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Dressers Buying Guide

You will spend your money wisely when you pick a solidly made, well-designed dresser. Dressers are the workhorses of the home. They store clothes in the bedroom, or course, but they can also hold hats and mittens in the entry or extra table linens in the dining room. When you buy a dresser for your bedroom, choose one with timeless style, so that years down the road you can place it wherever you have a storage need.

Types of Dressers

Types of Dressers

Unless you have ample drawer storage in a closet-organizing system, you'll need at least one dresser in your bedroom. Many bedroom sets are sold with dressers, but you can also buy them separately based on your needs. A tall person might prefer a 50-inch-tall chest to avoid stooping to reach all the drawers. A couple might like a dresser with two stacks of drawers. Keep the following types in mind, then choose one -- or more -- with the number of drawers you need.


Chests are tall pieces of furniture (reaching chest-high on a person, hence the name) with a single stack of drawers. There are typically at least four drawers in the stack, but there can be many more depending on how tall the piece is and how large or small the drawers are. Most chests have drawers that start at floor level, while others, called highboys, have a stack of drawers held aloft on legs.


Sometimes the term "dresser" is applied to chests as well, but a dresser is really a low, wide piece of furniture that is typically no more than 35 inches tall. It can have a single stack of drawers or side-by-side columns, and it usually has no more than four drawers in a stack. A dresser often comes with a mirror, which can hang on the wall above or be attached to the dresser itself.

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La Fuente Imports

You can organize and sort your clothing to your heart's content with this rustic five-drawer Mexican rustic pine dresser. The flat... top is the ideal place to put a lamp or small bedroom TV. The simple southwestern design goes well with most decor. Made... read more

La Fuente Imports
$629.10 $699.00
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This very affordable rustic Mexican rustic pine dresser has eight drawers to keep your personal clothing organized and easily acce...ssible. The fronts of the drawers are wormwood, and the solid pine has a distressed finish that is very durable. The... read more

La Fuente Imports

This piece of solid pine furniture has a lot of storage space for a very affordable price! Intended for use in a bedroom, but it a...lso works anywhere you need more storage. The southwestern design goes well with many other styles of furniture, and the... read more

La Fuente Imports
$653.40 $726.00
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You'll appreciate the sturdy solid pine construction of this handmade Mexican rustic pine dresser. The large center cabinet and si...x drawers provide plenty of room for all manner of clothing; jeans, sweaters, t-shirts, socks, etc. The hand-forged iron... read more

La Fuente Imports

This extra-large rustic Mexican rustic pine dresser has enormous storage space in twelve drawers to keep even the largest clothing... collections organized and easily accessible. The fronts of the drawers feature stylish iron handles and the solid pine... read more

La Fuente Imports

This highboy Mexican rustic pine dresser is on sale and very affordable. The five large drawers have ample room for underwear, swe...aters, jeans, T-shirts, and sweats. Hand made of solid pine by Mexican craftsmen; the exterior has a distressed finish.... read more

Rooms To Go

For simplicity with sleek style - and plenty of storage - choose the Belcourt dresser. Contemporary styling is achieved with clean... lines and straightforward design. Six roomy drawers are constructed using French and English dovetailing for strength and... read more

Rooms To Go

For a bedroom essential with contemporary appeal, consider the City View dresser. It features upholstered drawer fronts with contr...ast stitching detail. Felt lined top drawers protect delicate items, while drawers below provide plenty of storage. The... read more

Rooms To Go

Clean lines and multiple storage drawers make the Gardenia dresser a contemporary bedroom essential. A convenient slide out tray o...ffers a handy place for jewelry and small accessories. The dresser is made of pine solids with a brushed black finish;... read more

Rooms To Go

Traditional design and a cherry finish define the Laurel View dresser. It is crafted of wood solids and oak and ash veneers. Seven... roomy drawers, assembled with French and English dovetail joints and metal side glides, are accented with burnished brass... read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Of course you want a dresser that looks nice, melds with or matches the other furniture in the room, and fits the space you have devoted to it. But beyond its looks, a dresser should be well made. After all, you'll be opening and closing the drawers several times a day for the entire time you own it. Quality dressers can even be handed down through a family's generations, so choose wisely.

