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Chest Of Drawers

Whether you’re after a pine, painted, reclaimed or oak chest of drawers, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for with Furniture Barn.  Below, we’ve provided some advice for choosing your purchase.

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There are plenty of features to consider when selecting a chest of drawers.

Size

Firstly, the perfect chest of drawers should be the right size for your clothes and your bedroom.

  • A small chest of drawers may be more than up to the task if you don’t need much storage space.
  • A tall chest of drawers, Wellington chest or tallboy is a tall but narrow storage solution, ideal if you’d like lots of storage and but don’t have much floor space.  The Venice tall Wellington chest also includes drawers of different sizes for extra versatility.
  • If you’d prefer an accessible top surface for jewellery and other finishing touches, a low chest of drawers may be the option for you.
  • If you have plenty of room for a larger item and require lots of storage, a large chest of drawers can hold just about everything you’ll need.
  • Finally, a wide chest of drawers holds plenty, provides a long top surface and is great for filling up a more spacious room.

Drawers

Drawers are the most common style of storage you’ll see in chests of drawers – but finding the best drawers for you depends on what you’re storing.

Single drawers

Single drawers often have one handle.  Sizes vary, but being fairly small and light, they’re easy to pull out and useful for keeping smaller items like socks and underwear.

Wide drawers

Wide drawers generally have two handles.  Because they are heavier and their handles aren’t central, they need to be pulled out with both hands.  Wide drawers are useful for keeping larger items of casual clothing which can be folded, like jeans and spare T-shirts.  By housing casuals in wide drawers, you can also free up wardrobe space for more formal or fitted items, like shirts, trousers and blouses, which need to be hung rather than folded.

Mini drawers

Mini drawers are fantastic for keeping cufflinks, watches, necklaces, rings, wallets, keys and other small valuables.  The danger of putting valuables in single drawers is that single drawers are still fairly spacious and deep, so small items end up buried.  Mini drawers, on the other hand, are small and shallow – just the right size for little treasures.  Own lots of jewellery?  The Venice reclaimed 7 drawer chest has multiple mini drawers to keep your items organised as well as safe.

Baskets

Drawers are a sturdy storage solution.  They can bear plenty of weight and keep belongings safe from dust and prying eyes – but baskets make an outstanding alternative.

For starters, they’re much lighter and can be pulled completely out of the chest, meaning they are easier to search through and can be carried elsewhere if necessary.

In addition, baskets generally slot into shelf compartments rather than a carcass, so the days of loose socks falling behind the drawer boxes are over!

Not only that, they look fantastic in a contemporary home.  The Suffolk buttermilk tallboy with baskets is a brilliant example of basket storage done right.

Handles

It may sound crazy, but handles can transform your chest of drawers from one style into another.

  • Bail pull handles, like the Farnborough range’s swan neck design, make a piece look more elegant and can suit both contemporary and traditional style furnishing.  Bail pull handles can also come with a backplate, which can be seen on our Winchester range’s antique metal handles.
  • Drawer knobs are more minimalist and have plenty of understated charm, making them a great choice for modern chests like our Carolina 6 drawer tallboy.  D handles and bar handles also match the modern look.
  • Cup handles are popular on painted chests like the Hockley, perfect components for contemporary styling.

Woods and finishes

Our chests of drawers come in a range of woods and finishes which all have their own strengths.

Oak

An oak chest of drawers is strong and versatile with a beautiful wood grain.  Naturally a pale colour, it looks fantastic in a clear lacquer finish.

Pine

Although pine is also naturally pale, coming up yellow in a clear lacquer, it’s so easy to stain that you’ll find it in all sorts of different colour finishes, from the lighter toned Keyston to the rich dark brown of the Claverton to the multicolour finishes of the Venice.

Reclaimed

A reclaimed wooden chest of drawers is ideal for anyone who wants to be eco-friendly and loves the idea of their furniture having an interesting history and character.  For more information about reclaimed wood, check out our blog post.

Painted

For contemporary décor, painted chests are the way to go.  A grey, cream or white chest of drawers can suit a wide selection of colour schemes.

Colours

Whether you prefer a painted or wood finish, it’s worth knowing that colours can be useful for changing the feel of a space.  Pale woods and lighter paints open up a small or shadowy bedroom while darker stains and colours can make a large room feel cosier.

Woodwork

The final thing that can influence the look of your chest of drawers is its craftsmanship, and there are plenty of aspects that give your chest its unique feel and look.

Legs or plinth?

Firstly, would you prefer legs or a plinth?  The main different between legs and a plinth is that legs add more shape while plinths subtract it, making furniture look more “square”.  As such, plinths are a common choice for modern décor where cleaner shapes are the focus.

Edge profiles

The edge profile of the top panel also plays a role.  A square, eased or radius edge is clean and simple, often seen on more rustic pieces.  Meanwhile, a bevelled, cove or ogee edge is more decorative and more likely to be seen on contemporary chests.

Panelling

Finally, a chest of drawers can be given extra definition with the right panelling.  Raised panels are more commonly found on contemporary designs, while flat panels are more often seen on traditional ranges.

Shop chests of drawers

Now you’ve got all the info, it’s time to search for your perfect chest of drawers.