Vanities Buying Guide

Women of any age enjoy a luxurious vanity space to call their own. And men benefit from vanities, too, because they free up precious bedroom space.

Types of Vanities

Types of Vanities

Vanities really haven't changed much since they became popular in Victorian Era homes -- they still look like small desks, with drawers for toiletries and a mirror to check one's appearance. There are a few differences among today's vanities. Here are the types.

Attached Mirrors

Many vanities have mirrors that attach to the back of the vanity. The mirror attaches with two wood bars that screw to the vanity and the mirror; some are visible in the gap between the mirror and the table surface, and others are hidden. The size of the mirror and the height it needs to be to frame your face determines where it's positioned.

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Asstd National Brand
$750.00

Create a comfortable surrounding in your bedroom with this vanity and mirror featuring a rustic, inviting design. mahogany and eng...ineered wood construction butt-joint joinery 3 drawers with side metal glides 46Wx18Dx55"H assembly required; Phillips... read more

$162.71

Prepare for your day by completing your morning routine at this complete vanity set. This vanity set features cherry finish, table... with drawer, tri-folding mirror and coordinating stool. This 3-piece vanity set is a great addition to your bedroom or... read more

$162.71

Prepare for your day by completing your morning routine at this complete vanity set. This vanity set features cherry finish, table... with drawer, tri-folding mirror and coordinating stool. This 3-piece vanity set is a great addition to your bedroom or... read more

Luxe by Deluxe Vanity
$224.25

Adorn your entryway, living room or bedroom with this gorgeous framed mirror to incorporate a hint of contemporary style into your... decor. Blend the sleek grey color of this mirror's frame into most neutral or dark color schemes. Framed in durable wood... read more

Modern Marketing Concepts Inc.
$339.99

This traditionally styled, elegant Vista Vanity includes 3 easy-glide drawers, a generous countertop, and an adjustable, beveled m...irror in a crisp white finish. It's a perfect choice for any bedroom or dressing room, and any style of décor. read more

Venetian Gems
$159.99 $114.45

Dimensions: 14.5W x 10.5H inches. Mirror is hand-etched, cut, beveled, and polished. Hand-cut Venetian-style mirror has a wood bac...king. Simple and elegant with beautiful hand-etching. Each piece can be replaced separately if necessary. Includes hanger for easy wall hanging. Simple in its elegance and beauty the Queen Vanity Tabletop Venetian Mirror is a gorgeous addition to any home decor. Whether you decide to place this mirror in your bedroom hallway or living room the charm of 16th and 17th century Venice goes with it. Each hand-cut mirror piece is assembled separately and attached to the wood backing with a tiny screw and rosette cover making the mirrors unique in that each piece can be replaced if necessary. read more

Home Styles
$363.49 $327.14

Add an elegant touch to your bedroom or sitting area with thismahogany vanity set from Home Styles. This wood vanity set featuresp...lenty of drawer and tabletop space to keep your makeup, jewelryand other grooming essentials organized and at the ready.... read more

Home Styles
$467.98 $397.78

Sophisticated, high styled, Vision Vanity with Mirror. Delivered to your door via parcel post service. Crafted of mahogany solids ...and engineered wood. The Smokey-aged look of the mirror drawer fronts are accented by a Silver/Gold Champagne finish. Two... read more

Broyhill
$1562.40

The Lyla vanity and mirror set features framed moldings and a distressed finish to create an antique feel With geometric shapes ad...orning the vanity and detailed carvings on the turned legs the vanity displays a bold look that enhances any home enviro... read more

Convenience Concepts
$196.16 $188.73

The classy yet contemporary styling of the gold coast mirrored desk Vanity will bring new life to any space. The glass mirror inla...y pairs perfectly with the silver finish fir wood base. The faux crystal drawer pulls bring the look together giving you access to the two drawers providing concealed storage. Look for other pieces from the gold coast collection sold separately. read more

Home Styles
$376.49 $320.02

Combine clean lines with custom made drawer pulls in a satin white painted finish and you have the inspiration for the Newport Col...lection. Delivered to your door by parcel post service. Crafted from mahogany solids and engineered woods, with recessed... read more

Home Styles
$372.49 $316.62

Combine clean lines with custom made drawer pulls in a satin black painted finish and you have the inspiration for the Prescott Co...llection. Delivered to your door by parcel post service. Crafted from mahogany solids and engineered woods, with recessed... read more

Separate Mirrors

Other vanities have separate mirrors meant to be hung on the wall. The mirror hangs from picture wire on a secure nail or hook.

Sit-Down Style

The most common type of vanity is the sit-down desk. A small chair or stool pulls up to the kneehole, which is flanked by towers of drawers. The table surface may be smooth, or it may have raised portions to accommodate more drawers or cubbies. Because of all the liquids kept on a vanity, the top surface must be protected with a wipeable material such as laminate, glass, polished stone, mirror, or sealed wood. Some vanities have mirrors that pop up out of the table surface. Another version of the sit-down style resembles an armoire: a tall cabinet with doors that open to reveal the table surface and mirror.

Stand-Up Style

The less-common stand-up style vanity is handy when your morning routine is rushed or you don't want to wrinkle your clothes sitting down. These may be towers, armoires, or raised traditional vanities with high table surfaces. The same features are included: a mirror, plenty of drawers, and a protected work surface.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

When you are shopping for a vanity, look for these features.

Basics

The basic components of a vanity set include the vanity, a chair or stool sized for the kneehole, and a mirror.

Extra Features

There's a lot of extra razzle-dazzle available in a vanity, too. Some come with holes for cords, MP3-player docks, surge protectors, or charging stations. For practical reasons, you might want heat-resistant caddies for hot hair straighteners and curling irons. You might want a mirror framed in makeup lights, a magnifying mirror, or a mirror partitioned with angled sides for better viewing. Some vanities also come with locking felt-lined drawers for storing jewelry.

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