Some of us don’t take up much time to get ready for work or a night out, while the rest of us end up making loved ones annoyed with a bunch of excuses on why it took us as long as it did to take a shower. No matter which group you make part of, fact is, we all get to spend considerable time in the bathroom daily.
As a room, it’s gone past the days of utility and turned more into a room of pampering and relaxation. Toilet time aside (we can’t all be like the Brits, we also get to spend a great deal of time around the vanity, brushing teeth, shaving, waxing, fixing the eyebrows, applying skincare products or taking a good look in the mirror, which makes the vanity another rather important feature.
This explains why the bathroom vanity furniture is so versatile nowadays, available in a wide range of designs, styles, like modern, traditional and contemporary to name few with sleek lines, unique details and carvings, plus a variety of sizes and materials, there’s the ideal piece for every taste and needs. And yet, as essential of a piece as it is to our day to day lives, what exactly do we know about the vanity?
For one, though it might seem like the bathroom vanity furniture is a recent piece, its use goes way back in the days before indoor plumbing even existed, but they were part of the bed chambers instead. In those days, the vanity was merely a table with a basin used for washing in the morning and evening; nothing more.
Once indoor plumbing appeared and started improving, it became a separate feature consisting of a basin and countertop, and it was placed in a separate room, the bathroom. One of the first models of this bathroom vanity version was created by Thomas Chippendale cabinetmaker, back in 1762 but at the time it was called toilet table before it could be called a dressing table.
It wasn’t until the Victorian and Edwardian era that the vanity got to become vanity and started getting changes in the design, more ornate and used in a combination with mirrors. We might as well say they were true works of art. Over the following century, the focus shifted towards a simpler design post-war, stripped of the ornate details however still as aesthetic like the modern vanities we know of today. The standard height of vanities also changed, so from those requiring you to hunch, now we have a wide range of heights so the choice is really up to your taste.