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Armoires & Wardrobes Buying Guide

Centuries ago, European furniture makers created armoires for rooms that lacked closets. Initially designed to house weapons, the freestanding cabinets evolved to hold clothing and came to be known also as wardrobes. Today, armoires perform a variety of functions, turning the bedroom into a home office or media room, for example. When the armoire doors are closed, however, it is possible to forget those tasks and let the bedroom be a restful retreat.

Types of Armoires & Wardrobes

Types of Armoires & Wardrobes

Armoires have the distinction of being a focal-point piece of furniture. This designation is given to elements in a room that you are compelled to look at, either for their stature, appearance, or functional importance. Aside from the bed in a bedroom, the armoire is usually the largest piece of furniture, and thanks to elegant styling -- from rich wood finishes to carved embellishments to jewelrylike hardware -- it commands attention. This scene-stealer is also a hard worker, housing not just garments but televisions, gaming systems, or computers, too. Here's information to help you decide what kind of armoire would be most at home in your bedroom.

Armoires for Garments

If you need more closet storage, an effective solution is an armoire (which you might call a wardrobe or chifferobe, depending on where you live). Some have one compartment behind top-to-bottom doors, which is designed for hanging long clothes such as coats and gowns. Others combine one compartment for hanging storage with drawers underneath or on the side. Still others are outfitted with drawers and inner cubbies that fill the space from the top of the cabinet to the bottom. A nice feature for a clothing armoire is built-in mirrors, which may be on the inside or outside of the doors.

Armoires for a Television

More structured and organized, an entertainment armoire has a large cabinet on the top to house the television. Inside the cabinet will be a TV stand, which may swivel or pull out, and there may be shelves for cable boxes or gaming systems. Below this upper cabinet, entertainment armoires offer a number of storage options -- from drawers to open shelves to doors concealing shelves. Because you'll need to get them out of the way to watch television from various points in the room, the upper cabinet doors are hinged in the middle to fold back or are mounted on tracks that let them slide back into the cabinet.

Armoires for a Computer

These armoires are encapsulated home offices. Pull up a chair to the table-height surface, which may slide out to meet you, and you can get to work. There may be file drawers, a printer compartment, or storage for supplies in the lower cabinet. In the upper cabinet, there will be room for the computer and additional equipment, including the tower and keyboard. There is usually a power outlet or strip easily accessible in one or both cabinets. On the inside of the upper doors, there might be other helpful features, such as cubbies for papers or a bulletin board.

Armoires for Kids

The children's furniture marketplace has expanded in recent years to include armoires that match children's bedroom furniture styles, or that are simply bright, functional additions to any kids' room. They come in many varieties and can hold clothes, toys, or both.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Size matters when it comes to purchasing an armoire. Will the piece fit in your bedroom door? Can you open the doors and pull out the drawers freely without bumping other furniture? Will it accommodate the clothing, TV, or computer you have? Careful measuring -- and taking stock of the following considerations -- will help you pick the perfect piece for your home.

Armoires for Garments

Since there are a variety of different orientations for armoires that store clothes, you can choose one with a hanging rod or drawers that suits your specific needs. Other options that are nice to consider include: interior lights that come on when you open the doors, satin lining for drawers to protect fragile items, compartments designed to hold jewelry and accessories, and a drawer or cabinet that is lined with cedar, a wood that naturally repels moths and other pests.

Armoires for a Television

In purchasing an entertainment armoire for the bedroom, know that the size of the armoire must fit the size of the television. Usually armoires are sold with recommendations about the size of TV you can put inside. Don't be tempted to get a larger TV than advised. The stand might not be strong enough to hold a bigger TV, and there might not be enough airflow around the television, which could cause it to overheat. Take stock of your system: Do you need room for speakers, a gaming system, a DVD player, or a modem? The armoire should have enough protected outlets for you to confidently plug in all of your equipment, and a few extra outlets are nice to have, too. Finally, are there any obstructions in the room that hinder viewing, or do you have to avoid glare from windows? Armoires with TV stands that pull out and swivel will help with these issues.

Armoires for a Computer

Like entertainment center armoires, power accessibility is key for a home office armoire. There should be surge-protected outlets and plenty of them. Is it easy to string cables through openings from one piece of equipment to another? Are the compartments roomy enough that you can easy reach back to add a plug-in to the computer tower or to load cartridges into the printer? Also, keep in mind ergonomics as you sit at the armoire to work: Is the computer screen at a comfortable viewing distance? Is the keyboard at a healthy height?

Armoires for Kids

As with any piece of furniture for a child's room, safety is your first consideration. The finish must be free of lead paint or any kind of coating that can flake or peel off. If the armoire has drawers, they should have drawer stops to prevent them from being pulled out too far. Hinges on the doors should have safety catches so the doors cannot be slammed shut on little fingers. All hardware should be securely attached so it cannot become a choking hazard. And finally, the entire armoire should be attached to the wall with safety straps to prevent it from being tipped over by a climbing child. If the armoire doesn't come with its own anchor kit, buy one at the hardware store.