Wood Quality & Finish

Check the piece's tags or ask a knowledgeable sales person: What kind of wood is the dresser made from, and was it kiln-dried? A dresser made from a hardwood, such as oak or walnut, will resist dings better than a softwood such as pine. There are also different strengths of particleboard, which is pressed-together chips of wood, so knock on the side of the dresser with your knuckles to listen for a deep, solid sound; this will indicate a hard material. Additionally, wood that is kiln-dried is aged to be strong and hardy. Next, check the overall finish. Does it cover just the drawer fronts, or does it also cover the drawer sides so when you pull them out you see nicely finished wood? Is the finish on the top of the piece, where you’ll rest watches, phones, keys, and other scratchy items, sealed and protected?


The hardware on the dresser includes knobs and pulls on the fronts of the drawers, which should be securely attached and attractive. It also includes the mechanisms that let you pull the drawers out, called drawer slides or guides. Check the quality of these by pulling out drawers several times. They should slide easily without derailing or getting stuck. Some drawers on high-end dressers have soft-close mechanisms, which close the drawer for you. Drawer stops are important features for a dresser in a child's room and for deep drawers holding heavy items. The stop prevents the drawer from extending all the way out of the dresser, causing the dresser to tip forward.

Construction & Materials

Quality dressers are finished nicely even in spots you don't always see. For example, the sides of the drawers will be stained to match the rest of the dresser. The back of the dresser will be the same wood as the sides and front; if you are planning to float the dresser at the end of the bed or in a place where the back will be seen, check for this finishing detail. Also, pull the drawers out completely and look at how the corners are constructed. With constant use, the corners of a drawer bear the most strain and can pull apart. Are the corners securely attached? Interlocking dovetail joints are ideal but not always available.


Always check the dresser against the items you want to store. A tall man will need drawers deep enough for his large-size sweaters. A woman might want shallow lingerie-size drawers. Think about what you want to store -- even measure a pile of your clothes -- before you go shopping.

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$303.99 $379.99
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Find Drawers And Chests at! Sleek retro styling transforms your bedroom with the Mid Century Modern 6 Drawer Chest. Thi...s dresser has four sturdy drawers with subtle silver drawer pulls. The chest of drawers sits upon a retro leg pedestal.... read more

Dresser: Mid Century Modern 4 Drawer Chest
$617.40 $882.00
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Find Drawers And Chests at! The Grafton, Bowfront 6-Drawer Dresser with Arched Pulls in Walnut is the perfect union of ...contemporary and classic design and style. Boasting an elegantly bowed profile, rich walnut finish and 6 spacious drawers,... read more

Dresser: Grafton Bowfront 6-Drawer Dresser with Arched Pulls - Walnut
Abbyson Living
$699.99 $899.99
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Find Drawers And Chests at! Tuck away linens and clothing in this gorgeous Abbyson Living Valencia 5 Drawer Chest ? Bro...wn. Constructed of durable hardwood with a beautiful espresso finish, this tall chest looks great in both traditional and... read more

Dresser: Abbyson Living Valencia 5 Drawer Chest
Hayz Global
$263.99 $329.99
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Find Drawers And Chests at! Beauty and functionality combine to make this spacious dresser. Four generous drawers ample space for organizing everything from sweaters to socks. With this addition to your bedroom, it's easy to keep... read more

Dresser: Freeman 4 Drawer Dresser - Brown
$486.06 $769.00
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South Shore - Dressers - 31700103PKG - South Shore Breakwater 6 Drawer Double Dresser in Pure Black FinishThe Breakwater Double Dr...esser is constructed from laminated engineered wood with a pure black finish. This double dresser features six large... read more

South Shore Breakwater Dresser with Chest and Nightstand Set in Pure Black
South Shore
$229.95 $309.00
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Finish: Pure Black South Shore Vito 6 Drawer Double Dresser Make your bedroom a comforting haven with the Vito dresser. It solves ...the problem of bedroom storage while adding beauty and rich color to your living space. Straight, clean lines are softened... read more

South Shore Vito 6 Drawer Double Dresser 3170010 Finish: Pure Black
Lang Furniture
$419.99 $569.00
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Finish: Desert Pine Lang Furniture Madison 7 Drawer Dresser Features: -7 drawers.-Deluxe metal roller glides with safety stops for... continuous support and durability.-Front raised drawer with sturdy silver pulls.-Engineered wood with photo wood grain... read more

Lang Furniture Madison 7 Drawer Dresser LTL-MAD-748 Finish: Desert Pine
Wildon Home
$599.99 $862.00
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Wildon Home Applewood 6 Drawer Dresser Features: -Contemporary style.-Six drawers.-Wood veneers and solids.-Chamfered trim, clean... lines, tapered feet.-Smooth veneered tops with straight edges.-Rich Deep Cappuccino finish.-Collection:... read more

Wildon Home  Applewood 6 Drawer Dresser 400183

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