The Most Frequently Asked Questions about Armoires
Where can I use an armoire?
You can use a tall wardrobe or cabinet with doors as a focal point in your living area, for storage in your bedroom, as a cabinet for office supplies, or to house toys in the playroom. Because they come in a variety of sizes and styles, there is a piece for almost any space and any purpose. Styles include the following:
When would I choose a vintage piece?
Vintage, or retro, pieces are newly made in a style from the past. You might choose a vintage piece that is reminiscent of the kitschy 1950s or one that replicates a hand-painted Chinese antique, the distressed look of a well-loved country sideboard, or the punched tin panels of an old pie safe. Choosing vintage furniture gives you the chance to have the look of a rare antique. Other vintage pieces include the following finishes:
- Carved teak from India
- Mediterranean wood and iron
- Faded, crackled farmhouse
- Lacquered Chinoiserie
- Hand-painted one-a-kind
- Mirrored Hollywood look
What is an entertainment armoire?
Sometimes, you want to store all the television and electronic devices out of sight and still be able to use it by simply opening the door. Pieces designed for TVs usually have double doors with hardware that allows them to slide back into the cabinet, allowing for a full view of the screen. Most also have drawers for items like DVD collections, headphones, and other accessories, as well as shelves for devices like Rokus and DVD players.
What should I buy for my bedroom?
If your bedroom is big enough and the style fits, you can put any kind of armoire in it. For a hidden home office, use it to hide a computer, books, paper, and other supplies. For watching television in the evenings, stash a TV in it. If, however, you are looking for extra storage for your clothes, bags, and accessories, buy a model with drawers and shelves that work well for folded items. You may even find one with a rod for hanging clothes.
Can I use one of these pieces as a bar?
Some cabinets are designed specifically for storing china, glassware, and serving accessories. Others have shelves for bottles, slotted racks for wine glasses, wine racks, lighting, and mirrored backs, along with drawers for storing accessories like bottle openers and serving pieces. Wine racks may be open or hidden behind doors, and sizes of the units may vary from tall and narrow to a tall and wide, much the same as a wall unit.