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Why Bedroom Dressers Should Have Seven Drawers

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Bedroom dressers are not complicated affairs, but when the chips are down (and the laundry’s folded) there can – and should – be an ideal number of drawers.

Of course, it will always depend on the size of your bedroom, and you may be the type who prefers a combination of drawer types, but there are a couple different reasons why the best bedroom dressers have seven drawers.

Point #1: Your sartorial ensemble demands it.

For better or worse, we have evolved into a clothes-wearing society. From swaddling to sepulture, we are a culture bent on covering up and our outfits on any given day include a set number of articles.

In no certain order, we need: 1) socks, 2) undies, 3) undershirts/T-shirts, 4) pants/slacks, 5) shirts, 6) sweaters/sweats/shorts and 7) a “miscellaneous” drawer, which amounts to a clothes junk drawer for belts, bras, wallets, suspenders, pantyhose and the like.

Seven! It’s not a coincidence, and easily explains why the most functional bedroom dressers have seven drawers.

Point #2: There are seven days in a week, which was a traditional way to organize clothes.  

This fact actually birthed a particular line of bedroom dressers in France called semainiers. A semainier, by definition, has seven drawers – one for every day of the week. And, you can still find them today, which is pretty cool.

7-Drawer Bedroom Dressers It's very sophisticated. Like France.

They are typically tall and narrower than “ordinary” bedroom dressers, but if you were to take a peek into dresser design you’d find a whole slew of styles with their own names and design purposes. Bureaus, chifforobes, mule chests and highboys are just a few examples.

Point #3: Eight is too many drawers for a dresser.

You can argue all day about drawers two through six, but anything over seven is really pushing the envelope. Obviously, we have to concede that this is a subjective issue and a matter of personal taste, but really – what are you going to do with that eighth drawer?

And, that leads us to our final point …

Point #4: Even science agrees that seven is the perfect number of dresser drawers.

At some point along the dresser-drawer continuum you stop being efficient and start encouraging the wasteful use of space. Really – this is serious stuff. Science types call it “induced demand” and it’s the same phenomenon that occurs all over your house when you have more room than you have stuff.

What do you do when that happens? You fill it up with more stuff. Now, this is not always a bad thing, and most of us could probably use an extra couple pairs of undies, but it’s also how you end up carting off nearly new clothing to the donation box.

So, choose bedroom dressers that optimize your space with the optimum amount of drawers … which will very likely be seven.

This mod 7-door dresser from Modus features full-extension door glides, English dovetail joinery and chrome pulls. 

Part of Lexington Home Brands' Tommy Bahama Collection, this dresser comes assembled and is delivered to the room of your choice. 

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