Shopping edit – best dressers that balance classic grace with forward-thinking functionality

Statement dressers to display and store all the more

Our best dressers are the ultimate proof that storage doesn't need to be drab. Available in a rainbow of colours and with pretty details such as marble shelves and etched glass doors, they are the ultimate standalone storage solution.

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First used in the 18th century, dressers got their name from the 'table' where meats were prepared – or 'dressed'. Typically, they would consist of a base containing drawers and cupboards, with a small work surface above, and then an open rack where plates and crockery were stored.

Not much has changed since then. Though more and more, that open rack has been substituted for glass cabinets, where items can be stored safely.

white dresser filled with coloured crockery

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Before you buy, decide what you want from your dresser, and where it will live in your home. Lots of designs feature added extras, such as a wine rack, pull-out baskets for vegetables, or a marble shelf you can use for food prep. Some even have space for a dog bed!

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If space isn't an issue, choose a large-scale dresser to create a real style statement. It will look especially stunning in generous open-plan living spaces, as a showcase for your best china and elegant glassware. Limited on space? Opt for a compact design with more concealed storage so that clutter is hidden away. 

dresser in kitchen behind table and chair

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If you're locating your dresser in a kitchen, it's not essential that the dresser matches your cabinetry, but it should complement it. Choosing a dresser in a contrasting shade gives the kitchen a bespoke feel and makes it more of statement piece of furniture.

Consider the current trend for darker shades of navy and green to really add a wow factor – it's less of a commitment than painting the kitchen cabinetry.

white dresser next window and white table and sofa bench

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There are no rules to say kitchen dressers always have to stay in the kitchen. The more stylish designs we've picked would work perfectly in the dining room, too. From an on-trend dark design to traditional pine, we've found a dresser to suit all tastes.

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Take a peek and open the doors and drawers on our round-up of freestanding, bespoke, tall, wide and compact options. Which one will suit your kitchen best?


Provence dresser, Cox & Cox

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1. Provence dresser, Cox & Cox

Tall and striking!

Specifications

Dimensions: H212 x W155 x D45cm

This warm wood, the storage-savvy centrepiece features a glass-fronted, two-door cabinet at the top, a wide, shallow shelf and six petite drawers to the mid-section, and a full sideboard as the base.

Provence dresser, £1,595, Cox & Cox (opens in new tab)

Oxford medium dresser, The Painted Furniture Company

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2. Oxford medium dresser, The Painted Furniture Company

This open-shelf option has three useful drawers.

Specifications

Dimensions: H189.6 x W140 x D46cm

It provides an opportunity for both hoarding and showboating, letting you keep items tactfully hidden away or extrovertly on show!

Oxford medium dresser with open shelves and three drawers in Little Boy Blue, £1,365, The Painted Furniture Company (opens in new tab)

Chawton dresser in Snow, Neptune

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3. Chawton dresser in Snow, Neptune

Choose from ready-to-go combinations or pick-and-mix a few coordinating pieces.

Create your ideal bespoke storage solution with the flexibility of free-standing modular pieces that create an illusion of sophisticated, fitted cabinetry.

Chawton dresser in Snow, price on request, Neptune (opens in new tab)

Salcombe dresser in Anthracite, Burbidge

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4. Salcombe dresser in Anthracite, Burbidge

It’s available in a range of bespoke colours, too.

Create a relaxed and homely kitchen with a quintessentially British design that balances simple style with elaborate beading.

Salcombe dresser in Anthracite, from £2,200, Burbidge (opens in new tab)

Shaker dresser, John Lewis of Hungerford

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5. Shaker dresser, John Lewis of Hungerford

Specifications

Dimensions: H21xW145xD50cm

Choose from a decisions-decisions range of satin, eggshell, antique or distressed finishes to complement your home.

Shaker dresser, from £1,957.20, John Lewis of Hungerford (opens in new tab)

Dog Kennel 5ft closed-top dresser in Kiln Brick Red, Mudd & Co

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6. Dog Kennel 5ft closed-top dresser in Kiln Brick Red, Mudd & Co

(pup not included)

Specifications

Dimensions: H212xD46cm

The ‘kennel’ opening in this versatile Welsh dresser is perfect for stashing a dog basket.

Dog Kennel 5ft closed-top dresser in Kiln Brick Red and internal panels in Meadow Silk, Mudd & Co (opens in new tab)

Somerton cupboard in Baltic Green and Brushed Brass, Kitchen Makers

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7. Somerton cupboard in Baltic Green and Brushed Brass, Kitchen Makers

Combines classic elegance with a refreshing, contemporary nod.

Specifications

Dimensions: H226 x W200 x D60cm

This considered design balances authentic detailing with an honest, in-frame style.

Somerton cupboard in Baltic Green and brushed brass, from £6,800, Kitchen Makers (opens in new tab)

Lundy Stone Grey dresser with wine rack, The Cotswold Company

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8. Lundy Stone Grey dresser with wine rack, The Cotswold Company

It also incorporates a 15-bottle wine rack!

Specifications

Dimensions - Sideboard: H85 x W128 x D40cm
Dimensions - Top: H100 x W128 x D30cm

The generous cupboards, drawers and shelves of this country charmer give a warm welcome to crockery, table linens, cutlery and cooking utensils.

Lundy Stone Grey dresser with wine rack, £949, The Cotswold Company (opens in new tab)

Larson tempered ridged glass dresser, Maisons du Monde

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9. Larson tempered ridged glass dresser, Maisons du Monde

For a more contemporary take on the dresser, look to this black-painted piece with industrial ribbed glass doors.

Specifications

Dimensions: H180 x W91.5 x D36.5cm

Made from metal, it features eight drawers and would be just as suited to a home office as it would a living or dining room.

Larson tempered ridged glass dresser, £1,082, Maisons du Monde (opens in new tab)