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The most popular places for a TV armoire are the bedroom and living room, because the television can be hidden away when not in use, preserving the flow and mood of the room’s décor. TV armoires are typically designed to house smaller-to-medium-sized televisions, ranging from 34” to 37”. A TV armoire is an easy and convenient way to incorporate a television into a room’s décor while adding a touch of style and sophistication to the room’s design. If this sounds appealing to you, this brief guide outlines some things to consider when buying a TV armoire for your home.

Things to Consider Before Purchasing an Armoire

  • Because TV armoires come in a wide range of styles and sizes, make sure that you know the measurements of the area where the armoire will stand; you don’t want to end up with a piece of furniture that’s too big.

  • Take into account the space required to accommodate the open doors of the armoire. If you are buying one for a small room or a narrow hallway, consider purchasing an armoire with wrap-around or sliding panel doors.

  • Decide if you want to be able to move the unit around the room or even from room to room. This will limit your choice of TV armoire to smaller sized units that include casters or ones that can be easily lifted.

  • Take into consideration what the TV armoire is going to be used for. It's smart to make sure that the shelves are adjustable.

  • Choose a TV armoire that has wrap-around doors to allow you an unobstructed view of the television from virtually anywhere in the room.

  • For rooms that possess a romantic or traditional décor, select TV armoire to house electronic equipment that might compromise the room’s atmosphere.

What Style of TV Armoire Should I Select?

Traditional styles such as Sheraton, Queen Anne, Neo Classical, Victorian and French Provincial are modeled after historical fashions, periods and trends. Most commonly recognized by elaborate carvings, inset panels and detailed moldings, traditional furniture also embraces the more orderly influences of Colonial lifestyles and ideals. When furnishing a room with traditional pieces, a dark wood traditional TV armoire would be an ideal choice.

Contemporary stylings emerged in the second half of the 20th century by blending together the starkness of modern, the lush detail of the traditional and the laid-back feel of casual design. The focus of contemporary furniture is on economy of line and shape. Most commonly used materials are metals, exposed woods in lighter finishes, plastics and stone. Through its use of materials, shapes and lines, contemporary style emphasizes natural elements that are calming and restful.

Merging the urban look of contemporary with the warmth of the traditional, casual style takes contemporary a step further. Simple, but effective, casual furnishings feature textured elements such as clean lines and chic form that might be highlighted by leather or glass accents. Additional elements such as rectangular insets and softly curved corners and legs contribute to the overall informal feel. Casual furniture pieces tend to be “chunky” or oversized to emphasize their function and comfort. A contemporary computer armoire will blend perfectly with the other casual furniture in your room.

Country furniture pieces are scaled down versions of more formal furnishings like French Provincial, English Country or Colonial. Country furnishings are characterized by milk-painted woods, muted colors, simple lines and a comfortable feel. Sub-styles of country furniture include cottage, nostalgic and American country. Casual and unpretentious, a country TV armoire in a country style with its graceful curves and relaxed detailing, will add a tranquil charm to the room’s atmosphere.

TV Armoire Size

TV armoires can be a viable alternative to a larger sized type of entertainment center. Particularly if you are decorating a smaller room like a den or a second bedroom, there might not be enough space to accommodate a standard entertainment center. Still, no matter how compact, you will want to measure the area where you want to put the TV armoire.

Know the size and weight of your television. Also measure any accompanying pieces of equipment you want the armoire to hold; you don’t want to buy a TV armoire only find the television and/or DVD player won’t fit.

TV Armoire Features

Do you want a TV armoire with drawers and adjustable shelves? Would you like it to have several compartments intended to hold one or two additional components? Because TV armoires come with a number of different feature combinations, make sure that any armoire you purchase includes the specific features that will most useful to you.

Depending on the kind of drawer, the drawers of a bedroom furniture TV armoire can also be used for storing clothes. If you would like to be able to store articles of clothing in your TV armoire, select one with wide, deep drawers. On the other hand, if the armoire’s purpose is more entertainment center than wardrobe armoire, narrower drawers will be better for storing DVD’s, CDs, extra cords and remote controls.

There are different types of TV armoire doors that open to different degrees. A TV armoire with double-hinged (270 degree) doors can be folded back on either side of the unit. This allows you to watch the television without them getting in the way. On the other hand, a TV armoire with doors that open to 90 degrees will only open straight out.

Examine how the inside of the TV armoire cabinet has been configured. Aside from a fixed shelf intended to hold the television, it can have a combination of compartments, cubbies, drawers and one or two adjustable shelves.

Ensure that access panels, wire management, etc, is readily accessible and user-friendly.