Japanese Dressers and Chests of Drawers

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Invest in an authentic Japanese dresser to imbue your home with distinction and style. Whether you’re on the hunt for a Tansu dresser or a hand-painted and lacquered Japanese chest, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Chairish, we have no shortage of the beloved Tansu dressers, a traditional Japanese storage cabinet, as well as a wide range of other designs.

Transform Your Home with a Vintage Tansu Dresser

Crafted using traditional woodworking tools and techniques, the Tansu dresser has endured for centuries. In accordance with general Japanese ergonomic principles, Tansu design emphasizes functionality over aesthetics. These antique Japanese dressers are often lacquered with a high-sheen finish and fitted with iron hardware. Similar to campaign dressers, tansu dressers are designed to be mobile — hence the reason tansu dressers and chests don’t typically have legs. But browse our collection to see if you can find one sporting some if you need a bit of height, as they do exist! Another adaptation of the tansu is the kaidan-dansu, a chest that resembles a staircase. Developed in the 19th century, kaidan-dansu’s exact origins have been obscured for years. Generally, they are believed to have actually doubled as staircases in Japanese homes. No matter the specific style, Japanese dressers are sure to become a conversation piece in any bedroom or living room.