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Inval America LLC
$277.49 $249.74

The Inval 2-door, 2-shelf armoire is a modern and functional storage solution for any home. This armoire is made of engineered woo...d laminated in double-faced durable Melamine which is stain, heat and scratch resistant. Materials: Engineered wood, laminated double-faced melamine Colors: Espresso Stain, heat and scratch resistant Dimensions: 70.9 inches high x 31.25 inches wide x 17.69 inches deep Two (2) doors with a spacious area for hangers Two (2) top shelves for ample storage Assembly Required Color: Brown. read more

Inval America LLC
$294.99 $265.49

Add modern styling and additional storage to any room of your home with this Inval espresso-finish armoire. This brown armoire fea...tures three shelves, which give you ample space for clothing, accessories, jewelry or odds-and-ends. The full-width hanging area lets you hang your clothes of all sizes with ease, and the scratch-resistant melamine construction ensures an extended lifespan of the piece. Full width hanging bar area for hanging clothes Melamine is stain-, heat-, and scratch-resistant Set includes: One (1) armoire Materials: Engineered wood, laminated double-faced melamine, chrome Dimensions: 62.99 inches high x 31.50 inches wide x 19.88 inches deep Number of shelves: Three (3) Number of doors: Four (4) Two person assembly required Color: Brown. read more

Inval America LLC
$278.99 $251.09

Keep your clothing organized and out of the way with this space-saving Inval multi-storage armoire. Finished in an espresso-wenge ...color, this spacious armoire features a high-hanging bar, as well as three shelves, two drawers and three doors. Set includes: One (1) armoire Chrome metal handles High-hanging bar provides spacious area for hanging clothes Melamine is stain-, heat-, and scratch-resistant Number of shelves: Three (3) Number of drawers: Two (2) Number of doors: Three (3) Colors: Espresso-wenge Materials: Engineered wood, laminated double-faced melamine, chrome Dimensions (overall): 71.65 inches high x 36.61 inches wide x 18.31 inches deep Requires two people to assemble. Color: Brown. read more

Artiva
$233.99 $210.59

This elegant armoire keeps jewelry hidden yet accessible. A full length mirror and five picture frames complete the look. Lining: ...Anti-garnish burgundy felt-lined interior Lining color: Burgundy Wood finish: Espresso Features: Double doors, full-length mirror Photo frame: Five (5) 5 x 7 picture frames Material: Wood, glass, metal, felt Features: 5 Mini Drawers Cabinet Dimension: 47 inches high x 20.5 inches x 4 inches deep Product Dimension: 63 inches high x 2 4.5 inches wide x 19.25-inches deep Furniture Pattern: Solid Furniture Room: Bedroom, Living Room, Nursery Mirror Shape: Rectangular Product Features: Includes Hardware Material: MDF, Wood Style: Contemporary, Transitional, Modern Assembly: Assembly Required Exact Color: Espresso Assembly Required Furniture Pattern: Solid Furniture Room: Bedroom, Living Room, Nursery Mirror Shape: Rectangular Product Features: Includes Hardware Material: MDF, Wood Style: Contemporary, Transitional, Modern Assembly: Assembly Required Exact Color: Espresso Color: Espresso. read more

Artiva
$239.99 $215.99

This stunning armoire features a full length mirror and plenty of hooks for jewelry. Five 5 x 7 picture frames complete the look. ...Lining: Anti-garnish burgundy felt-lined interior Lining color: Burgundy Wood finish: Java black Features: Double doors, full-length mirror Photo frame: Five (5) 5 x7 picture frames Material: Wood, glass, metal, felt Features: Five (5) mini drawers Cabinet Dimensions: 47 inches high x 20.5 inches wide x 4 inches deep Product Dimension: 63 inches high x 24.5 inches wide x 19.25 inches deep Furniture Pattern: Solid Furniture Room: Bedroom, Living Room, Nursery Mirror Shape: Rectangular Product Features: Includes Hardware Material: MDF, Wood Style: Contemporary, Transitional, Modern Assembly: Assembly Required Exact Color: Royal Black Furniture Pattern: Solid Furniture Room: Bedroom, Living Room, Nursery Mirror Shape: Rectangular Product Features: Includes Hardware Material: MDF, Wood Style: Contemporary, Transitional, Modern Assembly: Assembly Required Exact Color: Royal Black Color: Royal Black. read more

