Tall vs. Short: Which Type of Dresser Best Suits Your Space?

Tall vs. Short: Which Type of Dresser Best Suits Your Space?

Even if your room has ample closet space, most homeowners typically invest in a dresser to hold their clothes in a more convenient location and add to the decor of their bedroom. The dresser is perhaps the second staple item, right after the bed, that’s considered essential for every bedroom. Dressers typically last several decades, so you want to be absolutely sure you get one you’re happy with.

What kind should you get? Let’s take a look at the different benefits of tall versus short dressers to determine which type of dresser best suits your space.

Consider What’s Convenient

Function should take a bit more precedence over fashion when choosing a suitable dresser. If your dresser is annoying, unwieldy, or uncomfortable to use, you will eventually just end up hating it regardless. For that reason, you should start by asking yourself some basic questions, including the following:

  • Who will be using it?
  • How many people are using it?
  • How much space do you have?

This will help you consider yourself or the people who will be using the dresser first and foremost. You want a dresser that is suitable for their height and needs. For example, if you’re buying a dresser for your kids, you may want something that’s short and has ample space to hold the clothes of two people. If it’s just you, however, and you’re a taller individual, then you may want to order a dresser that is taller and slimmer for your own convenience and to save some extra space in your room.

In regard to design and aesthetics, tall dressers are suitable for huddling in corners and ensuring walkways remain nice and clear. Shorter, longer dressers, however, are fantastic to put up against blank walls that need a bit of activity and accent to make them stand out.

You should also consider how the dresser will fit in with the rest of your bedroom’s furniture. A dresser that is much taller than the rest can make it stick out like a sore thumb, whereas a dresser that’s much smaller than the other furniture will look strange and lacking, almost as if there is a hole in your bedroom’s design.

Choosing a Style

Obviously, if you have an existing theme in your bedroom’s design, you want a dresser that will match that theme. If you’re starting from scratch, however, it can be more difficult—especially if you’re yet sure what you want. Generally, modern dresser designs are sleek and adopt a minimalist touch. This makes them very versatile and capable of fitting in comfortably with an assortment of room designs. A modern dresser might thus be the best place to start for a fresh new room.

Also typical of modern furniture, neutral colors are as popular in wooden furniture because they’re so versatile. Unlike warm or cold colors that clash with each other, neutral-colored furniture will allow you to change the style of your room with greater ease, and without needing to buy all new furniture or having to repaint.

Your Dresser’s Location

We’ve touched upon which type of dresser best suits your space based on how much space you have, but let’s dig a bit more into that. The time spent getting up and going to your dresser every morning plays a role, as well as how aesthetically pleasing or practical placing the dresser is. Do you want it by the door to help you get on with your daily routine, or do you want it away from the door for greater privacy? Do you want your dresser close enough to a surface that you can put your laundry basket on? It’s these smaller questions that will help you make your dresser placement more meaningful and beneficial to your daily life.

To further benefit your daily life, maybe you want the dresser below or next to a mirror. If you have a full-body mirror on your wall, you can easily place a tall dresser beside it and make it easy to see your outfit in the mirror. Alternatively, a short dresser can fit comfortably under a wall-mounted mirror, which is helpful for adjusting accessories, makeup, and more.

How Do You Want To Decorate?

Speaking of mirrors, you’ve probably got other ideas for how you can customize and decorate your dresser. A short dresser provides a more accessible surface that is fantastic for placing plants, books, clocks, and other items on top of it. Taller dressers are limited and less accessible, but you can typically use the top of tall dressers as a sort of storage space, provided your ceiling is high enough. Generally, you should consider shorter dressers an opportunity to make the dresser the centerpiece or accent of the wall it’s up against.

On the other hand, taller dressers are more of an accessory to other pieces of furniture. For example, a tall, slim dresser may fit comfortably next to a bookshelf of comparable height, seamlessly fitting together for a consistent and pleasing look. The height of a tall dresser may also serve as an effective contrast, such as when it’s next to a bedroom bench.


As you can tell, there are a lot of various factors that you should take into consideration before buying a dresser. With this, you should be able to better choose between tall and short dressers and understand how to utilize them to their full potential. Whichever you choose, there’s certainly no “wrong” answer; at the end of the day, you want something that looks good to you and helps make your life more convenient.

To help you start, consider browsing Inmod’s vast collection of dressers and other furnishings to get a better idea of what you might like! You can compare the dressers in our collection, and when you find one you like, we’ll ship it straight to your home for absolute convenience. Furthermore, though we don’t have a physical store to visit, you can still contact us to learn more or receive further assistance!

Tall vs. Short: Which Type of Dresser Best Suits Your Space?

About Alexandra Dedovitch

Alexandra Dedovitch has a B.A. in Multimedia Communications and English. She is a professional writer, artist and designer. Her passion for writing, travel and design has led her to settle her roots in Arizona, a hub for modern and eclectic style. She is the founder of Folk Heart Creations, a blog dedicated to travel and self-expression through art and design. She has worked for Inmod since 2013, both in-house and freelance.

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