Best Dressers

Updated September 2019
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Buying guide for best dressers

Last Updated September 2019

Does your bedroom need a decorative update and improved storage solutions? One way to add some style and organization is with a new dresser. With a broad range of styles, sizes, and materials, you’re spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the perfect dresser.

Dressers are ideal for storing clothing and accessories. Deep drawers have ample room for stacking bulky items like sweaters, and smaller drawers are ideal for socks, belts, or scarves. You can choose from practical, affordable dressers or upscale models with refined designs like hand-carved molding or ornate knobs. As far as construction goes, the more you spend, the better the quality, so for a long-term investment like furniture, it’s worth spending a little more on a dresser that will last.

Whether you need substantial storage or a small complement to your bedroom, our buying guide outlines everything you need to consider when shopping for a new dresser. For our five favorite dressers on the market, see the matrix above.

Dressers are often a decorative focal point. Add an antique lamp or ornate vase for a stylish look that pulls the whole room together.

Key considerations

Dresser styles

Dressers come in a wealth of styles. One of the most common styles is a dresser with a single column of drawers. These dressers may be waist-high or as tall as eye level. Another popular style is the double dresser, which has two symmetrical columns of drawers.

Sideboard-style dressers resemble the formal furniture seen in dining rooms. These styles are often waist-high to accommodate a large mirror. They may also have cabinets and subdivided compartments for a high degree of organization.

Tower dressers, which are often used to store undergarments, are usually chest-high and have a single column of graduated drawers. These dressers tend to have the most drawers and compartments.

Hardware styles

The hardware on dressers may be in the form of knobs or pulls. As these are easily changeable, some consumers purchase simple dressers and change the hardware to achieve a stylish, personalized look.

Instead of hardware, some dressers have grooves or slats, with a gap in the drawer where you place your hand to pull it out. However, many consumers dislike this style because it’s easy for clothes to get dusty.

Assembly

Even some premium dressers require assembly. If the retailer doesn’t offer in-home services, you could hire a professional. However, most dressers are relatively straightforward to assemble. Make sure you have all the necessary tools before starting, like a power tool with screwdriver sets. You can use a regular screwdriver, but an electric screwdriver will cut your assembly time in half.

Designed to keep little ones organized

This versatile children’s dresser is available in six colors to match any decor. It also has six deep drawers to store all your child’s clothing and accessories, including bulky items like sweaters and fleeces. The bottom drawers are ideal for storing soft toys and linens as well. As this dresser is built for a child’s room, it’s designed with safety in mind. It has rounded, soft edges as well as drawer safety mechanisms. Unlike other children’s furniture, this dresser can be used for years without looking too young or being too small.

Features

Materials

Metal dressers are lightweight, minimal, and relatively inexpensive but do not give a classic dresser look like wood dressers.

When it comes to wood dressers, there are dozens of different wood types to choose from, including mahogany, oak, maple, beech, and pine. In fine furniture, more expensive woods like walnut, cherry, and teak are often used.

If you find a wood dresser at a low price, it might not be solid wood. Inexpensive wood dressers incorporate lightweight wood composite or particleboard to keep the price down. Often the inside of the drawers, back panel, or floor of the dresser may be made of wood composite or particleboard.

Drawers

Well-constructed dressers feature track systems that promote smooth opening and closing of drawers. The track could be a simple wooden one, but many tracks use metal hardware. Metal tracks are usually equipped with safety mechanisms to prevent the drawer from being completely removed from the dresser.

Color

Wood dressers generally come in neutral shades, particularly brown, white, and black. There are also a wealth of wood types and finishes available. If you’re looking for more unconventional shades, like bold primary colors or on-trend colors, expect to spend more on the dresser. These trendy pieces are usually manufactured by upscale furniture designers.

Accessories

  • Drawer organizers: Dividing drawers into smaller sections with drawer organizers keeps your items organized and easily visible. We like the Simple Houseware Foldable Cloth Drawer Organizers, a set of six different drawer organizers for neatly separating socks, shirts, and undergarments. They also come in six different colors to match your dresser.

  • Furniture care products: You’ll need to maintain your wood dresser with proper furniture care products to keep it looking its best. The Howard Products Complete Wood Restoration Kit is a three-pack kit for restoring, polishing, and conditioning various wood types and finishes. Each product features a natural orange scent that leaves a mild, pleasant aroma on furniture.

