Having a large closet is not always possible, practical or necessary for that matter. Sometimes a small dresser simply makes more sense. So what are your options in this case?
Assuming you want your little dresser to be both storage efficient and nice to look at, we’ve put together a list of a dozen cool designs that seem particularly interesting and inspiring.
What does a stylish little dresser look like?
A small chest of drawers with a polished copper finish
Elizabeth is a small chest of drawers designed by Nathalie Dewez in 2017. It secured a place on our list thanks to its versatility and smart design. It has a light and feminine look underlined by its thin metal housing, small and slender feet and polished copper finish. The front has this lovely, beautiful design reminiscent of fabric curtains.
Sculptural chest of drawers with drawers that open in both directions
If you are looking for a small dresser or closet that would fit well in a corner, there is no better option than the stack.
The reason for this is very simple: the drawers open in both directions, which actually means you can place this unit pretty much anywhere. In addition to this cool and very practical detail, the design also impresses with an eye-catching and playful look. The stack consists of several multicolored drawers that give it a sculptural and irregular shape.
Stackable dresser modules in different sizes
Modularity is important and very beneficial in many different scenarios. The 5Blocks series designed by Lapo Ciatti is a very good example in this sense.
The collection includes a range of modules with drawers, folding systems or doors that can be stacked or combined to create custom units. This means that you can put together a small chest of drawers or a large one, depending on how much space you have, but also that you can build custom entertainment centers, media units and other things by using as many modules as you need.
Stylish and compact acacia chest of drawers
It looks compact and very elegant and it has a simple and modern design. This is a small chest of drawers designed by Mermelada Estudio and made of iron-plated brass and acacia wood.
Although it looks simple, this dresser is actually much more complex than it looks. Open each drawer and you’ll discover hidden trays, each designed to help you store and organize jewelry and other accessories. Furthermore, the top is opened to reveal a mirror. As the name suggests, this is a very curious little dresser.
Minimalist oak chest of drawers with details in chevron
The Aponi chest of drawers designed by Lucy Kurrein is another very stylish piece of furniture. The large version with six drawers works perfectly for most rooms, but there is also a small option with only three drawers, and one offers appearance and functionality in a compact size, which makes sense in many cases. The chests of drawers are made of solid oak and oak veneer or walnut.
Sculptural chest of drawers after a city skyline
The D. Manuel chest of drawers was named after King Manuel I of Portugal, and its sophisticated design was inspired by the Portuguese Manuelino style.
The dresser’s sculptural and uneven shape is reminiscent of a city’s skyline and the metallic ombre finish and the straight lines and angles contrast with the base’s design. Together, the two sections of the dresser complement each other and create a luxurious and sophisticated atmosphere.
Rod cabinet with circular cutouts
The Monocles cabinet is not a dresser, but it looks so cool we could not resist. It is a bar cabinet with three doors and two sections: one with drawers and shelves for storing and organizing everything except the bottles and a section specifically for storing liquor bottles and glasses.
But as well-organized and as practical as the interior is, that’s not what makes this closet stand out. That’s when the unique design of the three doors comes in, and it also reveals where the name comes from.
Elegant chest of drawers with details in brass
The Kahn sideboard is another very stylish piece that looks elegant and sophisticated no matter where you put it. Let it become a stylish focal point in your living room, or use it as a dresser or even an alternative to console table. Either way, the combination of black poplar and brass will look exquisite.
Whitewashed acacia chest of drawers with accents from the middle of the century
Small dressers can often serve as sideboards or storage cabinets and vice versa. This whitewashed acacia cabinet is a very stylish example. It has a simple and modern frame complemented by gold midcentury-inspired legs and matching door handles. Inside there are three shelves. The design is as versatile as it is beautiful.
A simple Scandinavian-inspired design with leather drawers
Versatility is also a crucial feature of the BJÖRKSNÄS chest of drawers. Its proportions and overall appearance make it well suited for a variety of spaces. Use it as a bedroom dresser, an entrance locker or even as an office piece. The simplicity of the design gives it a classic and timeless look with Scandinavian undertones.
