Chests of drawers are functional pieces of furniture designed and used for storage. Traditionally, they were only used in bedrooms to store clothing items that would not be hung in a closet, such as underwear and socks. Today, chests of drawers are used around the house to keep various household items organised, as well as serve as a decorative accent to enhance home interiors. Their versatility and functionality make them a popular classic. Here’s what you should consider when shopping for a chest of drawers.
Apart from being a storage unit, a chest of drawers can also be the anchor to your home’s interior design, depending on the style and the material you choose. Such decisions will greatly affect the overall look and feel of your home.
Not sure how to select the most suitable chest of drawers? You can narrow down your options based on your home’s style and by considering the design of surrounding furniture pieces.
Warm-toned, medium wood shades are great choices for mid-century modern, Japanese, and vintage interiors, whereas cool-toned, dark brown woods thrive in industrial and modern spaces. If you prefer the Scandinavian trend, a full white chest of drawers or one in light, whitewashed woods will be more fitting.
Besides the material and colour, the silhouette of your chest of drawers and the hardware it features affects your interior as well. Pieces with straight lines, a minimal appearance, and zero handle fittings are excellent choices for minimalist homes. But if you’d like to elevate your home atmosphere with elegant details, a chest of drawers with brass or gold handles and/or metallic accents make for a delightful addition.
A chest of drawers’ functionality is its most important feature. Ultimately, it should be good at serving its purpose and not be used solely for decorative reasons.
Before making your purchase, you must take into account the number of drawers needed and how it will help optimise storage. Have many different belongings to segment into categories? Opt for one with drawers of varying sizes, it allows things to be organised neatly into compartments, according to their size. Chests of drawers with a glass top display are also useful if you’d like to have a clear view of your accessories.
A chest of drawers that can serve dual function lets you maximise the use of your space. Shorter chests of drawers can be used as a vanity table simply by adding a mirror to the top. If you don’t need the extra surface, it can even be decorated with flowers, artwork, or figurines to add visual interest.
One major consideration you should pay attention to is the amount of space you have in your room for your chest of drawers. Smaller rooms will benefit from tall and slim versions as they make use of vertical space to free up floor area for other uses. However, this also means having to store your belongings in narrower drawers, which may not be the most suitable for some items. Tall chests of drawers are also not ideal for children’s rooms as it will be difficult for children to reach the top drawers.
Additionally, factor in the amount of space you’ll need to fully pull out the drawers from the chest and ensure that the drawers can extend outwards without obstruction.
Chests of drawers are versatile and they provide lots of space for the storage of different items. Apart from your clothes, they can be used in your living room, dining room, or even near your front door to store daily necessities such as your keys, bags, and other items.
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