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A chest of drawers, often known as a bureau or a dresser, is one of the most useful and often elegant pieces of furniture. A chest of drawers, whether tall or short, narrow or wide, can be used for much more than just holding clothes.

It can contain a variety of tiny household items, allowing you to keep your space cleaner and more organized. It’s also a piece on which you may express yourself by refinishing, decoupaging, or rearranging the components to create a whole other aesthetic.

Here are a few ways to use a chest of drawers in your house, whether it’s new or reconditioned.

Inside a Room

In a bedroom, a white and oak chest of drawers is often used to keep folded clothing. However, whether in a master bedroom, a guest room, or a child’s sleeping quarters, dressers can be used in a variety of ways.

As a bedside table, use a low chest of drawers.

To better arrange your accessories and apparel, place a bureau in a spacious closet.
At the foot of your bed, use a chest of drawers for storage; the bureau should be somewhat lower than the top of your mattress.

In a guest room, dedicate a tiny chest of drawers for a houseguest to put their personal stuff.
Use a chest of drawers as a toy box in a child’s room.

In the family room or living room

The beauty of a chest of drawers is that it can easily transition from a bedroom to a living area. When you have a perfectly nice dresser that needs a new home in another room, there’s no need to acquire pricey furniture. Consider the following applications for a bureau in the living or family room:

As an end table, place a tiny, waist-high chest of drawers between two seats or at the end of your sofa.

Place a long dresser at the back of your sofa as a console table; the dresser should be the same height or lower than the back of your sofa.

In the family room, fill a chest with puzzles, games, painting supplies, or novels. As an entertainment center, use a low, long chest of drawers to accommodate a television and technological equipment in the drawers.

Make a bar out of any chest of drawers by removing one of the drawers or adding a wine holder or rack.

In the kitchen or the dining room

You would believe that a chest of drawers is only appropriate for a farmhouse or cottage-style kitchen, but the aesthetic is appropriate for any type of area, even contemporary.

For example, in an otherwise ultra-modern kitchen, a vintage mid-century modern chest of drawers adds a comfortable, warm touch. Here are some ideas for using a chest of drawers in your dining room or kitchen:

In the dining area, use a long, low chest as a sideboard and serve buffet-style from the top.
Set up a coffee station or coffee bar in the kitchen, with drawers for coffee, tea, pods, cups, and spoons.

Install hooks and rails on the sides for potholders, utensils, and towels, and build a kitchen island with a waist-high chest of drawers.

A tea service, sweets, a floral arrangement, or seasonal decorations can be set up on the top of a smaller chest in the dining room.

If you have a Foyer, Mudroom, or Porch, this is the place to put it

A chest of drawers can simplify your foyer, mudroom, or porch in minutes (add your laundry room, too). When you can dump everything into the roomy drawers of a dresser, why rely on mitten trees or boxes to manage the hodgepodge of seasonal gear?

Make your foyer more utilitarian by adding a chest of drawers to store seasonal goods like gloves and scarves, as well as keys and mail.

In an entryway or mudroom bureau, give each family member their own drawer. Adults can store cash, tools, or electronics, while children can keep their homework tidy. Keep mail and notes in a basket or ornamental box on top.

On a covered porch, keep a chest of drawers as a serving station and storage for outdoor necessities like grilling utensils and placemats.


In a Workroom or a Home Office

These days, who isn’t working from home? Take your relocated chest of drawers and put it to use for you if you are, or if you need extra space for projects and crafts. You don’t have to follow cubicle norms, and you can decorate your office in your own manner.

Items for your crafts and hobbies, such as painting equipment, sewing notions, fabrics, or scrapbooking supplies, should be kept in a chest.

Adding Shelving to a Room

Adding a hutch or bookshelf to the top of a bureau can give it more storage space. It’s not necessary for the pieces to match. For stability and safety, secure the top piece to the dresser or bolt it to the wall.

In a restroom

Consider adding a chest of drawers to your bathroom if you want to add some style. In the bathroom, a chest of drawers can be used for linen storage or converted to accommodate a vessel sink or drop-in sink.

For whatever reason. Choose a chest of drawers that can endure moisture and humidity, particularly if it will be used in a bathroom with a shower or bathtub. (In a powder room, you can get away with any sort of dresser, but be wary of any leaks.)

If you’re refurbishing a bathroom bureau, apply a water-resistant sealant and an anti-mildew treatment to prevent the wood from warping or cracking. Newer dressers designed for use with bathroom vanities are frequently kiln-dried to prevent damage.