If you're anything like us, "unpacking" in your hotel room consists of putting your toiletry case in the bathroom and hanging up a dress, coat, and pair of pants or two in the closet. The dresser remains completely unused for our stay.
Hotels are catching on to travelers like this, and planning room design accordingly. As Condé Nast Traveler recently delved into in a recent article, dressers in hotel rooms may become increasingly less common. “It's just that no one used them and they finally realized that it didn't need to be like a bedroom,” Sonya Haffey, the vice president of V Starr Interiors, a hospitality-focused design firm in West Palm Beach, Florida, told the outlet. “If no one's utilizing it, then why spend the money on it? I was just at the NextGen conference in Austin, and one of the speakers was saying that through various research, [they’ve learned] 80 percent of people that stay at hotels are alone. It's just one person. So, why would they need a dresser? Two-night stays for one person is the standard.”
As the article's author, Kaitlin Menza, also points out, hotel rooms' decreasing size is also a reason for dressers being eliminated from hotel room design plans. As square footage goes down in a hotel room, designers have to think creatively about what guests truly need, and what they don't, and whittle down accordingly. It's safe to say if we had the choice between a coffee table and chair or a dresser, we'd pick the former.
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Another unexpected bonus of leaving dressers out of hotel rooms? No more leaving behind your favorite pink sweater or a belt inside a drawer when you forget to check all of your dresser drawers before you leave. We don't know about you, but we think dressers being eliminated from hotel rooms can be one disappearing act we can support.