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Is a chest of drawers really better than a wardrobe?

Dulwich Reclaimed Wood Chest of Drawers and Bed

It was a topic of discussion that we had wanted to introduce to our Houzz followers for some time. And so, along with our Houzz followers, we asked our Instagram audience the same question – given the choice, would you opt for a chest of drawers over a wardrobe?

We Asked, You Answered

And for the first time, we have a clear difference of opinion between our audience on Houzz and our Instagram followers. Whilst the majority of Houzz respondents opted for a wardrobe, Instagrammers bucked the trend, opting for a chest of drawers.

So could a large chest of drawers replace the wardrobe? When and why would a chest of drawers be a better option than a wardrobe?

Small space, big dreams

Dulwich Medium Reclaimed Wood Chest of Drawers

Not all of us are gifted with a huge boudoir, with masses of floor space to create the dream wardrobe and chest of drawers get-up.

In the smaller bedroom, we need to be even more clever with space and that means choosing versatile, flexible storage for clothing and other accessories. This doesn’t mean we can’t go for reclaimed wood furniture though.

When you can’t even squeeze in a wardrobe with shelves, there is no denying that a bedroom chest of drawers is the perfect alternative.

In most cases, we don’t need to full length hanging space that most reclaimed wood wardrobes offer. And so even when we can afford the space for a wardrobe, it is sometimes not the best storage solution.

Create a stylish look whilst affording as much storage as possible by mixing and combining tall, large and small chest of drawers, such as those from Dulwich Collection.

Make the most of height (even if there isn’t much!)

A loft bedroom presents some exciting angles and interesting nooks and crannies, and whilst this is what you fell in love with, when it comes to dressing the room, it can be a design nightmare.

Chests of drawers could be the ideal solutions, especially as they come in a range of sizes and options;

  • Low and wide – the reason why you choose reclaimed furniture for the bedroom in the first place is for its beauty but you also want pieces that offer your storage without crowding the space. The low and wide chest of drawers is perfect for when ceiling height is low but you have an expanse of wall.
Cotswold Large Reclaimed Wood Chest of Drawers
  • Tall and slender – most bedrooms in older properties especially, have a recess that is hard to dress but ripe for converting into a storage space. Square off an oddly-shaped room with a tall, slender bedroom chest of drawers in a recess.
Winchester Reclaimed Wood Tall Chest of Drawers
  • Combination storage – when you have unforgiving dimensions, you sometimes need to be clever in how you add storage. As well as a chest of drawers in the bedroom, consider adding bedside tables with drawers, just for that extra bit of storage space. 
Dulwich Reclaimed Wood Bedside Table

    The wardrobe

    None of this means that the wardrobe has had its day – far from it! – but it is true that we are looking for more than just a timber box to stand in the corner of the bedroom.

    Cotswold Reclaimed Wood Wardrobe with Drawers

    A wardrobe with shelves presents many more storage opportunities as do wardrobes with hanging and drawer space, the perfect bedroom storage combination in our eyes.

    Which do you prefer? Are you a hang your clothes person, or do you prefer the freedom of fold and store?

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