Every soap opera villianess has one—an ornate dressing table with a huge gold framed mirror where she sits on a cushioned vanity bench, slowly brushing her hair as she plots her revenge on an ex lover. Which is exactly why the minor addition of a vanity bench (also known as a vanity chair or vanity stool depending on the style) to your bedroom or bathroom can add a huge amount of mystique and sexiness to your décor. Besides adding a touch of seduction to your bedroom or bathroom dressing area, a vanity bench also serves a huge purpose; you get to rest your tired feet while you prepare for the long hard day ahead or freshen up for round two out on the town. With or without a stand-alone vanity, for bed or bath, a vanity bench is always a great addition to a room.
Stand-alone vanities serve as a beautiful, practical decoration. Not only can you have all your cosmetics and hair care products in the same place, you don’t have to take up the entire bathroom counter doing it. A luxuriously cushioned vanity bench not only looks great, but also provides comfort while you do your hair and make up. Many types of vanity bench also fold open much like a chest, providing storage space.
Not all bedrooms are big enough to comfortably hold a vanity along with all the other typical bedroom furniture. If your bathroom counter is spacious enough and you have a large hanging mirror behind it, a vanity stool in the bathroom offers the same convenience as a full vanity and vanity bench, without taking up a lot of space. If you have a medium sized room, but still feel crowded with a full sized vanity bench, a vanity chair is the perfect pick.
When looking for the perfect perch for your vanity or bathroom counter, keep in mind the differences between a vanity bench, vanity stool, and vanity chair. A vanity bench offers elegance, style and sometimes storage and can seat more than one person. The bench style does not have any back support though, so if sitting upright without back support is an issue for you, you should probably consider the vanity chair.
The vanity chair, often with decorative cloth patterns, is supportive, comfortable and functional, but can only seat one person. The vanity stool, while taking up the least room, is probably the least comfortable of the three, seating only one person and offering no back support. If you are purchasing a vanity bench for your bathroom or separately from the vanity, be sure to measure the height of the counter in order to get a tall enough seat. If you can’t see the mirror, the vanity bench looses all functionality!