Thinking of the perfect furniture for your new home, or maybe you just want to give your old room a makeover?
A chest drawer or dressing table is a must-have. They're both storage units and come in different designs that add beauty to your room.
Read on to learn more about these two pieces of furniture, their differences, and similarities, and how to decide which one is best for your personal needs.
Key Take Aways:
Chest drawers are a type of furniture that has an upright frame and comes with multiple drawers used for storage purposes.
They're mostly used to store bedroom belongings like bedding, clothes, underwear, and other personal stuff. In other instances, chest drawers can be placed in the living room to store books, TV remotes, and other household appliances.
The top of the chest serves as the perfect spot to keep decorative items such as lamps, flower vases, or artwork. Chest drawers come in different shapes, sizes, and designs. They could have as little as three drawers or as many as twelve.
The drawers could be made with less or more depending on your storage needs.
Typically a dressing table is waist high and may have a small stool in front where you can sit to apply your makeup or get dressed.
The drawers of a dressing table serve as a storage unit for personal items like underwear, makeup items, sanitary and skincare products, and even clothes depending on how many drawers it has.
That being said, a dressing table is meant to be placed strictly in the bedroom.
The major difference between a chest of drawers and a dressing table is the absence/presence of mirrors.
A dressing table has a vanity mirror attached to it at the top while a chest drawer does not. But mirrors are not the only distinguishing feature there is. Others include:
One thing that a chest of drawers and a dressing table have in common is that they look almost the same and as such, one can easily be confused with the other.
Here are some similarities they share:
Even though chests of drawers and dressing tables look and serve almost the same functions, deciding on which one to choose can be difficult.
Here are some things you should consider before making that purchase.
Space needs:Chests and dressers come in different sizes which means they can be built large or small depending on the amount of space available in your room. Chest drawers are tall and narrow and would fit better in studio apartments, dorms, or hostels. While dressers tend to occupy a little bit more space and are great for personal bedrooms. Chest drawers are also a better option if you're sharing an apartment or room with people. If you want to make the most of your small space, the top of your chest can function as a media chest or dresser. If you live alone, or in a more spacious apartment, then a dresser will be just fine.
Storage needs:another thing you need to consider when choosing between a dresser and a chest is your storage needs. What will you be storing in the drawers? If you only want to keep a few undergarments, clothes, and personal care items then you should probably get a dressing table, but if you want something that can cater to your general storage needs like stroking your blankets, pillows, and other items, then a chest drawer is your best bet. Bedroom chests offer different sizes of drawers from the large compartment for storing your clothes and bedding to smaller ones where you can keep your necklaces, jewelry, and other collectible items. All you need to do is to do a quick survey of the items you intend to keep in your drawers, this will help determine which portion of the chest should be for small, medium, or large items.
Beauty needs:A Dressing table is usually waist high plus they come with a mirror which is perfect for matching and modeling outfits. Dressing tables can also be customized with makeup vanities to make your morning routines more seamless and convenient. You can use the drawers to store your clothes and the top of it could hold your favorite go-to moisturizer, powder, and lip gloss. However, chest drawers lack mirrors which means you'll still need to get a dressing table, which means you'll have to spend more money. If you're looking to cut costs while prioritizing your beauty needs, buying a dressing table is your best option.
Budget:Chest drawers are generally less expensive compared to dressing tables. Probably because dressing tables come with mirrors and are a lot fancier than chests. But price should be your sole deciding factor when choosing between these two pieces of furniture, rather consider what you want the furniture to do for you. If you need storage for clothing and a dressing mirror, then go for a dressing table but if you want something that will serve your general storage needs, go for a bedroom chest.
Chest drawers and dressing tables are both great pieces of furniture you can add to your room to store, clothes, and other items. Just like other furniture they come in different sizes and designs that add to the aesthetic appeal of your room. Although they look and share similar functions, they are quite different.
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