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How Wide Should Dresser Drawers Be?

Dimensions of dresser drawers will almost always differ. Depending upon what is to be stored--be it socks or shirts--most standard dressers will have at least two varieties of drawers with different widths. "A minimum of three to six large drawers with a smaller top drawer," states Squidoo.com, might even be "

Dressers can be composed from a variety of woods.

Dimensions Differ

Handles can often be changed on a dresser drawer.

Dimensions of dresser drawers will almost always differ. Depending upon what is to be stored--be it socks or shirts--most standard dressers will have at least two varieties of drawers with different widths. "A minimum of three to six large drawers with a smaller top drawer," states Squidoo.com, might even be "split or solid."

Dressers Drawers Are Often Standardized

Dressers often accompany a bedroom suite.

Even though different size drawers tend to exist, they are often standard in size. The width of most dresser drawers rarely exceeds 36 inches. Even extra-wide dressers, such as the Nevis Dresser (at 63 inches wide) at BedroomFurnitureNMore.com, is designed with individual drawers no wider than 3 feet each.

Bottom Line

Depending upon its composition, dressers can be cheap or expensive.

Dresser drawers should be no more than 36 inches wide. Specifically, states Squidoo.com, a "standard size pine chest of drawers" is typically sized in either “17-inch width, 24-inch width, 30-inch width or 36-inch width" drawers. The heaviness of a dresser can also greatly fluctuate; depending upon its type of wood or number of drawers.

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Jeffery Keilholtz began writing in 2002. He has worked professionally in the humanities and social sciences and is an expert in dramatic arts and professional politics. Keilholtz is published in publications such as Raw Story and Z-Magazine, and also pens political commentary under a pseudonym, Maryann Mann. He holds a dual Associate of Arts in psychology and sociology from Frederick Community College.