Upgrading from your first set of apartment-approved furniture to the "adult" stuff is no easy task. While it may be tempting to do it all in one fell swoop, credit card statements be damned, you'll end up with a home that's more reflective of your personal style if you acquire items one by one over time. But what happens when you're ready to trade up and still have to stay on a budget? That's where we come in.
When it's time to put those dorm-style plastic drawer bins by the curbside, check out our list of the eight best dressers under $300. Whether you opt for IKEA's tried-and-true solid birch or something a little more eclectic via Target's boho-cool Opalhouse collection, we can all but guarantee these pieces will put your old system of clothing piles and bins to shame. Plus, picture how nice they'll look with a nice bud vase and a scented candle on top. Pinterest fame, here we come.
There's something about the way the wood veneer meets in a herringbone pattern at the sides of this roomy six-drawer dresser that just feels a little more elevated than most.
A mod, midcentury style that contrasts dark wood with a clean pop of white, this dresser could complement a variety of decor styles, from sleek and minimalist to laid-back boho.
Inset handles lend a clean look to the front of this sturdy pine dresser, while the dowel legs give it a bit of lift — the effect is visually light (and infinitely easier to vacuum under).
Hairpin legs are never a bad idea. This dove grey color walks the line between traditional and modern, and the side-by-side drawers offer tons of space for a couple's worth of clothes.
Apartment-dwellers, rejoice: this skinny chest of drawers is just what the doctor ordered for homes that are short on space (but big on style). Prop this tower up in the corner of your bedroom for an instant boho-bungalow effect — dramatic trailing pothos plant not included.
6. Threshold Three-Drawer Wicker Wood Dresser, $227
Uniquely shaped brass pulls dress up the front of this dresser, which also features an ultra-deep top drawer (camouflaged as two drawers) for maximum storage.
Solid wood? Check. Tons of space? Check. Leather drawer pulls? Heck yes. For the price, it's worth adding this piece to your list on your next IKEA run — whether you paint it, stain it, or leave it in its natural light wood, it'll outlast most other purchases at this price point.
Target's Opalhouse collection strikes again — for modern boho bang-for-your-buck, we keep coming back to this collection's rich textures. This three-drawer dresser can double as an oversized nightstand if you're working within limited square footage.
Emily Bihl is a freelance writer and sometimes-songwriter who can invariably be found rearranging furniture in a domicile somewhere along the Mississippi River. She lives with her black labrador Selkie and a small army of homemade ceramics, and has not willingly closed a browser tab since 2011.