Schou. Dressers. December 18th , 2017.
We most commonly identify the bed as the focal point of a bedroom, hence the name, but often do not pay as much attention to the secondary focal point ― bedroom dresser and chest sets. These furniture pieces around the bedroom and are essential for storage space. When selected appropriately, they also contribute to the decor and style of a bedroom.
Selecting a dresser is similar to selecting any other piece of bedroom furniture. It is important to measure the space you want to fill and to select a piece that will fit these limitations. Be sure to plan enough space to allow the drawers to fully open. To do this, measure the depth of the dresser itself and add about a foot of extra space.
After you have decided where to place the dresser, decide what its function will be. If it is only going to hold shirts, all of the drawers can be the same size. If you want to store other items, like jewelry, or a variety of items, like socks and pants, look for a dresser with a variety of drawer sizes to suit your needs.
Next, think about the style of your decor and how you want the dresser to fit in. It can be a complementary piece or a focal point. If you can describe your style in terms of a style movement (classical, craftsman, modern, etc), explaining your choice to a salesperson or pinpointing the correct style online will be much easier. Also consider if you want a painted, stained or natural piece, as these finishes also factor into cost and appearance.
Once you have determined upon these main criteria, set a budget. The budget will be an important determining factor in the materials you choose. Materials are factored into the cost of the dresser and have an impact on durability, so even if shopping on a budget, make sure you are getting materials that will hold up. You generally have four choices for materials:
• Genuine wood is created from actual tree trunks. This will be described as hardwood, from deciduous trees, or softwood, from evergreen trees. The names hardwood and softwood are associated with the type of seeds produced and not by the actual strength of the wood itself. Genuine wood will be the most durable of your choices but is also among the most expensive.
• Rubberwood furniture is a more eco‐friendly option. Sap from this type of wood is frequently used to make rubber, leaving the wood to be harvested for furniture. When a rubberwood tree is cut down, another is planted in its place. This type of wood is also quite durable and is more expensive than engineered wood products.
• Engineered wood products are created by mixing recycled wood products together with heat and pressure. A common type of engineered wood is MDF, which is known for its strength and versatility. Almost as durable as genuine wood, engineered products are typically less expensive.
• Laminates are created when layers of material are pressed together and covered with a resin. They are often available with a faux wood–grain pattern and are typically the least expensive and least durable of the wood products.
In addition to the type of wood, there are other construction elements that will add to the durability of a dresser.
• A butt joint consists of two pieces of wood flush aligned and attached using nails, staples or glue. This is the weakest joint and should be used with corner blocks to improve durability.
• A rabbeted joint has a groove to correspond with a non‐grooved piece. This joint is slightly stronger than a butt joint, but should also be used with corner blocks.
• A tongue and groove joint fits together like two puzzle pieces. One piece has the side portions cut out and the other is cut in the opposite way so the two fit together. These often look like butt joints but are much stronger.
• A mortise and tendon joint work the same way as a tongue and groove. One piece has a portion that sticks out and the other has a center that is cut out. These also often look like butt joints but are much stronger.
• A doweled joint uses two pieces of wood with holes in them. A dowel is used to connect the two pieces. Since these joints are inside of the wood, these also look like butt joints but are stronger.
• Dovetailed joints are often used in drawer construction. These joints are made by interlocking notches at the edges of the wood, most commonly with a flared shape.
Since there are so many decisions to make when purchasing a dresser, it is a good idea to prepare before you start shopping. Decide on what types of materials and joints fit in your price range and what style will complement your decor.
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