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Dresser and Chest Style Guide

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Along with the bed and nightstands, a dresser or chest will be one of the main elements in any bedroom. It's important to choose a model that will fit in your bedroom and serve all of your organizational needs. In this guide, we break down the five main styles of dressers and chests.

1. Horizontal

  • Also known as a standard dresser, these models take up more floor space than standard vertical chests. A horizontal dresser has more tabletop space for storage and a mirror is often placed above them, unlike a vertical chest.


2. Vertical

  • Also known as chests or bureaus, vertical dressers take up less floor space, so they're ideal for small spaces. 


3. Combo Dresser

  • Combo dressers include both drawers and wardrobe doors, while most dressers generally include only drawers of various sizes.
  • If you're storing more than just clothes in a dresser, a combo model is ideal. Storing electronics, family mementoes, photo albums, and more will fit well in the part of the dresser with the doors.


4. Gentlemen's Chest

  • A gentlemen's chest is the vertical version of a combo dresser because it usually contains both drawers and wardrobe doors.
  • Traditional furniture pieces, tallboys and highboys are also versions of a gentlemen's chest. Tallboys are vertical chests with a double set of drawers on the bottom and a wardrobe on top. Highboys are similar, but both upper and lower sections contain drawers.


5. Lingerie Chest

  • Also called a semainier, lingerie chests are tall and skinny chests traditionally used for small articles of clothing, such as lingerie.
  • Though they don't store large or bulky items, lingerie chests conserve space, so they're ideal for small spaces.

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