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Clever storage is always in vogue—hence the endless appeal of armoires and wardrobes. Relatively constant fixtures since Medieval times, these weighty, free-standing cabinets have endured for centuries thanks to their abundance of storage. Originally designed to stow linens, most wooden wardrobes and armoires come outfitted with two doors that open French door-style to reveal a hanging bar for clothes.

Here at Chairish, we have no shortage of amore for the armoire, and if you’re on the hunt for an armoire for sale, there’s no better place to start your search! Whether you’re looking to track down an antique armoire in a traditional French provincial style, or you have your heart set on a 1970s polished burlwood design, we likely have something to fit the bill at Chairish. Shop vintage armoire designs from beloved brands like Hendredon, Mastercraft, and Thomasville. Discover antique wardrobe designs in classic styles like Qing Dynasty style, Swedish Rococo and French Empire. For modernists, our vintage wardrobe designs include designs outfitted in high-design materials like pencil reed, lacquer, and wicker.

The History of the Armoire

The armoire closet has undergone many iterations since its inception. In the Middle Ages, these designs were known as “presses.” Similar to the models of today, presses were used for stashing clothing, including robes. In Italy, the concept transformed into the linen press. In the Netherlands, the kast—essentially, a huge cupboard. In France, they became a place to stockpile weapons and defense gear. The current iteration of the wooden wardrobe, a large, free-standing cabinet intended to function as a makeshift closet, surfaced in France in approximately the 17th century.

Beginning in the 1980s, bedroom wardrobes began breaking out of the bedroom and taking on more tech-driven tasks. Namely, housing hardware like TVs and computers. When TVs and computers underwent a slim-down in the late 2000s, these wooden wardrobes were cast aside in droves. For a time, it seemed plausible that the armoire closet had seen its day. And yet, the quest to curb clutter never ends. In contemporary times, armoires and wardrobes have been reimagined as a trimmer, more compact version of the standing closet. Special details like caning, parquet inlays, and even glass-paned doors have ushered in a new ara for the bedroom wardrobe. Their shapes have also transformed. Rather than a standard-issue box, many models are coming to market with domed tops, a design element that helps to soften their overall appearance.