How To Choose A TV Armoire

When you are watching your favorite show or movie on your widescreen TV, the furniture housing the TV is the last thing on your mind. But it doesn't mean they are not important. The TV armoires can add to your TV watching experience.

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An armoire with drawers and doors can give you plenty of space to arrange your DVDs, music collection, game consoles, remote controls, and much more. If you have finally decided to treat yourself to a well-made TV armoire, this buying guide will help you choose the best one.

How Much Space Does a TV Armoire Need? 

To make sure you don't end up with an armoire that's too small or too big for your TV, measure your TV beforehand. Then, measure the space where you plan to place the armoire.

Do you want your TV to fit snugly into the armoire without much space around the edges? If so, measure the width of your TV as well. Keep in mind that the size of the TV screen is not the width of the TV.

What Style of TV Armoires Are Best? 

TV armoires seem like a traditional piece of furniture that come in distressed or antique designs. However, you can definitely find a modern version for your eclectic home décor. 

Here are the most common styles of TV armoires available today:

Traditional (wood only)

This includes French provincial, Victorian, Neo Classical, Queen Anne, and Sheraton style armoires that are modeled after historical periods and fashions.

If you love everything old, you'll love the elaborate carvings, detailed moldings, and inset panels that come with these traditional TV armoires. If you want to furnish your room with a piece like this, we suggest a dark wood traditional armoire.

Dark Brown Traditional Manufactured Wood TV Armoire
Brown Elegant Solid Wood TV Armoire
Dark Brown Traditional Manufactured Wood TV Armoire
Brown Elegant Manufactured Wood TV Armoire
Brown Traditional Solid Wood TV Armoire

Contemporary (metal, plastic, and wood)

This style is a gorgeous blend of the traditional details, modern starkness, and the laid-back feel of casual design. The focus of this kind of TV armoire is on economy of line and shape. 

Contemporary TV armoires can be made with plastic, metals, stone, and exposed woods in lighter finishes. These armoires are usually cheaper than traditional styles.


If you are looking for something with clean lines and a chic form, a TV armoire with glass or leather accents can be a terrific option. Casual style armoires have that urban look of contemporary and they feature textured elements like softly-curved corners and rectangular insets.

These armoires can be described as "chunky" due to their emphasis on comfort and function, rather than decoration.

Black Classic Manufactured Wood TV Armoire
Brown Casual Manufactured Wood TV Armoire
Brown Urban Solid Wood TV Armoire
Light Brown Classic Solid Wood TV Armoire
Brown Urban Solid Wood TV Armoire
Black Casual Manufactured Wood TV Armoire


Country style TV armoires feature muted colors, comfortable feel, simple lines, and milk-painted woods. Their sub-styles include American country, nostalgic, and cottage.

If you're looking for something unpretentious and casual, you'll love the relaxed detailing and graceful curves of a country style armoire.

What Features to Look for in a TV Armoire? 

TV armoires today come with a plethora of features but it doesn't mean the one with most additional features is the best one. It all depends on your unique needs. But there are a few features we personally recommend for the best TV watching experience:

  • It should be made of solid wood: A TV armoire made of solid wood is much stronger and far more durable than particle board, engineered wood, or a medium-density fibreboard (MDF).
  • It should have foot stabilizers: Do you have a crooked or uneven floor in your room? If so, an armoire with foot stabilizers will ensure that it sits at an even level.
  • It should have an infrared-friendly glass: This allows you to watch the TV with the armoire glass doors closed. This will prevent any dust and dirt buildup around the TV.
  • It should have adjustable shelves: Defending on the height of the items you will store in your armoire, like DVDs and books, you'll be able to adjust the height accordingly.
  • It should have easily-accessible cable management: This will keep your media center neat and organized with a designated location for all your cables.
  • It should have proper ventilation: Yes, even your TV needs to breathe! The armoire should have holes in the back to give your TV some air.

In addition to these essential features, you can also look for something extra, like wide, deep drawers to store your clothes or other items.

You should also consider what type of doors you want on your armoire. A TV armoire with doors that open to 90-degrees will only open straight out.

On the other hand, an armoire with 270-degree (double-hinged) doors can be folded back on either side of the TV. This will allow you to watch the TV without the doors getting in your way.

Quick Tips

The above guide seems too much? It's okay, just go through the following points and you'll be ready to buy a TV armoire:

  • Measure the space where you'll place the armoire beforehand; you don't want to end up with a furniture that's too small or too big.
  • Do you want to be able to move the unit around your room or to another room? If so, pick a smaller sized TV armoire that includes casters.
  • Consider the space needed to accommodate the open doors of the armoire. If you are short on space, pick an armoire with sliding or wrap-around panel doors. 
  • An armoire with wrap-around doors will also allow you to have an unobstructed view of the TV from anywhere in the room.
  • If you're planning to store some other items (books, DVDs, etc.) in the TV armoire, make sure it has adjustable shelving.