Types of chests and cabinets

Apart from the bed, another important component when furnishing and decorating a bedroom is the dresser and the closet. Both pieces not only fulfill the functional function of storing elements, but also become decorative pieces and secondary lights in the bedroom.


Also known as a desk, a dresser sits at chest or shoulder height. Due to its height, it is generally not used with a mirror. Chests typically have five, six, or seven drawers and are also used to store clothing items that are not hung in a closet, such as T-shirts, socks, underwear, and nightgowns.

The lingerie chest, also known as a chiffonier, is a specific type of chest designed to hold lingerie and underwear. It is generally narrower and sometimes taller than other types of chest of drawers.

Easily mistaken for a small cabinet, a door chest often has a cabinet with doors and a set of drawers underneath. It is typically smaller in scale than a cabinet and is 50 inches or less in height. Many manufacturers use “closet” and “door chest” as interchangeable terms.

A storage chest resembles a large rectangular box with a lid. It is intended to store bedding, including blankets and duvets. It can also be used to store seasonal clothes. Some manufacturers offer storage chests that can double as a bed bench.


The word “cabinet” originates from the French world for a type of cabinet used as storage for armor and weaponry. Closets can be used in many ways, from hiding a TV to storing clothes and jewelry. Typically described as a stand-alone tall closet, cabinets can include removable shelves, drawers, and valet trays. Below are the four main types of cabinets:

Wardrobe closet: designed to store clothes; ideal for suits, dresses and bulkier seasonal garments such as coats. Wardrobe closets often have a removable clothes rail or clothes rail.

TV cabinet: allows you to open the doors when you want to watch TV, but hide the TV behind closed doors when you don’t. Some manufacturers offer a TV cabinet / cabinet combination that can be adapted and used for any purpose.

Computer Cabinet – As with a TV cabinet, a computer cabinet allows you to place a computer in the bedroom, but hide it from view when not in use. A computer cabinet is specifically designed to accommodate a monitor, CPU, and other peripherals, such as a pair of speakers or a printer.

Jewelry Cabinet – A jewelry cabinet allows you to store your jewelry in one place. It also offers a number of storage options designed specifically for rings, bracelets, and necklaces. Jewelry cabinets are available in various models, including freestanding and wall-mounted.

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