DIY 6 Drawer Dresser

 Write Review added on 8/2/2019

I was looking to build a DIY 6 drawer dresser that would have a modern look and would match our king size bed. I also wanted the dresser to be low to the ground, so I made a dresser base from 2x4s. Check out my website for more photos and downloadable PDF.


Follow the steps below to complete this project.


Cutting Top, Bottom, Back and Sides

First step is to cut ¾” plywood for top, bottom, back and sides using Table Saw or skill saw. Top and bottom are 70” x 22”, sides are 22” x 29 1/4" and back 68 1/2" x 29 1/4".


Drill Pocket Holes

Drill pocket holes for ¾” wood thickness on the back and sides plywood pieces using a Kreg Jig. The top and bottom do not need pocket holes.


Assemble Pieces

Assemble these pieces together making sure all pieces are squared.


Middle Divider

Cut a 18 3/4" x 29 1/4" center divider from left over ¾” plywood. Drill pocket holes on the bottom and top. Find the center of the dresser and install the divider piece leaving a ¾” space in the front. Since using a left over piece, this divider piece will have a gap in the back


Cut and Install Base

Take 2x4 and cut it to 60” long at 30° on both ends (x2). Also, cut two pieces that are 9” long and attach it to the main 2x4 board using 2 1/2" Pocket Hole Screws. Then attach to the second main 2x4 board using 2" Wood Screws. The front of the base will not have any visible screws. Use 2" Wood Screws to attach the base to the bottom dresser board.


Attach 1 ½” Board on the Perimeter

The front perimeter of the dresser will have a 1 ½” board all the way around. Measure and cut two long and two short boards from ¾” plywood. Drill perpendicular pocket holes and attach the boards using 1 1/4" Pocket hole screws.


Attach 2x3 Boards for Drawer Slides

Take 2x3 and cut it to 20” long (x6). Using provided dimensions in the picture, attach these 2x3 boards on both sides of the dresser using 2" Wood Screws.


Install Drawer Rails

Using Kreg Drawer Slider Jig, install 18" Drawer Rails on the 2x3 boards and on the center piece plywood board. Make sure all drawer rails are at the same height.


Cut and Attach 1 ½” Boards Between

Now cut 33 7/8" x 1 ½” wide board (x4) from ¾” plywood. These boards are placed to separate the drawer boxes as well as to cover the 3/4" gap (see step 12) between the drawers. Make sure to measure before cutting. Drill two pockets holes on each side and attach as shown on the picture. Lower boards at 10 1/8" and upper at 19 5/8"


Making Drawers Boxes

To make the drawers boxes fit perfectly, it’s always a good idea to measure each drawer separately. Unless you’re confident that the dresser has been assembled perfectly and each drawer will be exactly the same than you could make all drawer boxes same dimensions. Cut ½” plywood to provided dimension (you’re dimensions might be slightly different). Assemble the drawer boxes using Wood Glue and 1 1/4" Brad Nails. Note: upper, middle and lower drawer boxes have different heights.


Install Drawers Boxes

Install drawer boxes using Kreg Drawer Slider Jig.


Cut and Install Drawer Front Boards

After the drawer boxes have been installed, measure each cover board before cutting to make sure you have equal gaps between boards. The middle drawer will have 3/4" gap on top and bottom. This gap will be used to open drawers instead of handles.


Paint and Stain

I painted the dresser white to match our headboard. The drawer cover boards I stained it with Jacobean / Classic Gray (see picture). Then lightly brush thru with white paint for the second layer That's it you're done with this DIY 6 drawer dresser.

Tools Used:

Materials Required:

Wood Products:

(3) 1x10, 72", Board  
(2) 2x3, 96", Board  
(2) 2x4, 96", Board  
(2) 3/4" Thick, Full Sheet, Plywood  
(2) 1/2" Thick, Full Sheet, Plywood  


Parts/Cut List:

(2) Drawer Cover Boards, 3/4" x 32 1/4" x 6 3/4"  

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