Armoire Buying Guide
Types of Armoires
Armoires for Kids
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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