Habitat Emil Dressing Table in BedroomHabitat’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 now.  The trend for versatile, multi-tasking pieces of contemporary furniture for small spaces and modern living is gathering pace.  Which is brilliant news.  Because, quite simply, well-designed furniture for small living spaces makes life just that little bit easier (you can find our Small Space Solutions section here).

Emil Dressing Table from HabitatBut 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 might be OK for a few small bits and bobs, but they really don’t cut it for larger items.

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.

Emil Dressing Table detail with brass lampMeasuring a petite 95.3 cm wide, 142.3 cm high and 35.5 cm deep, the Emil Dressing Table is very compact indeed.  Crucially, it’s also 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 it could also be handy extra seating if you have guests around and you’re short on sofa space or need an extra chair around the dining table.

The compact Emil Dressing Table is available online and in-store , you can find all the details at habitat.co.uk.

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