A dresser-like design is certainly not your only option for Chawton. You could opt just for a simple sideboard instead, without any of the upper sections. What marks it out from other sideboards is that you still have lots of customisation options open to you: doors (glazed or timber) or drawers, and as long or as short as you need. Again, those sliding doors also make it incredibly useful in a tight spot, like a hallway for instance, or in that slip of a space between a sofa and the wall, where it could be doubly useful as storage and a place to situate table lamps so they cast a good glow onto your seat.
And what’s so brilliant is that, should you decide later down the line that you’d like to make your sideboard longer, not a problem. Splitting it up into separate pieces? That’s easy too, as each is finished as a complete item of furniture in its own right. As for graduating from sideboard to dresser, all you’ll need to do is swap out the work surface piece for one that we’ve pre-drilled holes into, then you can build on up as high as you please.