best dressers for small spaces

5 Best Dressers for Small Spaces and How to Choose One

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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A small dresser can make a great difference in your bedroom, giving it a touch of class, style, and charm. It fits into tight spaces to provide storage without taking up too much space. A great dresser doubles up as storage and a room accent. You can also use a small dresser as a nightstand for your bedroom or as accent pieces in a living room. 

There are tons of creative small dressers in the market to help you store your clothes and accessories. To help you choose the right one for your space, we evaluated some of the best dressers based on construction, capacity,  and style. 

The best dresser for small spaces that we reviewed is the RAST 3-drawer chest From IKEA. This multi-faceted dresser has three deep drawers, providing plenty of storage for your essentials. It is also durable and has a sleek style. 

The second-best option on our list is the mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower With 8 Drawers which is trendy and ultra-functional. It’s classic and made of high-quality materials, making it sturdy and durable.

The Hayiodda White Dresser for Kids' Bedrooms is the third-best dresser for small spaces. It is scratch resistant and easy to clean.

Our Top Picks

1. Rast 3-Drawer Chest From IKEA

The IKEA brand, a Swedish retailer, offers budget-friendly bedroom furniture. The RAST 3-Drawer Chest is made of warm, natural, durable solid wood that lasts for years. However, you can make the untreated solid wood material more durable by waxing, staining, or painting it and making it easy to care for. Although its unfinished look is unsophisticated, you can glow it up with whatever hue you choose to blend with a wide range of decor. 

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The three drawers are deep, allowing you to store bulky cardigans and trousers. However, this lightweight dresser can tip over and cause serious injuries, so attach it to the wall. Different wall materials require different types of fixing devices. Therefore, use fixing devices suitable for the walls in your home. The fact that I had to fix it myself gave me additional tasks that I did not like. 

Pros:

  • Deep drawers
  • Easy to move

Cons:

  • Prone to tipping if not anchored
  • Requires assembly

2. MDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower With 8 Drawers

mDesign Tall Steel Frame/Wood Top Storage Dresser...
  • 8 DRAWER CHEST: Features 8 slim removable drawers; Use in or out...
  • STYLISH STORAGE: This furniture stand boasts a lightweight design...
  • FUNCTIONAL & VERSATILE: Create coordinated organization in any...
  • QUALITY CONSTRUCTION: Made of breathable non-woven synthetic...
  • THOUGHTFULLY SIZED: Measures 11.8" x 33.8" x 35.3" high

I needed a small dresser with many drawers to help me separate all my linen essentials and make it easy for me to find and grab what I needed without much struggle. I didn’t have extra storage elsewhere. The mDesign Vertical Dresser Storage Tower creates stylish storage with eight pull-out fabric drawers. These removable drawers separate and organize clothing and accessories like hats, socks and shoes, scarves, blankets, and more in one convenient place.

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It gives ample storage for wardrobe essentials and other accessories. It also offers storage for out-of-season items you don’t need within direct reach daily, like clothing, shoes, purses, scarves, bedding, linens, and more. And because it is tall and slim, it’s easy to squeeze into a small space like a bedroom closet, guest room, or laundry area. 

It is constructed using a metal frame that makes it sturdy and durable. This dresser provides a flat surface where you can place toiletries like perfume or styling items like jewelry boxes. 

This budget-friendly dresser can be placed outside of a walk-in closet. You will be delighted to choose your dresser from the 12 colors it is available in, including white to muted pink. However, you will need to assemble this piece yourself.

Pros:

  • It comes in 12 colors
  • Deep drawers
  • Budget-friendly

Cons:

  • Assembly required

3. Hayiodda White Dresser for Kids’ Bedroom

White Dresser 6 Drawer, White Dresser for Kids Bedroom,...
  • 【White Dresser for Bedroom】Elevate the style of your bedroom...
  • 【Versatile Furniture】This dresser is more than just a bedroom...
  • 【Stable & Durable】Crafted from high-quality wood material,...
  • 【Ample Storage Space】With six deep drawers and a spacious...
  • 【Hassle-free Assembly】The white 6 drawer dresser comes with...

