Choosing dressers in the living room: a combination of practicality and beauty

Chest of drawers – a convenient and practical low cabinet with drawers. The way we see it today, it became in the 18th century in France, migrated to us, replacing the chest. There are many varieties of this piece of furniture. It is more difficult to choose a suitable chest of drawers for the living room, since not only its functionality is taken into account here, but also aesthetics..

It is in this room that guests are met and cozy warm evenings with friends and family are spent..

Features and Benefits

Stylish and at the same time comfortable chests of drawers aptly complement the interior design, becoming at the same time an object of decor and a functional detail of the room. If earlier the chest of drawers was intended for the bedroom, today it is increasingly seen in the hall. Modern models of such furniture can be used instead of a TV stand, for storing beautiful dishes, books, clothes, equipment and various little things..

In addition to drawers, such a product can be supplemented with shelves, glazed cabinets, mini-racks, pull-out mirrors, chairs and small tables. Compartments can be open, closed. The main advantage is the boxes, closed from prying eyes, into which you can remove anything from prying eyes. The beautiful facade of the product, made in accordance with one style or another, becomes an integral part of the interior, complements and emphasizes its sophistication.

Models and views

Depending on the needs of the buyer, modern manufacturers offer various types and models of this furniture. You can choose the desired design and color scheme, or purchase custom-made furniture. This also applies to the choice of a chest of drawers for the living room..


The corner model is ideal for a small living room. Such a mini-wardrobe will perfectly fit into any interior (you just need to pay due attention to the correspondence of the model to the style of the living room). It is practical and roomy. With a height of no more than one meter, it perfectly performs the function of storage. Corner chests of drawers can be made in the form of an open book, when the two halves are facing each other, or in the form of a rhombus with a center protruding forward. The choice depends on the size of the room, as well as on the preferences of the owners.


The curbstones are small in size, their main purpose is a stand for various objects in the room (this can be a wardrobe, a vase, a figurine, etc.).

For storing dishes

For this, there are universal models with several drawers and cabinets decorated with glass doors. You can put a set in them, put up beautiful dishes. Such a showcase is an excellent replacement for large cabinets and bulky dishware walls. It is great for storing books..

It can be equipped with halogen bulbs, then the utensils or decor displayed in the showcase will look especially advantageous..


The modular model (convertible chest of drawers) is an excellent choice mainly for large rooms. In the living room, you can always rearrange or adjust the furnishings for new tasks by arranging different modules in a different way. The modular chest of drawers consists of two to three separate parts that can be combined as desired. It can have attached shelving, cabinets and drawers that can be arranged or combined depending on the needs. An important advantage is the base on wheels, which allows the product to be mobile.


A hanging chest of drawers (without legs) is usually of medium size and regular shape. It is easier to care for such furniture, as a lot of dust does not accumulate under it. This furniture looks modern and stylish..

When buying it, you need to pay due attention to the quality of the fasteners, especially if the chest of drawers is designed to store heavy things..

Actual styles

When choosing the next piece of furniture, it is important that it blends harmoniously with the design of the room. The choice of chest must be approached thoroughly. It must necessarily correspond to the style and size of the living room, then it will successfully fit into the interior and become its integral part. Modern dressers in a minimalist style have strict simple shapes and a monochromatic, often matte surface. Usually these are two or three rows of drawers. The handles are either completely absent, or merge with the surface as much as possible (sometimes they are completely hidden). For direction minimalism monochromatic models are characteristic.

For styles rustic and country light wooden furniture with simple fittings and austere forms is characteristic. The wood, as a rule, should be unpainted. Chest of drawers can be white or painted in natural wood color.

For style high tech furniture with a glossy plastic surface is typical. In this style, there are models made of wood (usually white or black), as well as metal. They are equipped with various devices (for example, special electronic door closers). Thanks to them, the drawers close silently and smoothly.

Modern technologies make it possible to equip dressers with sliding TV panels, retractable mirrors. This is convenient and allows you to maximally functionally arrange the maximum of the necessary furnishings in the interior. For style classic chest of drawers made of natural wood are characteristic, including strict models and varieties, or with carvings. Classic models with several closed drawers are characteristic (tempered glass showcases are rarely used).

Color solutions

It is important that the dresser fits perfectly into the design of the living room, not only in style, but also in color. A neutral classic is a white dresser. It fits well into a modern interior from modern to high-tech, does not carry a strong color load, does not clutter up the space, therefore it is well suited for small rooms.

But the walls of the living room should be painted in a different color, alternative to white (even black or dark gray contrast is possible).

For a modern living room with plain light walls, you can choose a bright contrasting chest of drawers in orange, blue, lemon or another color. Then it will become a bold accent of the room, giving the design freshness and mood.. It’s important not to overdo it with bright colors in small rooms.. Chests of drawers in wenge color are in great demand today. They are in perfect harmony with dark furniture in a classic design..

