Closets are optimal for hanging fabric items that might wrinkle if folded, such as skirts and dress pants. At the same time, dressers are better for storing clothing that doesn’t easily fit on a hanger—or apparel that can suffer from the pull of gravity, such as bulky knitted sweaters that tend to stretch out of shape if hung on a hanger.
Individual drawers also act as a sorting system, keeping socks in one spot and underwear in another. The best dressers come in a wide range of sizes and styles, but they all have a couple of things in common—they’re well-built, functional, and complement the bedroom decor. Ahead, learn what to look for when shopping for a dresser, and discover why the following dressers are some of the best in their class.
- BEST OVERALL: HOMECHO Dresser with 4 Drawers
- BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK: DEVAISE 5-Drawer Chest with Wheels
- BEST UPGRADE: Dream On Me, Marcus Changing Table and Dresser
- BEST COLORFUL: mDesign 4-Drawer Vertical Dresser Storage Tower
- BEST INDUSTRIAL: HOMECHO Dresser Chest with 6 Drawers, Metal Frame
- BEST WOOD FINISH: Delta Children 6 Drawer Dresser, Black Cherry
- BEST CLASSIC: Sauder Shoal Creek Dresser
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Dressers
In any furniture store you’ll find many dressers, some designed to match bedroom sets and others that sell as a single furniture item. Before buying, consider the room’s style, how much floor space is available, and what you will store inside the dresser.
The terms “dresser” and “chest of drawers” are synonymous in today’s furniture world, but they didn’t always mean the same thing. A chest of drawers was traditionally a vertical chest with three or more drawers, while a dresser was often wider, sometimes featuring two columns of drawers, and it usually came with a mirror on top. Today, many dressers come without mirrors attached. They are available in a wide range of sizes and dimensions, ranging from tall, narrow units designed to maximize vertical storage space to wide models with multiple columns of drawers.
While a dresser’s main purpose is to store and organize, it also serves as a design element in the bedroom, so take some time to consider which dresser style will look good. If the room’s focal point is a decorative bed, look for a dresser that will complement the bed but not upstage or detract from it. A dresser made from reclaimed barn wood will complement a rustic timber-frame bed, while a sleek dresser with a chrome frame and a glass top is better suited to a contemporary bedroom.
Decor styles like bohemian and shabby chic can pull off mismatched furniture items if they’re in the complementary hues or they all feature a similar distressed finish. It can help to have a visual, so pull up a dresser’s image on a smartphone or a tablet and take it to the bedroom to imagine how the item will look in the room.
The items to be stored in a dresser will help determine the best dresser for a specific bedroom. An optimal dresser in a nursery might feature a top row of small horizontal drawers for storing baby bibs and onesies—it might also come with a rail around the top and a pad for use as a changing table. In a large master bedroom, a double dresser that features two wide columns of drawers can organize and hold clothing items for a couple. A dresser that will serve as an overflow for storing blankets and quilts should have large, deep drawers to accommodate the oversized items.
Our Top Picks
To qualify as a top pick, the following dressers had to be durable, well-made, and attractive. While personal style and storage needs will vary, any one of the dressers will be an asset in the bedroom. The best dresser for you will depend on the room’s decor, your available budget, and who will be using the dresser.
With the HOMECHO dresser, there’s ample room for storing a variety of clothing. Made from wood and featuring straight clean lines, this dresser will complement many styles of decor, including modern, contemporary, or transitional. The dresser stands 37 inches high, measures 29 inches wide, and is 15.7 inches deep, making it suitable for small- to medium-size bedrooms or nurseries. It features a solid wood frame and comes with a high-quality white lacquer finish that resists staining and is easy to wipe clean. The dresser also features anti-toppling fittings for attaching it to a wall for added stability. Some assembly is necessary, and all hardware, tools, and instructions are included.
You don’t have to spend a lot to get a suitable dresser for storing clothing and other items. The compact DEVAISE dresser comes with five drawers, each with the capability of holding up to 18 pounds, and its durable white finish is stain- and scratch-resistant. The drawers feature cutaway handles at the top, so there are no knobs or pulls to detract from the dresser’s clean lines. The DEVAISE dresser measures 25.47 inches high, 18.74 inches wide, and 15.75 inches deep. It also comes with four caster wheels, making it easy to roll the dresser from one spot to another. It’s available at an affordable price point, and this dresser will fit in with many decor styles, including modern, contemporary, or even minimalist. Some assembly is required.
