Cabinets of this small size would have been used on the bed or kang in the north, and in the corridor of the alcove canopy bed in the south.
Compare a jichimu kang cabinet in the collection of Mrs. Chen Mengjia, illustrated in Wang Shixiang, Classic Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1986, p. 210, figs. 139 and 140 and in Wang Shixiang, Connoisseurship of Chinese Furniture: Ming and Early Qing Dynasties, Hong Kong, 1990, vol. II, p. 150, D21.
Refer, also, a huanghuali kang cabinet with a central stile, sold at Christie's, New York, The Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Piccus Collection of Fine Classical Chinese Furniture, 18 September, 1997, lot 32.