Armoire Buying Guide

An armoire offers a stylish storage and organization solution for any room in your home. This armoire buying guide covers the various types and features to consider when making a purchase.

Armoires 101

The perfect blend of form and function, an armoire is a practical storage solution that acts as an accent while keeping everyday essentials handy yet hidden from view. Armoires are available in a variety of sizes, styles, materials and finishes to blend in beautifully with your existing decor. Consider your space, storage needs, and budget when choosing an armoire. Whether you want an elegant place to hold entertainment essentials or extra closet space, all-purpose armoires can be adapted to any room in your home. 

Types of Armoires


Wardrobe Armoires

Wardrobe armoires are free-standing pieces of bedroom furniture designed to store clothing, shoes, purses and accessories. These armoires provide an easy way to store out-of-season outerwear and formal clothes to free up space in your closet for everyday clothes. They also make convenient storage solutions for holding bedding and blankets in bedrooms. Look for wardrobe armoires with hanging rods for storing shirts and dresses, as well as plenty of space-saving shelves and drawers for lingerie, linens and accessories. Other options include interior lights that come on when you open the doors, satin lining to protects fragile items in drawers, and compartments for jewelry and accessories. Cedar lining in drawers or cabinets will also help to repel moths and other pests.

TV Armoires

A TV armoire is a sensible and stylish storage solution for your TV, movies, music and video games. It can also be a focal point for your family room, living room or rec room. A TV armoire should have enough space to hold a mid-to-large flat screen TV, a stereo and speakers, DVD player, cable box, video game console plus DVDs and CDs. Most models come with a TV size recommendation. Don't go larger than advised: the stand might not be strong enough, and a lack of space for proper airflow could cause overheating. Make sure the unit has openings in the back panel for wires and cables, and sliding shelves for easy access to wiring and components. Before buying, be aware that TVs are measured corner to corner by screen size, while TV armoire dimensions are measured by length, width and depth. Finally, consider any obstructions or window glare that might hinder viewing: an armoire with a TV stand that pulls out and swivels will help with these issues.

Computer Armoires

A computer armoire lets you put the home office virtually in any room. It will keep your computer, laptop, printer, fax machine plus other office supplies close at hand yet hidden from view. Most computer armoires are designed to fit small spaces like bedrooms, home offices and corner nooks. Look for a model with plenty of drawers and storage compartments to keep supplies handy, and back panels with openings large enough to accommodate cables and wires. Compartments should be roomy enough to allow back-access to computer components. Consider ergonomics as well: your computer screen should be a comfortable viewing distance for working, and your keyboard should rest at a comfortable height. A pullout keyboard tray can also reduce arm and neck strain. 

Armoires for Kids

Kids’ furniture options have expanded in recent years to include armoires. Some models can closely match your child’s bedroom style; others will simply be a bright, functional addition to the room. They come in many varieties and can hold clothes, toys, or both. From a safety standpoint, the finish must be free of lead paint or any kind of coating that can flake or peel. All drawers should have stops to prevent them from being pulled completely out. Door hinges should have safety catches to prevent the doors from slamming 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.

Armoire Buying Tips:

  • Measure your space, as well as any doors, entryways and small spaces that your armoire will have to travel through, to ensure a good fit
  • Measure your electronics, including TVs and computer monitors, to ensure a good fit
  • Look for a wire management system to conceal exterior clutter and ensure functionality
  • Look for adjustable shelving rather than individual compartments to ensure that electronics and other pieces of equipment will fit

Armoire Safety Tips:

  • Store the heaviest objects on the bottom shelves or in bottom drawers to help prevent it from tipping over
  • Attach your armoire to the wall with wall-mounting brackets to ensure it doesn’t tip over
  • Use child-resistant locks on cabinet doors to keep young children from climbing shelves or touching the components inside

Armoire Features

Armoire Styles +

An armoire that boasts beautiful craftsmanship and design can be a stunning focal point in any room. If your space is traditional with plenty of classic wood furniture, look for an armoire with inlaid panelling, moulding, glass door panes or brass fixtures to blend with the existing decor. For a more modern space, look for clean lines, sleek designs and synthetic materials for a contemporary look.

Size +

Armoires are measured by width, height and depth. Leave enough room on either side to open the doors and fold them back against the cabinet’s sides. Small armoires are best suited to entry halls or corner spaces, mid-size models to bedrooms and home offices, and large units to living rooms and family rooms.

Materials +

Armoires are available in a variety of woods, including oak, walnut, mahogany, pine and cherry, as well as synthetic woods. Both real and synthetic woods come in an array of stains and finishes to complement any decor.

Doors +

Armoires have diverse door options, including doors that open straight out at 90 degrees, 180 degrees, or 270 degrees (wraparound doors), as well as doors that slide into the interior of the armoire (pocket doors). Consider the size of your room before choosing the door design. Pocket doors are practical for TV armoires, sliding out of sight and providing the best visibility for TV viewing. Mirrored doors are a nice benefit on a wardrobe armoire. Glass doors on a TV armoire help protect electronic components from dust and promote better signal reception. Locking doors offers security for computer armoires.

Drawers and Storage +

Before buying an armoire, consider the number and size of the drawers you’ll need. Drawers in computer armoires should be big enough to hold printer paper. Drawers in a wardrobe armoire for socks and underclothes can be very handy. Look for deep, spacious drawers in an all-purpose armoire to store various-sized household items. For a TV armoire, look for drawers than can house rows of CDs, DVDs and games.

Shelves +

Look for spacious shelving that will accommodate everything from bedding to blankets. Consider adjustable shelving too: it allows you to customize your storage as needs change (adding audio components, new TV, computer monitor etc.). Open shelving units are especially handy for storing clothes, bags and shoes within easy reach of little hands, so kids can dress themselves and get ready independently on busy mornings.

Speaker Cabinets +

Speaker cabinets are designed to house speakers that are connected to your TV, computer, stereo, game console or other electronic device. They should feature speaker fabric to ensure clear transmission of sound. Consider speaker size, speaker quality, cabinet construction and configuration to ensure you get the best-quality sound for your budget.

Accessories +

Accessories such as message boards, letter caddies, charging stations and CD/DVD storage can help optimize your space and organization. Message boards, such as door-mounted whiteboards and chalkboards, are handy for posting family messages. Letter caddies help organize your mail, and keep cheque-writing and postage supplies close at hand. Charging stations allow you to charge your smartphone, tablet, laptop and GPS in one convenient, accessible location.

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Armoire Care Tips:

  • Keep your armoire dry and wipe all spills immediately with a soft cloth to prevent discolouration and warping
  • Dust and clean all exposed wood surfaces weekly with a duster or soft cotton cloth and dusting spray
  • Keep your armoire away from direct sunlight, open windows and heat outlets
  • Give your armoire a thorough yearly cleaning with soap and mineral water
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s care and maintenance instructions
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