A chest of drawers, sometimes called (in UK and US English), a wardrobe or a bedroom dresser, is a kind of closet (a separate piece of furniture) with multiple, vertically positioned drawers usually stacked one above the other. These are placed in either a central or side-by-side position. In some cases there are no doors on the chest of drawers.
The chest of drawers came into common use during the latter half of the nineteenth century in America. During this period there was a popular trend to use the same type of dressers and bureau in different rooms of the house, so that each had a distinguished decorative function and felt to be part of the overall decoration of the bedroom. It became quite a fashion to have a secretary or wardrobe dresser in each bedroom. In some houses a separate dressing room and/or guest room had been designed separately from the bedroom, and these were decorated accordingly. As time went by, many people started having separate wardrobes in their bedrooms, as well.
There are many types of chests of drawers available on the market today. For starters, there are those made of wood, metal, glass, or combinations thereof. Each of these materials has its own advantages and disadvantages, depending on what you are looking for. While the materials themselves are fairly simple in their construction, the design of the entire piece is much more complex, and this leads to the kinds of features that need to be considered. Some of the more popular options include:
A top drawer that slides out easily is a great feature if you want more accessibility to the items that you place in the top drawer, such as an armoire. These kinds of chests of drawers also allow for a better and easier use of the bottom portion of the drawers. If the drawers are on rollers, there will be less friction, which makes them more efficient in use. A chest of drawers that does not have a top drawer is generally fitted with one, as it does not add additional space to the bottom of the unit.
Another option for a chest of drawers in the bedroom is the type that mounts directly to the wall. These pieces will provide for a much cleaner look than the stand-alone pieces and they do not take up much floor space. They are a little more difficult to assemble, but once it is done, it is usually pretty easy. The disadvantage to these pieces is that they may not have enough storage space to store all of your bedroom’s clothing, especially since most of the pieces are set on end.
Other types of dressers include ones that convert into storage cabinets. These pieces are a good choice for limited spaces, because they are more versatile than the stand-alone pieces, and the bottom of the drawer is already outfitted with a hook or shelf for hanging items. There is also an option to have a corner piece converted to a dressing room, so you could still keep the full dresser, but turn the corner piece into a storage cabinet.