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Ultimate Bedroom Dresser Guide: Home Decor

by Olly Mason

A bedroom dresser

At a Glance:

What is a Bedroom Dresser?

Reasons Your Bedroom Needs a Dresser

Farmhouse Dressers

Traditional Dressers

Transitional Dressers

Rustic Dressers

Cottage-Style Dressers

Contemporary Dressers


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Between chests, nightstands, armoires, and even chessers, bedroom storage pieces come in a variety of styles and names. Knowing how to distinguish a bedroom dresser from other storage pieces can get a little fuzzy, but once you know a few basics, you’ll be able to decide if one is good for your bedroom.

From dresser sizes to styles of dressers, our experts at Colder’s Furniture and Appliance have put all the details together in this quick dresser buying guide to make the decision easier. Follow along to discover some style inspiration for your bedroom!

What is a Bedroom Dresser?

A traditional wooden dresser in a bedroom with a vintage motif

Before diving into the most common dresser styles, let’s take a moment to identify what a dresser is first. Overall, here are a couple of general rules to keep in mind:

  • Dressers are generally shorter and longer than all other bedroom storage pieces.
  • Dressers typically have at least six drawers.
  • Dressers are made to store clothes that aren’t meant to be hung.
  • Dressers are generally 30–36 inches tall, around 60 inches wide, and 20 inches deep.

Beyond these basic guidelines, dressers can be further categorized into standard dressers and double dressers.

Standard Dressers

A standard dresser is characterized by two columns of drawers, most often of the same size. Standard dressers tend to be shorter in width than double dressers.

Double Dressers

While double dressers often do feature six drawers, most often, this style of dresser is made with up to eight drawers in two different sizes. Smaller drawers on top accommodate wardrobe extras and jewelry, while larger drawers at the bottom are intended for your essential clothing.

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Reasons Your Bedroom Needs a Dresser

Even with a closet, not all bedrooms provide enough storage for items are commonly placed in modern sleep spaces.

For Extra Wardrobe Storage

The first reason is a given — a dresser is used to store clothes. But not all clothes should be stored in a dresser. Dressing cabinets are made specifically for garments that do not need to be hung, such as tee shirts, athleticwear, and pajamas. Incorporating a dresser into a bedroom is an easy way to keep folded and non-folded wardrobes separate, which can also increase how many items you can hang in a closet.

For Miscellaneous Bedroom Items

Whether you’re a new family dealing with stray toys or you have a full entertainment setup in your bedroom, a dresser can help keep other bedroom essentials neatly organized. Dressers are a great hack for keeping miscellaneous bedroom items stored because they have multiple wide drawers that can hold a lot of contents without taking up too much wardrobe storage.

To Store Office Essentials

Working from home has become the new norm, but finding space to accommodate a home office isn’t always easy. Whether you happen to use your bedroom as an office by day or you already have a home office, a dresser can be a handy companion for storing files, writing utensils, computer wires, extra batteries, and a variety of other office essentials.

For Additional Shelf Space

It’s not just the inside of a dresser that provides storage. The surface can also be used to display anything from décor to perfumes within easy sight. Need a few ideas? Car keys, important reminders, jewelry, and smart devices can be conveniently placed on a dresser for easy finding later.

For TVs

A popular use for dressers includes using the flat surface for a TV. Because dressers sit relatively high, placing a TV on its surface means you won’t have to crane your neck to find the ideal viewing angle. Plus, without having to drill holes into a wall to hang your TV, using a dresser is the easiest way to bring your favorite streaming series into the comfort of your bedroom.

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Popular Dressers Styles

Aside from knowing how big a dresser should be, understanding which type of dresser fits your bedroom scheme is the next big question you should ask before making a purchase. Luckily, with various designs to choose from, this is also the most exciting part of dresser shopping. Here are a few popular dresser styles for you to consider.

Farmhouse Dressers

If your idea of a calming bedroom includes handcrafted details, organic shapes, and a callback to country living, farmhouse dressers check all the boxes. Farmhouse bedrooms are one of the most popular interior design styles, cherished for their homely feel rich with wood and other natural materials.

Our Pick: Modus Furniture Yosemite Dresser

Modus Furniture Yosemite seven-drawer dresser

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The rustic pine finish on this black bedroom dresser from Modus Furniture centers large boudoirs with a heavy dose of farmhouse fashion. Signature features include crossbuck side panel details, exposed bolts, and sanded wood for an organic feel polished for modern bedrooms. This double dresser comes with seven spacious drawers with felt-lined top compartments, plus English dovetail corners for extra durability and quality.

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Traditional Dressers

Heavy with classic European influence, traditional dressers provide a formal feel that goes best in sophisticated bedrooms. You can identify a traditional-style dresser by its elaborate embellishments from ornate hand pulls to turned feet to ornate details like framed drawer fronts or filigree onlays. Typically, traditional dressers are made of wood finished in a distinct wood stain, including popular wood finishes like cherry, mahogany, and dark pine.

