Functionalist or Fashionista?
In starting to look for a sturdy dresser for my sister I have noticed a couple of things. The dresser and nightstands in my niece's bedroom have been moved once. They're IKEA or Target type things maybe two years old, tops. Since they have been moved, the drawers no longer open and close properly because the furniture does not have much "object integrity" --meaning it doesn't completely hold it's shape when it is supporting itself (as when being moved), in contrast to when it is left in one position on the floor.
The furniture is my bedroom at home is rather juvenile, old fashioned, etc. I have noticed on Ebay that there are literally HUNDREDS of pieces of my childhood bedroom for sale. So, it must have lasted.
The bedrooms in my sister's house are not any bigger than in a midcentury house (except for the Master), and the windows are low to the floor.
The furniture I grew up with has a shallow divided drawer and two full width deep drawers in a smaller footprint than my niece's piece which seems gigantic.
The "bachelor's chest" I have is smaller than her nightstands and has much more, and more useful storage.
The upholstered "bedroom chairs" I am finding are significantly smaller and significantly heavier, than the new stuff.
At the price points we are looking at, it is the IKEA/Target route maybe Crate and Barrel in a stretch, or the vintage route, but not the current trendy vintage or semi antique fine pieces...just ordinary Drexel, Thomasville, and maybe some Henredon.
So, if you had a tightish budget, and you did not want to spend time refinishing, repainting, reupholstering--which way would you go?
Vintage but maybe a bit dated or hokey, or new and up-to-date, (hoping you never have to actually move it). There is no correct answer.