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
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
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

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.