Our Pick: Liberty Furniture Carriage Court Mahogany Mahogany Stain Dresser & Mirror

Liberty Furniture Messina Estates bedroom dresser

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The rich cognac wood finish on this Liberty Furniture seven-drawer dresser displays traditional bedroom design in all its excellence. Enjoy the vintage charm of acanthus leaf decorations and brass hardware that exude opulence in high fashion. At 68 inches wide, this long bedroom dresser keeps your wardrobe neatly organized inside generous, fully stained drawers, including three felt-lined top drawers for delicate clothes, jewelry, and more.

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Transitional Dressers

If you like the idea of a modern bedroom dresser with traditional accents, going transitional is the best way to get the most out of both worlds. Because modern designs are constantly changing, transitional-style dressers come in a variety of styles, but typically, they highlight modern lines and profiles with hints of vintage flair. Think the sleek silhouettes of mid-century modern furniture fused with traditional elements like aged wood and classic hardware.

Our Pick: Aspenhome® Peyton Cello Dresser

Front view of Aspenhome Peyton Cello six-drawer dresser

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Handsomely crafted with a refined silhouette, this transitional six-drawer dresser from Aspenhome adds chic appeal to bedrooms both traditional and modern. Satin nickel pocket handles keep the clean lines of this dressing cabinet, along with featureless drawer fronts for a minimal look with major impact. Finished in a dark poplar wood, this dresser is cozy and contemporary.

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Rustic Dressers

Hearty with an affinity for imperfections, rustic dressers preserve dings, knicks, and dents from furniture making for a dose of old-time character. It’s the perfect solution for sleepers looking to create a bedroom that feels casual but not cookie-cutter. And because rustic furniture is almost always made of wood, these types of dressers are perfect for creating a cozy atmosphere whether you’re going for a cabin-style or cottage bedroom.

Our Pick: Aspenhome® Mill Creek Carob Tall Chesser

Front view of Aspenhome Mill Creek Carob eight-drawer dresser

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At 50 inches wide, this mid-size dresser is a stylish solution for smaller bedrooms that don’t skimp on storage. In fact, with eight drawers, this Aspenhome dresser provides flexible wardrobe storage for a variety of seasons. From top to bottom, quality craftsmanship shines from hewn saw textures to cedar-lined bottom drawers, plus felt-lined top drawers for items that require special care.  

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Cottage Style Dressers

White bedrooms and cottage interior design are two classic pairings that have recently become popular again. White dressers (as well as white furniture) are classic hacks for making small bed spaces appear larger, and when combined with antique details of cottage design, the formula delivers an airy, cozy sleep space. If you enjoy the look of traditional furniture, but not the heavy feel of wood bedroom pieces, cottage-style dressers can be a simple solution.

Our Pick: Liberty Furniture Magnolia Manor Antique White 6 Drawer Dresser & Scrolled Mirror

Front view of Liberty Furniture Magnolia Manor six-drawer dresser with matching vanity mirror

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Whether you’re searching for a small dresser for bedroom spaces that are limited in size or a dresser with a mirror, this cottage dresser from Liberty Furniture is sure to dazzle. This bedroom piece is made with solid poplar wood aged in a distressed white and features quaint details like etched pilasters, bracket feet, and framed drawer fronts with vintage drawer pull for a high dose of cottage charm. Store your favorite wardrobe inside six drawers with dovetail construction to get ready for the day in front of this two-piece bedroom dresser set and its beautifully arched mirror.

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Contemporary Dressers

Characterized by clean lines and casual designs, contemporary dressers are versatile bedroom storage pieces that go with virtually any interior design style. Instead of wood, contemporary bedroom storage often features metallic finishes and accents that play particularly well with modern bedroom décor. For the biggest impression, we recommend pairing contemporary dressers with minimalist bedroom layouts to accentuate their sleek profiles and refined designs.

Our Pick: Modus Furniture Argento Misty Grey Dresser

Front view of Modus Furniture Argento six-drawer dresser

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Swoon over the majestically metallic details that make this contemporary dresser from Modus Furniture sparkle in your bedroom. The balance between acrylic drawer pulls with a chrome finish and rounded, metallic legs bring out the subtle grain of the grey wood. Crafted with a clean, 64-inch frame, this large bedroom dresser keeps your garments neatly organized in six spacious drawers.

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Including a dresser in your bedroom maximize closet space, completes the look of a bedroom, and provides a place to store clothes that aren’t meant to be placed on hangers. Even if your bedroom is limited in space, with the right measurements, even smaller dressers can boost the functionality of a bedroom and keepeep your sleep sanctuary organized. If you’re dealing with a bedroom that doesn’t have enough space for a dresser (at least 50 inches wide, 26 inches tall, and 20 inches deep), consider downsizing to a chest. Make sure to check out our furniture measuring guide to see if a dresser is right for your space.

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Still wondering if a dresser is a good fit for your bedroom? Consider the following questions buyers frequently ask.

How much do dressers cost?

According to surveys done by Home Advisor, a dresser can cost anywhere between $150 and up to $2,700. The cost of a dresser depends on the materials used, size, and the brand.

How many drawers should a dresser have?

A dresser should provide at least six drawers to store clothes for maximum efficiency.

What is the difference between a chest of drawers and a dresser?

The main difference between a chest of drawers and a dresser is that a chest sits taller and is narrower, while a dresser is shorter and wider.

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