Which Bedroom Storage Option is Best for You?By Rosie Ebel · October 14, 2016
Bedroom Storage Broken Down
Here at Countryside, we have a large selection of options for you to choose from when it comes to storage in your bedroom. There’s Dressers, Chests of Drawers, Dressing Chests, Armoires, Jewelry Armoires, Lingerie Chests, Sideboards, Chests and Trunks. It can be overwhelming trying to decide which of these options will best suit your needs, especially when you’re unsure of what some of them even are. Stress no more, because we have compiled all of the information necessary in order for you to complete your dream bedroom without monopolizing floor space.
An Armoire, also known as a Wardrobe or Chifforobe, is defined as a tall piece of furniture that usually has two doors and that is used to store things, such as clothes. Armoires go back to sometime around the 16th century and are known for their illustrious French style. They are taller than they are wide and usually include drawers and shelves concealed behind doors. They may include a space for hanging clothes as well. Armoires are a great focal piece for any bedroom, but can also function well as a hideaway for your television in a living room or den. Jewelry armoires are tall, smaller versions of a standard armoire. Some Jewelry armoires are equipped with a mirror that opens up, revealing hidden storage for your most treasured jewels.
Dressers, although similar to Armoires due to their functionality, differ in structure. A dresser has been used in many different ways in the past, including storing dishes and serving food in dining rooms. Today, dressers are generally used in bedrooms to store clothing. They can come in all different shapes and sizes, but are typically wider than they are tall. This makes for an excellent space to mount a mirror above it while still allowing for space on top to store your nighttime essentials or bedroom decor. Dressers do not have doors, but multiple drawers stacked one above another for you to store folded clothes in.
Pictured: Northport Dresser with Mirror
Chest of Drawers
Wait, aren’t a Chest of Drawers and a Dresser essentially the same thing? As they are extremely similar, there is a distinct difference between the two. A Chest of drawers contains drawers with no mirror, while a dresser will have parallel horizontal drawers with a mirror attached more often than not. A Chest of Drawers is typically narrower and taller than a dresser, making them similar to an Armoire as well, but without the doors. A specific type of Chest of Drawers that we offer is called a Lingerie Chest. These are usually tall and thin and usually contain seven drawers, one for each day, but not always. Some Lingerie Chests do contain doors as well as drawers, unlike the standard Chest of Drawers.
Pictured: Barcelona 6-Drawer Chest of Drawers
When it comes to Dressing Chests, there are no rules. Dressing Chests are any combination of the style of a Dresser, an Armoire, a Chest of Drawers, a Lingerie Chest and a vanity. All of our Dressing Chests are furnished with a mirror and vary in size and shape. Some of these chests mimic an armoire with its tall stature and combination of drawers and doors. Others are tall variations of dressers, resembling a chest of drawers, with a mirror up top to resemble a vanity and will sometimes have felt-lined drawers to safely house your prized possessions. Some even boast a combination of all of these qualities.
Pictured: Fairmount Heights Dressing Chest
A sideboard, much like a buffet, is a long, low storage furniture piece that usually stands on short legs. The only thing that distinguishes a sideboard from a buffet, besides the legs, is what room it sits in. If it is placed in the dining room and used to serve food on or store dishes, it is usually called a buffet. If stored in the bedroom as a place to keep clothes or other nighttime knick-knacks, it is often called a sideboard. Sideboards are a praiseworthy addition to bedrooms, seeing as they can be positioned under a window without losing light and sacrificing space to store your belongings.
Pictured: Harding Craftsman Style Sideboard
Chests and Trunks
This is where it gets tricky. A trunk can be defined as a large suitcase with a hinged lid. Not all have a rounded top, but more often than not, you will find them this way. They usually are affixed with latches of some sort due to its past use as moveable luggage. A Chest is defined as a form of furniture typically of a rectangular structure and a liftable lid for storage. This lid is usually flat and can double as a bench. The words Trunk and Chest are used synonymously with each other, making it increasingly difficult to know exactly which one you are looking at. So, whether you want your next bedroom storage option to resemble a ship captain’s treasure or a functional storage bench, search both options and see what you find!
Hopefully this helps to clear up the difference between the many styles of bedroom storage pieces that exist out there. Happy shopping!