Playful chests of drawers with perforated drawers
Another cool and remarkable design is the Sled series. Both the tall dresser and the short and wide look funky and playful and allow you to customize them in a variety of ways.
The tall unit holds up to seven shelves or drawers. You can postpone trays with perforated fronts or leave the holes empty and use them as open shelves.
Versatile chest of drawers made of tropical mango wood
The last item on our list is the Morris chest of drawers, a simple and versatile piece with lots of potential. It is made from sustainable mango wood supplemented with an iron base. The design is a nice combination of modern and industrial.
Elegant chest of drawers with built-in jewelry drawer
In addition to a stylish and elegant overall aesthetic, the Parocela chest of drawers is quite diverse in terms of storage options.
It has 4 drawers for garments, the top two are smaller compared to the others. Between them there is also an extra extra drawer, which looks like a pull-out tray and which is designed for jewelry.
Chest of drawers in solid wood with hairpin legs
The contrast between the Church’s chest of drawers solid and robust and the hairpin legs of metal that hold it up is one of the details that make this such a beautiful and elegant piece of furniture.
The chest of drawers has three drawers, all of the same size, and it is also quite compact in general, only 29 ” high and 32 ” wide. It is great for small bedrooms and it can even act as a bedside table.
Eclectic chest of drawers with texture and character
The Amari chest of drawers definitely has a distinctive character thanks to the natural finish in acacia wood. It is reminiscent of recycled wooden furniture, but at the same time it has modern-industrial vibes and a bit of rustic charm. This helps it fit into a variety of decorations and settings. In addition, the six drawers offer plenty of storage space.
An exciting design with an optical illusion
At first glance, it looks like the Amanda dresser has 5 drawers and 5 small cubbies next to them, but in reality it is only a 5-drawer piece. The front panels of the drawers create this optical illusion, making it look as if the design is asymmetrical. It’s a nice little detail that makes this piece generally quite interesting.
Minimalist chest of drawers with a modern twist
If you want a super simple chest of drawers that can fit into your stylish modern bedroom, but which also gives you plenty of storage, you can check out the Alameddine chest of drawers. It has three ample drawers, and the hardware is all hidden, giving it a super clean and elegant look enhanced by the glossy white finish and the layered effect.
A retro chest of drawers perfect for organized bedrooms
The Stratford dresser is the perfect piece for anyone who enjoys organizing everything. It has 6 drawers in different sizes and two extra compartments, and it has a nice cottage-inspired aesthetic. The drawer contrasts with the off-white finish in a lovely way.
DIY dresser plans and ideas
A solid chest of drawers with plenty of storage
If you just can not find the perfect dresser, or if you have a special design in mind that you want to make a reality, it is also an option to build your own dresser from scratch.
It can turn out to be a very rewarding project, but it can also get out of hand if you do not follow a plan, so check out this post on jenwoodhouse to get a better idea of what such a thing would entail. There are three versions to choose from.
An extra wide chest of drawers for the nursery
There are many preparations to be made before a baby arrives and setting up their room is one of the major tasks. If you have the time and energy for it, it can be really cool to build some of the furniture yourself.
This extra wide dresser would be perfect and you can find the plans for it on ana-white along with all sorts of useful information.
A rustic chest of drawers on wheels
How does the idea of a rolling dresser sound? It’s a little unusual, but also super fun and quite practical. This rustic wooden chest of drawers on ana-white is easy to move around and move, which makes cleaning the room much easier and also means that you can make the room look fresh again just by changing the layout from time to time.
A compact chest of drawers with a retro feel
Of course, drawers are very practical in many cases, but if you also prefer to have a larger storage space or some shelves in your dresser, you can check out this design shared by Katie Cleveland.
You can find the plans and instructions for the project in the description, and the video gives you a good idea of how this dresser is actually built.
A modern chest of drawers with 12 drawers
There really is no rule about how many drawers a dresser can have or how big it should be. If you fancy an extra-large dresser fit in your closet, or if you just need plenty of storage, this 12-drawer dresser design shared by I Like To Make Stuff might just be it , you’re looking for. The design is simple and modern and there is no visible hardware that gives it a super clean look.