6 Tips for Choosing the Right Dresser

A dresser is both practical and will enhance your room.
6 Tips for Choosing the Right Dresser

Last update: 29 April, 2019

Choosing the right dresser doesn’t have to be complicated if you consider the 6 tips we’re going to show you below. 

This choice is important because, well, all of our furniture is important. But this is even truer when it comes to storage spaces. 

We all like to have the house in order. In order to do that, you need a place to store everything from food to clothes and toiletries or bathroom accessories.

That’s why choosing furniture that’s both decorative and functional for storage is important.

One piece of furniture that you’ll absolutely need in your home is a dresser.

What are dressers?

Before giving you the 6 tips that will help you choose your ideal dresser, we want to make it clear what a dresser is.

Of course, it’s a piece of furniture with drawers that are generally used to store clothes, accessories or other objects.

Second, you have to be able to distinguish between dressers and clothes chests. Although they are very similar pieces of furniture and the terms are interchangeable.

The difference lies in the size.

While dressers are wide and not very tall, clothes chests are taller than they are wide. The latter piece of furniture is best for places with little space.

right dresser

Now that we’ve made that clarification, we’ll move on to the tips that will help you choose the ideal dresser.

How to choose the ideal dresser: 6 basic tips

1. Where to put it

Like all the furniture in the house, the dresser has to have a specific space.

This doesn’t mean that you can’t move it later. But when you buy a dresser you should think about which room you want it for as well as what its purpose will be.

Usually, dressers are used in:

  • the master bedroom: they give elegance and another surface that you can decorate with a vase and flowers or some picture frames.
  • children’s bedrooms
  • the dining room or kitchen: this type of furniture is great in the dining room or kitchen because its functions can vary according to your tastes. It can be a storage place for silverware or tablecloths and it can also work as a minibar.
  • the living room: the really special thing about putting a dresser in the living room is that it can be large, colorful and spacious. So it can be a great decorative piece. It will look even more beautiful with a lamp on top.

Needless to say, it’s important to take into account the place where you’re going to put the dresser. Remember that to get the most out of the dresser, you shouldn’t put too many other items in the same area.

2. Size and shape

Choosing the ideal dresser also means choosing the right size and shape. 

Like we said before, dressers are characterized by being wide and not very tall.

They usually have a single row of drawers that are almost always double-handled. This is the traditional type, but you can find a variety of others on the market.

The most modern have striking designs and chic designs.

If you are daring and you like something different, look for a dresser with an eclectic design.

Where you decide to put it will also influence the size. For example, there are children’s dressers that are smaller than normal so they’ll fit in the room.

3. Color

The color of the dresser will depend, to an extent, on the chromatic range in the room that it will be in. 

To accommodate this, there are dressers in all different colors. From the simplest ones to more daring and modern combinations.

Another option is to buy an old dresser and restore it. 

One trend that is often used is to paint a classic dresser a more striking color but to keep the worn corners.

There are also some dressers with colored drawers.

You can have a lot of fun when choosing the color.

4. Material

Choosing the ideal dresser is also linked to the choice of material. 

  • wood: this is the most classic. It’s also the heaviest and most durable if it’s good quality wood.
  • metallic: these look like lockers and are ideal for an industrial or even rustic style.
  • DM Lacquered: this is a lighter material that imitates wood. It comes in many different colors.
  • combination of materials
  • wicker: wicker chests are great for beach or country houses.

5. Style

There are as many dresser styles as there are decorative styles.

The best way to choose the right dresser is to go by the decorative style that’s in the room where the dresser will be put.

There are the Nordic, industrial, rustic, vintage and classic styles.

6. Where to buy it

There are many large stores that are dedicated to selling furniture for homes.

It’s a good idea to visit these stores because it will give you a real sense of what’s available on the market. However, we encourage you to buy online.

There are many online stores that sell real treasures, many of them are limited editions or even made to measure. 

Another option that we love is visiting a flea market or a second-hand store. This is especially true if you want vintage pieces of furniture that can be restored. 


As you can see, choosing the right dresser isn’t a difficult task. You just have to be clear on some aspects like where you’re going to put it, the style you want and the size. 

Dressers are important pieces of furniture. Not only do they serve as decoration, but they’re also multifunctional.