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The Classic Furniture Piece I Can't Get Enough of Lately

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We don’t see armoires every day, but they’re by no means a thing of the past. If you’re on the hunt for more storage in any room of the home but want a piece that’s chic and timeless, this piece of furniture is for you.

Read on to learn more about why exactly I can’t get enough of the armoire—then, get shopping.

They Provide Major Storage

Does anyone living in an apartment actually feel like they have enough storage space? Even if you are fortunate enough to have multiple closets in your unit, it’s unlikely that you have the luxury of arranging your clothes, shoes, and handbags *just so* when you live in a small space. In comes the armoire, which will allow your closet to breathe a little and make it easier to find exactly what you need without having to toss all of your clothing onto the floor while getting ready for the day.

So what should go inside? I use the armoire in my bedroom to hold folded items like sweaters and sweatshirts, workout clothing, and day-to-day t-shirts, and it makes all of the difference. The top shelf of my closet is much less chaotic—no more toppling sweater stacks—and putting away fresh laundry is much less stressful now that everything truly has a home. Sure, I could opt for a simple dresser instead, but I like how the armoire that I have takes up such little horizontal space, which is key when my bedroom also doubles as a home office and home gym.  

If you’re a handbag fanatic, you could also consider using an armoire to display all of your favorite purses. The last thing you want is for that expensive tote to end up on the floor of your closet because it won’t fit on your overflowing over-the-door hooks. Plus, opening up the armoire to be greeted with all of your favorite pieces will make your bedroom feel like a chic boutique, so it’s a win-win!

Formal primary bedroom with white armoire closet system.

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They Look Oh-So-Chic

Armoires come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. Whether you prefer a piece that’s sleek and glossy or if you are inclined to go the vintage route, there are plenty of options that will suit your style.

I am a major burl wood enthusiast, so I was thrilled when I sourced a vintage burl armoire for just $250 via Facebook Marketplace. The tall, thin piece makes a major statement in my bedroom without being too overwhelming pattern-wise. As a bonus, its durable wooden frame means it’s an excellent quality find that’s bound to last. 

Bedroom with sun coming in through curtains.

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They're Incredibly Versatile

By no means do armoires have to live in the bedroom—they can look stunning in a living space, too, and you certainly don’t have to style them based on their intended use. Why not turn an armoire into a chic bar stand or media cabinet if that better fits your needs?

Use the drawers to stash board games, entertaining supplies, dining linens, and whatever else needs a home. Designers do this all the time, and the results never fail to please.

Armoire in kitchen dining nook.

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