Habitat’s clever and stylish Emil Dressing Table is a perfect example of a design that makes me smack my forehead and think “That’s so clever, why hasn’t anyone thought of it before?” Since starting our Small Space Living section, I’m happy to say that I’m writing that pretty regularly. There’s definitely a growing trend towards versatile, multi-tasking pieces of contemporary furniture for small spaces and modern living that are quite brilliant, and help make life just that little bit easier when space is in short supply (check them out here).
But back to the Emil Dressing Table, which has been designed by their in-house team and is exclusive to Habitat. It’s made from a lovely light birch wood and has an extremely striking over-sized mirror which, as well bouncing lots of light around, is super-practical too. No more ducking and bending to see your whole head when drying your hair … you know the kind of thing.
But it’s the addition of a stack of drawers in different heights that I think is so genius and such a good use of space. A lot of dressing tables have more surface area than you really need, and usually just a couple of shallow drawers which are OK for small bits and bobs but really don’t cut it for larger items, or for standing most toiletries and bottles upright. Plus, if you’re really struggling for space for both a dressing table and a chest of drawers as well as wardrobe space, then the Emil Dressing Table can double up for storing clothes too.
Measuring a petite 95.3 cm wide, 142.3 cm high and 35.5 cm deep, the Emil Dressing Table is very compact and, crucially, not too deep so it won’t come too far out into the room. The top of the drawers is the perfect spot for an adjustable lamp, so you can have a bit of task lighting when doing make up or wielding the tweezers –very important.
There’s a matching grey fabric Emil Stool (see top picture) which tucks away neatly underneath the dressing table when not in use, and could also be handy extra seating if you have guests around and you’re short on sofa/armchair space.
Now available online and in-store as part of the new SS15 range, you can find all the details at habitat.co.uk.
Find more contemporary furniture for small spaces in our Small Space Living section:
Small space solutions: the LOFT range from M&S
Top 10: console tables with storage for small spaces
Heal’s Brunel range – covetable contemporary furniture for small spaces
The Dyson V6 Fluffy: the perfect cordless vacuum cleaner for small spaces
Top 10: contemporary home desks for small spaces
Mon Oncle portable barbecue for small outdoor spaces
Top 10: side tables with storage for small spaces
The Conran Ryton lamp from Marks and Spencer