Materials (edit)

Making a chest of drawers out of solid wood is a rather expensive process, but it has its advantages. Natural wood (cherry, oak, mahogany) never goes out of fashion, it is durable, is an environmentally friendly material, and has a pleasant aroma. Austere chest of drawers made of solid wood perfectly suits the interior of the classic style, as well as ethno and vintage. It must be covered with a protective agent to ensure its durability..

An economical option is chests of drawers made of chipboard or MDF panels. Glossy plastic chests of drawers are an alternative to natural materials. Such a chest of drawers is inexpensive, it goes well with modern design in the style of Art Nouveau, minimalism, classics, and especially high-tech, which is characterized by glossy surfaces. Small metal chests of drawers can be found in modern designs. A dresser with a mirror looks sophisticated and stylish, it allows you to visually increase the space.

Often, it is women who choose dressers with a mirror as an alternative to a large mirror in a bedroom or hallway..

Chests of drawers with glass doors are chosen for living rooms in which beautiful dishes are supposed to be stored. In this case, the chest of drawers serves as an excellent replacement for shelving, bulky walls and slides. Chest of drawers with glass – aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. You can put other items in it that you want to see often or show guests (memorable photographs, paintings, figurines and souvenirs). Dresser fittings can be made of metal, wood and other materials, depending on the style of the product.

Dimensions (edit)

Depending on the size of the living room, the area reserved for furniture, you can choose the appropriate dimensions of the chest of drawers. Long low TV dressers are a fashionable option for modern design. Due to the long surface, the chest of drawers can be supplemented with decor in the style of the interior, and large drawers can be used to store dishes, books.

For high-tech interiors, similar chests of drawers with a sliding TV platform are used..

A large chest of drawers with several spacious drawers in the living room can be a great alternative to a wardrobe or traditional wall unit. Wide chests of drawers are designed for various little things and rather large items that have no place in other cabinets (for example, for clothes, equipment, books). A tall chest of drawers (for example, a sideboard or a display case) is often used in spacious rooms as a decorative element.

For various little things, narrow small rectangular chests of drawers are suitable. They take up a minimum of space, but at the same time they are quite roomy. They can be decorated with pretty decor (figurines, vases).

What to consider when choosing?

When choosing a chest of drawers, it is necessary to take into account the style of the interior and the size of the room, as well as the workmanship. It should not clutter up the room and stand out from the overall design in style and color. A dresser should be functional and meet all your needs. Due to the huge selection, today you can choose what will ideally suit you by all criteria.

Before buying, you must thoroughly inspect the product and the technical description for it.. It is important that fasteners and hinges are made of quality material.

It is necessary to pay attention to the legs of the chest of drawers: they must be strong, resistant, well fixed to the base.

In order not to regret the purchase, it is worth considering the peculiarities of the production of dressers from different countries..


To date, the well-deserved first place in quality is taken by Italian chests of drawers. They are more expensive than others, but are guaranteed to last for many years. High quality is possessed by dressers from Portugal, which are in high demand in European countries. Modern design, original shapes and models, environmentally friendly materials are the main arguments in favor of Portuguese furniture.

A large share of the modern Russian market is occupied by domestic manufacturers. The offerings of our brands are distinguished by an acceptable price and availability (especially in small towns). Russian manufacturers offer a huge selection of materials and models of dressers. Among the variety of models presented, everyone can choose an option, taking into account taste preferences and the budget available for the purchase..

Beautiful examples in the interior

Unusual hanging dressers fit perfectly into almost any interior. The model has several spacious drawers and a wide top surface on which decor can be installed.

An island wardrobe is used to divide the living room into zones. It perfectly fulfills the function of storage, thanks to the contrast of the white surface of the product with a dark, almost black, wall, it makes the interior more elegant and interesting.

The classic chipboard version with several drawers and glass display cases for books on the sides. An example of a model suitable for a classic interior.

A product with a glossy surface made of wood or plastic is a typical high-tech model. Instead of drawers, it has a hinged door following the example of a wardrobe. Ideal for a narrow living room.

Showcase made of wood and glass for storing the service. The luxurious model of a dresser-display cabinet will give the interior of the living room an elegant festive look. It is easy to decorate with beautiful dishes..

Luxurious chest of drawers with a mirror for the living room and a combined white and brown surface. Designer mirrors allow not only to increase the space, but also become an original element of decor, and also practically replace hallway mirrors.

A classic example of a multifunctional long chest of drawers for the living room. This is a TV stand, shelves for decor, a display case for dishes, and many storage cabinets..

For how to make a dresser with your own hands, see the next video.

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