Computer Armoires Buying Guide
We spent 26 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices. Proper organization of a computer and its associated hardware – including the keyboard, mouse, printer, and more — allows for better use of space and more efficient use of time.
To keep this gear safely stored when not in use and readily accessible when needed, no piece of furniture can match the functionality of a fine armoire. We rated these units based on their layout, size and aesthetics.
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Monitor Clearance: Monitor clearance typically refers to the amount of space above a desk, work surface, or within a compartment or shelf layout designed to support a computer monitor. In desk layouts with storage hutch, the monitor clearance refers to the space between the desktop surface and the bottom of the hutch compartments above.
Monitor Sizes: Computer monitor and TV sizes given in the details for computer armoires and similar storage units refers to the diagonal measurement across a TV or monitor screen, from one low corner to the opposite high corner.
Felt-Lined Drawer: Top box drawers on classic-style computer storage units may be felt-lined. The felt lining is permanent installed in the drawers, created a storage compartment that reduces friction, movement and noise for quiet writing utensil and office supply storage.
Louvers in Back: Louvers are often slots or other cutouts that provide air circulation. Computer armoires with louvers in the back feature ventilation support in the back panel to dissipate heat produced by the computer equipment and protect from overheating with increased air circulation.
Cable Access: Cable access is accommodated by grommets, back panels, and other wire management support, allowing wire pass-through and connectivity that runs through the storage unit, rather than having to run around it. The most common cable access component in computer storage and office furniture units is a back panel grommet hole for power cord and other wires to reach computer equipment and nearby electrical outlets.
Matching Edge: Matching edge is a finished edge style that uses laminate or melamine finish that matches the rest of the storage unit finish. The edge finish may extend down the sides from the top or the edges may be finished with separate, custom-cut strips of laminate and melamine.
Ventilation Slots: In the back panel of many computer armoires and storage, ventilation slots or cutouts are provided to allow increased airflow into the storage compartments, helping dissipate heat produced by the electronic equipment.
2/3 Extension Slides: While most drawers and file units offer full-extension drawer slides, the 2/3 extension slides provide strong support of the storage drawer or shelf with the option to pullout or open the drawer or element two-thirds of the way.
Finished Back: Computer armoires with finished backs allow versatile placement within an office or other space, having all around finish for attractive view from any angle.