Is your dresser littered with stray earrings and perfume bottles? Your entryway clutter with a jumble of keys, coins, hand lotions, and lip balms? Or perhaps it’s your bathroom counter that’s cluttered with your favorite skincare and cosmetics?
No matter what surface in your space needs organizing, a decorative vanity tray will do just the trick. While most people think of trays as a means for serving food, they’re equally helpful in tidying up small objects like jewelry, perfume bottles, candles, plants, and other small decorative items.
We’ve curated a list of the best vanity tray selections for organizing everyday objects on your dresser, vanity, bathroom counter, coffee table, or nightstand. Whether you’re tidying up your everyday beauty products or putting your most splurge-worthy perfumes and jewelry on display, they’re sure to add a luxurious touch to your space.
What is a Vanity Tray?
A vanity tray is designed to hold your small personal items like perfume, everyday jewelry, lipstick, hairbrush, and tweezer. It is a great tool to keep your personal items organized and uncluttered so you can easily reach them when needed.
While vanity trays are typically used next to bathroom sinks, you can also use them on nightstands, coffee tables, or entrance console tables. Depending on the tray material and size, you can also use it as a bottle holder and display your glassware out in the open.
The 15 Best Vanity Trays for Organizing Your Countertops and Adding Style to Your Home
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You can’t go wrong with a classic gold mirrored vanity tray— or two with this matching set from Mercer41. The sleek rectangular metal trays have a reflective mirrored surface that adds a timeless, glamorous feel to your countertop. The luxurious gold trim adds elegance, while the mirrored base helps your treasures inside to pop, no matter where they’re placed.
For a classic look, place the decorative set on a bathroom counter, dresser, or vanity tray to hold decorative perfume bottles, jewelry, and small beauty products like nail polish bottles or lipstick tubes. Or use the mirrored trays to give your living room a vintage feel and keep your coasters, candles, and small potted plants tidy on your coffee table.
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West Elm’s Foundations Metal Brass Trays are simple yet surprisingly impactful. The shiny rectangular trays are perfect for showing off your favorite aesthetically packaged cosmetics and everyday jewelry. Choose from two convenient sizes: a small square catchall for rings and earrings and a large rectangular tray for perfumes and cosmetics.
Made from stainless steel with a polished brass finish, West Elm’s Foundations Metal Trays complement a wide range of decor styles. The versatile catchalls are also available in a polished nickel finish.
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Vanity trays don’t have to be overly decorative. They can be clean and modern too. The minimalist design of Rebrilliant’s Paige Acrylic Vanity Tray adds a contemporary touch to any bathroom counter. It’s made from thick-gauge, crystal clear acrylic with self-adhesive rubber grips on the bottom that protect your counters from scratches and keep the tray from sliding around.
While the clear acrylic tray looks stunning on its own, it offers the perfect canvas for DIY-ing your own unique design. Simply line the bottom of the tray with self-adhesive design paper to create a look that’s all your own. As your tastes change, so can your vanity tray!
If your boho bedroom or bathroom is filled with wood and woven accents, you’ll love this Rattan and Acrylic Vanity Tray from Williams Sonoma Home. The woven cane rattan texture and clear acrylic base blend classic coastal-inspired home decor with modern design.
While the small catchall adds style to a bathroom counter all on its own, it looks even more eye-catching when coordinated with other pieces from Williams Sonoma’s Rattan and Acrylic Collection. Complete your bathroom set with the matching soap dispenser, sink-side dish, and bath tissue holder.
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While many marble-finish vanity trays are made from cheap plastic or resin, the Lagom House Natural Marble Decorative Tray is carved from genuine marble stone. Choose from a light Cloud Grey or rich Bright Black color. Thanks to the natural materials, each one features a one of a kind marble pattern.
The multi-purpose organizer has a rectangular shape with a lipped edge to keep jewelry, lipstick, and other small objects neatly inside. It’s equipped with four rubber pads to prevent the tray from scratching delicate countertops and slipping on wet bathroom surfaces. Plus, it comes complete with a free wiping cloth for easy cleaning.
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Small vanity trays are often called catchalls because of their uncanny ability to contain all your small objects in one convenient place. They’re the perfect size for keeping your jewelry organized on a bedside table or bathroom counter, or even next to the kitchen sink.
When it comes to catchalls, Pottery Barn’s Agate Stone Catchall offers the perfect balance of style and function. It’s carved from a semiprecious agate slice that’s polished by hand and cast in resin to protect it from dings and scratches. The slightly concave surface makes it ideal for small items like keys, jewelry, eyeglasses, and coins.
