Armoires + Wardrobes9 items starting at $495
Armoires and Wardrobes
Armoires and Wardrobes Storage Ideas
Not sure what armoires and wardrobes are good for? Let us spark some ideas:
- Clothes. A given, clothes are the most popular item to store in these types of furniture pieces. Designed with spacious drawers and in some models shelves and rods, they are the perfect way to keep shirts, pants, underwear and outerwear organized in one large space. (They are also larger than dressers – so you get more ways to fold and/or hang in one space, making accessing your clothing and keeping organized easier.)
- Books. Serious readers are often serious book-collectors; the need to keep every book you have ever owned is a real thing – and the bedrooms of bookworms are often overflowing with tomes. One way besides a bookcase to keep novels is to store them in an armoire or wardrobe, which covers the collection (a helpful hack for collections that are so crowded it’s impossible to display them in any aesthetically organized fashion; the drawers or doors of an armoire/wardrobe keeps the chaos hidden).
- Bed Linens. Some people have more linens than others (if you own exactly one sheet set for your bed, congratulations on your minimalism and revel in the luxury that no extra storage, armoire or otherwise, is needed. If you own a sheet set plus blankets for summer, winter, fall, spring, holidays and extras just to keep on hand, and you don’t have a linen closet, an armoire provides an attainable storage solution.
- Jewelry Collections. Jewelry closets are usually small, but, as with linens, some people own more jewelry pieces than others – and a small chest of drawers may not cut it for storage purposes. Consider a small armoire to hold boxes of fine jewelry that you want to keep encased securely (read: not loosely stashed next to old receipt and loose change in the bottom drawer of your nightstand).
- Tech stuff. With new devices such as tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, smartwatches, headphones and e-readers comes cords – piles and piles of cords. Designating a drawer for chargers, a drawer for devices and a third drawer for all the remaining tech accessories (cases, manuals, screen cleaners, bags, stands and holders) that come with the territory of owning a large tech collection can make finding each component a tech of a lot easier. This way, an armoire or wardrobe transforms into a media cabinet of sorts!
- Purses. Purses can also be stored in one of these designs – and by purses we mean totes, handbags, carry-ons, wristlets, wallets, crossbodies and every other conceivable form of the item you take with you to hold your “going-out” items.
- Makeuep and Skincare Collections. Makeup collections can get really big for the true makeup addict, but an entire wardrobe devoted to even the largest makeup collection may be a tad too big. Try using one of these designs not just for makeup but skincare bottles, haircare bottles, skincare tools and haircare tools; place the armoire or wardrobe filled with the products next to a vanity in your bedroom to create a space ideal for primping and prepping.
In other words, think of an armoire or wardrobe as a high-performing, freestanding storage cabinet. Its function is to store what a regular dresser, gentleman’s chest or nightstand (all of which are smaller than the traditional armoire and wardrobe) cannot.
Original Armoire + Wardrobe Looks
While armoires and wardrobes come in a variety of styles, the classic look is an all-wood, espresso wood exterior, with a straight shape and legs. This aesthetic stems from the origins of the furniture design, built centuries ago with simplicity and the most common material available. Furnishing a bedroom in a similar fashion – with simplistic shapes, materials and dark colors – embraces a traditional vibe.
Armoires + Wardrobes: a Summary of Storage
An armoire cabinet or wardrobe cabinet is a great way to add extra storage to a bedroom – especially if you need a unit bigger than a dresser (but smaller than a built-in closet). Use an armoire for whatever items that currently don’t have a home in your bedroom space – consider it as storage for clothes, books, tech stuff or even makeup/skincare collections. (With the latter, an armoire or wardrobe can be considered an extension of a bedroom vanity set.)