How to Decide Whether to Get a Chest or Dresser

Should I Get a Chest or a Dresser?

One of the most common questions shoppers ask is how to decide whether they should get a chest or a dresser for their bedroom. The answer is rather simple and straight forward. This article will guide you on deciding whether you need a dresser or a bedroom chest.

Quick Glance:

  • Dressers are primarily used to store clothing and are waist high, allowing for a dressing mirror to be placed on top of it.
  • Chests are more universal and used for general bedroom storage
  • If you’re looking for storage for clothing, get a dresser.
  • If you’re looking for general bedroom storage, say for example pillows, blankets, and other miscellaneous items, you want to purchase a bedroom chest. 

General Differences

Dressers Are Used for Clothing

Dressers are used to organize articles of clothing. The word “dresser” is actually the shortened form of “dressing table,” which means that the top of a dresser is almost always meant to be waist-high, with ample space for a mirror on top. This feature sets them apart from chests. Dresser mirrors are convenient pieces that let you match and and model outfits easily. They also pair well with makeup vanities, speeding up morning routines even more.

Chests Are Used for General Bedroom Storage

A chest of drawers, on the other hand, is used for general bedroom storage. They offer a fantastic alternative for those who don’t have enough room for both a media chest and a dresser. Their multifunctionality, though depending on the specific model, shows practicality at its finest.

Desree Accent Chest

The Desree Accent Chest has many compartments in all different shapes and sizes.

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Deciding on the Size of Your Chest or Dresser

Dressers and chests are available in many different sizes. The size of your dresser should be determined based on the size of your wardrobe that you’re looking to find a place to store.

Bedroom chests are available in even more options with some offering larger compartments and others having a selection of smaller compartments for anything from necklaces and jewelry to hats, DVDs, and collectible items. One great piece of advice is to survey the items you’d like to store in your bedroom chest and then determine what portion of the chest will be used for small, medium, and large items. This will help you narrow down the composition of the chest you’d like, including the size, number of drawers, and the size of the drawers.

Bellagrand Dresser

The Bellagrand Dresser is wondrously crafted with French dovetail drawers.

Along with this, another good thing to think about is accessibility. For example, if you store spare blankets and pillows in your chest and have company or sleepovers for your kids all the time, a chest with larger compartments near the top would make it easier to pull them out for company all the time. These are the types of things you’ll want to imagine when shopping for furniture.



Chests tend to be a cost less than dressers but the two serve different purposes; dressers used for storing clothes with a mirror to help you get dressed while bedroom chests are used for general storage.

With that said, price shouldn’t drive your decision on whether you buy a chest or a dresser. Instead you should make your decision based on what you need your furniture to do for you. If you need general storage, purchase a bedroom chest. If you need storage for clothing, you can purchase a bedroom dresser.

Enrico Gray Bedroom Dresser

The Enrico dresser has beautiful blends of light grey touches with contemporary drawer pulls.

Aside from this, you’ll want to browse different dressers and bedroom chests to get a feel for what you like. From there, you’ll have a better idea of what the price range might be and you can make a decision from there.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our experts at Fine Furniture San Diego for help finding the right furnishings for your home. We’re here to take the headache away and make your home furnishing experience enjoyable!

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