Have you ever wished your dresser was just a bit bigger for what you need?
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!
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!
Kreg Rip-Cut and Ryobi Circular Saw. I am not giving you measurements because every dresser will be different.
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 with my Kreg K5 Pocket-Hole Jig. 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.
Please note you need to make sure your dresser has adequate wood to drill into for attaching pocket holes.