Is it Armoire, Wardrobe or neither? A wardrobe and an armoire are usually very similar pieces of furniture, and telling the difference can sometimes be a matter of opinion or favoured terminology rather than some particular characteristic or feature.
In most cases, an armoire is usually a bit bigger and typically more ornate, and it also generally has shelves rather than hanging rails. Wardrobes are often designed more with hanging clothes in mind, though there can be exceptions. Armoires are usually a bit more flexible, too, at least when it comes to what they can be used for. Although clothing storage may be the intended purpose, people can and often do use these pieces to house all sorts of things, including bed linen and towels or alternatively televisions or electronic equipment.
Armoire Wardrobe…. the term “armoire” means “cupboard” in French. Like a wardrobe, an armoire typically is built as a tall cabinet with two doors and contains shelving or a long rod for hanging clothing, and it usually features much more ornate designs. These pieces tend to be bigger and bulkier, too, and are often incorporated within the décor of the room. In other words, they’re more than just functional; in most cases they’re also stylistic. Centuries ago, armoires were primarily used to store weapons and armor, which may explain why they’re normally bigger and heavier.
Wardrobes are almost always used for storing clothing and accessories, and they are usually intended to serve as external closets. Rooms without closets or with insufficient closet space often include a wardrobe to give more flexibility. It’s not uncommon to find mirrors affixed on the inside of the doors, along with small shelves for accessories and basic toiletries. In this way, the piece can serve as something of a prepping station to help people get ready.
A selection of some of our Wardrobes
Our Louis Philippe bedroom range is one of our most popular. To reflect this we have mahogany wardrobes available in both a two door and three door configuration. Our Triple Mahogany Wardrobe is the best choice for customers that need a lot of space! They are available in both an antique white paint finish and a wax polish.
Louis Phillipe Wardrobe
If extra storage is a must our lovely mahogany Sleigh style Wardrobes are a great choice. They come with either two or four drawers below the doors. Combining both hanging and folding storage for your clothes and accessories. They feature panelled detailing on the doors and sides. The drawers are finished with brass swan handles and the doors with brass drop handles. As before they come in a choice of antique white or wax polish for the overall finish.
A selection of some of our Armoires
All of our armoires feature gorgeous French styled intricate carvings. Our Elegance Armoire is available with a mirrored front and also in a similar style without. Both feature panelled sides and ornate cornice detail on top. The mirrored doors have carved detail and are finished with solid brass keyhole escutcheon plates. The non mirrored Armoire is finished in the same way but has intricate leaf carvings on the front doors. Both provide a choice of 2 removable shelves or a hanging rail on the inside. Available in antique white paint and a traditional wax polish.
This is just a small selection of the beautiful and functional solid mahogany Wardrobes and Armoires that we offer from Lock Stock and Barrel Furniture. We can also offer a bespoke service on all of our items so the finish and measurements will be right for you.