Efficient Spaces: How To Add
A Vanity To A Small Closet
If you have closet space in your home, you're probably using it for storage, to keep a collection of undesirable items out of sight, or just trying to stay organized. There's rarely a closet that's completely empty. However, a round of spring cleaning and a little bit of honesty might have cleared out a closet in a spare bedroom, the bedroom your college kid recently moved out of, or even a linen closet in the hallway. Before you fill the closet with a bunch of other things you want to keep out of sight, try turning it into a fun, practical space like a vanity.
Sitting Or Standing
When given the option of sitting or standing, most would prefer sitting, but it depends on how you plan on using your closet vanity. If it's your backup beautification center or just an on-the-go station for quick touch-ups (which comes in handy on the first floor of two-story homes), the full sit-down setup might not be the best option. Knowing whether you will be sitting down or standing up will change the way you design your vanity. Think about how you plan to use your closet vanity before picking a table, mirror, or beauty organizers like Mason jar bathroom storage.
The most important thing in your small closet vanity will be the mirror. Ideally, the vanity mirror should be more than 18" wide to spaciously accommodate your head space and give you some freedom to move into positions for applying makeup, jewelry, and hair accessories. It should also be positioned to match your height when sitting down. Once you have your table and chair picked out, you can manipulate the mirror before finalizing its position. You'll also be able to get a better sense of how it works with the decor and lighting before you make a commitment.
If the mirror is the most important piece for your vanity, the lighting, especially when designing for a closet, has to be a close runner-up. It's a good idea to test out mirrors and lighting together to see if they complement each other. While it might be tempting to mount marquee lights above your mirror, you'll probably notice that lighting this part of the closet alone will not create the best environment for working on your appearance. If you want the marquee look, remember to line the sides of the mirror as well to provide even lighting. If you have space on the sides of the closet to mount lights at your eye level, you can achieve an effective cross-lighting technique.
White Vs. Yellow
Natural light is definitely the best source for refining your appearance, but chances are your small closet doesn't have a window. The next best thing is to try to simulate the appearance of natural light with an artificial alternative. While tinted lights and yellow lights always give off a vintage or classic look that will make your closet vanity look stylish, they only lead to complications when it comes to applying makeup. Warm white light, even closet-mounted LED motion-sensor lights, provide the spectrum you need to simulate daylight in your closet and serve you any time of day.
Turning an unused closet into a small vanity can add a simple and sophisticated layer of luxury to your home. It's also a practical home addition for those who take care in maintaining their look. Always look your finest with the clothes, beauty products, and more from The Lakeside Collection.