What to look for when choosing a kitchen dresser

From modern or shabby chic through to rustic and traditional, a kitchen dresser is not just a practical storage solution but a piece of furniture that can set the whole theme for your kitchen; something that can be personalised when filled with all your favourite pieces of crockery, glassware and precious kitchenalia collected over time.  It is a piece of who you are as an individual or a reflection of the family that lives within.

So where to start? First you need to establish what the dresser will be used for.

Is it for display? Then open shelves are definitely the way to go, maybe something like this from our French Brocante range

french brocante





Beautifully distressed and when painted in a darker colour than a simple cream or off white this dresser creates will offset your favourite pieces, whilst the ornate fascia acts to enhance the framed effect.  With The Orchard’s bespoke furniture service we can tailor this piece to the dimensions of your home and we offer it in eleven different paint colours.  French Grey and Pale Mint are proving to by hugely popular this year for this piece but we personally think Black is the way to go in kitchens this year.  If you’ve seen the dining table used in The Great British Bake Off you will know what we mean.  A large antique black dresser or dramatic black table will make a real wow statement!


Need a little more in the way of storage?  How about this from our Old English Painted Collection?  Hand made here in the heart of England this is very much a signature Orchard shabby chic furniture piece.  Combining lots of practical storage along with decorative design this piece delivers in buckets on the William Morris maxim about filling your home with only beautiful and practical things.

Old English Painted Dresser


Painted in classic antique white for the text book shabby chic look, this traditional dresser will compliment most kitchens.  Again we can custom build such a piece for you.  We recently undertook a commission for a version with tall doors and no drawers in the base.  We have also produced 4 and 5 door/drawer sizes so don’t hesitate to get in touch to discuss your requirements, we can accommodate most requests.  You can also fill out this form with your specification and we’ll come right back to you with a quote;- Bespoke Enquiry Form.  Best of all you get to choose your own handles on our Old English pieces from our on-site collection of door knobs and pulls.


Need something a little less shabby chic?  For a cleaner finish, straight lines and bundles of storage our French Country dresser can’t be beat.

French Country Dresser


The French Country dresser is fantastic for offering both display and storage space with its deep drawers for cutlery and other bits you’d rather not have on show.  This piece is also available in a larger 3 door size.  Furthermore the top surfaces on all our French Country furniture pieces are made from reclaimed wood.  Bundles of character and ethical to boot!


Looking for something a little grander?  Then look no further than our Vintage Pine Large Dresser.

Vintage Pine Large Dresser


Featuring a glazed storage area this piece works particularly well in a dining room.  The top piece lends itself perfectly to a drinks cabinet.  Glassware can be stored in the cupboards to the left and right with all your favourite tipples stored in the central area. Note the detailing on this piece, the ornate plinth, the arched door trim and the rich, deep colour of the wood.  Gorgeous.


Remember it is not essential that your dresser matches your kitchen cabinetry but it should compliment it. This could mean opting for a dresser painted in a contrasting shade to give your kitchen a bespoke feel and creating a focal point.

The final and probably the most important tip: Be sure to check your measurements thoroughly before purchasing your dresser as a dresser that’s too big will unbalance a room and reduce the feel of open space.  You’ll also want to not only check your available space, but the space required to display items such as plates and jars on the shelving areas and the height clearances for the cupboard areas.

To see more kitchen furniture and unique storage solutions be sure to check out our Shabby Chic Furniture pages.  To fill out a bespoke enquiry click here or if you’d prefer to discuss your requirements with us we’d love to talk furniture with you over the phone.  You can reach us Monday to Friday on 0845 643 0363, ask to speak to Mat or Jo.


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