A good-looking, well-designed dresser can transform any old dull room. To make things easier and narrow down the pickings, we checked in with a bunch of New York interior designers who suggested their favorite options under $500 (with some under $1,000). And if you’re looking to complete an apartment redesign, we’ve also collected some of the best in both affordable rugs and couches.
“For the less-expensive version, I like this one from Ikea. No frills, it is what it is: simple, clean lines. One could paint, decoupage, wall paper, or add brass bars to the drawers or otherwise customize.” — Harry Heissmann, interior designer
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“The Broadridge dresser has the look of a really rich, oak mid-century piece without the price tag. Its cool brown stain makes it quite versatile and contemporary, and the unique brass drawer pulls are the perfect luxe accent to glam it up.” — Ross Cooper, designer, Homepolish
“I like a long, low dresser, or ideally, something wall-hung. But in the $500 to $1,000 range, you usually get cabinets with a more boxy proportion. The mass-market options are not always well-made, but they do have offerings in your price range, and several of them have clean, modern options. I’ve used the Hyde hanging cabinet in kids’ rooms as an alternative to a traditional dresser or nightstand, and I like the Latitude.” — Joe Serrins, interior designer
“I love the unexpected shape and texture of angled drawer fronts and hidden hardware. It’s one of my faves. I love that it’s a completely new form for a dresser. This one puts all other dressers to shame. It’s modern but shaker; it’s simple but unexpected. Perfect. It’s like you had me at ‘angled drawer fronts.’ Love.” — Brooks T. Atwood, Design Director, R&A Architecture + Design
“This Preston dresser from Overstock packs a huge bang for your buck. At 66-inches wide with nine drawers, it could easily handle all of the clothes that are pouring out of my current dresser. This one also has great mid-century lines, but the cherry and black finishes give this piece more personality.” — Kylee Trunck, interior designer, Havenly
“This Etsy maker sells the coolest refinished vintage pieces. They use ombre and other specialized techniques to make each piece glow like a one-of-a-kind gem. I love that this dresser has so many shades of blue. It’s the kind of item that makes you feel instantly happy when you look at it. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to that?” — Ross Cooper, designer, Homepolish
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