Most Versatile Piece of Furniture - The Armoire

You know, I'm beginning to think that armoires are one of the most versatile pieces of furniture in the entire world. They rank right up there with dressers and storage ottomans, but we'll save those for another time. ;)

After moving our office into a computer armoire that we scored for $100 from Craigslist back in August, I just CANNOT stop singing the praises of the armoire.

There's just something so appealing about forcing yourself to contain all the clutter of one aspect of your home inside a nice cute little piece of furniture that you can easily close the door on.

I could have one in every room of the home. You can use them to hide TVs or computers, or you can set up a little craft or sewing station like these gals did:

Or you can use them for clothes in a bedroom that lacks a closet!

Or create a stand-in coat closet in an entry way that lacks one...like I mentioned in last week's post.

Or you can repurpose your armoire as a freestanding pantry for food or dishes in a kitchen that lacks cabinet space.

And while you're at it, check out this fabulous armoire makeover by Lisa from Recaptured Charm. The before/after is amazing!

The possibilities with armoires are endless...craft cabinet for the kids, book storage, DVD storage, CD storage, a place to keep files that's much cuter than a metal filing cabinet. You can line the inside with gorgeous wallpaper, fabric, paint it a bright color. You can do anything with this piece of furniture. And they are pretty easy to come by at garage sales, flea markets, Craigslist. Also, as Ange, from The Blooming Hydrangea, pointed out to me once, the fabulous thing is that you can take an armoire with you when you move! ...Can you tell I have moving on the brain? Just one more week. . .

What other pieces of furniture do you find extremely versatile in your home? Have any of you used an armoire for a surprising purpose that I did not mention here?


Jenny Kropf said...

Katie...come quickly! I need your brain and ideas! I looked at the Billy's last week after we talked and loved them, but I'm pretty sure I would need at least some closed cabinents. Mine have to be completely functional to organize stuff...not for fun decor or collections. I loved this post...now I want one part to open up into my sewing and craft area, one part for jewelry business stuff, one for homeschool and then something for all the kids craft stuff. I think I may need you guys for a couple weeks...what were you thinking?

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