When I was looking for a small dresser that could fit in my kids’ bedroom, I was drawn to this Hayiodda classic 6-drawer dresser due to its elegance. Its solid wood handles and legs instantly elevate the style of the room. The dresser’s white color and unique wood texture instantly enhance the overall aesthetics of the bedroom. 

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Due to its versatility, this dresser serves multiple purposes. I could comfortably place a 50-inch TV set on its wide tabletop while my little ones could palace their accessories, such as watches and toys. The table top can also double as a changing table, making it suitable for families with children. This dresser has a refined look making it suitable for a nursery or kids' room. 

If you are looking for a dresser for your child's room with ample storage space, this is your best choice. It has six deep drawers that provide abundant storage space for your clothing, bed sheets, toys, magazines, and more. This functional dresser helps you keep your child’s bedroom organized and neat. 

The Hayiodda dresser is made from high-quality wood material to ensure stability and durability, making it useful for a long time. It has thickened solid wood feet that provide extra stability and support. This makes it remain sturdy even with daily use and the playful nature of children. Don’t worry if your children love scribbling on surfaces. This dresser is scratch-resistant and will remain in good shape. It also has a waterproof finish which makes cleaning easy. 

This white 6-drawer dresser comes with clear assembly instructions making the assembly process hassle-free. It is thoughtfully packaged in 2 boxes to ensure easy handling, and each piece is labeled for easy identification when assembling.

Pros:

  • Versatile
  • Stable and durable
  • Ample storage space
  • Hassle-free assembly

Cons:

  • Screwing the material too tight could damage it

4. Yitahome Storage Tower With 5 Drawers - Fabric Dresser

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YITAHOME Storage Tower with 5 Drawers - Fabric Dresser,...
  • QUALITY CONSTRUCTION - Made from reliable metal frame and durable...
  • DURABLE FABRIC - The drawer is made from high quality breathable...
  • EASY TO ASSEMBLE- Detailed instructions and installation video...
  • UNIVERSALLY COMPLEMENTARY- Premium gray fabric drawers, with...
  • LARGE CAPACITY- 5 drawers in different sizes provide multiple...

Yitahome storage tower’s sleek and contemporary look was the piece I needed to blend my bedroom’s color scheme. It is a modern dresser that brought a minimalist feel to my bedroom. Its universally complementary premium grey fabric drawers brought s sense of warmth into my bedroom. This narrow dresser has a modern scent and stylish aesthetics that complements various living spaces easily. 

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Its high-quality construction features a sturdy and reliable black metal frame and a durable wooden table top making it quite strong and durable. Its chest of drawers is made with durable non-woven synthetic fabric that is high quality and breathable. The material is easy to maintain and only needs to be cleaned with a damp cloth. My worries about a scratched floor were averted by its four adjustable feet, preventing it from scratching. 

The five foldable and removable soft-close drawers have easy-to-pull plastic handles that allow the drawers to be easily and conveniently opened and closed. The five drawers are of different sizes and provide a large capacity for multiple storage options. This helps you to keep your bedroom neat. 

I could easily follow the detailed assembly instructions and installation video with the dresser. However, fixing the dresser to the wall is recommended to prevent it from tipping and causing accidents. It does not come with an anti-tip kit.

Pros:

  • High-quality construction
  • Durable fabric
  • Easy to assemble
  • Large capacity

Cons:

  • Handles can easily be broken 

5. Yafiti 10 Drawer Dresser

YaFiti 10 Drawer Dresser, Chest of Drawers for Bedroom,...
  • 【Spacious Storage Space】The bedroom dressers with drawers...
  • 【Upgraded Side Pockets and Hooks】 Compared to other brands of...
  • 【Sturdy and Durable】 A sturdy steel frame, wood top and...
  • 【Stylish and Versatile】YaFiti tower chest of drawers is...
  • 【100% Satisfaction】The package includes easy-to-follow...

I’m a lover of sleek furniture, and this YaFiti 10 Drawer Dresser delivers a sleek and rustic look that is irresistible. Its ten individual collapsible drawers offer large storage space to allow you to organize all your belongings, so your room can always be immaculate. This bedroom dresser includes three drawers of different sizes and two additional drawers with dividers to organize the smaller items such as underwear, toys, makeup, jewelry, and socks.  

