Dressers may seem like a discreet piece of furniture, but they contribute a lot to the overall atmosphere and function of the space. They protect your items while also keeping clutter away. Apart from its functional nature, it is also a style piece that adds character to your space.

There have been a lot of types and materials used through the years, but wood dressers have stood the test of time and trends. Even then, wood dressers come in a wide variety. So how do you know which wood dresser fits your home? Here are some considerations you can make to find the perfect match.

Build Quality

Your top priority should be getting the bang for your buck. Many furniture pieces come at expensive price points yet disappoint quality-wise. You can tell at first glance by the hardware used. The dresser should also be leveled to the ground, without a corner or a foot above the ground. Make sure the drawers slide smoothly, and if possible, have a stopper.

Most importantly, the dresser should be sturdy enough to hold the things you’re going to store and hold its own weight. There have been instances where dressers with poor anchorage caused physical injuries, especially to children. A recent example is the CB2 Junction Dresser, a recalled dresser that received 10 reports of hazardous incidents. If anyone you know has encountered a similar experience, Schmidt and Clark offer their legal services to seek liability and settlement.


Another wise consideration to make is identifying the placement of your dresser. The design and material could depend on the type of activities you do in that room. For instance, if you want a dresser in your dining area, you may want something with a glass window, displaying your tableware. It is also wise to pick something more resistant to damage and moisture. If you’re putting it in your bedroom, you would want it to be a style piece where you can place more personal decorative items such as picture frames.

Right Material

There have been many iterations of wood used for furniture. And usually, the material dictates how cheap or expensive a piece could be. If you’re on a tight budget, dressers made in medium density fiberboard or MDF material are usually on the more affordable end. MDF can also use a myriad of finishes, such as paint or laminates. But since it’s essentially wood fibers glued together, it’s highly malleable and could bend with weight through time. It’s also not advisable to get it wet as water deteriorates the material.

Another option that’s sturdier than MDF is plywood, an engineered wood product. It has a waterproof grade option which makes it effective against moisture damage. But if you’re looking for the best-looking wood, solid wood is the way to go. It features natural grain patterns, which makes every piece very unique. It is much more expensive than previous options, but kiln-dried hardwoods are very durable.


No style is better than the other. The usual cause why a dresser could look off-putting is it disrupts the harmony of the space. The easy way to go about this is by sticking to a single design theme. A minimalist rectilinear dresser would look good in a Scandinavian-style home. You can also mix up styles to make things more visually provoking. But make sure these styles don’t clash. For instance, a heavily ornate traditional dresser can blend well in an eclectic or maximalist bedroom.

Apart from the style it belongs to, its size should also be proportionate to your room. A dresser in the wrong size may conveniently shrink or crowd the space visually. Make sure it is scaled to the wall height and span of where you’re going to place it. Color also plays a big role in making the furniture piece look good. It’s easier to choose something in the same chromatic spectrum as your room. Or at least, the color should relate to another piece in your room.

These tips are only meant to guide you if you’re having a hard time. But the most important tip of all is to enjoy the dresser you’re about to get. At the end of the day, it is you who’ll see and use the furniture piece.

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