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The Longest-lasting Nightstands With Drawers

It is no secret that the first thing to wear out on a bedroom furniture set is the nightstands. Particularly if your nightstand has drawers, you may experience some breaking down of the drawer interiors over time. If you don’t want to be buying nightstands again in a year or two, take the time now to find long-lasting nightstands that will remain in use until you are ready to replace your entire bedroom furniture set.

Here are some things to look for in long-lasting nightstands with drawers, as well as how you can make them last longer.

Look for tongue and groove drawer construction

It usually isn’t hard to spot a cheap nightstand if you can see the inside of the drawer before you buy. Unfortunately, that’s not always possible when you buy online. When you look at a cheap nightstand in person, you’ll notice that the sides and bottom of the drawer will be very thin plywood, and the only thing holding the thin board within its thin grooves is a little bit of glue. If you have a habit of overloading drawers, these drawers falling apart are not new.

What you may not realize is that you can get affordable nightstands with much better drawer construction that will save you money in the long run. For just a small increase in your budget, you could get nightstands with drawers with true tongue and groove construction that is much more durable.

You’ll see the difference in the drawers right away. The drawer bottom and sides will be made of thicker hardwood of at least a 1/4 inch thickness. The whole will be tongue and groove, reinforced with wood glue but staying together in spite of it. These drawers do not bow with weight, and they can hold much more.

Making your nightstands last

What you need to do to make your nightstands last depends on what type of nightstands they are and how you will be using them. A nightstand with drawers is best for storing pajamas, underwear, and other delicates that are lightweight.

It might be tempting to take advantage of the better drawer construction to use the drawers for heavier items, such as out-of-season wear. While this can be a good solution if you don’t need the drawer for more regular use, you should be aware that winter clothing weighs quite a bit more than undergarments. Don’t overstuff the drawers.

If you do see signs of the drawer joints weakening, don’t wait for the bottom to fall out before trying to repair the drawer. If you take swift action you can likely reinforce the drawer so that the nightstand can continue to be used. Of course, if you repair a drawer make sure you decrease the amount of things you store inside. Don’t put heavy items on a repaired drawer, or the bottom will fall out.

In addition to making your nightstand with drawers last longer, this will also help you prevent injury from splinters or jagged edges.

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