We recently purchased our first home and are in the process of putting the house together little by little. Who am I kidding, we are still wading through tissue paper and making moving box forts 😛 Anyway, we did manage to get the girls dressers assembled yesterday.
I originally wanted these gorgeous campaign dressers from Land of Nod for the girls rooms.
However, at $699 a piece I had to remember what happened to the last pricey “I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW” piece of white furniture I purchased. That’s right, my Paula Deen Lift Top Coffee Table that is now covered in ink, dirt, and food stains mixed in with some chipped paint just for funsies 🙂
That purchase changed the course of my future design choices forever. Is it pretty? Absolutely. Is it functional? Yep! Will I cry if something stains it? YES. Then the answer is, find a less expensive option that is easily replaceable.
Cue, IKEA! We purchased the Ikea TYSSEDAL 4 drawer dressers for the girls. One of the first things I did after we arrived was elfa their closets, so they needed very little drawer space. Adding Elfa closets has always been on my must do list because I read it adds instant value to your home for resale. As a recent buyer, I have to agree. Built ins are something that always made me love the homes we looked at during the home shopping process.
The TYSSEDAL has soft close drawers, which we definitely need with our rambunctions little girls. Otherwise, I would have gone with the super inexpensive KOPPANG dresser for $99. If you need a bit more space, I loved the MALM. All of the above are near perfect right out of the box, all you have to do is add your hardware of choice.
I went with the Martha Stewart 3 in. Bedford Canopy Cup Cabinet Hardware Pulls from Home Depot. We used 2 on each of the long drawers, and one each on the top drawers to keep things looking symmetrical. My Husband created a template using the new drawer pull, and measured the distance from the existing hole in the drawers for the IKEA hardware. He centered the new pulls over the existing holes and TADA! I couldn’t be happier with the end product. This thing is STURDY. The total for each dresser (including hardware) came to $255 before tax, saving us $444 a piece! I’m all for purchasing the more expensive choice if I’m just absolutely in love with it, and it makes sense, but I ended up loving our little version better than my original choice. YAY!