17 Free DIY Dresser Plans

Illustration of a dresser being built

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Use one of these free DIY dresser plans to build a beautiful dresser or chest that will add a whole new layer of style to your room.

There are quite a few free dresser plans here that range in the number of drawers, different drawer sizes, different widths, and different heights. You're sure to find the perfect plan for your room or a loved one's room.

All the free dresser plans include diagrams, step-by-step building instructions, photos, and material lists to help get you started. The wide range of plans makes this project a good choice for an intermediate or advanced woodworker.

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    DIY 11-Drawer Dresser

    A DIY 11-drawer dresser

    Jen Woodhouse

    This is a free dresser plan that shows how to build an 11 drawer dresser - that's with eight regular drawers and then three smaller ones at the very top. The dresser stands over 3.5 feet from the ground and is over 5 feet wide.

    This whole woodworking plan can be downloaded as a 21 page PDF file. The first couple of pages include a list of all the materials you'll need plus the tools and items that must be cut to make the dresser.

    The other pages in this plan are the step by step instructions, each with detailed drawings and dimensions.

    The House of Wood also has this 8 drawer plan that is a very similar dresser but without the top three drawers.

    DIY 11-Drawer Dresser from Jen Woodhouse

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    Kendal Extra Wide Dresser

    A white DIY dresser

    Sew Woodsy

    Ana White has a free, easy to follow plan for building this dresser from Sew Woodsy. The dresser will end up standing over 2.5 feet tall and 4.5 feet wide, with seven drawers that each sit around 15 inches deep.

    I like this plan because it's not at all difficult to follow. The steps are clear and easy to read, and each of them has a large illustration of that particular step so you know exactly what you're supposed to do.

    A full shopping list and cut list are shown before the steps start so you know exactly what you'll need to complete the entire dresser.

    Kendal Extra Wide Dresser from Ana White

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    Rolling Rustic Wood Dresser

    A DIY dresser with wheels

    Shanty 2 Chic

    Shanty 2 Chic has a DIY dresser plan that uses wheels and hardware to really make the wood stand out, giving it a little bit of an industrial look. There are 6 drawers in the dresser, giving you plenty of storage room for all your clothes. The free plans include general instructions, a cut list, a materials list, diagrams, photos, and tips.

    Rolling Rustic Wood Dresser from Shanty 2 Chic/Ana White

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    DIY Rustic Dresser

    Rustic dresser

    Addicted 2 DIY

     Addicted 2 DIY has a free dresser plan that builds a beautiful rustic dresser with 6 smaller drawers and a large cabinet in the center.

     There's a lot of detail included in this free plan including a ​PDF download of the project with all the details and even a video on how to build it.

    DIY Rustic Dresser from Addicted 2 DIY

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    Modern Patchwork Dresser

    A patchwork dresser DIY plan

    Shanty 2 Chic

    The dresser is 48 inches wide and stands over 26 inches off the floor. There are a door and five drawers in this dresser, and it's put on wheels for easy moving.

    Much like Ana's other dresser plan, she lists out all the necessary materials that you'll need to build it, including a list detailing the required cuts that must be made to create the dresser.

    Modern Patchwork Dresser from Shanty 2 Chic/Ana White

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    How to Make a Dresser

    A wooden dresser in a garage

    Rod's Woodworking Shop

    I like the free dresser plan at Rod's Woodworking Shop because all four drawers are the exact same size, making it a rather simple build.

    You can see exactly what tools and materials you'll need to construct this dresser before you even start. This includes everything, like a screw gun, tape measure, pencil, sandpaper, etc.

    Rod's Woodworking Shop's dresser is 40 inches wide and stands a little over 48 inches tall. Illustrations and step by step instructions make it pretty easy to understand how to build.

    How to Make a Dresser from Rod's Woodworking Shop

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    DIY 6 Drawer Dresser

    A white dresser that's part of a bed

    Shanty 2 Chic

    This dresser is actually part of Shanty 2 Chic's platform dresser bed plan, but it can instead be built apart from the bed for a standalone dresser.

    You get to see both real construction pictures and detailed illustrations in this plan. The illustrations are in this PDF file, where you'll be shown all the specific dimensions for all the pieces that make up the dresser. Plus, they're color-coded for easy reading.

    DIY 6 Drawer Dresser from Shanty 2 Chic

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    DIY 3 Drawer Dresser

    A small dresser in a bedroomj

     Bitterroot DIY

    This small 3 drawer dresser is a great solution to a small space. It works great in a kids room but also makes a comfortable dresser for an adult. Building a dresser can be an intimidating project, but this free plan will take you through each step.

