4 Expert Tips To Choose A Small Dresser

A dresser can be a perfect place to store clothes, linens, and more. Because they come in so many sizes, they are versatile and can be placed almost anywhere! This means that if you just have a small nook in your room where a tiny dresser could go, you can work with that and get some more valuable storage room into your space.

Let's talk about the features available in small dressers, and how to choose the one that's best for you.

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1. How many drawers should I choose for a small dresser?

Because a dresser is, essentially, a stack of drawers that you can use for out-of-sight storage, one of the main considerations you'll have to make is the number of drawers you need. However, with a small dresser, you have expected size constraints.

The most important thing is to start by measuring the space that you have available. Remember that a standard dresser is about waist tall (which means about 26-44"), 16-20" deep, and anywhere from two to five feet wide. That's a lot of variances! A smaller dresser is likely less deep and less wide, but can potentially be very tall to take advantage of vertical height. This means that you could choose a low, narrow small dresser with only two or three drawers, or have as many as seven or eight and be more like a tower of boxy drawers.

How many drawers should you choose?

  • Start with your measurements to see what's available. Narrow down your search criteria so you're not seeing anything that's too wide for your space.

  • Then, consider your storage needs. Do you only have a few knickknacks you need to stow away? Are you purchasing this small dresser for a small amount of clothing (for example, to place in a young child's bedroom)? If so, you likely only need two to three drawers. However, if you're looking to get as much storage space as possible, for example, if you live in a smaller space, pro tip! Go as tall as you possibly can. There are small, narrow dressers that have as many as five or six drawers; choose one of these for your space to store as much as you can!

2. What style of small dresser is right for me?

There are two main styles of dressers. Each style can also be applied to a miniature version of a dresser, as the same concepts may apply, just on a smaller scale. Here are the two types:

  • Horizontal: This type of dresser is wider than it is tall, and typically only has two to three long, flat drawers. For a very small dresser - one that is less than two feet tall - you'll likely have two small drawers; but, as a benefit, it could likely double as a bench or seating area if styled appropriately. This is good if you have lots of floor space to work with.
Horizontal Small Dresser in Deep Brown
Horizontal Small Dresser in Brown Wood
Horizontal Small Dresser with 5 Drawers
Horizontal Small Dresser with 4 Drawers in White
Horizontal Small Dresser in White
Horizontal Small Dresser in Grey
  • Vertical: This type of dresser is taller than it is wide; it resembles more a stack of cube-shaped drawers than a typical dresser. Sometimes they can be referred to as towers. Choose this type if you don't have much floor space, but do have significant vertical space that you'd like to take advantage of, for example, between windows, or in the corners of rooms or closets.
Vertical Small Dresser in Dark Brown
Vertical Small Dresser in Cherry Wood
Vertical Small Dresser in White
Elegant Vertical Small Dresser in Silver
Vertical Small Dresser in Grey
Vertical Small Dresser in Light Wood

3. How can I match the color of small dresser to my home's aesthetic?

This is a question of creating focal points in your home. If you'd like for your dresser to blend in and not be an immediate statement piece, you have two main options:

  • Select a neutral color, such as navy, black, brown, or white, or
  • Select a color that is very similar to the rest of the colors in your room.

Look around at the space in which you plan to put the dresser. What are the main colors in the space? Picking a dresser that has the same colors will result in a more cohesive, modern, and minimalist look.

Small Dresser in Grey with 5 Drawers
Vertical Long Small Dresser in White
5 Drawer Lingerie Small Dresser in Grey
Rustic Small Dresser in White
Modern Small Dresser in Light Grey
Modern Small Dresser in Brown and Black

However, if you'd like for your small dresser to create a focal point and a statement, there's a very simple way to do so:

  • Choose a color that is bright and represented nowhere else in your room!

Following this rule of opposites can result in dynamic places. Use the color wheel as your guide: If your room is mostly dark blues, select a bright red, orange, or yellow color. Got a room that's mostly dark browns and blacks? Selecting a bright white dresser will make it pop instantly for a chic, elevated look.

Small Dresser in Light Aqua Green
Small Dresser in Yellow
Blue Small Dresser in Traditional Style
Bright Red Vertical Small Dresser
Red Small Dresser with 5 Drawers
Green Wooden Small Dresser

4. What materials are best for small dressers?

The most popular material used to make dressers of any kind is hardwood (such as maple, oak, or pine). The drawers inside might be made of plywood because it's durable and cost-effective.

However, those aren't your only options. If you're going for more of an industrial vibe, seek out a metal dresser that exudes the feel of a locker. If you're planning on using this small dresser for toy storage, a good idea might be to go for a stacking plastic set of transparent drawers so you can see exactly what's inside.

If you'd like your small dresser to have the best versatility, however, to be used in many ways over the years that you'll have it, select a wooden dresser. They can be painted in any color, and they'll be guaranteed to have a classic style that will last for years to come.

Jessica started out as an interior photographer, but her love of pretty settings took her to the field of interior design, where she can combine two of her greatest passions, creating and then capturing the beauty of homes.