Patchwork Dresser on Wheels

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This is a free project plan with step by step instructions to build your own modern patchwork dresser.  

This dresser features different drawer sizes, with drawer faces that can be stained different colors to add more interest to the piece. Free plans include diagrams, shopping and cut list, and lots of reader submitted photos - from Ana

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diy west elm dresser plans

Why We Built this Dresser Plan

I'm pretty darn excited today to share brand new plans with you! 

My friends over at Shanty2Chic and I teamed up so you can build this:

A modern patchwork dresser - It's inspired by the West Elm Patchwork Dresser .... only didn't cost $1200 +$100 surcharge - and you can say you made it yourself!!!


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We totally got you covered with the free plans below, but if you want more photos and to check out all the DIY projects in this photo, please take a second to stop over and visit Shanty2Chic.  


Free Plans to Build Your Own Modern Patchwork Dresser


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Dimensions are shown above


Shopping List
  • 1 - sheet 3/4” plywood ripped into 15 3/4” wide strips
  • 1/2 sheet 1/4” plywood (for drawer bottoms and backs)
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x6 @ 10 feet long
  • 1 - 1x3 @ 8 feet long
  • 1 - 1x4 @ 4 feet long - MUST BE 3 1/2" WIDE
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 6 feet long - MUST BE 7 1/4" WIDE
  • 5 sets 14” White European Style bottom corner mount drawer slides
  • 4 Caster Wheels
  • 1 set FULL INSET concealed hinges for Euro Style Cabinet (no face frame)
  • Edge banding if desired
Cut List
  • 3 - 3/4” plywood @ 15 3/4” x 24 3/4”
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood @ 15 3/4” x 29 3/4”
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood @ 15 3/4” x 8 1/4”
  • 2 - 3/4” plywood @ 15 3/4” x 48”
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 21 1/2”
  • 2 - 1x2 @ 29 3/4”

DRAWERS - Recommend cutting to fit slides and measured openings

  • 6 - 1x6 @ 14”
  • 2 - 1x6 @ 5”
  • 4 - 1x6 @ 27 1/4”
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 14”
  • 2 - 1x3 @ 19”
  • 2 - 1/4” plywood @ 20 1/2” x 14”
  • 2 - 1/4” plywood @ 28 3/4” x 14”
  • 1 - 1/4” plywood @ 6 1/2” x 14”


  • 2 - 1x4 @ 21 1/4”
  • 1 - 1x8 @ 8”
  • 2 - 1x8 @ 29 1/2”
  • 1 - 3/4” plywood @ 15 3/4” x 24 1/2”
  • 1 - 1/4” plywood 48” x 26 1/4”
Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Kreg Jig
Circular Saw
Miter Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander
General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

NOTE: This slide (and all others in this dresser) MUST be attached inset 3/4” (not shown in diagram) to allow for the drawer face frames to be attached in later steps. If you are using drawer slides for the little drawer, it will be much easier to install the cabinet members now instead of when the space is super tight. Attach shelf with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. This is a dresser, so make sure you are very precise when attaching boards, square all the way down - or your drawers will be cockeyed when the slide. TIP: Drill 3/4" pocket holes on top and bottom edge of divider for attaching top and bottom in step 3. Drill 3/4" pocket holes on end of shelf for attaching side in step 3.

Step 2

Attach remaining drawer slide cabinet member to the small divider. Then attach the small divider to the shelf with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue. TIP: Drill 3/4" pocket holes on top edge of small divider facing upward for attaching top in step 3.

Step 3

Now attach the top and bottom to the partion boards, and the sides. Recommended is 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws and glue.

Step 4

Attach the 1x2 trim boards with 3/4" pocket holes and 1 1/4" pocket hole screws.

Step 5

Watch this video on how to size and install drawers using Euro Drawer Slides:

Step 6

Insert drawers into cabinet, installing with drawer slides so drawer boxes are INSET 3/4" - this is to allow for the drawer faces (next step).

Step 7

Attach drawer faces to the drawers with a 1/8" gap around all sides. Then attach the cabient door with the inset hinges.

Step 8

The back can really be attached at any time, but it's nice to do this afterwards so you can reach in from back to get your drawers/hinges just right.

Step 9

Attach caster wheels to base. Done deal!

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.



Wed, 07/03/2013 - 09:26

My to do list is so full already!!!! LOL! But I see a modified version of this for our workshop in the garage!!!! Thanks! I LOVE the mixed finishes!


Fri, 07/05/2013 - 10:09

I have been drooling over this dresser for ever...could never afford it from west elm. Thank you so much for these plans, can't wait to get to work!


Sat, 07/06/2013 - 00:29

Thank you both for taking the time to make plans and execute them beautifully. This dresser is well done, and so nicely styled. Being part of a community of doers has been empowering for me and has given me a new love for wood and the possibilities it holds. :)


Mon, 08/05/2013 - 06:33

Hey Ana,

My husband and I started this build yesterday. We are having some difficulties reconciling the shopping list with the cut list. We seem to have lost the wood for the large cabinet face and the wood for the slim cross pieces for the frame that go between the drawers.

We went over everything we did twice, and we believe there may be a typo on your lists.

Hoping to be helpful.
Thanks for the plans.