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Unless you have a very large closet, a bedroom dresser is a necessity for properly furnishing a bedroom. Since dressers come in a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes, there is certain to be one that fits perfectly with the decor of your bedroom.

Dresser Basics

Also known as a chest of drawers, a dresser is basically a piece of furniture with multiple drawers for storage. Quite often, a dresser comes with a mirror attached to the top, which makes it convenient for dressing since it stores clothes and also serves as a bedroom mirror. Occasionally, a dresser will have features such as cupboards or shelves, but these are more common in an armoire.

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A dresser with a cutout for a bench, chair or stool is called a vanity, and a vanity set consists of the dresser and the seat together. A vanity-style dresser is convenient for those who don't like to stand for long periods, but the trade-off is the loss of storage space where the cutout for the seating goes.

Dressers come in a wide range of styles. Many collectors treasure antique dressers for both their charm and their collectible value. In contrast, if you prefer a more contemporary decorating style, a modern dresser with clean lines and simple drawer pulls would be a better choice. For an eclectic look, consider using unusual pieces as a dresser; for instance, a bedroom chest or a large trunk could serve for clothing storage while making an interesting decorating statement.

When buying a dresser made from wood, check that the wood is kiln-dried. This will ensure that all of the moisture has been extracted from the wood so that it will be much stronger. Make sure to open and close all of the drawers on a dresser several times to ensure that they glide smoothly and do not stick.

Where to Buy a Dresser

General furniture retailers will usually have an assortment of dressers from which to choose. For cheap dressers, visit stores such as IKEA, which sell furniture as components that you take home and put together. Other ideas for bargains in dressers are to check Craigslist and your local paper's classified ads.

If you will only need a dresser for a short time, consider renting. Both Cort Furniture and Rent-A-Center have many locations nationwide where you can rent dressers in a wide variety of styles and sizes.