Consider how many drawers you really need and whether you’d prefer deep ones or narrow. Find out if the furniture is self-assembly or ready-built, as this may influence your decision.
Check the quality of the runners and handles – difficult when buying online, but the smallprint should say what materials they’re made from.
Solid wood may cost more, but is often worth the investment as it will last longer.
Rather than throwing out an old chest, why not upcycle it with a stain, varnish or paint and use it in another
room, such as the bathroom?
1 Decorative detail Be on trend with dark mango wood, Junipa Iris, £850, House of Fraser 2 Rustic edge
In natural timber, the Norway, £385.80, Element One House, makes a feature of different drawer handles 3 Classic option A solid oak design, the Bevel, £549, Oak Furnitureland, will complement all types of decor 4 Silver sparkle Atkin &Thyme’s Phoenix, £499, has a metal-clad front 5 Linear look
For a glamorous touch, the Silas, £329, Made, comes in a brown toughened glass finish 6 Flexible
choice The Lund Highboard, £749, Barker & Stonehouse, has sliding doors and open shelving