Friday, October 26, 2012

Ten Ways to Use an Armoire

Armoire, breakfront, china cabinet they all mean the same thing, but that does not mean you can only use them for China.  I like the term armoire, because it does not imply one use. One aspect of an armoire is that they can be adapted for many uses.  In fact the only thing limiting your use of an armoire is your imagination.  Here are ten ways that armoires can be used. 

1. Simply for china.  I like the traditional use of an armoire for china.  What better way to show off your good china than to put it in a great cabinet?  The above picture is my own armoire and my antique blue and white china inside. 

2. A bar.  I  love the idea of making a home bar out of an armoire.  You can store your liquor and glasses all in one place, and if the armoire closes, you can hide it all away when not in use.

I love this one.  It has everything you need to make a great drink and throw a party.

3. Make your armoire into a home office.  If you are anything like me then you know the value of being able to close up your office so no one can see just how messy it is.  I love the idea of making my office out of an armoire.

I love this one because it is not only a home office that can be closed up, but it is bright and colorful inside.

4. A bookcase.  I have so many books.  I love the idea of making an armoire into a bookcase.
This armoire is really an old set of lockers.  I love the look.  It has both open and closed shelves as well as a great bright color.  The darker internal paint really makes the books pop. This image also shows that you can make an armoire out of almost anything.  I say, if it stands alone and has doors, you can call it an armoire.

5. Use an armoire for beauty products.  If you have a lot of beauty products this is a great way to keep them all in one place.  The armoire featured here even has built in mirrors. 

6. Put an armoire in your laundry room and have a spot to organize all your laundry paraphernalia.   
This one has a place for clothes, detergent, and even a laundry basket.  I would love to have a place to hang clothes that don't need to be folded. 

7. A refrigerator?  The armoire below is actually a refrigerator.  I'm not sure how I feel about that.   
This might be taking your kitchen one step further than I am willing to go.

8.  Jewelry storage.  I love the idea of having lots of places to put all your jewelry.  This armoire has lots of drawers and space for all your jewelry.  
My problem?  I just don't have that much jewelry to store in such a big place, but I'm sure I can find other little nick-knacks to put in all those drawers.

9. Convert an old media center into an armoire for children's dress up.
I love this idea.  Kids should be encouraged to dress up, it ignites their imagination.  Here is a kid-friendly spot for all those dresses, or capes (for boys) that the child can reach themselves.

10.  A modern armoire.  I don't know what is kept inside this armoire, but I love the bold graphic (the blue flowers?  Not so much).
I, personally, would love to have a armoire like this in my living room to house my t.v.

So there you have it, ten different uses and different kinds of armoires. Are you an armoire kind of person?  What do you use your "china cabinet" for?

Oh, and on a similar but slightly different note, have you ever heard of the word armoire?  I looked it up and it is a word, even if Google Crome says it is miss-spelled.  


  1. I've been wondering how you were doing. I'm sure you are busy with the new job. Are you liking the job? Of course I think of you when I check Pinterest out..."once in awhile". LOL.. more like I check Pinterest out all the time.

    Have a nice week.

  2. Great ideas. Especially love it as a laundry organizer. Why not add a little furniture to a laundry area?


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