We don’t need to know why you have no dresser. Maybe you just got in your new home and your furniture won’t arrive for awhile. Or, maybe you spent so much on the down payment and forgot to put some back for furnishings. Whatever the case may be you’re still going to need somewhere to put your clothes.
You can easily make a temporary dresser by using cardboard boxes but they’ll all need to be the same size. The types of boxes you use doesn’t really matter. If the boxes have detachable lids simply remove them and save them for future projects. If the boxes have flaps just remove them. You can now cover the boxes with gift wrap or fabric – or you can leave them as they are.
You can make a cardboard box “dresser” that’s as tall or short as you want, depending on how many boxes you have. Whether you want to stack two or five you can do that by using cardboard tubes from gift wrap. The tubes, although they can be easily crushed by hand, will withstand a lot of weight if they are standing. They all need to be the same size and they also need to be a couple of inches taller than the boxes.
Before assembling the stacked boxes cut a half-circle on the front side of each one. Start near the top, front corner of the box – a few inches away from the corner – and cut over to the opposite side. The half-circle will allow you to reach into the stacked boxes and easily add or remove clothing. For this reason, cut quite a large half-circle that goes more than halfway to the bottom.
Glue a cardboard tube at all four corners, inside the box. The tubes will be more stable if they fit all the way into the corners. Use hot glue to secure these to the bottom of the box. Secure them further by wrapping a piece of tape around the tube, and attaching the tape to each side of it, and doing this several times down the tube. Do this to all four of them in each box. Stack as many boxes as you want then cut a cardboard piece, if you want, to lay across the top.
If you have no cardboard tubes you can make a similar version by simply cutting the half-circles in the boxes and stacking them on top of each other. You’ll easily be able to organizer your clothes and accessories until your real furniture arrives!