Are you looking for that perfect blocky, modern, unassuming piece of furniture to add to your guest bedroom - or, perhaps, to the end of your hall? A mid-century modern dresser can be absolutely practical and breathtaking at the same time. Today, when the mid-century modern aesthetic is truly experiencing a revival, you can find good '50s and '60s furniture in many places.
What's more, you can be sure that your new mid-century modern piece will be well-made - and it'll go with anything.
Mid-century modern dressers have retro styling and some often term them minimalistic; however, they're not always basic and simple. To spot a true mid-century modern piece, be sure to check out the hardware. You'll want to see subtle designs in polished finishes: for example, a tiny detail of a teardrop silver drawer pull, or thin, symmetrical polished brass handles.
Your mid-century dresser will feel solid and stylish. They also tend to come in many different sizes, to match the different needs you may have. You'll find double dressers, standard-sized ones, and combination mid-century dressers as well as more niche pieces such as lingerie chests and gentlemen's chests. What will remain in common is the distinctive (and highly desirable) mid-century flair.
Typically, you can find these types of dressers in a variety of wooden finishes, including ash, walnut, eucalyptus, and acacia. They will feature flawless engineering: they will slide open easily, and will often feature hidden compartments and drawers shielded from view by sloping, rounded doors. These types of modern pieces should have metal glides for extremely easy drawer access.
The silhouette of one of these dressers will be traditional and boxy, but will incorporate sleek, carved details and parallel lines. The legs will likely be tapered or hairpin legs in a matching wood.
Interested in finding one of these pieces for yourself? We've rounded up the best mid-century pieces below for ultimate inspiration…
This flat-front dresser has grey wood tones that will make it match with anything in an upscale, modern way. It's made from high-quality particle board, feels heavy and solid, and has hairpin legs and minimal hardware to give it a retro, '50s feel for your home.
This warm-toned dresser doesn't have any hardware - and it doesn't need any. Instead, it has subtle carved grooves to allow for easy opening. Three wide, spacious drawers sit atop each other - it's a generous amount of storage! - and this dresser also has a flat top for lights, pictures, and more.
Manufactured Wood Chest
In need of a minimal nightstand? This 'bachelors chest' comes in white and grey and has a tiny footprint - just what you need at the side of your bed. It has two small drawers, one on top of the next, with grooves at the top in lieu of handles.
Elegant White Dresser
This elegant four-drawer set is all about the angles. It has two tones, white and birch, and no hardware on the drawers - instead relying on cunning angles and precise construction for easy opening. The front looks like shutters, adding lots of visual interest to your home decor.
Sometimes, mid-century dressers can be very, very minimal. This dresser set has the same sense of subtle sophistication with a little more definition. The white-and-birch color scheme outlines the top drawer, setting it apart for a dramatic look. Each of the three drawers has two pulls for easy access.
Interested in a dresser with drawers of all sizes? If you need something with that type of interest, this is your dresser. This set includes five drawers of three sizes and a few different styles of hardware; yet, with a subtle color scheme, it doesn't feel like it clashes. Hairpin legs and a birch border round out this dresser, making it feel fully mid-century.
Off White Chest
This five-drawer chest has an interesting design feature: Its sides go up over its top to create a rimmed top shelf. The overall effect is very high-style, specially when combined with the cream-and-birch coloring of this chest. It features three long drawers topped with two half-drawers with easy access.
This low six-drawers double set has some very impactful design statements! The white facade of this dresser is broken up by the oval hand grips, intelligently lined up with clean lines and rounded corners. It has five legs for superior stability.
Reclaimed Teak Dresser
Two words: reclaimed teak. This natural beauty of many-toned wood is the definite feature in this six-drawer set. There isn't any hardware or even any discernible partitions between the drawers; instead, the natural elegance and beauty of the wood shines through for understated glamor.
Eight-Drawers Double Dresser
If you're looking for a stylish way to get as much storage as you can, turn to this two-toned eight-drawer set. With white larger drawers and smaller ash drawers up top, this drawer set will look good with a variety of different aesthetics. No hardware is needed; open grooves at the top of each drawer allow for easy opening.