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DIY Modern Dresser

Learn how to build this DIY Moder Dresser with free plans and a how-to video by Shanty2Chic! This is an easy build, makes the perfect TV stand and doubles as a dresser with tons of storage space!

This DIY Modern Dresser has been a long time coming! My son had a set of DIY Lockers that I built him for his “dresser” but the organization was out of control! He told me he would rather have a dresser with drawers and a spot for his game consoles, so that’s exactly what he got! I recently built him this DIY Modern Full Size Bed so I used that as my guide for the style of this dresser!

Check out the how-to video below to watch!

Make sure to download the free pritnable plans!

Click here to jump to the free printable plans!

Tools:

Supplies:

How to Build a DIY Modern Dresser

Building the Cabinet Frame

Step 1:

Cut the vertical dividers and cleats to size. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes at both ends of each divider. Attach the top two cleats to two of the dividers with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Step 2:

Cut the bottom cabinet board to size. Attach the vertical dividers to the bottom board with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 3:

Attach the bottom cleats to the middle dividers with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Step 4:

Cut the cabinet top piece to size and attach it to the cabinet dividers with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 5:

Cut the shelf pieces to size and drill 3/4″ pocket holes on the ends. Attach them to the inside of the cabinet with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Note the inset and overhang on the front and back.

Step 6:

Cut the shelf trim to size and attach it to the front and back of the shelves with 1″ finish nails and wood glue.

Step 7:

Cut the face frame pieces to size and drill 1 1/2″ pocket holes according to the cut list.

Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws and wood glue. Build two face frames.

Step 8:

Attach a face frame to the front and back of the cabinet. They should line up flush with the top of the cabinet and the pocket holes should face inside.

Step 9:

Cut the side trim pieces to size and attach them to the sides of the cabinet with 2 1/2″ finish nails and wood glue. They should line up flush with the top and bottom face frames.

Building the Drawers:

Step 1:

A. Cut the drawer front and side pieces to size. Attach them together with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

B. Cut the drawer bottoms to size and attach them to the bottom of the drawers with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue.

Step 2:

Install the drawers with drawer slides. You can get the detailed instructions for the install in our video!

Step 3:

Cut the drawer faces to size and attach them to the front of each drawer with 1 1/4″ brad nails, from the back of the drawer and into the back of the drawer face. There should be a 1/8″ gap around all sides

Building the Doors

Step 1:

Cut the door frame pieces to size. Drill 3/4″ pocket holes on both ends of the long boards. Attach them to the short boards with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue.

Step 2:

Cut the plywood for the back of the doors to size. Attach them to the back of the door frames with 5/8″ staples and wood glue.

The Finish!

Step 1:

Cut the side top trim pieces to size and attach them to the sides of the top plywood sheet with 1 1/4″ brad nails and wood glue. Measure and cut the fron and back trim pieces to size and attach them the same way.

Step 2:

Fill all your nail holes, sand it down and add a finish!

Step 3:

I added modern hairpin legs, bar pulls and exposed hinges for the doors.

Make sure to share your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too! Happy Building!

DIY Modern Dresser

Learn how to build this DIY Modern Dresser with 6 drawers! It makes the perfect TV stand with game console storage and 6 drawers! Click here to print the full set of free printable plans including the shop list!

Tools

  • Miter Saw
  • Drill
  • Kreg Jig
  • Brad Nailer
  • Sander
  • Stapler (optional)
  • Table Saw (optional)

Supply List

  • 8 2x2x8 Framing Lumber Ripped from 2×4
  • 3 1x4x8 Common Board
  • 2 3/4"x48"x96" Hardwood Plywood
  • 1 1/2"x48"x96" Hardwood Plywood
  • 1 1/4"x48"x96" Hardwood Plywood
  • 1 1/4" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws
  • 1 1/4" Brad Nails
  • 2 1/2" Finish Nails
  • 5/8" Staples
  • Wood Glue
  • 8 Pulls
  • 4 Legs
  • 4 Hinges

Instructions

Cut List

  • Cut List 1
  • Cut List 2
  • Cut List 3

Building the Cabinet Frame

  • Cut the vertical dividers and cleats to size. Drill 3/4" pocket holes at both ends of each divider. Attach the top two cleats to two of the dividers with 1 1/4" brad nails and wood glue.
  • Cut the bottom cabinet board to size. Attach the vertical dividers to the bottom board with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Attach the bottom cleats to the middle dividers with 1 1/4" brad nails and wood glue.
  • Cut the cabinet top piece to size and attach it to the cabinet dividers with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the shelf pieces to size and drill 3/4" pocket holes on the ends. Attach them to the inside of the cabinet with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue. Note the inset and overhang on the front and back.
  • Cut the shelf trim to size and attach it to the front and back of the shelves with 1" finish nails and wood glue.
  • Cut the face frame pieces to size and drill 1 1/2" pocket holes according to the cut list. Attach the pieces together with 2 1/2" pocket hole screws and wood glue. Build two face frames.
  • Attach a face frame to the front and back of the cabinet. They should line up flush with the top of the cabinet and the pocket holes should face inside.
  • Cut the side trim pieces to size and attach them to the sides of the cabinet with 2 1/2" finish nails and wood glue. They should line up flush with the top and bottom face frames.

Building the Drawers

  • A. Cut the drawer front and side pieces to size. Attach them together with 1 1/4" brad nails and wood glue.
    B. Cut the drawer bottoms to size and attach them to the bottom of the drawers with 1 1/4" brad nails and wood glue.
  • Install the drawers with drawer slides. You can get the detailed instructions and a link to the slides I used on our website.
  • Cut the drawer faces to size and attach them to the front of each drawer with 1 1/4" brad nails, from the back of the drawer and into the back of the drawer face. There should be a 1/8" gap around all sides.

Building the Doors

  • Cut the door frame pieces to size. Drill 3/4" pocket holes on both ends of the long boards. Attach them to the short boards with 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and wood glue.
  • Cut the plywood for the back of the doors to size. Attach them to the back of the door frames with 5/8" staples and wood glue.

The Finish!

  • Cut the side top trim pieces to size and attach them to the sides of the top plywood sheet with 1 1/4" brad nails and wood glue. Measure and cut the fron and back trim pieces to size and attach them the same way.
  • Fill all your nail holes, sand it down and add a finish! Get creative with it and make it your own! I added modern hairpin legs and pulls!
    Make sure to share your builds with us on social media and use #shanty2chic so we can share them too!
    Happy Building!

4 Comments

  1. Jenny on August 8, 2021 at 9:51 am

    The drawer slides are not listed on the supplies, where do i find them?

    Also you said youd leave a link for the levels you used and i dont see those either.

    Beautiful dresser, cant wait to make it.

  2. Rebecca on August 2, 2021 at 11:24 am

    Beautiful design! I love the contrast of the modern hardware to the light wood. The dresser would look great with your two-drawer DIY nightstand! 🙂

  3. Kim shafer on July 29, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Love, love, love it!!!! What color stain, finish did you use?

  4. Heidi on July 27, 2021 at 4:57 am

    Do you have the plans for a diy locker?!?! I’ve been dying to build one!! Thank you!!

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