Redecorating a bedroom, whether your own or a guest room, can be great fun. But that excitement can be dampened as you begin your search for the perfect bedroom furniture suite. Some bedroom sets have an optional chest, dresser, or both, and trying to decide among the options can be a bit overwhelming.
On the top of anyone’s list when they are looking at bedroom sets is what the difference is between a chest and a dresser. When the furniture collection you like offers both, it can be confusing trying to choose the right one for you. Here are some of the differences between the two so that you can make the right decision on what to include in your bedroom set.
Dresser vs chest – mirrors
A standard chest of drawers is too tall for a mirror. In fact, the design is not intended for anything heavy to be mounted or even placed on top of it. If you put a television or other electronics on a taller chest of drawers, the tv might be too heavy and you’ll have a hard time stabilizing it. Also, one good bump and everything on top of the chest will come toppling down.
If you want to combine your drawer storage and a dressing mirror, a dresser with a mounted mirror is the best option.
Chest vs dresser – drawer storage
Although of a slimmer design, you can usually fit more clothing into a chest than you can a dresser. The chests for bedrooms have more drawers for better organization, and they are suitable for holding delicate accessories as well as clothing. If you fold all of your clothing rather than hanging in a closet, a chest is more likely to fit everything you need.
Dresser vs chest – durability
A chest of drawers may not be as durable as a heavier dresser. For one thing, many chests that you buy separately from your bedroom set will likely be of inferior quality. This doesn’t mean much if you are careful with your drawers, but if you are one of those that tends to leave drawers open or stuff them to bursting, they are going to break down over time. A dresser heavy enough to hold a mirror is also going to have a more solid drawer construction.
Chest vs dresser – for the smaller bedroom
If you are designing a smaller bedroom, a chest of drawers takes up far less space than a dresser. Some chests are nearly half as wide as a traditional dresser with a mirror. This gives them a smaller footprint, even though they still hold adequate clothing storage. A chest may also be easier to move if needed than a dresser. When you don’t have a lot of space, buying space-saving bedroom furniture is the way to go.
Ultimately, it is up to you if you need a chest or a dresser. Generally, children, teens, and single individuals will find a chest of drawers to be the better solution. But if you want a more elegant or luxe bedroom, a dresser with a stately mirror is also important for creating the right aesthetic.