Building a Dresser From Scratch

By BobJ May 21, 2023

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Building your own dresser from scratch is an effective way to add extra storage space and style into any bedroom. This stunning piece features elegant bun feet and decorative trim on its drawer faces – the perfect storage solution for old band T-shirts! Check out addicted2diy for plans on this beautiful project.

Plan Your Project

Dressers aren’t limited to bedrooms – they can also be useful in foyers and front hallways as an extra storage solution for outerwear, shoes and other items. This simple DIY dresser made out of framing lumber and plywood can be stained or painted as desired for maximum versatility.

Designs by Studio C offers this beginner-friendly plan from Designs by Studio C that makes construction straightforward: portions of each step highlighted in one specific color make it simple for beginners to follow along, and an exploded diagram with all necessary materials like drawer slides is also provided.

With help from her Kreg jig, this builder constructed a simple dresser from recycled pieces found at her local thrift store and added hanger bars for hangers to its frame. Her final product is a gorgeous, sturdy dresser with plenty of storage space for clothing and other possessions – she even included an upper shelf for baskets, decor, or any tall items too large to fit inside its drawers!

Measure Your Space

Dressers are wide, low pieces of bedroom furniture equipped with drawers for storage that can sit along an empty stretch of wall or beneath windows in any bedroom.

If you plan to place a mirror or TV above your DIY dresser, be sure that their doors can open without hitting the dresser itself. A chest of drawers might also work better depending on your room size and needs.

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When crafting your dresser, use a tape measure to carefully mark where each plywood piece will be cut. Allowing for 1″-2″ of “wiggle space” around its edges will help ensure drawers can slide in and out easily when mounting them to their frames – this step alone will save time when assembling drawers themselves! Doing it right takes more time but will lead to better-looking results – take your time and do it properly!

Find the Right Materials

If you’re starting from scratch with your dresser construction, start by gathering materials. Lumber should meet all your requirements, while wood glue, tape measure and drill may also be necessary depending on your plans.

For best results when building with plywood dressers, pre-drill pocket holes into their sides for support before starting assembly. Doing this will streamline the assembly process greatly – take your time and measure before beginning this step!

Shanty 2 Chic offers another great dresser project with their free dresser plans that include general instructions, cut lists, shopping lists, diagrams and photographs – this time all for free!

DIY dressers can add personality and organization simultaneously! Be sure to clean all wood before beginning assembly, and always work in an area with ample ventilation if using chemicals that release fumes – this is especially important if using chemicals with strong fumes!

Start Building

Once you’ve created your materials list and cut to size pieces of plywood, it’s time to begin building your DIY dresser. Be sure to have a square handy for accurate lines while having pocket hole screws and wood glue ready will ensure faster assembly and reduce mistakes.

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At this point, add drawer faces to your frame using pocket holes on one of the side panels and glue and screw. Finally, secure all other drawer boxes using glue or screws as necessary.

If you’re after something with more of a modern and chic vibe, check out Ana-White’s plans. This dresser features an easy design with eye-catching features like its unique chevron pattern on drawer fronts – these details can give your diy dresser a much more eye-catching and appealing appearance, all while being strong and durable!

By BobJ

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