1. Computer armoires are designed to be all-in-one home office workstations: They will often have space for your computer, printer, hanging file folders, office supplies, books, and knick-knacks.
2. These out-of-sight-, out-of-mind-furnishings feature handy doors so you can attractively and quickly hide clutter when company comes over or you need a mental break from work. When you're ready to tackle your tasks again, the doors will fold back and in some cases flush to the sides so they won't interfere with your work space.
3. Does your home have the ambiance of a cottage, or feature a tropical theme or an elegant traditional decor? Armoires come in a wide variety of styles and finishes, so you'll be able to find a model that will meet your computing needs while adding to any decor.
4. Armoires are available in compact sizes narrower than 40 inches to all the way up to comprehensive 60 inches plus. Be sure to measure your space before buying and choose a piece that will suit the size of your room.
5. Some models feature convenient additions such as pullout task lights, CD racks, or corkboards that can streamline and simplify your space.
6. An armoire offers a small-space alternative to a computer desk. With pullout trays for keyboards, printers, or even extra desk space, you'll have plenty of room to work when you need it without overwhelming your home when you don't.
7. The word "armoire" is derived from the same Latin root as the word "army," because these multi-functional workhorses began as cabinets for storing tools, gear, or arms.
8. Veneer construction uses thin layers of wood permanently bound to a center core, allowing the creation of a balanced and uniform surface design. Today nearly 80% of wood furniture in all price ranges use veneer construction.
9. Laminates bond high-quality photographic reproductions of real hardwood surfaces to particle boards, creating an inexpensive and low-maintenance building material.
10. Laminates and veneers are both more durable and long lasting than solid wood, but solid wood carries the nostalgic, natural beauty that turns an ordinary piece of furniture into a beloved heirloom.