Check out this super simple, two tone 6 drawer dresser build! I’ve got the building plans for you to build your own right here in this post!
If you haven’t already noticed, I love building dressers. Here’s a few of my favorites:
But this dresser I’m sharing now is actually just one part of a large entertainment type center I’m building for a local library. See it there in the middle at the bottom??
Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube Channel or my newsletter (at the end of this post) and stay tuned for the rest of that story in the coming weeks, but in the mean time, let’s cover this 6 drawer dresser piece.
So, if you’re ready to get building, let’s go. I’ve got all the plans, dimensions, and details below and the video tutorial right here. This post contains affiliate links. See policies.
For this 6 Drawer Dresser, You Will Need:
- (1 1/2) sheets 3/4″ plywood
- (4) 2x2x8 boards
- (1) 1x2x8 board
- (3) 1x3x8 boards
- Cove molding (optional)
- (6) 16″ drawer slides (I buy the ten pack because they’re cheaper per slide)
- (6) drawer pulls (<–you can buy these in bulk for cheaper)
- (6) locks (optional)
- Kreg pocket hole jig
- Miter Saw
- Circ Saw
- Nail gun
- 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws
- 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws
- 1 1/4″ wood screws
- 2″ wood screws
- Paint and Stain
- Edge banding (optional)
Step 1: Build 6 Drawer Dresser Side Panels
Like most of my dressers, I started off by building the two side panels. I built this dresser frame from 2x2s and used plywood for the inside panels. I’ve got a post here for how I cut my own 2x2s and another post here on how I cut down my plywood sheets.
Once I had my dresser legs (2x2s) and side panels (3/4″ plywood) cut to length, I simply attached two side panels like shown using wood glue and pocket holes and screws.
Since these will be covered by the drawers, I made this quick by using 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws. But in my next piece in this series, I used dowels. Either way works fine.
Step 2: Assemble Dresser Frame
Once the side panels were together, I assembled the rest of the dresser frame using 2x2s at the front and back. I used wood glue and 1 1/2″ pocket holes with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws…but again, you could use another joinery method here as well if you wanted.
Step 3: Add Trim Detail to Dresser Sides
After the frame was assembled, I added a little decorative detail to the sides. I simply nailed 1x2s at the top and bottom of the side panel, then I used some cove molding cut to fit to line the inside of these frames.
At this point, everything so far was going to be painted white and everything else following this will be stained. So I went ahead and painted this frame before moving on to the next step.
Step 4: Install Middle Divider and Front Trim
So once the paint was dry, I moved on to all the inside details. The first thing I did was install two more 2x2s into the middle at the top and at the bottom. I used 1 1/2″ pocket holes and 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws for this.
To add a little something to the design, I framed out the drawers inside the main dresser frame and inset them about ¾”. It’s subtle, but I felt it added something to the design.
I used some 1x3s for this and test fit everything together before staining (I used Minwax Early American Stain for this) them and installing. I simply glued and nailed the 1×3 front trim pieces in place 3/4″ INSET from the front edge of the dresser frame.
Because of the spacing, I needed to add some scrap 1x material to the 2x2s in the middle before I could install the center divider, so I screwed some scrap plywood in place with 1 1/4″ wood screws as seen above.
Then, I could add the middle divider between them. I edge banded the front of the divider to cover the plywood edges, then installed it in the center using 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws like shown.
Step 5: Install Dresser Drawer Slides
Now, it was time for the drawer slides. I installed 6 pair of 16” soft close drawer slides into the dresser. To do this on the sides, though, I had to add some more scrap wood spacer blocks where the slides needed to mount.
I screwed ¾” plywood scrap blocks in place using 1 1/4″ wood screws.
But in the middle, I could mount these slides directly onto the panel. The trim detail on the front made everything else a little more complicated.
At this point, I had forgotten that the library had requested that all the drawers and doors on this piece I was making be able to lock. In order to do that, I needed to install some more 1x3s between each drawer. You’ll see later that the locks will lock into slots cut in these pieces.
So I installed frame pieces here using 3/4″ pocket holes and 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws to separate each individual drawer box.
Then I could finally install the drawer slides like shown. By the way, I have a super detailed guide on how to build and install drawers and drawer slides here.
Step 6: Build and Install Drawer Boxes
Now it was finally time to build and install the drawers. Be sure to check out the post here on how I like to build drawer boxes.
I like to make my drawers from plywood. So I cut down my plywood pieces, then cut a dado in them for the 1/4″ plywood bottom. I used pocket holes and screws to assemble like shown. I also edge banded the plywood for a cleaner look…but that’s an optional step.
I made four drawer boxes 7″ tall like shown above in an exploded view. And I made two more identical EXCEPT only 4″ tall.
By the way, for this particular dresser, I made my drawer boxes shorter (in height) than I suggest in my drawer building guide. The only reason for this in this particular case was so that there was more room to place the lock in the drawer front later. If you aren’t installing locks on your dresser, feel free to make these drawer boxes a little taller.
Once all the drawer boxes were assembled, I installed them into the dresser. I have a super detailed guide for how to build and install drawer boxes and drawer slides I’ll link below if you’re interested.
Step 7: Install Drawer Fronts
Once the drawers were in place, it was time to add the fronts. I cut these from plywood as well and covered all the edges with edge banding. Once I made sure they fit, I stained them, then installed them using 1 ¼” wood screws from the inside of the drawer box.
Step 8: Install Dresser Top
The last piece of the dresser was the top. I cut this from ¾” plywood and edge banded the sides. I figured it would be easier to stain before I installed it, so I went ahead and stained it.
I centered it on the base and screwed in place through the frame using 2” wood screws at the front and back.
Step 9: Add Hardware and Locks (Optional)
I’ve never installed locks into my furniture before, so it was a little trial and error and I wish I had thought to cut the slots BEFORE installing these pieces, but I guess now I know for next time.
So once the lock was on the drawer, I closed the drawer, turned the key, and used a pencil to mark where the tab hit the 1×3 above it.
Then I removed the drawer (the slides have tabs on the sides to allow you to remove the drawer easily) and used an oscillating saw with a flush cut blade to cut a slot at that mark. I kept putting the drawer in and testing and seeing if or where I needed to take out more material.
Once I had the slots cut, the drawers would be able to close and when the tab was turned up (in lock position), it would go into these slots so they would stay locked until the key was used to turn the tab back sideways.
To finish up, I gave it a little distressing and it got a few coats of poly (I used Minwax Polycrylic Water Based Semi Gloss). Then, it was finished and ready to use.
It’s definitely not a fancy, elaborate dresser by any means. But it’s simple and clean and I think it’s going to be a great base for the rest of this entertainment center to be built around.
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Until next time, happy building 😊