The humble and ever reliable chest of drawers is often used in bedrooms, as it is ideal for storing clothes that don’t require hanging or if you don’t actually have hanging space. However, thanks to the fact that they come in various styles and sizes, with either a stack of numerous drawers on top of each other or less drawers set side by side, you may be amazed to learn they can be used anywhere in the home.
Whether it serves as the storage piece it was initially designed for or as something a little more decorative, with some thought and planning before you buy one, in the following article we will show you how you can make use of chest of drawers virtually anywhere in your house.
Unsurprisingly, we are starting in the bedroom. It would seem ridiculous not to hone in on the fact, as we noted in the opening paragraph, that this is really what chests were designed for – to hold clothes. T-shirts, leggings, underwear and other items that don’t need to be hung up or ironed. However,this is not the only use. If you invest in a smaller, lower chest with a couple of drawers, this can make for a practical bedside table that can be used to hold personal items and books, with a lamp on top if you like to read at night.
Alternatively, if you have a walk-in wardrobe in your bedroom, you could place a suitably sized chest of drawers inside it and keep things tidied away out of the way, freeing up some floor space in the room. With a short chest of drawers or high ceiling, you will still be able to hang things at either side and above the chest.
A nice and simple way to bring some order to the chaos that is often a child’s bedroom is by adding a nice painted solid pine chest of drawers, like one you can purchase from Nest At Number 20. We know you may already have storage space for their clothes, but do you have enough storage for toys and other items? You could use one drawer for arts and crafts stuff, one for their puzzles and another for books etc..
You could even transform the top of a chest of drawers in a younger child’s room into a handy changing area, using the drawers for storage of essentials such as nappies, wipes and creams etc.
Your Family Room or Living Room
You can even make use of chest of drawers in living rooms. For example, a waist high chest makes for a nice little table to the side of your seating area. While the top obviously provides usable space for decorative items or even serving food; the drawers can be used to store items away to keep your living room neat and tidy.
In a more expansive and large family room, a chest of drawers is a great place to store board games, arts and crafts, books and any other hobby-related items. Basically anything you want to keep close at hand but out of immediate sight, can be stored in an attractive chest of drawers.
Instead of the more traditional sideboard, you could opt instead for a low and long chest of drawers and use to to serve food from and store trays, tablecloths, napkins and place mats. With a smaller chest of drawers you have the ideal space for seasonal decorative displays, flowers and tea service.
If you have the available floor space, a taller chest of drawers could be used in your bathroom to store items such as hair supplies, bathrobes, wash cloths and towels that would normally be stored in your linen closet, freeing up space in other areas of your house.
While a smaller piece could be set against the wall next to the shower or bath as a storage space for towels and bathing essentials. You could even decorate it with a wicker basket on top to keep fresh towels, shampoo, conditioner and anything else you want to be able to access easily.