Published on February 1st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Modern Hideaway Dressing Table

Modern Hideaway Dressing Table
Modern Hideaway Dressing Table

Materials: Vika Veine, Vika Lage, Sandby, low voltage downlights, mirror, plastic trays, Velcro strips

Description: I really wanted a dressing table for all my girly things…but all the ones in the stores were very old fashioned!

Recently married, all our furniture is pretty new and in a modern chocolate brown, so I wanted something to suit.

Finally, after much Googling…I came up with this design.

- Vika Veine desktop in brown
- Vika Lage legs in chrome
- Sandby seat in white
- Lights from hardware store
- Plastic trays, mirror and Velcro strips from department/discount stores

My husband lovingly put it all together and I absolutely love it!!! The mirror and lights are stuck on using Velcro strips. It sticks perfectly to the felt.

Modern Hideaway Dressing Table
Modern Hideaway Dressing Table
Modern Hideaway Dressing Table

We left the felt pockets (on the right) for my brushes which works really well.

There is a powerboard tucked inside so I can plug in my hairdryer / straightener (hair stuff stored in the Sandby seat).

I love how everything is laid out in front of me…and then can be all hidden away in a flash. The seat perfectly tucks under the table.

The only other thing I would like to do is hide the peeking white cables (from the lights). Still thinking about that one…

Hope you like it! Our first hack :)

~ Jess M, Sydney, Australia

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

52 Responses to Modern Hideaway Dressing Table

  1. Zsolt Bogar says:

    Dear friend!

    Can u send me datas in cm.. or plan how i can make myself at home for my wife Xmas present?
    have data preparation, process?

    wait you soo much ..

    i gave you my mail address.. thanx very


  2. Jessica says:

    I want to do this so bad! I was so upset to find Ikea doesn’t sell this any more. Anyone else have other desks similar to this? I’m in less of a modern space, but I figure I can paint or work with something as needed.

  3. Chris Humphreys says:

    This is a great idea. I thought I would try to do one. The problem is I can’t find this desktop anywhere not even on the IKEA website. Maybe it is discontinued?? Please Help!!

  4. Candice says:

    Love this!! I’m so sad that my IKEA doesn’t carry the Vika Veine right now (or anymore?)…. will have to search for an alternative!

  5. Karon B says:

    This is my favorite IKEA hack. I want one of my own.

  6. drgnflyz says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your vanity hack! I recently inherited a beautiful antique dressing table from my grandmother. My challenge is adding lights around the table without taking away from the antique charm. I don’t like regular ‘makeup mirrors’, they dont provide enough light! Your post inspired my solution. I am going to mount long led strips on a base with hinges from the back sides of the mirror-I will be able to reach around each side and pull the lights out when I need to use them, then tuck them away when done.

  7. Marie Disasi says:

    Hi Jess,

    I have been in the same boat looking for the perfect vanity for years. The one I love is several hundreds of dollars, and not something I envision spending that much money on! I am determined to recreate this awesome vanity you made. Since I am not the most handiest person I could use some pointers. Can you please explain the lights that you bought? How are they powered? Please help…

  8. Anonymous says:

    Do you remember if the side panels had identical holes? I just got this and am wondering if one of my side panels is defective. It has two holes on the top but zero holes on the bottom(the tan side.) (The other side panel has two holes on the top and four holes on the underside.) In case mine is defective, is this something I can take a drill to or do I need to take it back since I’d be drilling 4 new holes entirely?

  9. Baliratih says:

    Hei.. may i ask u the actual and detail size of the table, width, length, height, and also the mirror. We dont have IKEA here in Indonesia, but i love this design so much, so i want to make one :)


  10. Jennieredd says:

    This is ingenuity at its finest. Well done, this is very creative. I’m now going to get my boyfriend to replicate it.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Could you tell me where you got the plastic trays from? My husband bought me the desk and set it up as my Mother’s Day gift. Now, I actually have to organize my junk. Thanks!

  12. Anonymous says:

    i LOVE this! but could you explain how you put it together?

  13. Derek says:

    Awesome! I want to make one of these for my wife. Can I ask what size mirror you used?

  14. Anonymous says:

    The Vika Veine has been around for at least a year now, I have been saving up do this same project for my fiancee as a surprise gift, only to find out that 3 out of the 4 IKEAS in our NY 40 mile range stopped carrying it :( , but still one of them has it! I will post pictures when I make it this weekend!

    PS. Kudos to Jess!

  15. Anonymous says:

    would love to make this when I move into a new apt. does anyone know if the vika veine is just seasonal, or permanent?

  16. Anonymous says:

    This is awesome! I’m going to college in the fall and I’m definitely making this for my dormroom :)

  17. RachylRadd says:

    Any idea on how to get a table like this that folds up completely? So it can be portable? I love love love this hack and I want one bad!!! I have been looking everywhere for something like this and this is the first I have found.
    Thanks for posting it!!!

  18. Soma says:

    Do you know if your husband had any problems with screwing in the legs? I just got one of these, and I’m trying to figure out if I should take a power drill to the darn thing.

    • Jess says:

      He tried using the power drill but it was too big and he couldn’t get close enough because the leg got in the way. He manually screwed them in by hand.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Hi! This is so perfect! Do have a more detailed description of how you guys put the lights and everything on? I’m one of those people who neds to follow directions to a tee lol..LOVE THIS THOUGH!!!

  20. Gulsah says:

    It’s just WOW!Best & the most useful hack I’ve ever seen! Congrats from Istanbul!

  21. kris says:

    I’m loving it. I’m so tired of my MAC train case, with a variety of other make bags, holding my oh so important “war paint”. I’m doing this one this weekend!!!!!!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Awesome!

  23. Anonymous says:

    I think this is just so amazing. I’ve already told send a link to this “hack” to my mom. I think she’ll like it too.
    I think I’ll also put it on my facebook acc!!!

  24. minutedeco says:

    I just discovered your blog. I love all the ideas.

  25. Vera.J says:

    This is brilliant! Best hack I’ve seen on this site!

  26. Anonymous says:

    genius. you’re an effing genius.

  27. Kamianta says:

    I am speechless. You had God’s breeze :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous! I SO want one. Thank you for posting this. I will be making one too! :)

  29. Anonymous says:

    Love it! I shared it on my wall! I would love it if I had someone handy to make this for me. I’m too lazy to do it myself lol

  30. UmiUmi says:

    Love it! I wish i had enough room to have one :)

  31. Jess says:

    Thanks for all your lovely comments!

  32. Anonymous says:

    Like it? I LOVE It!!! Awesome!!!! I want one too!!!! :D Kisses, Helena from Portugal

  33. Mira says:

    It’s great! Love it!

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  35. marox79 says:

    Wow! Awesome dressing table. You could perhaps try to disguise the cables with black fabric, felt or something. Or paint them black?

  36. Dave Azar says:

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  37. Anonymous says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!

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  39. Dionne says:

    Love this one! How smart to do it like this. Looks good and works well. My compliments!

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