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Guide to Entertainment Armoires

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Entertainment Armoires have recently received a surge in popularity. A towering cabinet that houses a television set with room for DVD players, full audio systems, or computer systems with slide out drawers and room to house a monitor, the entertainment armoire has a place for everything.

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Armoires hide your TV or computer until needed for a clean look and an uncluttered space.  The units include cutouts or built-in outlets to accommodate the mess of cables and cords.  Oftentimes the television will sit on a swivel base or pull-out tray to provide accessibility and a great view from anywhere in the room. 

Entertainment Armoire Configurations:

Computer Armoire

Computer Armoires helps make any workstation neat and organized. Keep everything you need to work efficiently in your computer armoire, such as your PC, printer, scanners, speakers, CD's, and much more! Great for both the office and home, computer armoires can be used for the professional businessman or teenager working on school projects.

TV Armoire

TV Armoires are a great way to add sophistication to your living room. Not only do they look great, but they also help organize your home entertainment center. A TV Armoire holds TV's, DVD's and DVD players, VCR's and much more.  If your TV armoire is in the bedroom you might want to store some clothing If you put it in the dining room it might be the perfect place for napkins or placemats, or other little touches. Shelves within an armoire, or even the top of the piece, can showcase home accents as well.

Front Door Materials to Choose From:

The doors on Entertainment Armoires mostly come in solid wood and but some also feature glass panels so that the remote will work without having the doors open.  If you are looking to house speakers inside the armoire, look for doors that are fitted with speaker fabric to sound to travel through them.

No More Hanging Wires!

Keep all the cords tucked away behind the furniture where no one will trip and they'll be out of sight.  Many Entertainment Armoires come with cord management systems with specifically designed slots and holes to neatly minimize the appearance of power, peripheral, and data cables.

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Features to Look For:

  •  • Wraparound or pocket doors stay out of the way of your side view.
  •  • Adjustable shelves allow you to customize your armoire.
  •  • Drawers in armoires make it easy to store and locate things like VHS and DVDs.
  •  • Some armoires come equipped with storage slots for CDs and DVDs.
  •  • Shelves above the space prevent the resulting unused space from a too-large opening.
  •  • A slide out panel in the back of the armoire allows you to store deeper televisions and gives you the option to replace the panel if needed.
  •  • Computer Armoires that have room for your PC, Printer, Scanner, & Speakers
  •  • Some Computer Armoires have cork or dry erase boards to write & Pinup memos

Size Considerations

Most armoires are around four feet wide so you should  make note of whether or not the unit has pocket doors that slide into the unit or if it has standard hinged doors that swing open.  For standard hinged doors, allow approximately two foot radius on either side to fully open the doors.  Purchase an armoire with pocket doors or double hinges if you are placing next to other furniture or in a corner.

Make allowance in your measurements to allow for new or upgraded electronics in the future.  Remembers that a 32-inch LCD TV is shorter and wider than a traditional 32-inch CRT TV and the depth needed for a CRT TV or monitor is much greater than a LCD screen.

Standard Entertainment Armoire Sizes (Approximate):

  •  • Length: 4-5 Feet
  •  • Width: 4-6 Feet
  •  • Depth: 2-4 Feet
  •  • Door Swing Radius: 2 Feet

Storage (A Place For Everything, and Everything In Its Place)

Put all your TV accessories out of sight and out of the way with a TV armoire. Store your DVD player, stereo, or video games, and your DVDs, CDs and video games in the drawers.

Storage designed specifically to house gaming controls and cartridges are another great feature. Take inventory of everything you hook up to your TV or computer and make sure the entertainment center can not only house it, but house it so that it is easy to access and use.

Entertainment armoires that are designed to house a computer are built differently than those designed for TVs. Armoires incorporate a sliding keyboard drawer, CD storage, printer stands, computer storage, and room for a monitor.

Better Flow of Traffic and a More Spacious Feeling

To match existing décor in a room, make sure to choose an armoire with a finish and style that matches the color and style of the room. Many units are part of bedroom sets that will tie a bedroom together with matching nightstands, beds, and dress.

Generally, TV armoires aren't as bulky as entertainment centers because they are more of a vertical piece of furniture. This means that a TV armoire will open up more space in whatever room you decide to put it in. More space means a better flow of traffic and a more spacious feeling for you, your family and your guests.

Whether you are looking to find a hide away place when your not using your television or computer; an entertainment armoire is a great idea for those who are looking for an elegant yet functional way to showcase your furniture and not your electronics.

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