Tuesday, September 6, 2016

A Chest of Drawers: Fashionable Storage for Every Room of Your Home

Tall and narrow, short and wide, small enough to use as a bedside table or big enough to hold all your clothes, a chest of drawers is one of the most versatile, multi-purpose pieces of furniture. You can put it in a bedroom, foyer, dining room, living room – you name the room, you’ll probably be able to find a place in it for a chest of drawers.

The function of a chest of drawers can be either decorative or practical. Whether a large piece that takes up an entire wall, or a small piece in a foyer or living room, it gives you a place to hold or hide small household items and makes your space cleaner and more organized. And more than just the drawers are useful. You can store plants, baskets, or photos on top of a tall chest and use the top of a small chest for candles, lamps, televisions, books, or flowers in a decorative vase.


When shopping for a chest, consider your entire decorating plan. If you’re style is vintage, look for a practical chest with simple, straight lines such as the Campaign Wellington Chest by Theodore Alexander. It gives you plenty functional storage with sleek, sophisticated style. If you have a more formal style, look for a well-crafted antique reproduction piece. If your style is contemporary, a chest with sleek lines will work in your home.

Keep in mind that you will probably have this chest of drawers for a long time and use it in many different places in your home. So make your selection wisely and you’ll have a piece that will enhance whichever room you place it in. Here are some of the ways you can use this versatile piece of furniture.

theodorealexander paneled chest


This is the logical place to use a chest of drawers, since they were originally created to store clothing. A small paneled chest with 2 drawers makes a perfect nightstand. It can hold books and an alarm clock while keeping personal items neatly stowed out of sight. Put a lamp on top for late-night reading. The gilt verre églomisé paneled chest by Theodore Alexander adds a little opulence to your bedroom.

Living Room/Family Room

The gilt verre églomisé also makes a beautiful end table next to a couch, sofa, or chair. The top offers elegant display space and the drawers keep items such as remotes handy when you need them and neatly stowed when you don’t. Or if your living room is more of a game/craft room for the kids, a chest of drawers can be used to store games, puzzles, books, or art supplies.

Dining Room

Instead of a sideboard, try a long, low chest. The top can be used for serving and while tablecloths, placemats, napkins, and trays can be stored in the drawers. A small chest gives you a place to display seasonal decorations or a floral arrangement. The drawers can be used to store silverware.

theodore alexander commode chest drawers

Foyer or Hallway

Large foyers can often be difficult to decorate. Not a room, not a hallway, but big enough for a small chest of drawers and maybe a side chair beside it. The Commode Chest, also by Theodore Alexander, can hold scarves, keys, and mail. Give each family member a drawer and add a decorative box or basket on top for mail.


A tall, narrow chest can store all the things you’d put in a linen closest – towels, washcloths, and hair supplies. A shorter chest near the shower or bathtub can keep towels and bath supplies handy. Use a decorative basket for shower gel, shampoo, conditioner, and towels. Store hair tools such as the blow dryer, straightener, or curling iron in the drawers.

If you are looking to enhance the décor of any room in your home, visit the Baer’s Furniture Showroom near you to check out the entire Chest of Drawers collection by Theodore Alexander.

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