How To Choose The Perfect Chest Of Drawers

Published: 15/03/2021

Extremely functional and practical, the humble chest of drawers is a staple piece of furniture in most households. Whether this classic storage solution is needed to store your clothes, makeup or everyday bits and bobs, it’s undeniable that it’s a must-have piece of furniture! With various types of chest of drawers out there, it can feel a little daunting to pick the right one for your needs. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide with everything you need to know before choosing your perfect chest of drawers.


What are chest of drawers used for?

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Originally created with the sole purpose of housing clothing, chest of drawers are now considered an incredibly versatile piece of furniture that can be used to hold all sorts of household items. There's no doubt that ample storage space is the key to creating a harmonious, organised home - and a chest of drawers can do just that, keeping the clutter at bay and hidden well out of sight. And, for the pieces you do want on display, why not make use of the generous surface space on top of these handy units? In fact, with the right decorations, a chest of drawers can really elevate the look of a room, taking it from drab to fab with minimal effort or expense required!


Different types of chest of drawers

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Classic

Most classic chest of drawers are designed in a rectangular shape with four, five, six or even seven drawer variants, with smaller, singular drawers most often found at the top. A classic chest of drawers is an excellent addition to a bedroom, with larger drawers allowing an abundance of storage space for clothing and bedding. Alternatively, this particular style also works well in a living room or hall for storing anything your heart desires, from hats and scarves to electrical items and everything in between. With a generous surface space, these units also provide the perfect location for displaying ornaments, televisions, mirrors and plenty of other accessories, too. Packed with versatility, you truly can’t go wrong with a classic chest of drawers.

Tallboy

A tallboy chest of drawers, also referred to as a vertical chest of drawers due to its shape, is a taller and skinnier version of the classic chest of drawers. Usually featuring vertical singular drawers one on top of the other, this piece of furniture is ideal if you’re short on space - and particularly perfect for bedrooms, as it offers plenty of storage for socks and underwear. Compact in its design, it gives you added storage without taking up that all-important floor space.

Bedside

Also known as bedside tables, these drawers are smaller versions of their chest of drawers relative. While these aren’t ideal for storing chunkier pieces of clothing, they’re convenient pieces of storage that are not only ideal for socks and underwear, but also all those little nick-nacks that you like to keep by the side of your bed. They also give you plenty of surface space to rest your cup of tea, alarm clock and anything else you need at arm’s reach.


Things to consider when buying a chest of drawers

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The perfect chest of drawers that meets all of your needs isn’t necessarily an easy find. That’s why we’ve put together the most important details to consider so that you can find the perfect chest of drawers for you.

Size

Importantly, the size of the chest of drawers is quite essential to find out before purchasing. There's nothing worse than buying a beautiful piece of furniture, only to have it show up and not fit in the area you had in mind for it. Not only should you look to measure the size of the furniture, but you should measure the drawers' size to check that it will fit everything that you wish to store away inside. So, have your tape measure at the ready, and get measuring to ensure you don't end up falling in love with a chest of drawers that isn't going to fit!

Style

When thinking about buying a chest of drawers, it's important to keep in mind the style you're going for so that the furniture suits the room's interior design and your home's overall look. Choosing the right chest of drawers in a style and colour that complements your room will allow your new furniture piece to either blend seamlessly to your décor or stand out for the ultimate wow factor. Whether you love the Scandinavian style or prefer something a little more shabby-chic, having a look at all the different types will give you a good idea of what you're looking for.

Material

You shouldn’t overlook the material of the furniture you'll be buying. Whether you're after a classic pine piece to suit your rustic interior or prefer something a little more unique, it all boils down to the material. The material that's used will also determine the weight of the item and how easy it is to transport. MDF is a lightweight material that will be easier to move, whereas pine will be heavier and may need more than one person to construct and transport.

Assembly

An essential factor to consider when choosing a chest of drawers is whether or not the piece of furniture comes ready-made or whether it needs to be constructed. The majority of our entries in this guide will arrive flat-packed, accompanied by simple step-by-step instructions. While many flat-packed pieces of furniture are relatively easy to assemble, if you're not able to construct it yourself and don't have access to someone who can help you with it, you’ll probably want a chest of drawers that comes already assembled.

So, without further ado, let's delve into our range of chest of drawers to see which furniture will suit your style while doing the all-important job of keeping your items tidy and organised.


