The Evolution of the Armoire
If the description of an armoire brings to mind a wardrobe or chifferobe, that’s because there are lots of similarities. But there are some subtle differences, too. First, both an armoire and a chifferobe technically fall into the wardrobe category, since a wardrobe is a piece of furniture where you can hang your clothes.
What’s the difference between an armoire and a chifferobe then? An armoire always has space to hang clothes, but some also have shelves or drawers in addition to that space. At that point, the armoire becomes a chifferobe. In general, armoires are more adaptable for the bedroom than chifferobes, since they can be considered a blank canvas that you can leave as is—with just a bar or two for hanging clothes. You can create better organization by adding shelves and drawers to your armoire, at which point you’ve turned it into a chifferobe!