10 best chests of drawers that offer storage and style
Invest in one of these furniture favourites which combine design and practicality
If you have a big spring clean or organisation spree planned for the bedroom, let a spacious and easy-to-use chest of drawers help.
Woods like oak, ash and pine are the traditional choices for chests, often with antique detailing and handcrafted elements. But these can be heavy, hard to move, and usually have glides rather than metal runners that are easier to operate. Metal frames are slimmer and lighter, and can offer more storage capacity compared to space.
Consider what you are planning to store, and how often you will want to access it. A variety of different sized-drawers make it easy to divide up large and small items. Wider drawers let you see more at once, and taller deeper drawers are good for thick blankets, bedding and bulkier items.
Finally, all drawers should be tied back to the wall for safety, especially if you have young children in the house.
West Elm mid-century 6-drawer chest: £999, West Elm
This wide 6-drawer chest could work as a sideboard, as well as a chest for the bedroom. In a mix of woods and veneers, it looks like a cool vintage shop find, with a mid-century shape and finish. The two top drawers suit accessories; the four larger drawers offer a good amount of space for clothes. All the handles are finished in antique bronze, and the drawers open on wood glides. It’s a smart piece with a decent price considering the size.
Ikea Malm chest of drawers: £60, Ikea
You see variations of Malm everywhere, thanks to this its bargainous price. If you’re on a budget but want something a bit different, the new deep red version of this 3-drawer chest is a good choice. It’s easily assembled, lightweight and metal runners make easy work of opening the drawers. The combination of chipboard and veneer make this piece light as well as cheap; this means the piece is likely to tip and will need tying back to the wall.
Feather & Black Verona 6-drawer chest: £1,125, Feather and Black
Feather & Black’s Verona range includes everything from small bedside tables to this wide chest – handy if you’re looking for a co-ordinated range of furniture for the bedroom. There are 11 colours to choose from across the range, in heritage shades of blue, green and grey, and the choice of a light or dark oak top. The range has antique style and carved detailing, a solid wood construction and traditional metal handles.
Made Silas chest of drawers: £329, Made
Wood is the popular choice for bedroom furniture, but glass surfaces offer a sleeker look. The unmistakably modern Silas chest has a body and drawer fronts in teal-coloured toughened glass, and because it has a slim and light frame, there’s good storage capacity for the space it takes up. At 110cm wide and 150cm high, it can double up as a clothes chest and bedside table in smaller spaces. The bottom drawer is slightly larger to accommodate bulkier items.
Debenhams Corndell lime oak and black 7-drawer chest: £620, Debenhams
This chest has classic style, with a black-painted and corniced main body in MDF, and a contrasting oak top. The three over four formation of the drawers helps you organise items, but might not suit if you prefer long, wide storage for your clothes. The silver handles make a great contrast with the black finish and keep the piece looking modern. It feels robust, thanks to the solid oak top, and comes with a 1-year warranty.
Argos Home holsted chest: £179.99, Argos
In small spaces, it’s best to go for a chest of drawers without legs or a bulky wood frame. This maximises the amount of storage capacity for the space the piece takes up. The budget-friendly chest has five roomy drawers, and metal runners that make them easy to open. The fronts have a glossy grey finish, which is fairly easy to keep smudge-free by way of the minimal lip handles. At the bottom of the drawers is a thin plinth that helps the chest look less bulky.
Loaf Young Flapper medium chest of drawers: £825, Loaf
For statement storage, the parquet finish of this chest is undeniably eye-catching. The zig-zag pattern is made by hand laying pieces of solid oak. The wood’s natural grain and a light soaped finish add to the character. There’s a good amount of overall storage, and a bit of variety by of the two smaller top drawers. Pewter handles and turned details give it a crafted look. It comes in a larger 5-drawer version too (£945).
La Redoute Carabala chest of drawers: £475, La Redoute
The Carabala chest of drawers is made with a child’s bedroom in mind, but the fresh contemporary style could suit any small space. The body and legs are in MDF in a pale grey finish, and the drawer fronts are in solid oak. Looped leather pulls are a nice tactile touch but make the drawers a bit fiddly to open, especially if you have heavy items inside. It’s easy to set up, with just the feet to be mounted.
Ebbe Gehl for John Lewis Mira 3-drawer chest: £699, John Lewis & Partners
Scandinavian style usually comes at a price, making this striking chest from John Lewis quite a find. A creation of Danish designer Ebbe Gehl, the Mira chest looks modern and feels solid, made from a mix of oak, composites and veneers. The three drawers are wide and easy to open with cut-out handles. The oiled oak top has great quality and will last well if treated properly. It’s practical too, offering a good amount of storage.
Habitat Phoebe 4-drawer chest: £450, Habitat
Rounded sections of sage green give the Pheobe chest its character. Seen against a body and drawer handles in solid ash, the colour is unusual but still a calming choice for the bedroom. The four equal size drawers are wide but not particularly deep, making this a better choice for general clothing rather than bulky items. There’s a matching tallboy and bedside table, if you’re looking to kit out the whole bedroom.
The verdict: Chest of drawers
West Elm’s chest has the mid-century style that’s so popular. It looks like a vintage find, but has the advantage of being completely new. And it has a good amount of storage for just under £1,000. It’s a versatile piece that could act as a sideboard in the living room or hallway, as well as in the bedroom.
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