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Is your bathroom counter in need of serious organization? Use Threshold’s Vertical Glass and Metal Vanity Organizer to keep your everyday makeup organized in style. The small rectangular tray features three individual compartments that minimize clutter and streamline your makeup routine.
The sleek bathroom organizer features a clear glass base and sides joined by an iron frame with a copper finish. In addition to this compact 3-compartment style, Threshold also offers coordinating decorative makeup caddies in other convenient multi-compartment designs.
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Give your favorite perfume bottles and family heirlooms the regal display they deserve with the Emily and Meritt Crown Tray from PBteen. The glamorous round serving tray features a crown-shaped rim with a hand-applied gold finish and a shiny mirrored base that compliments decorative glass bottles and small metal objects.
The glimmering catchall was designed exclusively for PBteen by celebrity stylists and fashion designers Emily Current and Meritt Elliott. It looks particularly cute paired with princess-themed decor in a kid’s room or bathroom.
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Decorative trays aren’t just for displaying your perfume bottles and daily skincare routine; they’re also a stylish way to organize spirit bottles on a bar cart or serve drinks and appetizers at a dinner party. Additionally, larger vanity trays can be placed on a tabletop or coffee table to hold coasters, candles, plants, and other decorative objects.
This Copper Finish Decor Tray from Hearth and Hand with Magnolia is versatile enough to be used for just about anything. Its large size, round shape, and convenient handles make it a practical choice for using as decorative serveware or organizing your living room coffee table.
The multi-purpose decorative tray is made from sturdy aluminum with an antique copper finish that adds interest and shine. While it pairs well with vintage-inspired decor styles, it brings an unexpected touch to farmhouse style interiors too.
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Looking for something that’ll really stand out on your bathroom counter or bedside table? West Elm’s mesmerizing Decoupage Geo Trays will do just the trick! With a range of shapes and prints to choose from, you can mix and match catchalls to create the perfect organizational solution for your space.
Each of the small trays is made from decoupage glass with a metallic geometric print. Their slightly curved shape ensures everything stays nice and organized inside. Plus, the simple glass materials make them easy to wipe clean with a regular damp cloth when they get dusty.
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Tiita’s tantalizing Two-Tier Bathroom Countertop Organizer offers a unique take on a classic round catchall. The larger bottom tier is the perfect size for small perfume bottles, lipstick tubes, and nail polish, while the smaller upper tray is ideal for rings, earrings, and necklaces. Or use them to creatively display bitesize snacks or desserts at a birthday party or afternoon tea.
The decorative tray is made from high-quality galvanized metal with a shiny gold or rose gold finish. Its clean lines and vintage-inspired look are sure to complement any bathroom counter or dresser top.
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Though Williams Sonoma’s Olivewood Coutnertop Tray was designed to be used in your kitchen, it looks equally as impressive on the back of a toilet or on top of your nightstand. Each tray is handcrafted from natural olivewood, giving it a unique grain pattern that makes it one of a kind.
The small rectangular tray has raised sides that keep contents securely inside during storage, serving, or display. Its wooden texture and natural color make the perfect pairing for boho design styles and woodsy cabin-inspired spaces.
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If you’re searching for a simple vanity tray that complements your minimalist design style, you can’t beat this simple black sink dish from Black Marble And Brass Vanity Tray. Its sleek round shape and solid brass trim make it ideal for holding lotions, jewelry, and accessories next to the bathroom sink.
The Black Marble And Brass Vanity Tray are made from black marble and solid brass for a modern, contemporary look. Complete your bathroom decor with the rest of the Marble And Brass Bath Collection, like their round storage container, toothbrush holder, and the tissue box cover.
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Fun and fabulous, this cream and gold Lip Valet Tray is perfect for an eclectic style or modern home. Perfect for displaying at the entryway table to hold keys or as a bedside catchall for your jewelry and accessories.
The classic Lips Valet Tray is crafted in posh porcelain in cream and gold. It features three posh puckers and a leather valet tray shape.
Inspired by the rococo style, this Wildwood Gold Solid Brass Abstract Vanity Tray is a great antique piece. It features an embossed floral pattern in the center and intricately carved scroll and leaf motif details. This exquisitely handled tray is crafted of solid brass with an antique patina. Perfect to use as a vanity tray or as a practical choice for use as decorative serveware. Display on a sideboard or table to bring a hint of charm and romance to your dining or formal living area.
How to decorate a vanity tray
There are many ways to decorate a vanity tray so it can bring a homey feel to wherever you display it. Some of these ways include adding a candle, a mini vase with flowers or greens, tiny succulents, or a single piece of flower like peonies to add a pop of color.
What to put on a vanity tray
Vanity trays are a great tool to hold small items like perfume bottles, lipstick, hairbrush, tweezer, jewelry, and accessories.