Riano 4-Drawer Chest of Drawers

Riano 4-Drawer Chest of Drawers

Pros: Offers plenty of storage, available in multiple colours to suit your interior décor

Cons: May be a little simple if you’re looking for a stand-out piece of furniture, requires assembly

Size: H72 x W75 x D36cm

The Riano chest with four drawers is an incredibly practical piece of furniture with ample storage space. Made of incredibly lightweight MDF material, these chest of drawers are sturdy and robust while remaining incredibly transportable. As this item comes flat-packed with easy-to-follow instructions, it will be up in no time - whether you're a DIY whizz or not! However, if you're after something that arrives ready-made, this may not be the item for you. While it's available in multiple colours to best suit your individual interior style, it has an incredibly classic yet contemporary look to it that’s sure to suit any home and décor.

Corona 5-Drawer Chest of Wooden Drawers

Corona 5-Drawer Chest of Wooden Drawers

Pros: Beautiful rustic design, features 5 deep drawers for ample storage space

Cons: Requires assembly, hardwood material makes it a little heavier than alternatives

Size: H90 x W80 x D41cm

This pine chest of drawers with black hardware is incredibly robust and sturdy. Created with waxed pine, not only is it protected from scratches and damage, but it also adds warmth to any room it’s housed in. With five deep drawers, this unit offers excellent storage space for even the bulkier items around the house, while its traditional look is the definition of rustic charm. Self-assembly is required for this chest of drawers and, as it's made of solid pine hardwood, it may be a little heavy, so make sure you have someone to help you put this together.

4 You Sonoma Oak 7-Drawer Narrow Chest

4 You Sonoma Oak 7-Drawer Narrow Chest

Pros: Features 7 drawers, neutral colour will suit almost every interior style

Cons: Drawers may not be big enough to hold bulky items, only available in one colour

Size: H111 x W50 x D35cm

This typical tallboy chest of drawers boasts an impressive seven drawers and offers a tremendous amount of storage without taking up too much space. Its laminated board material provides protection against scratches, moisture and high temperatures, while the woodsy oak design injects a touch of warmth and elegance to the room. Although it gives plenty of space for your items, and each drawer allows you to keep everything easily organised, the drawers are on the smaller side and may not be ideal for bulkier items. This unit is ideal for storing your delicates and lightweight items of clothing, but may not be suitable for your chunkier winter wardrobe.

5 Drawer Mirrored Slim Chest of Drawers

5 Drawer Mirrored Slim Chest of Drawers

Pros: Chic and stylish design, 5 drawers provide ample space for all your nick-nacks

Cons: Drawers may not be big enough for bulky items, requires regular cleaning to prevent grubby fingerprints

Size: H100 x W30 x D30cm

If you're looking for something that'll make a statement, then this glamorous mirrored chest of drawers will do just that! This tallboy chest of drawers boasts five drawers and will perfectly complement your dressing table or vanity room while keeping all your makeup and hair care items organised and tidied away. Its unique crystal clear exterior gives the illusion of a bigger, brighter space while adding a dash of glamour and luxury, courtesy of its diamante handles. Add a touch of class with an LED vanity mirror, and you've got yourself a vanity that's worthy of movie star status!

Riano 3 Drawer Bedside Chest Of Drawers

Riano 3 Drawer Bedside Chest Of Drawers

Pros: A timeless choice that will suit any style, available in different colours

Cons: May be a little simple if you’re looking for a stand-out piece of furniture, comes flat-packed so requires assembly

Size: H56 x W40 x D36cm

This chic bedside table is perfect for anyone who wants to keep their nighttime essentials at reaching distance. Made of sturdy and durable composite wood, this unit is a modern yet timeless choice. Flat-packed and super lightweight, this chest of drawers is easily assembled and transportable - ideal if you’re looking for a more flexible storage solution. Available in black or pine, this classic storage chest will blend seamlessly with your bedroom décor.


Take your pick and transform your home

Take your pick and transform your home

So, whether you've moved into a new home, are on the lookout for some extra storage, or want to freshen up your home décor, a chest of drawers is the perfect addition to keep any home orderly and organised. If none of the furniture pieces mentioned here takes your fancy, check out our full range of chest of drawers to discover even more charming choices.

If you're looking to upgrade your current bedroom furniture, check out our bedroom furniture sets that will transform your space and give your bedroom the makeover it deserves. For ultimate organisation and efficiency, take a look at our assortment of drawer organisers that are sure to delight any dedicated organisation enthusiast!

The information in this buyer’s guide is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.