An antique chest of drawers is a versatile item that you can reuse and repurpose for any room in your home. Whether you need more storage in the bath, a great storage centre in the foyer, or extra space tucked into a corner of a family room, antique furniture may hold the key to a well-organised home. Once you know all of the different ways to use a chest of drawers, you may end up buying more than one.
If you have a large number of linens and blankets to store and very little space, consider using an antique chest of drawers to handle the overflow or even the entire collection. A tall chest of drawers cleaned up and restored can be a great item to tuck in a hallway, bathroom, or an unused nook. Having bespoke drawers for different items goes a long way to keeping linens and towels organised and out of the way.
Easy to Use Sideboard
A long chest of drawers with good legs can double as a sideboard in the dining room or kitchen dining area. Use the drawers to store table linens, placemats, extra plates, or the holiday dinner service. The drawers are a good way to organise items that you only use for special occasions. Put a table runner and a vase on top and the antique chest of drawers fits right into your neat and tidy home.
You can repurpose a small antique chest of drawers in several different ways in the bath. As a stand-alone piece next to the sink, it can hold all the bits and pieces that you need to store close to hand. Remove the legs and screw it into the wall and your chest of drawers works as a cupboard to store towels, bath beads, and washcloths.
In the Kitchen
A long antique mahogany chest of drawers works great as an island in the kitchen. This is one place you need to be sure it is 100 per cent wood, so the back looks good. Cover the top with cutting boards and cute kitchen items for decorating, and use those boards for additional preparation space. With the drawers under the top, you have plenty of room to put utensils, small appliances, and knives where they are within reach but out of the way.
Family Catch-All Centre
Try not to think of your antique chest of drawers as just bedroom furniture, there are no limits to how you can use it. Next to the back door, a vintage chest of drawers makes a good place to store all the items needed when the family comes in or leaves. You can put keys on the top, gloves or mittens in a drawer, winter boots in a drawer in the summer, and sandals in a drawer when the weather turns cold.