  • Furniture sliders: Whether you need to move your dresser once or want it to have regular mobility, furniture sliders make moving your dresser, or any other piece of furniture, virtually effortless while also protecting your floors. We’re big fans of the SuperSliders Reusable Slide and Hide Furniture Movers, which have rounded and corner edges to fit under furniture legs of any shape. They’re also available for carpet or hardwood.
EXPERT TIP

If your dresser space is limited, consider separating your wardrobe by seasons. You can store off-season clothing in storage bins in your closet or under your bed.


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EXPERT TIP

If you have difficulty opening or closing your dresser drawers, remove them to inspect the tracks. Bent or warped tracks can be swapped for replacement pieces from the manufacturer.


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Maximize your dresser’s drawer space by developing a universal folding system. Once your clothing is folded to the same shape and size, it’s easy to stack and fit more items inside.


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Dresser prices

Dressers range widely in price from $70 to over $1,000.

For $70 to $125, expect to find small, lightweight dressers. Many have metal frames and fabric or wicker drawers. Others are made of a combination of wood composite and particleboard.

Mid-range dressers are priced between $125 and $300. These quality dressers have decent track systems for easy opening and closing of drawers. They are usually made mostly of wood with some wood composite and particleboard components.

High-end dressers range from $300 to $1,000 and up and use high-quality wood. Some also have ornate designs. These dressers have reliable track systems for their drawers as well as high-quality hardware.

Charming wicker for a room on a budget

For a trendy and budget-friendly addition to your bedroom, this dresser takes the cake when it comes to style. The combination of metal, wood, and wicker materials gives this model a rustic yet modern look. With charming scrollwork and a wood top, it has a clean silhouette. This dresser is easily moved to another room as it weighs only 33 pounds. Besides being a beautiful addition to a bedroom, this dresser is also well-suited for bathrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms.

Tips

  • Clear out your drawers. Go through your drawers each season to take an inventory of your clothing. Rediscover favorite pieces or purge what you don’t wear anymore.

  • Clean behind and under your dresser. When cleaning your bedroom, don’t forget to move your dresser so that you can vacuum and dust around it.

  • Upcycle an old dresser. When you purchase a new dresser, repurpose your old one as entryway or mudroom furniture. A new stain or coat of paint will change its overall look and give it new life.

  • Opt for deep drawers for heavy clothing. If you have a lot of heavy clothing like sweaters, opt for a dresser with deep drawers to accommodate the bulk.

Other products we considered

If you’re shopping for dorm furniture or want a modern solution to a guest room, the Homyfort Wide Dresser Five-Drawer Chest is ideal. This unique spin on cubbies has a sturdy steel frame and utilizes firm fabric storage drawers. It’s a slim, lightweight dresser that is easy to move and has plastic stoppers to prevent scratches on your wood floors. Assembly takes less than an hour. We also like the Prepac Cherry Monterey Tall Six-Drawer Chest. This tall and narrow dresser has fine details like side moldings, a scalloped base panel, and solid pewter hardware, which make this budget-friendly dresser look like a premium piece of designer furniture. You can expect a seamless experience every time you open or close the drawers thanks to well-designed tracks with safety stops. Available in black, cherry, or white, this dresser will blend in with the rest of your bedroom furniture for a tasteful, coordinated look.

For a quick and budget-friendly way to update your dresser, opt for new hardware. Pick up new knobs or drawer pulls, or search for antique hardware for a one-of-a-kind look.

FAQ

Q. How can I match a dresser that doesn’t come in the same color or finish as the rest of my bedroom furniture?

A. Depending on the materials, you could paint or stain your dresser. Wood dressers lend themselves to makeovers. If it’s your first time refinishing, stripping, or staining, do your research. Wood is porous, so it requires specific treatment to look well-finished. Online tutorials are a great educational resource. If you’re not ready to take on the project yourself, hire a professional to make sure the job is done right.

Q. How can I make moving my dresser from one room to another easier?

A. The first thing to do is lighten the load by removing all the drawers. This eliminates a considerable amount of weight. If it’s still too heavy or awkwardly shaped to lift, use furniture sliders to assist you. These unique devices slide right under the legs of the dresser so you and a helper can glide it across the floor between rooms. With sliders, you might not even need to remove the drawers as it’s almost effortless to push a dresser when using them.

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