The 50’s are synonymous with style and sex appeal. It was a time that introduced the world to colored TV and glamorous movie stars like Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and Elvis Presley. The perfect mid century dresser can be the ultimate statement piece needed to transform a space, like a bedroom or entrance hall. It’s no surprise that this era still has such a rich influence in the design and styling of homes and bedrooms today.
It can be difficult to pick out that perfect dresser and integrate it into a stylish home. The last thing you want is a piece of furniture that looks like a hand-me-down from your grandmother. How do you go about picking out that classic mid century dresser cabinet, and at the same time, select a piece that marries with today’s more modern styling?
We have handpicked a selection of mid century modern dresser designs that capture the flair of the 50’s. Our selection includes a range of designs and colors for you to pick from. All are guaranteed to give your home that sleek, retro 50’s feel. So get ready to clear some space for the arrival of one of these timeless pieces.
Modway Tracy Wooden Vintage
This simple, clean lined dresser has a beautiful cappuccino, dark wood finish and has 3 easy sliding drawers. This laminated, wood finish is also available in a black finish.
It has a matching wood panel at the back so does not have to be placed against a wall, but can be placed at the base of a bed or even be used to divide a space.
It ships partly assembled, so you will just need to attach the legs and antique metal handles which will take a few extra minutes.
Dimensions: 47.5” Wide x 18” Deep x 28.5” Tall
Harlow Mid Century Walnut Design
The Harlow is the best priced unit for its size in our selection. It is a practical and beautiful looking item. It has 6 drawers with rolling tracks which allow them to open and close smoothly. We love the sleek contrast between the white drawers and a darker walnut wooden frame. The tall rubberwood legs make it a great height to use as a changing table.
It is made of laminated PU veneer and arrives packed flat so will need to be assembled.
If you are looking for a bolder styled unit on a slightly tighter budget, this unit will work a charm. This stunning modern dresser looks more expensive than what it is.
Dimensions: 54.5” Wide x 16.5” Deep x 36” Tall
Kardiel Arne Cabinet
The body of the Kardiel cabinet has an ash wood veneer. It has a solid Ash Base and rounded legs. This piece all comes in a darker, walnut shade.
The drawers have a modern arch design with the interior of the drawers matching the outer wood finish. There are 6 draws which run on gliders.
The wood grain and color may vary. Any inconsistencies are due to natural variations of the veneer which is made from real wood. That real wood look is what gives this dresser that authentic feel.
Dimensions: 63″ Wide x 17.7″ Deep x 28.3″ Tall
Retro Modern Two Tier
This low standing mid century furniture modern drawer cabinet has two tiers of 3 drawers, offering lots of storage and character. There is even a small chip in the bottom right corner of the right lower drawer.
Mod Century Vintage are the suppliers of this classic design. All their items are vintage so expect minor imperfections which add to their authenticity and character.
It stands out as a unique statement piece. It is very versatile and can be used as a display unit in a bedroom or a statement piece in an entrance hall.
If you are looking for a low dresser with a vintage, retro feel, the detail of this piece of furniture has a truly antique feel.
Dimensions: 58.5″ Wide x 20″ Deep x 27″ Tall
50’s Style with Drawers
This Retro Drawer Cabinet by Modhause Living is an ideal fit for any bedroom or living area. The convenient drawers rest on metal glides, making them easy and quiet to use.
The off white and gray finish makes it easy to blend into an already modern styled home.
Assembly is required. It is made with Rubberwood, Veneer, Wood so once you have it set up, the unit is solid and secure with a fifth leg placed in the center of the unit for added support and stability.
Dimensions: 55.1” Wide x 17.7” Deep x 31.5” Tall
Angel Line White
The Angel Line Madison, white, 6 drawer double unit is slightly smaller than our other pieces, but ideal if you need to get a retro piece into a smaller space.
It is the perfect fit for a nursery. The 6 spacious drawers have metal gliders and safety stops to make sure curious fingers don’t get harmed.
It is made of solid wood and wood composites. It will require assembly, but is guaranteed to transform any room with its clean, modern lines.
Dimensions: 45” Wide x 18” Deep x 33” Tall
Retro 50’s Style in Your Home
There’s a reason why the 50’s still captivate. Retro is back, in fact, it never left. These vintage pieces are guaranteed to stick around for the next 60 odd years, only to be coveted by the next generation. The glamorous homes of Jacky Kennedy, and even Elvis’ Graceland, have left a lasting mark on style and elegance that we get to bring into our own homes.
DIY on Your Mind?
If budget is a factor and you have time to pour into a DIY project, your local thrift shop may have a classic piece looking for love. Before you start, visit your local hardware store and put together a budget for supplies, including sanding machine rental, sanding pads, varnish, brushes, glue and finishing oil. Weigh up the costs and benefits of taking on a renovation project compared to picking up an already perfect and ready to use piece of furniture.
Keep in mind, furniture renovation takes time and patience. We have included the below dresser makeover for its great motivation, but also a realistic view of what’s involved. Admiring a new piece of furniture in your home is always something to look forward to, regardless if it is bought or homemade.