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Armoires | Extra Storage Solutions | Jordan's Furniture Life&Style Blog

Extra Storage Solutions || Armoires and chests - so much more than second closets

If you have any kind of home storage limitations – and many of us do – there are certain furniture pieces that can help organize clothing and other items with greater efficiency. Armoires and chests, and their related cousins, dressers, chessers, and chifforobes, will beautifully contain your clothing, and help you declutter. In addition, they can be placed in just about any room, including hallways, dens, living rooms, bathrooms, and, most frequently, bedrooms. These multifunctional pieces can also work as entertainment centers, buffets, or even display cabinets if you leave the doors open (often seen in boutiques and antiques shops). Styles run the gamut from simple wood rectangular looks to ornately carved and painted French designs. They can also take the place of a traditional closet, especially in lofts or small apartments with no built-ins.

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Armoires | Extra Storage Solutions | Jordan's Furniture Life&Style Blog

Historical Context || Originally used to store armor and weaponry during the 17th century, the armoire gradually developed into more of a showpiece with highly ornate details, especially in France. Royalty and upper classes influenced the size and shape of these pieces as they acquired larger amounts of clothing and all-important accessories. At one point, to determine size, cabinet makers would gather eight men of small stature and see if they could all fit inside, and this would deem it the “right” size. Over time, drawers, clothing rods, mirrors, and other features were sometimes added for better functionality.

Dressers | Extra Storage Solutions | Jordan's Furniture Life&Style Blog

Armoires, Chests & Dressers || In general, chests feature vertical profiles with about three to six drawers in various configurations. Dressers are more horizontal with typically three to nine drawers. Chessers are a combination of dressers and chests, with usually an extra row of drawers compared to a dresser. Armoires are often larger pieces with a combination of doors, drawers, shelves, and more. Though most of these storage pieces are used in bedrooms, depending on space, they can be used effectively in almost any other room, such as in bathrooms to store linens, or in an office or den to store paperwork and supplies. In addition, similar cabinets feature a file cabinet base with a hutch on top, which functions for both storage and display – perfect for a library or office. Versatility and flexibility are the key features of most armoires and chests, in addition to stylish good looks.

Chifforobes | Extra Storage Solutions | Jordan's Furniture Life&Style Blog

Chifforobes || Starting in the early 20th century, chifforobes became popular. This furniture combines a French “chiffonier” (chest) with a large cupboard, and expertly stores both hanging and folded clothes inside one piece. These pieces often combine adjustable shelves and drawers for storage, and include a clothing rod, and mirror on the front for added function. More recently, chifforobes have been used as entertainment centers to house TVs, DVD players, stereos, computers, and more.

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