    DIY 3 Drawer Dresser from Bitterroot DIY

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    5-Drawer Dresser With Changing Table

    A blue dresser and changing table

    Her Toolbelt

    Here's a free DIY dresser plan that builds a 5-drawer dresser and gives you the option of adding a changing table to the top, making it a must-have for a nursery. You could also choose not to use the changing table and just use it as a standard dresser.

    As part of this free plan, you get a materials list, cut list, cutting diagrams, step-by-step building directions, diagrams, and color photos. 

    5-Drawer Dresser With Changing Table from Her Toolbelt

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    Ballard Designs Inspired Dresser

    A DIY dresser

    Jen Woodhouse

    The pages of a designer catalog have inspired this stunning DIY dresser. Making it yourself means you'll pay a fraction of what they charge. This dresser has 6 drawers, four large ones and two small ones for the top. It's a good-sized dresser that would be enough storage for anyone. There are detailed plans here on how to build it, including many pictures to help you along the way. This project is for more advanced woodworkers who have experience with detail work.

    Ballard Designs Inspired Dresser from Jen Woodhouse

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    Free Dresser Plan

    An illustration of a simple dresser

    Designs by Studio C

    Designs by Studio C has this dresser that has just four drawers - two smaller ones side by side on the top, and then two larger ones below. The dresser is 34 inches tall, 35 inches wide, and sits 16.5 inches away from the wall.

    Refer to the lumber and cut list to understand all the parts that make up the dresser. There's also a short list of materials you'll need like cabinet pulls and drawer slides.

    I like Designs by Studio C's plans because the portion of the construction process that's referred to in each step is highlighted a certain color so it really stands out and is easier to understand.

    Free Dresser Plan from Designs by Studio C

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    Simple Dresser Plan

    An illustration of a back of a dresser

    How To Specialist

    Another free dresser plan is offered up through How To Specialist. This one has two doors on the bottom and two regular dresser drawers on top. This dresser is a bit over 40 inches tall and 44 inches wide.

    HowToSpecialist's free woodworking plans are put together very well, and this dresser is no exception. I like that that everything is marked with a color and letter, which are then referred to throughout the steps and illustrations. It makes it much easier to follow directions.

    Simple Dresser Plan from How To Specialist

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    Finea 4-Drawer Dresser

    Martin Novak / Getty Images

    This is a unique dresser because while it has the regular enclosed spaces for drawers, it also has an open shelf below the top.

    It should be a breeze to follow along with these instructions because the cut list is alphabetized and referred to throughout the steps. Also, the illustrations of the building process are color-coded to make specific steps stand out among the other pieces of the dresser. In addition to the cut list is a list of tools that are needed.

    Finea 4-Drawer Dresser from More Like Home

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    How to Build a Steppe 6 Drawer Dresser

    Little girl looking in dresser drawer at home
    Hero Images / Getty Images

    Another free dresser plan comes from The Design Confidential. This one is 57 inches wide with six drawers that have notches cut out for the handles.

    The Design Confidential's dresser plan explains how much lumber you'll need, what needs to be cut, as well as all the required tools and materials (plus links to purchase them).

    Like some of the plans from this list, this one is detailed and has high quality, up-close illustrations showing precise dimensions of each part of the dresser.

    How to Build a Steppe 6 Drawer Dresser from The Design Confidential

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    How to Build a Classic 5-Drawer Cherry Dresser

    Girl sitting on bedroom floor with digital tablet
    Image Source / Getty Images

    Build a five-drawer cherry dresser with this free plan from Popular Mechanics. A materials and cut list is shown so that you can gather all the materials before beginning.

    These steps aren't as detailed as the instructions you'll find in most of these other dresser plans, so this one may be a bit more difficult to build.

    How to Build a Classic 5-Drawer Cherry Dresser from Popular Mechanics

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    Land of Nod Blake Dresser

    A illustrated drawing of a dresser

    The Design Confidential

    Also from The Design Confidential, this free dresser plan is for building a dresser that has not only drawers but also shelves on either side. The estimated cost to build this dresser is from $100 to $150.

    There's no need to wonder what tools you need to build this dresser because they're all listed out for you. Also shown is a list of required materials like drawer knobs and nails, as well as a list detailing every part of the dresser that needs to be cut to size.

    Land of Nod Blake Dresser from The Design Confidential

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    Arts & Crafts Dresser

    Child's bedroom (focus on stuffed toy on dresser)
    Duane Rieder / Getty Images

    This is another free dresser plan from Popular Mechanics that's for building a three drawer dresser.

    There's a lot of text that you must read in this plan because there aren't very many drawings or images. However, at the very bottom is an exploded view of all the pieces that make up the dresser, complete with reference letters to the included materials list.

    Arts & Crafts Dresser from Popular Mechanics