Today I am going to show you how to extend a dresser. This tutorial will take you through the process of how I extended my boys dresser to make it taller. The process would be very similar to make the dresser longer/wider as well.
Lets get started!
boys bedroom makeover they didn't have a dresser. They were using those plastic bins to hold their clothes. So I turned to one of my favorite places...the craig's list free section.
The first thing I did was remove the feet. I used a crow bar and mallet to pry off them off. Then I added some 1x4's to each end with glue and nails, thinking this would add support. I soon realized it wasn't necessary and ended up taking them off anyway, live and learn!
I also want to note that you need to plan for dresser feet if you are using them. I made this as built in, so I took into account that it will be sitting on a 2x4 and that added 3 1/2 inches to the overall height.
Once I had my plywood cut I drilled pocket holes on each side. In the bottom right photo above I have three sheets of plywood ready. Two for the sides and a middle piece which is just 3/4'' shorter so I could add a 1x2 divider to match the top of the dresser.
I did this for the front and back...hopefully it will make more since as you continue reading.
I attached two 1x2's to my plywood, at the bottom, with pocket holes. These are the ones I had been measuring above. I did this to both of my plywood sides.
Please note you need to make sure your dresser has adequate wood to drill into for attaching pocket holes.
Once I had my extension frame done I moved onto adding a new bottom to the dresser. I use some scrap 1x1's that I used to create a base 1/4 down from the bottom of the dresser. I glued and nailed them into the frame. Then I cut my scrap 1/4 plywood to fit the bottom and glued and nailed it on. I used really small nails and a hammer to do this job really quickly. I did this on both sides of the dresser.
This is what my dresser looked like when I was done, much taller! I flipped it over and gave you a front and back shot. Now onto the drawers!
Because my dresser had wood drawer glides I decided to make my new drawer glides the same way, besides I have lots of scrap hardwood around to do it! Cutting the scraps to the correct length I glued and nailed (see above for where to nail) them in place, making sure they were flush with the 1x2 in front and back, and making sure they were level.
For the middle glides I had to work around the front 1x2 divider. In order to give my drawer a guide to follow I glued and nailed in a scrap piece the was the same width as the section of the 1x2 that was sticking out from the front.
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I added drawer glides for four drawers, and also two front dividers to separate the drawer sections, again matching the design of the original dresser.
It is important to mimic the design of the dresser you are extending to make it look "seamless" in the end.
The only money I spent on this dressers was for a sheet of 1/2'' plywood for making the drawers. Using my Kreg Rip Cut and Ryobi Circular saw I cut all my drawer pieces. I used the original dresser drawers to get my width and built my new drawers off of that measurement.
Since I used 1/2 plywood for the drawers, I decided to use my Micro Pocket Drill Guide with my Kreg K5 Pocket hole system. This drills a little bit smaller pocket hole, and is great for this thickness of wood.
Then I glued, and clamped, and drilled away...
I gave you a peek at this process in my Dresser and Painting and Trim post. The drawers on the right are the bottom hamper drawers, I left the front open on them so I could include the hardware cloth.
I added the hardware cloth to the front of the hampers with a staple gun, then trimmed the excess with wire cutters or pliers.
All that was left was to measure and cut the fronts of the dressers. I used 3/4 plywood to match the size of the original drawer fronts and glued and nailed them on from the front. After they were attached I went back and screwed them together from the inside.
For a little more detail on the hamper drawer fronts you can check out my Master closet finishing touches post where I made the same type of hamper drawers. I LOVE them!
At this point the dresser is ready for paint!! This is the best part because what looks like a hodge podge dresser suddenly becomes one solid piece! I made sure to fill in any cracks and old drawer pull holes first, sanded it down really well, and covered the parts that I didn't want sprayed (wooden drawer glides and hardware cloth).
I set it up in my garage and used a light grey oops paint I have had for a while. I sprayed it with my Homeright Finish Max Pro and got amazing results, I love this sprayer!!
For drilling multiple holes for drawer pulls I took the time to make a template. It made it easy for me to just mark my center mark on the drawer and then I lined up my template with that center hole and the center mark...and then drilled into the two side holes for my pulls.
Here is the dresser in it's new home getting the final touches added. I stole the top circle knobs from this dresser (which sadly needs a new makeover) and then used some Antique Bronze cup pulls that I had for a different dresser makeover that I just didn't get to. These pulls from D. Lawless Hardware were soooo pretty and it killed me to spray paint them to match...but I was running out of time and had no money so they were compromised. Great quality still...but a better finish before I painted them. :( Such is life.
Here it is all finished! It is the perfect size for my boys and they have plenty of room for their clothes! I am so pleased with how it turned out and so glad I took the plunge to extend the dresser!
I will do a tutorial on how to create the built-in's in another post, this one was long enough! My favorite part of this dresser extension is the hamper drawers. It saves a ton of space for separate hampers and looks nice too!
If you missed my original post on my Teen Boys Bedroom Reveal don't forget to check it out!
I hope this post was helpful if you are considering extending a dresser to fit your needs! Please don't hesitate to ask any questions!
Thank you so much for stopping by!