Most of us need at least a small amount of drawer space in our bedroom for folding away clothes and underwear, but choosing something that’s the right shape and size for our bedroom, and that we wont outgrow in a matter of months can be tricky.
We’ve spent many years searching for the perfect selection of chests of drawers for our customers, so we thought it would be useful to compile a little overview of what’s out there, with some helpful hints on selecting the right style for you…
Choosing a tall boy is a no brainer if you’re dealing with a small space. You’re getting a huge quantity of drawers without forsaking valuable floorspace, which is ideal in a bedroom where you’re having to accommodate other large items of furniture.
Tallboys are also ideal for the bathroom. Their small footprint and multitude of drawers are perfect for stowing away toiletries or even spare toilet tissues. We think the wicker and white finish of our Farmhouse Ivory Tall Boy would be a great candidate for bathroom storage.
These are often an ideal candidate if you need to fit your storage into an alcove. If you’re living in a period property there will often be a chimney stack going through one or two of your bedrooms, so making full use of the recess spaces are a necessity. If you can get the dimensions right, this style of chest of drawers will sit neatly off of the main floor space, leaving you plenty of room for your bed or other furniture.
If you’re ever unsure about which pieces are going to fit your allotted space, use our handy little dimensions tool at the left hand side of our Chest of Drawers Page. Measure your gap and move the slider to assign a maximum width for your chest. The page will automatically update, eliminating any items that are too big for your space.
If you have a long piece of wall space, one of our 3 over 4 chests are a great way of creating a focal point in a larger bedroom.
They offer bags of storage and the long surface area can provide a wonderful space for display, allowing you to add some personality to your room of rest.
This area also provides an ideal spot for adding some low lighting to the room, which is another opportunity to make bit of a statement.
If you’re looking for some lighting inspiration, take a look at our accessories page for some beautiful freestanding lamp options.
Wicker vs Wooden Drawers
Nothing really beats wood in terms of strength, but handwoven wicker can still be incredibly durable and offers something a little different.
Wicker has a very ‘relaxed’ appearance, so can be a great way of adding an informal warmth to a room. The softer, textural exterior of styles like our Farmhouse Natural Chest lend themselves perfectly to a bedroom.
This Farmhouse Ivory 6 Drawer Chest is a great addition to a bedroom or spare room. With lovely spacious drawers it’s particularly useful for housing bed linen, blankets and towels. If you love this kind of look, but need something with smaller drawers, there are a number of shapes and sizes available across our beautiful Farmhouse Ivory Range.
If you have the space and you want to invest in a timeless statement piece, take a look at our Natural Oak Multi-Drawer Chest. Country Homes and Interiors recommend it as a ‘We Want This Now’ piece in their April 2016 issue. You can also find this style with a lacquered finish as part of our Oakland Range.
Finding a Finish
Take a look around at the room you’re furnishing, count the number of colours you can see on the floor, ceiling, walls and main pieces of furniture. Include a different wood finish as a different colour and if you’re exceeding 5 different shades, you may need to reign things in a little bit with your next purchase. A large amount of colours and finishes could be making the room feel too busy and incoherent.
To tie things in a little better, look at matching the shade of paint finish to an existing colour in the room, or if you already have wooden furniture in there, try to match the wood finish as closely as possible. You can try before you buy with many of our ranges by simply requesting one of our wood samples completely free of charge.
These useful little segments give you the opportunity to compare first hand with your existing furniture and decide whether you’re going to be confusing or complementing your current scheme.