You can never have too much storage space. A chest of drawers is a versatile piece that more than earns its place in the bedroom, living room, dining space or hallway.
Beyond its obvious functionality, it also provides a handy surface, whether you top it with a dressing table mirror in the bedroom or use it in place of a sideboard in the dining room. (Some wider pieces work well in this set-up).
You’ll need to consider your space carefully and weigh up capacity versus square footage. Some chests offer generously deep and wide drawers, but they can be cumbersome and hefty units that are difficult to budge.
Others are taller and give you just as much storage but take up half the floor space – make sure this style is fixed to the wall if it feels unsteady.
Whether classic or contemporary in design, a chest of drawers is a perfect piece to celebrate the beauty of natural wood, so look for a handcrafted piece in oak, ash or warming acacia wood with a smooth and shiny finish and it’ll bring an immediate sense of calm to your abode.
We put our top chests to the test, looking for great design and functionality. We found that the majority, thankfully, come fully assembled with just a few of the more affordable options arriving flat-packed – don’t get caught out here if self-assembly isn’t your forte.
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Natur pur edith six drawer chest
Dimensions: H 108cm x W 83cm x D 44cm
Handcrafted from fine white oak with oak veneers, this classic bedroom piece is a beauty in its simplicity. Pleasingly chunky in design, the chest features six generous drawers including two smaller ones at the top, ideal for undies and accessories.
We loved the warm honey colour of this one. In a smooth and shiny wax finish, it shows off the natural swirling pattern of the wood beautifully. Top craftsmanship combined with fuss-free, considered design.
Cox & Cox allston tall chest of drawers
Dimensions: H 117 x W 71 x D 46cm
A stylish space-saver, this taller than average chest offers Nordic appeal with an industrial edge. Featuring five same sized stacked drawers set within a clean-lined iron frame, the unit is reliably sturdy and heavyweight, meaning it won’t topple over despite its height.
This is a versatile piece that’s equally at home in a bedroom or living room set-up. We loved the way the natural wood, with its highly visible and variable grain, contrasts with the dark metal. Contemporary and slimline iron pull handles perfectly finish the look.
Oak Furnitureland Copenhagen natural solid oak chest of drawers
Dimensions: H 79cm x W 139cm x D 43cm
This seven-drawer chest is one handsome furniture piece that’s suited to living and dining rooms that perhaps don’t have the square footage for an elongated sideboard.
It’s crafted from 100 per cent solid oak and boasts a warming honey tone, making it a welcome and homely addition. Part of Oak Furnitureland’s Copenhagen range, the unit’s smooth tapered legs and recessed handles hint at classic mid-century Danish design.
The French Bedroom Company palais royal ivory and gold French chest of drawers
Dimensions: H 92cm x W 122cm x D 52cm
In antique crackled ivory with gold accents, this Louis XVI inspired chest of drawers is almost too beautiful to be hidden away in the bedroom (although it does scream glamorous boudoir).
Intricately handcrafted from solid mahogany, it makes a seriously stylish statement piece in the hallway and offers plenty of storage space with its trio of deep, wide drawers – each boasting its own ornamental lock and key. This one looks best when not overwhelmed with clutter on top, allowing its ornate design to shine.
Loaf willow chest of drawers
Dimensions: H 83cm x W 100cm x D 46cm
Offering a chic and timeless laid-back look is this rattan fronted piece from the always stylish Loaf. The three-drawer chest is wood crafted and boasts a light, weathered finish that accentuates the natural patina.
We loved its elegant frame and its tall legs that elevate the unit off the ground, creating the illusion of more floor space. This one features three satisfyingly wide and generous drawers, making it the perfect bedroom choice – spread out your folded clothing in style.
Argos home softline 4+4 drawer chest of drawers, black
Dimensions: H 89.2 x W 135.1cm x D 39.6cm
This eight-drawer unit offers oodles of storage space and is another versatile piece that does the job of a stylish sideboard, too. In jet black, the crafted chest of drawers offers a chic and contemporary focal point to the living or dining space. We loved its contrasting circular wood inset handles and its angled and tapered legs adding a touch of mid-century charm.
This one arrives flat packed so be prepared to break a little sweat – but it proves a perfectly solid and sturdy piece once fully put together.
Swoon Norrebro three-drawer chest of drawers, acacia and brass
Dimensions: H 78cm x W 83cm x D 45cm
You can always rely on Swoon for its glamorous take on everyday furniture pieces, and this three-drawer chest is no exception. It’s crafted from the warmest acacia wood, which has been dark stained to bring out the natural grain.
The eye-catching frontage boasts a beautiful crosshatch parquet pattern, which is pleasingly uninterrupted by handles – simply push the drawers to glide open. We love the way this hefty piece is supported by its slimline brassy legs.
Furniture 123 darley two tone wide chest of drawers
Dimensions: H 73cm W 130 x D 49
Offering great value for money, this seven-drawer chest is all about understated elegance. It’s another piece that’s as much at home in the living room as the bedroom and boasts a smooth light grey finish, a contrasting washed oak top, and minimal, brushed stainless steel knobs.
The chest of drawers has a pleasing symmetry, too, with its trio of smaller drawers centred above the four larger ones – we loved this attention to detail, allowing us to store smaller bits and bobs at the top.
The verdict: Chests of drawers
Natur Pur’s Edith six drawer chest is a fair priced piece that brings classic, timeless design to the bedroom. It’s a solid unit that boasts top craftsmanship and brings immediate warmth thanks to its honey toned oak. On the pricier side, Cox & Cox’s Allston tall chest of drawers won us over for its mix of Scandi and industrial design and its space-saving dimensions.
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