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How Do I Choose the Best Pine Dresser?

M.C. Huguelet
M.C. Huguelet

Many people think that a pine dresser must be rustic in appearance. In fact, pine dressers are available in a wide variety of styles and finishes, which can make finding the right one for you an overwhelming process. To choose a pine dresser, begin by considering which style and finish best suit your tastes and existing décor. Then, decide which dresser size will best fit your needs. Finally, establish a price point and begin shopping.

To choose a pine dresser, start by reflecting on your personal taste as well as your existing décor to determine which decorative style is best. If your home décor tends to feature modern, clean lines, for instance, you might like a dresser in the Shaker or Mission style. Should you enjoy décor with a touch of shabby elegance, consider seeking a dresser in the Paris flea market style. A carefully selected dresser in a style that differs from your other furniture can add a touch of decorative eclecticism to your room.

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Woman holding a book

Once you have decided on your preferred pine dresser style, you should consider finishes. Pine dressers are available in an array of finishes, from unvarnished pieces that show off the wood’s natural grain to darkly stained pieces to those finished with brightly colored varnish or paint. Choosing a finish is largely a matter of your own personal preference as well as the ambiance you would like to create. Light pieces can brighten a room, for instance, while dark ones often evoke a feeling of solidity. Remember to take into account the furniture finishes already present in your room, as mixing finishes can sometimes create a disorderly appearance.

After you have decided on a style and size for your pine dresser, you should consider which dresser size would best fit your room and your storage needs. Should you need a significant amount of storage but have only a limited amount of floor space, consider a high, narrow dresser, sometimes called a highboy. If space is plentiful and you would like a piece that offers ample storage, you might think about choosing a low, wide dresser with many drawers, often known as a bureau or lowboy. For rooms in which floor space is limited and storage is not a major consideration, a low, narrow dresser may be best.

With your preferred style, finish, and size established, you are nearly ready to begin shopping for a pine dresser. Before hitting the stores and online retailers, however, you may find it useful to decide on a maximum price. By establishing a budget for your dresser, you will further narrow your choices by eliminating those pieces that exceed your upper price point.

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