, whichever you choose, you will surely find that this piece catches your eye when you enter the room. It is not something that you will stick in the corner and it will blend in.
This is a fun conversation piece. For sure. But, it’s also not weird or over the top. It isn’t quite as unique as the wrought iron piece which means that it will blend with more décor styles but it is not a plain Jane piece either.
How to choose a Makeup Vanity Table
When choosing your new table, consider the following 20 questions:
- How large is it? Will it fit in your space?
- How much does it cost? Does it fit within your budget?
- Is it for an adult or child? How large, durable, or ornate is it?
- How many drawers do you need or want? Do you need a lot of storage or none? Do you prefer the sleek look with no drawers?
- What types of finishes would look good in your home? Do you want to go with a stained wood or are you interested in a solid color like white or black?
- Do you like the way it looks? It may fit the style of your home but still not be something that you love. Do you think you will like using the vanity every day?
- Do you like the way it looks in your own home?
- Do you think you will like it for years to come?
- How important is your vanity make up table to you? Are you willing to spend a bit more and get an amazing one? Or, is your budget the most important thing?
- Do you prefer to save money and get a cheap vanity table that will do the job? Are you in the market in one that will last for generations or just through the next few years?
- What types of mirrors does it have?
- Does it have enough storage?
- Who will be using it? A girl, a woman, an actress, or a dancer?
- How often will it be used?
- How many pieces is it?
- Is assembly required? Are you capable of putting it together on your own, or will you need to ask for help from friends or family?
- Does it suit my home’s style and design?
- Is your space large enough to accommodate the one that you love or do you need to think smaller?
- What type of seating does it have?
- Is this a possible family heirloom that you hope to pass down?
Once you have gone over those questions, your decision should be much easier. But, if you are still having trouble deciding I always recommend asking a friend for their opinion. Sometimes, friends or family may think of things that you had not. They also tend to know our style better than we know our own, at times. Have them help you answer the questions above.
Here is a quick chart that you can use to help you to make your decision. Fill out what you want from your vanity and then check the boxes according to whether the vanity meets your specific needs:
As I said earlier, I am not sure that there is a furniture piece in my entire home that I love more than my cute, well-organized vanity. In the whole house, there is truly nothing that I love more than my vanity make up table. Call me crazy but that’s just the truth.
I expected that everyone was like me when I became a designer and decorator I knew that I would use my understanding and skill in regard to furniture to help my clients. But, I did not realize how few of them were equipped to make smart decisions. When buying any furnishings you want to make sure that you are going to adore it. But, we are all living on budgets. It is my sincere hope that I have helped you to feel confident when making your next furniture purchase.
A vanity table is just a part of the bigger picture of your home. It is not the most important decision that you will make in regard to décor or style but it does matter. And, you are shopping for one, assumedly, because you want to spend time making yourself look and feel great. That is a deserving and worthy investment in you.