Difference between armoire and dresser

Armoire vs Dresser

An armoire and a dresser are similar pieces of furniture that may be difficult to separate. However, there is a slight difference between the two. Look at affordability, space, design, and accessibility for your best pick. The article tells you more about each storage unit. 


Armoires are clothing storage named after the French term armoire because this is where weapons were stored. However, it has come under the wardrobe category. It is a type of wardrobe, which is a bit bigger and has shelves and hanging rails. Armoires are more flexible for usage. The armoire doors make your items accessible, but they can then be closed away for a formal look to the room or living space. 

If you do not have closet space and need extra storage to prevent some of your items from being crammed into a closet, you may have one. An armoire is similar to a closet due to space management since it has rods for hanging clothing and one top shelf above the rod for any items you wish to lay flat (Organizedinteriors.com). An armoire has rods for hanging clothing only behind the front doors. 

An Armoire is designed as a tall, narrow closet-like piece of furniture with lockable doors for the storage of firearms, creating an armoury. It is freestanding, built from wood, and has one or two doors and a hanging bar. It sits in space as a piece of furniture.

You may build an armoire to store your woodworking tools, but if you are waiting on your closet space, you may use the armoire. The first storage armoires were chests, but they did not fit into anything. That is why they became taller, freestanding closets.



  • Spacious
  • Versatile 
  • Smooth
  • Secure
  • Taller


  • Not affordable


A dresser is also known as a dressing table. It is a small table with stacked, horizontal drawers. It also may have a mirror attached. The dresser is also known as a chest of drawers. Although the dresser is a dressing table, it also works as a side table.

Dressers are small-sized tables with many horizontal, parallel drawers on top of each other, with a mirror on top. Some dressers stand shoulder-high with small widths. These are known as highboys. Most stand about waist-high and have widths greater than a man’s arm span. These dressers are known as lowboys.

A dresser can take up space in lower horizontal areas, such as under a window or below a hanging painting. The choice of decor style may also decide if a dresser is appropriate for the type of look you want for your room.

It provides enough storage space for clothes, various clothing accessories, valuables, grooming, and make-up sets. Dressers can serve as make-up or grooming station (Luvostore.com). Their size and appearance, determine the tone of the bedroom decor.

wooden dresser


  • It has a mirror
  • Customizable
  • Versatile
  • Multiple drawers
  • Stylish


  • It is small

Favourite Features



It has large, two doors. That increases accessibility to your clothes and accessories.


It has movable and contains shelves, hanging space, and sometimes drawers. An armoire has storage space to hang clothes and shelves or drawers in addition to that space. It features adjustable shelving behind doors, hanging rods; drawers that sit on metal glides; metal pulls.


A new coat of paint on an old armoire gives it a new look. Choose a shade you love. Since armoires are traditionally-styled, the best kind of paint for an armoire might be distressed. Soft and neutral colours, slightly textured with patina, will match the antique theme an armoire stands for.


It features a two-door cabinet and two drawers that offer storage and organisation space. You can add shelves, or drawers, to your armoire. Creating drawers next to your hanging space will turn your armoire into a chifforobe. There is no standard length for your skirts, meaning you should be the only one to figure it out. When making your wardrobe,  it is up to you to figure out what you would want to store in a wardrobe. That is how you can determine which kind would be the best fit.



Dressers have visible and parallel stacks of horizontal drawers. However, the size and number of these drawers can vary from one dresser to another. Some dressers have one top drawer with a width spanning the width of the dresser while featuring smaller shelves below. Other dressers have six drawers of equal size, three on each side. If dressers have doors, they are small.


The first identifying feature is that it is narrow. A dresser is designed to be narrow to accommodate the storage needs of an individual living in a tight space.


Dressers also come with a matching mirror mounted on the back. That allows you to dress in front of it. That is why it is called a dresser. If a room appears too big or empty, a dresser tends to fill the bedroom space and create an inviting allure with a styled theme.

What could be better


  • It could have been more affordable. 


  • It could have been bigger.

Similar Features

  • Both are bedroom furniture.
  • Both are from wood.

Key Differences

  • An armoire is bigger and taller than a dresser. 
  • An armoire is bigger than a dresser and includes hanging space, whereas a dresser only has drawers.
  • Dressers are built with drawers so that you can store clothes that you can fold, like pyjamas, undershirts, undergarments, and socks, whereas armoires have two long doors and a lot of space, accommodating clothes you would rather hang to keep those clothes wrinkle-free, like dress shirts, dress pants, gowns, and coats.

The verdict

In conclusion, both are used for storage in bedrooms and throughout the house, but an armoire and a dresser are different furniture. If you want more storage space, you may have an armoire bigger than a dresser. If you are looking for more drawers, you may have to take the dresser. They can be used for their intended purpose or repurposed into an innovative piece of furniture in your home. There are also other storage furniture options, you might consider other than the two.

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