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Chests and Dressers
A chest of drawers, also known as a dresser or a bureau (especially in North American English), is a type of cabinet (a piece of furniture) with multiple parallel, horizontal drawers that are usually stacked one on top of the other.
Chests of drawers have traditionally been made and used for storing clothing, particularly underwear, socks, and other items that are not normally hung in or stored in a closet. They are typically used in bedrooms for this purpose, but they can be used to store anything that will fit inside and can be placed anywhere in the house or elsewhere. A chest of drawers is also commonly used to store a variety of personal and miscellaneous items. It has a long history as a workhorse in a carpenter’s shop. A typical chest is roughly rectangular in shape, with short legs at the bottom corners for placement on the floor.
Mule Chest: A chest that is typically wider than it is high and deep. A mule chest has drawers in the base and a hinged top with either two short or one long drawer beneath. This form, which was introduced in England in the 1600s, was popular for over a century in both England and colonial America.