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Dressers & Chests

When it comes to bedroom storage, dressers and chests are one of the most versatile options around. Dressers and chests are perfect bedroom furniture because they give you plenty of storage space for clothes, blankets and more.

Storage is essential for every bedroom and Art Van has a large selection of stylish dressers and chests to help meet your bedroom storage needs while bringing a touch of modern style to the room. Browse our selection of dressers and chests to find the perfect addition to your bedroom today.

Buying Guide

Other than being storage solutions, bedroom dressers and chests are a major focal point of the room. As you shop for a dresser or chest for your bedroom, you'll need to look for one that meets your practical storage needs, matches your personal style, and fits well within the space available in your room.

What's the Difference Between a Dresser and a Chest of Drawers?

While chests and dressers are very similar in style and are used to store the same types of items, there are some distinctions between the two. A chest of drawers is taller and narrower in design while dressers are shorter and wider with deeper drawers. A dresser leaves room at the top for a mirror if you want one.

If you're trying to decide between a chest and a dresser, consider the size and space of your bedroom. A chest of drawers is a great option for smaller bedrooms since they take up less space on the floor than a dresser and better utilize your vertical space. However, the shorter height of a dresser can give you opportunities to use it for other purposes aside from storage. For example, many people turn their dressers into entertainment centers by setting TVs on top of them. Some people also use dressers to double as a nightstand.

Dresser & Chest Styles

Horizontal & Vertical Dressers

Since many don't know the distinction between a dresser and a chest of drawers, you might see dressers being referred to as horizontal dressers and vertical dressers. A horizontal dresser is basically a standard dresser while a vertical dresser is another term for a chest of drawers.

Combo Dressers

While many dressers only feature drawers, a combo dresser features a combination of drawers and doors. The door sections can be helpful for storing things like books, electronics, and other keepsakes – and clothes of course.

Lingerie Chests

A lingerie chest (also known as a semainier) is tall and slim in design with smaller drawers than a standard chest. The smaller drawers make them ideal for storing lingerie and other smaller articles of clothing. Many people also like to use lingerie chests to store jewelry and accessories like scarves and belts. Their compact design makes them a versatile storage option for small bedrooms.

Gentleman's Chests

Similar to a combo dresser, a gentleman's chest features both doors and drawers. Depending on the exact style of a gentleman's chest, the chest might have drawers that are all the same size, or they might have drawers in varying sizes.

Armoires & Chifferobes

If your bedroom has limited closet space, an armoire or chifferobe can give you some extra storage space to work with. Armoires and chifferobes are both styles of wardrobe cabinets. An armoire will have shelves for extra storage or a rod to hang clothes on. Some armoires come with a drawer or two underneath the main cabinet area. On the other hand, a chifferobe will have extra drawers next to the door area.

Dresser & Chest Materials, Colors, and Finishes

No matter what your personal style is, there are dressers and chests that will fit right in with your decor. Dressers and chests can be found in many different types of materials, colors, and finishes. Wood is a very popular option for dressers and chests, whether it's solid wood or composite wood, and they can be found in a wide range of finishes, veneers, and wood tone colors, making it easy to find a high-quality piece that fits your style.

What to Look for in a Bedroom Dresser or Chest

What Size Dresser or Chest Do I Need?

Before you start shopping for a bedroom dresser or chest, start by measuring the space where you'd like your dresser to go. If you have a particular dresser or chest in mind and want to get an idea of how it will fit in your room, you can use tape to create an outline on the floor of its size.

Don't forget about how much room you'll need in front of your chest or dresser. There should be at least 10-12 inches of space in front to make it easy for drawers to be opened. If you're planning to put the dresser near a door, make sure the door will be able to be opened without being blocked by the dresser.

Drawer Storage Needs

Before you start shopping for a new dresser or chest, think about what you plan to store in it. Bedroom dressers and chests are typically used to store clothing and extra blankets, but people often use them to store things like jewelry and other small accessories as well. If you'd like to keep jewelry and clothing in your dresser, you may want to consider a dresser or chest that includes a combination of large and small drawers. However, if you need to store bulkier things like sweaters and blankets, a dresser with large, deep drawers will work well for you.

Types of Chest & Dresser Drawer Glides

The type of drawer glide is a major factor in how smoothly a chest or dresser's drawer can be opened or closed, and how much weight the drawer can support.

Side-mounted glides, such as metal-on-metal and ball bearing glides, are widely used on dressers and allow drawers to be opened and closed smoothly while supporting a lot of weight. Once a drawer is opened, side-mounted glides are very visible. If you prefer a cleaner appearance, look for a dresser with center-mounted glides.

Chest & Dresser Drawer Features

Do you plan on using your dresser to store jewelry or other delicate items? If so, you may want a dresser with felt-lined or velvet-lined drawers. With felt-lined or velvet-lined drawers, the lining helps keep items in place so they won't shift around when the drawer is opened and closed, and it prevents damage from by the bottom of the drawer.

If you want to avoid having your dresser drawers slam shut, some dressers and chests feature soft close drawers that are designed to slow down before completely closing. The drawer comes to a soft, quiet close, even if you try to slam it shut.

Youth Dressers & Chests

When you're shopping for a dresser or chest for a child's room, you might be wondering if there's a real difference between kid and adult versions. The key difference is youth dressers are designed to withstand the demands of use in nurseries and kids' bedrooms. Since many people use the tops of dressers as a place to put their changing tables and to set bottles down, dressers designed for kids' rooms feature durable surface finishes that will hold up well through spills and other types of wear. The drawers may also include stops to prevent a child from being able to completely pull drawers out of the dresser.

Safety is another factor to consider while looking for a dresser for a baby's nursery or a child's bedroom. Take a look at the hardware on the drawers. Would the handle come loose easily? If the child did manage to get the handle off a drawer, would it be a choking hazard? Also, be sure to find out if a dresser comes with an anti-tipping kit so you can anchor it to the wall. That way, it won't be able to fall onto a child if they pull or climb on the dresser.

Are you planning to use the top of the dresser into a baby changing area? If so, make sure the dresser is a comfortable height for you to work at.

Just like dressers and chests for adults, kids' dressers and chests are available in a wide range of finishes, colors, materials, and sizes. There are lots of dressers on the market that are stylish enough to easily grow with your child and have a place in their bedroom for years to come.

Where to Buy a Dresser or Chest

Whether you're shopping for a dresser or a chest, Art Van has you covered. With a large selection of dressers and chests to choose from, it's easy to find one that will perfectly match your bedroom decor. Shop online or find an Art Van store location near you.