Armoires can have a general or specific purpose and are designed to store clothing, bedding and well, just about anything else, including televisions and computers. They are available in any number of styles and materials, and are the perfect accent piece for virtually any room in your home.
The first thing to consider when buying an armoire is what you will predominately be using it for. Today, they are designed to hold and store a variety of items, including clothing, bedding, linens, televisions and computers.
An armoire can be a large or compact piece of furniture. The second thing to consider before purchasing one is where you will be putting it. Measure the intended space; you don't want to end up with one that's too big or too small. When measuring, also take into account that they usually has doors that open outward. If you are buying one for a small room or a narrow hallway, consider purchasing one with wrap-around or sliding panel doors.
Decide if you want to be able to move the unit around the room or even from room to room. This will limit your choices to smaller sized units that include casters or ones that can be easily lifted.
The different types:
Standard armoires usually resemble a cabinet with doors and come in a wide range of styles, sizes and materials. They will include a combination of storage types, such as drawers, a place to hang clothes, cubbies and adjustable shelves. A standard is ideal for storing clothes, accessories, bedding and linens, while smaller ones are perfect way to store additional towels and accessories in a bathroom or guest bedroom.
Electronic equipment of any kind can be disruptive to a room's ambiance, especially in a bedroom. A television armoire will allow you to watch TV when you wish, but hide it from view when it's not in use. When purchasing one, consider the following:
- check to see if there is easy access that will allow you to connect your television and/or other components without too much difficulty
- make sure that your TV will be able to fit on the shelf properly; most manufacturers will list the maximum size of television it will hold
- many television armoires come with drawers: wide, deep drawers will be better for stowing clothes, bedding, etc.; narrower drawers will be more practical for holding DVD's, CDs, VHS tapes, extra cords and the remote control
As with TVs, computers can also be intrusive, creating a sense of clutter with all of their different components and wires. These will conveniently hide everything out of sight, while maintaining the existing decorative flow of the room. Designed to house all things computer related, they typically include a pull-out keyboard tray and compartments for the CPU, printer and monitor. Many types of these might incorporate organizational tools such as cubbies, a CD holder or a cork/white board. Since they are available in a variety of configurations, you're sure to find the one that will perfectly fill all of your requirements.
While standards can be used for clothes as well, wardrobe armoires are specifically designed to hold various types of clothing and accessories. They generally tend to be taller than others. High quality ones are configured to create an air-tight environment for your clothes, while allowing them to breathe and protecting them from harmful sunlight and humidity. Typically, they have a clothing rod, adjustable shelves and drawers. Depending on the manufacturer, they can include a mirror, lined drawers intended for jewelry or other delicate items and removable shirt partitions.
Jewelry armoires are generally freestanding, designed to hold a medium to large jewelry collection. Typically, they have a number of stacked drawers for storing jewelry and side doors complete with hooks for hanging necklaces. A quality jewelry armoire will include several different storage options to specifically accommodate various types of jewelry such as rings, bracelets, etc. Usually the drawers are lined to better protect your valuables from scratches and other damage. One that includes a mirror or has a lock increases its functionality.
A well designed armoire is a resourceful piece of furniture. No matter what kind of armoire you are considering to buy, I hope this article has provided you with valuable insights that will help make the decision a little easier.
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Heather E. Brown is a contract writer, currently working as a Marketing Associate for online furniture distributor CymaxStores Inc