Curio cabinets, also known as curios, are generally made of wood and glass, but they, along with china cabinets, can be fashioned in traditional to baroque to contemporary styles.
For the most durable material, choose quality hardwood like pine, oak, or mahogany. Good wood furniture is cut straight from the tree trunks, unlike composite wood products that are manufactured. However, composite wood cabinets are a more affordable alternative to solid wood, though not as long-lasting. Choose a composite frame cabinet with solid hardwood veneers for an affordable display case that is both stylish and durable.
Along with what type of wood, you can also choose its finish. Wood finishes protect the furniture from exposure to sunlight and other damaging elements. A well-chosen finish can also add to your décor as the array of finishes ranges from rich tones like mahogany or cherry to more subdued hues like oak.
To match your corner china or curio cabinet to the rest of your home's décor, use a finish that will highlight the color palette, complemented by the appropriate style of furniture.
A boho-chic or beach house would look great with the lighter tones of oak with a light or distressed finish. More classically themed rooms, styled with solid wood furniture and sumptuous fabrics and rugs, would look best with darker toned pieces and interior lighting.
China and curiocabinets may look like they have a lot of space inside, but looks can be deceiving, especially with the unique shape of a cabinet made to fit into a room's corner. Take some quick measurements on the inside of the cabinet, both width, and height, to make sure your items will fit inside.
Once you have taken the piece home, double-check all the brackets before putting your most precious, breakable items inside. Sometimes a bracket can fall out during transportation, so it's worth it to check before all the fragile items are on display.
- Get Locking Cabinet Doors
If you are a grandparent or regularly have small children visiting your home, you may want to look into cabinets that have locking doors to prevent any accidental damage to your valuables.
Resist the temptation to put everything of value into your new corner china or curio cabinet. Leave at least an inch of space between each item so you can see every aspect of the piece and prevent scratches or cracks occurring if items rub against each other.