Inval America LLC
$313.99 $282.59

Keep you clothes and clothing accessories together with this three-door espresso armoire by Inval. Made with durable, sturdy engin...eered wood and laminated double-faced melamine, this furnishing features a contemporary design with scratch -resistant espresso-wenge finish that looks great in your modern bedroom. A perfect solution to your wardrobe storage needs, this armoire features three doors that open into spacious areas where you can hang shirts, stack towels and store shoes. Two pull-out drawers at the bottom provide ample room for storing socks and undergarments, while a lock-and-key system for this furnishing helps keep your items safe. Made with engineered wood and laminated double-faced melamine for sturdiness Espresso, wenge coloration for easy matching with modern furnishings Measures 71.63"H x 36.63"W x 18.31"D Features three doors with a hanging area for suits and shirts A lock-and-key system keeps items secure Durable double-faced melamine lamination on the wood provides stain, heat and scratch resistance Two-person Assembly Required Color: Brown. read more

$1,915.99 $1,724.39

Crafted with solid mahogany wood in a textured distressed finish, this rustic-styled armoire will make a stunning addition to your... bedroom decor. The Logan solid wood armoire is a neo-tradtional interpretation of furniture found in early american heritage estates. It is crafted of solid mahogany and does not contain inferior materials such as mdf or particle board. The plantation grown mahogany is enhanced with hand hewn distressing and an 11-step timeworn mahogany finish. The styling of this collection balances stout moldings with intricate details to achieve a relaxed, casual feel. This armoire features double full-length mirrors, solid wood drawers with that are constructed with english dovetails and metal full-extention drawer glides, adjustable/removable shelves and a pull-out valet rod. Furniture pattern: Solid Furniture room: Bedroom Product features: Includes hardware Style: Transitional, urban, rustic Material: Mahogany, wood Dresser type: Armoires Assembly: Assembled Exact color: Mahogany Finish: Distressed, antique, reclaimed, mahogany finish Color: Brown Dimensions: 44 inches long x 22 inches wide x 66 inches high Please note: Orders of 151 pounds or more will be shipped via Freight carrier and our Oversized Item Delivery/Return policy will apply. Please click here for more information. Color: Brown. read more

Manhattan
$889.99 $800.99

With a modern design concept, The Hudson brings innovation and good taste to your bedroom. Its internal arrangement features four ...central drawers, several compartments and aluminum racks that optimize your bedrooms space. The tall sliding doors, featuring Chrome ABS handles, move smoothly and silently on aluminum rails. The warm color and finish adds a dashing edge to the room. The Hudson features a Pro-Touch High definition, ultra-resistant finish with the texture of natural wood, and stylish wood patterns. The unique paint is protected by the Microban Antibacterial Protection Furniture Pattern: Solid Furniture Room: Bedroom Product Features: Includes Hardware Material: MDF Style: Contemporary, Modern Dresser Type: Armoires Assembly: Assembly Required Finish: Matte Color: Tan, Brown This item requires two (2) people to assemble You can choose to assemble the unit with or without the mirror if desired We cannot accept returns due to buyer's remorse on this product. Color: Brown. read more

La Fuente Imports
$2,392.00 $2,152.80

Each unique piece in our Southwest Furniture Collection is hand-made in Mexico in the style of old-world craftsmen to produce warm... and welcoming rustic furniture that is solidly built to last a lifetime. The reclaimed wood is milled and graded, fumigated, kiln-dried, then stained and sealed for protection. The unique texture of the wood comes from decades of natural weathering and is the basis for this stunning line of rustic furniture. Each piece is available in any one of 12 exclusive finish colors with matching painted interiors. The Southwest Collection is constructed from wood reclaimed from local aging and abandoned haciendas. Using only aged, reclaimed wood, this collection reduces pressure on forest resources and promotes a sustainable usage cycle. Southwestern Rustic Campo Armoire - Light Brown 48"W x 26"D x 76"H. 48"W x 26"D x 76"H. This item is available by special order. This item is pictured in the Blue / Red Under Finish color. Southwest Collection. New read more

La Fuente Imports
$2,266.00 $2,039.40

Each unique piece in our Southwest Furniture Collection is hand-made in Mexico in the style of old-world craftsmen to produce warm... and welcoming rustic furniture that is solidly built to last a lifetime. The reclaimed wood is milled and graded, fumigated, kiln-dried, then stained and sealed for protection. The unique texture of the wood comes from decades of natural weathering and is the basis for this stunning line of rustic furniture. Each piece is available in any one of 12 exclusive finish colors with matching painted interiors. The Southwest Collection is constructed from wood reclaimed from local aging and abandoned haciendas. Using only aged, reclaimed wood, this collection reduces pressure on forest resources and promotes a sustainable usage cycle. Southwestern Rustic Sun Armoire - Light Brown 48"W x 26"D x 76"H. 48"W x 26"D x 76"H. This item is available by special order. This item is pictured in the Antique White Finish color. Southwest Collection. New read more

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