Dressers and chests to give a classical touch to your home


Dressers are the bulky item that we can find in every bedroom; bulky but so necessary to keep a room clear and tidy. Dressers and chests come in so many styles and sizes that it is sometimes difficult to choose the right one for your property. Usually, if you wish to purchase a dresser, you

Dressers are the bulky item that we can find in every bedroom; bulky but so necessary to keep a room clear and tidy.

Dressers and chests come in so many styles and sizes that it is sometimes difficult to choose the right one for your property.

Usually, if you wish to purchase a dresser, you will find that they are comprised in bedroom sets but they can also be bought individually.

Dressers can be separated into two types: dressers or chests, although the two terms are quite synonyms and equally used.

Chests are usually tall pieces of furniture whilst a dresser is really a lower piece of furniture.

Chests have drawers that start at floor level whilst dressers have, commonly, no more than four drawers.

Before heading to the furniture shop with these little information, read again: rather than buying a dresser or chest that is cheap, aim for good quality furniture.

Quality furniture is best for dressers as you will be opening it several times a day: a good opening system will last much longer than a poorly designed one.

The best quality built dressers are even transmitted from generation to generation!

Dressers and chests are mainly built of wood, but the used material can be a very cheap wood that won’t resist to a year’s use or a very high-end wood that will last longer than you can imagine.

Dressers and chests can be made of composite wood or timber wood: as you can imagine, composite wood resists less to time and use.

Wood timber doesn’t have to cost an arm and leg, though, and if you choose a wood as pine, it will be cheaper than mahogany but still of better quality than composite wood.

Construction techniques will also play a major role in how long your dresser or chest will last when in used.

Construction is the overall of the chest or dresser: how the drawers have been made? Are the hinges strong enough to support opening and closing a few times during the day? Is the back of the dresser made of the same wood as the rest of the dresser or not?

And last but not least, check out the corners of the drawers: if the built of the dressers is of bad quality, the corners will be the first things to give way as they are the parts that are subjected to the most strain.

Now that you know more about chests and dressers, do not forget to control two more things before buying a dresser or a chest: first, measure the space in which you would like to fit the chest or dresser so as to know the dimensions of a potential dresser or chest; secondly, make sure you know what type of items you want to store in the drawers.

Depending on the items, you will need to make the drawers are deep enough or shallow enough so as to store properly and grab easily the elements you want.

And, last point, nowadays, you can either buy a dresser or chest that is ready-made or made-to-order, according to what you prefer.

You can even get dressers or chests in kits, kits that you will have to build yourself once at home.

Laura Ashley offers some chests of drawers that have a lot of potential and classic lines that would suit any room.

The redaction sets its eyes on the “Balmoral Honey chest of drawers” with its 7 seven drawers, three to store smaller items whilst four are dedicated to bulkier items.

Made from solid birch, a timber wood, this particular chest has dimensions of 85 cm (height) x 110 cm (width) x 45 cm (deep) and cost £645.50.

Oakfurnitureland.co.uk has a wide variety of dressers and chests on its Internet website; the “Ripley Rough Sawn Solid Oak 7 drawer chest”, costing £379.82 is a real bargain.

With its seven drawers and its bulky dimensions, this chest provides an efficient storage space which you can post in the living-room, hallway or bedroom.

Its dimension of 55 cm (Weight) x 146 cm (Height) x 50 cm (Deep) and beautifully aged look, this chest will be a nice fit in a classic atmosphere.

Ikea, with its wide range of chests of drawers and dressers and prices soaring accordingly, is a really good place to buy a first dresser or chest.

The Tarva range, priced at £65, and with its three drawers would be an amazing fit in a children’s room.

Made of solid wood, pine, this particular chest of drawers has a pull-out stop to ensure smooth running on opening and closing the drawers.

However, do remember that Ikea products usually come in kits so make sure that you have some DIY skills before heading to Ikea!

For the families who are about to welcome a little baby into this world, Mamas&Papas sells this chest of drawer, the “Orchard Dresser with Changer”, in white and with dimensions of 95 cm (height) x 93 cm (width) x 55 cm (deep).

Priced at £675, this dresser has four drawers: two are smaller whilst the two others are big enough to receive bulkier items of clothing.

Made of tulip wood and veneers, the changer included on top of the drawers for baby makes for a neat space where you can reach for everything baby needs without having to move.

This drawer comes either as a kit that you assemble yourself or Mamas&Papas can provide you with a fully trained team to assemble it at an additional cost.

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