Computer Armoires

Computer armoires are customized storage cabinets that accommodate full computer systems, complete with monitor space, CPU storage, integrated wire management and wire accessibility, and larger computer armoires provide additional productivity support such as tackboards, marker boards, and additional storage compartments. Computer armoires may include locks for security and contemporary styles often feature removable back panels for access to rear computer ports.

Components

Monitor Compartment: The monitor compartment is a preconfigured space within the computer armoire, designed to provide ample room for standard sized computer monitors. The description details for each computer armoire usually includes specifications for the maximum computer monitor size that will fit in the compartment, and the majority of styles are now built for flat-screen monitors.

 Mobile Locking Computer Armoire
Computer Armoire

Swivel Platform: Some computer and audiovisual cabinets contain a swivel platform, allowing the monitor or television to be angled within the cabinet for better viewing.

Keyboard Shelf: Keyboard shelf or keyboard tray refers to the fixed or pullout platform or shelf-style drawer that enhances computer armoires and desks.

CPU Compartment: CPU compartments are designed to hold standard and small computer towers. These compartments may be closed with a single door, usually with backside grommet and/or ventilation for wire accessibility, connectivity, and airflow to reduce heat buildup. Open CPU compartments simply house the case or tower but provide full view and access to the front of the unit with grommet hole or ventilation in the back.

Printer Compartment: Many computer armoires contain a printer shelf, printer compartment, or similar storage space. The printer compartments are generally customized to fit average-sized printers.

Cable Ready Harness: A cable-ready harness generally indicates a configuration within the structure or storage unit, combining necessary wires for electrical supply or other use, including signal transmission for internet or data.

Adjustable Shelves: Adjustable shelves allow customized storage capacity. The shelves rest on four adjustable shelf clips or shelf pegs, and the clips move within the frame in custom-positioned holes found on the inner surfaces of the side panels.

Box Drawer With Adjustable Wood Dividers: Box drawers provide flexible storage space in computer desks and armoires. Some box drawers include adjustable wood dividers, allowing smaller compartmentalizing within the single drawer for more organized storage space.

Box Drawers: Box drawers are storage drawers, smaller than file drawers and offering space for storing any desired items. The top box drawer in classic furniture styles is often lined with felt, to store pens and other work essentials for quiet access.

File Drawer: File drawers almost always accept a choice of letter-sized or legal-sized file folders, with a lock on many file drawers to secure contents for safekeeping in classroom, office, lab, or other location.

Adjustable Levelers: Levelers support the base of computer armoires and other stationary furniture units. The levelers adjust to increase contact with the floor on uneven surfaces for reduced wobbling and more stable setup and support.

Grommets: Grommets are round holes or similar openings that provide wire access, internet connectivity, and other cable and wire pass-through for neat technology setup.

Hospital Tips: Hospital tips conceal or protect hinges to prevent damage to the hinge as well as protect users from accidental snagging on clothing or other incidents.

Construction

Wood Details: Wood details provide the look of classic hardwood furniture design, such as carved or sculpted moulding, edging, decorative support legs or feet, and other wood decorations. In modern storage units, wood detailing is often done with pieces of hardwood attached to the main storage unit, while the main components are made with durable wood products finished with wood veneers for an enhanced, economical design.

Mouldings: Mouldings refer to the top, side, and base decorative strips that often feature carved or sculpted details.

Steel Drawer Interiors: Storage with drawers featuring steel drawer interiors indicate the drawers are designed with steel backs, sides, and drawer bottoms.

Flat Panel Mounting Kit: High-tech computer storage units offer mounting kit for flat panel monitors. The mounting kit includes necessary items and hardware to install flat panel monitor within the computer storage unit for fixed placement that accommodates comfortable viewing angles.

Environmentally Friendly Powder-Coat Finish: Steel storage units and components are usually finished with paint, cured to create a smooth, non-shiny powder-coat finish. Many powder-coat paint finishes are created with environmentally friendly paints for "greener" overall styles.

Hardwood Construction: Hardwood construction implies the computer armoire is made using real hardwood panels, as opposed to wood products like particleboard.

Wood Products: Wood products refer to plywood, particleboard, fiberboard, and other materials made from real wood but altered for economical design and durability.

Wood Veneers: Wood veneers are made using real wood, sliced thin into sheets that are stained with wood stain and finished for lasting appearance. The veneer sheets are laminated or applied to the surfaces of furniture and storage units for an all-around solid wood look at an economical price.

Laminate Finish: Laminate finish is generally scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, and impact-resistant for lasting appearance. The finish consists of several layers underneath, and the durable top layer, all adhered to the furniture components under heat and pressure for lasting bond.

Melamine Finish: Melamine finish is similar to laminate finish, with comparable durability and resistance to scratches, stains, impact and similar damage. Melamine has fewer layers underneath the durable top layer and the finish is applied under heat and pressure, often called thermofused melamine.

Cam and Post Assembly: Cam and post assembly simplifies the setup process by providing interlocking hardware for fast setup and use. The round cams fit into pre-drilled holes on one portion of the storage armoire while the metal posts fit into other pre-drilled holes on opposite panels.

Locking Casters: Computer armoires set on casters for mobility usually feature two locking casters. The casters lock with an easy-access level or switch-like component, stabilizing the storage unit for safe storage.

5-Knuckle Hinges: Five-knuckle hinges have five interwoven components with a pin that slides through all five hinge-knuckles and secures them together.

Welded Steel Frame: Steel frames that are welded come fully assembled, welded by the manufacturer, and offer incredible strength and support. The steel is often finished with a galvanization process such as zinc dipping, or with protective pain finish, depending on the design.

Wood Stain Process: Wood furniture and wood veneers are finished with premium wood stains often applied in a multi-step application process. For example, a 7-step application process involves cleaning, treating, staining, and sealing the wood stain using seven steps, and the wood stain itself is often applied by hand for traditional coloring and rich penetrating wood tones.

Lacquer Finish: Lacquer finish protects wood stain on wood furniture and wood veneers. The lacquer is a viscous or thick liquid topcoat, applied to the surfaces and treated, cured or catalyzed to harden and seal the finish. The lacquer topcoat is durable and easy to maintain.

Distressed Detailing: Wood furniture with distressed detailing provides a used, antique-style appearance through the use of wood finishing and design techniques such as sanding in specific areas, intentional wormholes, dry brush highlighting, and other techniques.

Features

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.