A dresser or shelves?


My husband and I are going to reorganize our bedroom, but we got stuck with a question, dresser or shelves. I am trying to go minimalist, but I don't have any idea where to start.icon

  17 answers
  • Michelle Leslie Michelle Leslie on Nov 07, 2021

    Hi Irene, my personal preference is a dresser, since I'm not the best at folding my clothes up neatly and properly. Here's a whole bunch of minimalist bedroom ideas that may inspire you - https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/minimalist-bedroom-ideas-257254

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Nov 07, 2021

    Hi Irene,

    This link might help you with your decision:


  • I think shelves in a closet are a great idea. You can fold and see everything. Small items like socks can be stored in a bin on a shelf.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Nov 07, 2021

    Hello. A personal design decision and the disciple to fold and have neat shelf display might be required . Looking over visual ideas on Houzz or Pinterest might help impact your decision

  • FrugalFamilyTimes.com FrugalFamilyTimes.com on Nov 07, 2021

    I’d vote dresser. Especially if you lean minimalist. Shelves will show everything and need to be tidied constantly. Not to mention dusting!

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Nov 07, 2021

    shelves if out in the open will show all your clothes, socks, etc. it is about personal preference - I prefer to have my items out of sight and a messy drawer is closed where a shelf shows everything lol

  • Janice Janice on Nov 07, 2021

    Hello Irene, either way will work just fine. I like shelves because the items are easily seen but does take some discipline to keep shelved items looking tidy. Drawers can be messy and still present an nice outside appearance. :) I have both and find that I use the items on the shelves more often as the old saying adage says...."outta sight, outta mind". Maybe you can do a mix!!

  • Mogie Mogie on Nov 07, 2021

    Seems like personal preference. I am a neat freak so I would go with a dresser simply because you stuff isn't on display for the world to see. The items don't have to be neatly folded or dusted.

  • It depends on what you’re looking to store, your style, and your willingness to see everything out in the open or would prefer things hidden out of view. Take a look at various photos of both storage options via a Google image search or Pinterest, that should help you narrow your direction.

  • Betsy Betsy on Nov 07, 2021

    Hi Irene: Well, both are wonderful, it just depends on how neat you are :) If you have shelves, you will see all of your items, and if they are not stacked properly, your room may look messy. With a dresser, it doesn't matter if things are a bit wonky, you can't see them :) You can always put shelves over the dresser for items that won't look bad if they are showing.

  • If you lean towards a minimalist style, I would go with a dresser. Shelvese would need to constantly cleaned.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 08, 2021

    If floor space is limited, shelves. If not, I would go with dresser or chest of drawers. I have a few shelves in my closet for shoes and a bin for my underwear. I like it better than drawers.

  • Dee Dee on Nov 08, 2021

    I would keep the dresser. I know looking at shelves with clothes placed on it would drive me nuts.

  • Deb K Deb K on Nov 08, 2021

    Hi Irene, it's a matter of personal taste, if you want to keep the look less cluttered I would go with a dresser, the closed drawers look clean and sleek

  • Kmdreamer Kmdreamer on Nov 09, 2021

    Both you will need a dresser for under wear socks ,dresser for tops shorts skirts shelfs for pants sweats .maybe share a dresser for more space

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Nov 09, 2021

    What do you like better shelves or dresser how much room you have

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Nov 11, 2021

    Get a Plan Dresser as Shelves will always look cluttered, untidy.