The highboy furniture is a tall chest of drawers that is usually made in two separate pieces. The bottom piece is much like a lowboy, a short chest of two or three drawers with long legs. The upper part of a highboy has drawers that vary in size and number depending on the piece. The highboy furniture, which was all the rage for storing clothes in England in the 18th Century, became equally as popular in 18th and 19th Century bedrooms in the United States. A highboy may be called a chest-on-chest or a double chest. In the United Kingdom it may be referred to as a tallboy. While some highboys feature drawers all the same length, many have an assortment of drawer lengths. Some highboys even have drawers of different depths such as two deeper drawers near the bottom of the piece.
A Shaker style highboy is, in keeping with the Shaker style of furniture, quite unembellished with straight lines. It is more like an armoire, or tall shelving unit with doors, as it often doesn’t have legs and usually has cupboard doors near the top of the piece. A Shaker highboy may also be made in one piece like an armoire and unlike the other types of highboys. Drawers of different lengths may be featured near the bottom of most Shaker style highboys.