An armoire furniture is a versatile furniture piece. An armoire furniture is a tall cupboard with shelving, which stands alone as opposed to being built into the wall, making it easy to reposition when redecorating. If a cupboard has no shelving but contains a rod for hanging long items of clothing, it is more likely to be called a wardrobe. An armoire furniture might be used to hold plates and cups, non-perishable food items – in which case it might also be called a pantry – or clothing folded to lie flat. Early houses lacked built-in closets for storing clothing, so a wardrobe and/or an armoire furniture could be found in most bedrooms. Living areas might also boast an attractively worked armoire furniture to store the family’s tools, plates, linens or other possessions that are used often but typically not left out.
Some think the word armoire furniture comes from an original use of storing the arms of a household, ready to be taken up to defend the hearth from invaders. However, it is more likely that the term derives from the Latin arma, meaning tools. So an armoire was originally a tool chest. Nowadays, modern armoires serve more purposes than clothing storage, however; they’re a design statement. To that end, there’s an armoire for everything from jewelry to computers, and in every style from ornate to modern.