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This dresser has one side pocket and two hooks for additional storage space. This extra storage space can help you store shoes, magazines, and accessories. You can use the hooks to hang bags, umbrellas, and hats. The wooden tabletop can hold lamps, ornaments, vases, and other decorative items. 

Its stylish and versatile nature makes it perfect for any room, such as bedrooms and closets. It comes in two colors to coordinate well with the color scheme of your home. 

What made me choose this bedroom dresser is its sturdy and durable construction. It is made of a sturdy steel frame, wood top, and high-grade non-woven fabric. This tall dresser has adjustable feet and anti-tip accessories to keep it from tilting and falling.

Its premium cationic material is hard, smooth, bright, durable, and less prone to wrinkling and mildew. This dresser is quite easy to assemble following its numbered parts. 

Pros:

  • Spacious storage
  • Strong and durable
  • Stylish
  • Versatile
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Requires assembly

What to Look for When Buying Dressers for Small Spaces

1. Size

Dressers come in different sizes, some wide and low and others narrow and tall. When shopping for a dresser, consider how much space you have for the dresser in your room and how many clothes you need to fit in it.

Small dressers typically have three to six drawers and can fit perfectly into a smaller space. Large dressers may contain up to ten drawers and are good for a classy, practical way to fill a large room. 

You should also consider the number of drawers you need. If you love organizing each type of clothing in its own separate space, look for a six-drawer dresser. But if you only need a few large drawers to put your clothes in, 3-drawer dressers may be your best choice. Also, remember to leave room for drawers to pull out. You want to avoid pinching your hands and avoid any doors hitting the dresser when they swing open. 

2. Color and Style

A dresser's design, style, and color are a matter of personal preference. Strive to find a dresser that matches your home's theme and overall color scheme. It is not difficult to find one as dressers come in different colors, including white, charcoal, beige, grey, cherry wood, and black.

Once you settle on the color, look for unique details that make it the perfect option for your room. Some dressers come with attached mirrors, while others have more modern acrylic styles with gold hardware.  These small details make a difference in the dresser’s overall look and feel. 

3. Material 

Dressers are made from different materials, ranging from classic solid wood to engineered wood. The dresser hardware can range from modern metal handles to hand-carved wooden knobs, so choose based on the style of your home. You can also consider other details, like distressed wood, decorative moldings, and tapered legs. Also, consider the construction of any models you’re purchasing. Ideally, you should go for a dresser made of solid wood for durability. 

4. Weight

The weight of a typical, well-built dresser ranges from 100 to 150 pounds. Consider a lighter dresser if you need to carry the assembled piece up numerous flights of stairs. However, opt for a heavier unit if you’re looking for something durable and less prone to tipping. 

Always consider anchoring any dresser to the wall, particularly if you have young kids who may pull on or climb the furniture.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Best Dressers for Small Spaces

1. What is the name of a small dresser?

A small dresser is commonly called a “chest of drawers” or a “dresser.” This chest of drawers is a type of cabinet consisting of several drawers stacked one above the other and used for storing personal effects such as clothes, linen, bags, etc. 

2. Where do you put a small dresser?

A small dresser is commonly put in the bedroom across the bed or against a wall in a long pathway. This setup allows enough space between your bed and the dresser. You can also place the dresser to the right or left of your bed instead of placing it across the middle of the bed. 

3. How do you style a small bedroom dresser?

One of the best ways to style a small dresser is by using a large mirror that can lean against the wall or hang above the dresser. A mirror creates a feeling of a larger space while helping you get ready in the morning. Another way to style your small dresser is by adding a decorative jewelry box. Use a clear glass box to make the accessories easily visible. You can also style your small dresser by lighting your space with a lamp. It will give you extra task lighting while accessorizing your dresser. 

4. How do you arrange a small bedroom with a dresser?

Although a small bedroom with a dresser can be quite challenging to arrange, there are ways in which you can arrange it to make it neat. Ensure that you arrange your furniture to fit to simplify the process. Avoid placing furniture on all sides of the room. Use a bedroom layout that will make clever use of your bedroom. Don’t leave large spaces behind the dresser that cannot be utilized. Utilize the space under your bed for placing things like shoes and bags. Think carefully about the placement of your bed. Strive to create floor space, a sleeping alcove, and utilize the space under the bed and shelve.

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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