If you’re looking for a nursery dresser, look no further than the Dream On Me dresser that comes with a changing table on the top. The dresser is crafted from gorgeous cherry wood and features a clear natural finish (other finishes are also available). It comes with three drawers for storing baby’s clothing, diapers, and other infant essentials. The dresser can easily transition as the child grows, with the top rack serving as a spot to hold stuffed animals. It measures 43 inches high, 36 inches wide, and is a generous 23 inches deep. The dresser comes with small wood knobs and easy-slide drawers. The Dream On Me dresser will complement most decor styles, including traditional, transitional, and midcentury modern. Some assembly is required.
Add a splash of color and design to a child’s or a teen’s room with the mDesign dresser that comes with four colorful drawers set in a vertical-style dresser. The mDesign dresser measures just 17.75 inches wide and 12 inches deep, but it tops out at a lofty 37 inches in height, making it well suited to bedrooms where floor space is at a premium. Its tall, narrow stature makes it an option for an in-closet dresser as well. This whimsical model comes with a sturdy steel frame and polka dot fabric drawers that pull all the way out for easy access to their contents and it wipes clean with a damp rag. The dresser comes in a few color options, and some assembly is required.
The black steel-and-wood look of the HOMECHO’s metal frame dresser makes it well suited to bedrooms decorated in industrial, vintage, or rustic style decor. This two-column dresser features side-by-side columns of three drawers, offering ample storage space. It comes with an additional open shelf under its tabletop surface for storing extra items, such as books or other personal effects. The dresser features a metal frame, particleboard shelves, and soft-side fabric drawers that can be removed and folded flat for storage. The bold look of the dresser will become a focal point in the bedroom. The HOMECHO dresser measures 31.5 inches high, 32.3 inches wide, and 11.8 inches deep. Some assembly is required.
The black cherry finish on the Delta Children Universal Dresser adds the lustrous look of wood to a traditional or contemporary bedroom. The Delta Children dresser comes with a solid wood frame and features composite wood drawers. It has six drawers (two columns of three drawers each) and matching wood knobs. The drawers feature smooth-glide slides for effortless opening and closing. The dresser measures a hefty 48.5 inches wide, 20.75 inches deep, and 34.75 inches high, offering ample storage capacity for clothing, toys, and other items. Assembly is required, and additional finishes are available.
The Sauder Shoal Creek Dresser’s clean traditional lines will complement many decor styles, including classic, country, and transitional while offering six spacious drawers in two columns for storing clothing and other items. This large dresser measures a hefty 54 inches wide, 33 inches high, and 18 inches deep. It’s well suited to medium and large bedrooms. The drawers feature smooth-pull slides, and the dresser comes with a sleek white finish that resists stains and is easy to wipe clean. The dresser is also designed to reduce tipping over, making it safer for homes with small children. Some assembly is required.
FAQs About Dressers
Adding a dresser to the bedroom offers much-needed storage space, but choosing a dresser requires considering both the available floor space, the types of items to be stored, and the room’s overall style. Here are some answers to common questions when trying to find the best dresser for your needs.
Q. What is the standard size of a dresser?
Dressers vary widely in size, ranging from tall, narrow models to shorter, much broader models. While there is no standard one-size-fits-all dresser, you’ll want to measure the available floor space in the bedroom and allow for at least 3 inches on both sides of the dresser.
Q. What is the best material for a dresser?
Solid wood is a good material for a dresser, but it’s pricey and heavy. Dressers made from engineered wood closely resemble the real thing, but they’re more affordable and easier to move. Before putting that old dresser at the curbside for pickup, check out a few ways to repurpose it.
Q. Do I have to assemble a dresser?
Unless you buy it off the floor at a furniture store, you’ll most likely have to assemble at least part of it. Most manufacturers include easy step-by-step assembly instructions, and many also provide the tools and hardware necessary to put them together.