Which cabinet should I put into our master bedroom hallway alcove?
We have an alcove in the hallway of our master suite (ensuite?) in our craftsman style/inspired home. We have a couple of cabinets that we can put in there - an antique armoire or a repurposed antique hutch (see pictures).
The dilemma is that we are not sure what to put in there - the hutch will give more of a built in look while the armoire does not. On the other hand, the armoire is large enough that we can use it store a lot of things (in this case, things like blankets, etc. and also act as a second closet to our walk in closet). In order to get the same kind of utility from the hutch, we would have to build either shelving or cabinetry above the hutch (which then begs the question - what kind of cabinetry?).
As a fyi - the dimensions of the alcove at the framed and trimmed opening are 84 inches wide x 92 inches high. The depth from the back wall to the inner edge of the opening casing is 21 inches and approximately 24.5 inches to the outer edge (hallway side of the casing). The armoire is 78 inches wide x 82 inches tall x 23.3 inches deep. The hutch is 83 inches wide x 35 inches tall x 19 inches deep (at the ends, 23.5 inches at the center).
The finish carpenter feels that because the armoire extends out into the casing "zone", and the fact that the piece is about 3 inches shy (on each side) width wise and about 10 inches shy of the top of the opening, that it doesn't give it a built in look (even if he could somehow close the gaps on the sides and top).
My wife feels that even though we're building this Craftsman style home, not everything needs to be built-in.
I like to get some opinions on what we should do/consider?