Chest of Drawers Buying Guide
A chest of drawers has been a key fixture in the typical bedroom for centuries, having originated in late Medieval Europe in the form of a 'coffer' for storing clothes. Although a coffer was merely a box with a hinged lid, the eventual introduction of a drawer underneath marked the first step towards the chest of drawer design that we are all familiar with today.
Today, chests of drawers routinely consist of several drawers stacked on top of each other, and are where clothes are stored when it is not necessary to hang them in a wardrobe.
Types of chests of drawers
Chests of drawers are available in all manner of shapes and sizes, as can be seen in a range here at Furnishing Homes that includes everything from modest two drawer units to those with a much greater number of drawers. Although the typical chest of drawers is wide rather than tall, tall and thin variants such as the tall boy or Wellington are perfect if you lack floor space and only need to store smaller items.
Choosing a chest of drawers
Indeed, the right choice of chest of drawers for you largely depends on what exactly you intend to store in your unit, in addition to the amount of available floor space.
You may, for example, require large, deep drawers in which to store jumpers, or smaller drawers for odds and sods. Measure the space in your bedroom so that you can be sure that the unit that you choose will fit into the intended space, as well as that there will be enough room to open the drawers.
As is the case with any other type of furniture, you'll want the chest of drawers that you choose to be a good match to the rest of your bedroom's decor.
The most obvious way of ensuring this is to buy a chest of drawers that has been made out of the same material as the rest of the furniture in the room, for example choosing a pine chest of drawers to match a pine bed and wardrobe. Nonetheless, even if you decide to mix and match different woods for a more distinctive look, you'll still need to ensure at least some level of coherence.
Take a look at our full range of chests of drawers for inspiration. We offer something for every need, from contemporary and minimalist designed oak chests to rustic, warm pine chests.
We deliver our chests of drawers flat packed, part assembled or fully assembled. Although you can find more specific assembly advice with each product, when you take delivery of one of our flat packed chests of drawers, there are nonetheless several ways of making the process easier.
These include laying out an old sheet or towel on the floor before you start, in order to prevent damage to the furniture, as well as carefully reading the instructions and ensuring that you have everything that you require before you begin.