An armoire is a French term expressing some kind of small wardrobe. It consists of a rectangular wardrobe similar to those used in kids’ rooms and it can contain different drawers and details inside for you clothes and stuff. An armoire is originally an interior piece of furniture that was used in France for storing clothes and pottery or precious things. The French designs were made as decorative pieces of furniture and were not meant to the practical use, like that in the kitchen and bathroom for example. Armories are elegant pieces when used for decorations, and they can also serve for a practical use. But unfortunately, they are becoming extinct due to the modern home furniture that took a wide place in the stores instead of the complicated antique stuff. In this topic we are introducing several designs of armoires including the decorative and the practical models. Wooden armoires were the most common pieces used in old France and until now. They are beautiful as the wooden material provides a good environment for craftsmen to show art pieces within a wardrobe. The wooden armoires are used as regular wardrobes for bedrooms and kids’ rooms, and they are also used as interior living room furniture to make a good place for your TV, PC and the other stuff commonly used at home.
Many modern armoires are designed with enough space inside to store all stuff connected to your PC such as the printer, the screen, the keyboard and mouse. The many shelves allow you to place them however you need them to be, and there is also another feature made within the upper part of the armoire; the many vertical and horizontal bookshelves. These bookshelves are designed to help you store your stuff such as your essential books and even the studying books of your kids when the armoire is placed in their bedroom. In addition to working as a small library, they can hold decorative vases, silk flowers when you need to store them and keep them clean, and china pottery with the expensive eating dishes or tea cups. That practical type of kitchen armoireS is not used much as decorative furniture, it is made in a simple design to suit the kitchen needs while the other decorative models are made with many carvings and handmade engravings within the wood. They also don’t contain hinge doors on their upper part; they usually come with horizontal shelves to hold artistic glass work and decorative pottery for a stylish dinning room.
The original French styled armoires were made of one door that contained an elegant mirror while the whole body was either varnished or painted. The modern armoires, even the wooden and metal ones, are made with two hinged doors and many drawers inside with two large drawers on the bottom. The hinged doors ease the use of the wardrobe, especially when you need to store a large piece inside. Modern armoires usually come in dark colors like coffee, black or dark olive. The other wooden types are made from fine wood with fine decorative engravings all around the body, on the top and bottom. The whole armoire is varnished to show the natural shaping within the wood and to give a special glaze to the furniture. All types of armoires are often made in similar designs that simulate the original French shape. However, many modern types are made in larger sizes with different details to look like a real big dresser; they even come with three or more doors and no bottom drawers. A new feature within the modern styled armoires is the sliding door. The common armoires are made with two hinged doors to be pulled for opening and pushed for closing. The modern ones don’t depend on such idea as it’s not suitable for the small places. They depend on decorative gliding doors to be opened to the left and right directions. This feature is good for small places and also for saving your time when needing to use your armoire much, as in the living room or the kitchen for example.