At WiseGEEK, we're committed to delivering accurate, trustworthy information. Our expert-authored content is rigorously fact-checked and sourced from credible authorities. Discover how we uphold the highest standards in providing you with reliable knowledge.

Learn more...

How Do I Choose the Best Walnut Dresser?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

Before you go shopping for a walnut dresser, be sure to research as much as possible about walnut and its appearance. The color of walnut wood can range from a very light, cream-like color to a deep brown, and the grain is very tight. Decide what shade of walnut furniture you are most interested in purchasing, and then consider the size of walnut dresser you will need. Start determining the most appropriate size by measuring the space in which you intend to place the dresser, and then determine how much clothing or other items you will be storing. Try to find the best compromise between available space and storage needs.

Research the different styles of walnut dresser options available. A double dresser, for example, will be short and wide and will feature two columns of drawers, while a tallboy dresser will be tall and thin, with a smaller footprint. The tallboy will be better for smaller rooms, while a double dresser is appropriate for larger rooms and people in need of more storage space. A double walnut dresser may also feature a vanity mirror, which is helpful if you intend to use the unit daily while getting dressed.

Woman posing
Woman posing

The construction of the walnut dresser is vitally important as well; walnut is a durable hard wood, but if it is not used properly during construction, the walnut dresser is susceptible to damage and instability. Inspect all joints of the dresser, as well as the method by which drawers are allowed to move in and out. Make sure the dresser is made from high-quality wood throughout; some cheaper models will use particleboard inside the drawers instead of solid wood; this is fairly weak and can break after just a little bit of use.

Remember to consider your budget when searching for a walnut dresser. Some units will be more expensive than others, depending on the size, build, overall quality, and so on. Determine how much you are willing to pay for a dresser, and if you will be purchasing more than one dresser, consider buying a set that will save you money in the long run. If you are looking for an antique walnut dresser, try to deal with reputable antiques dealers only, and research the common sale prices of the units you are considering so you can ensure you get a fair price upon purchase.

Discuss this Article

Post your comments
Forgot password?
    • Woman posing
      Woman posing