How do I choose a wood finish for my display cabinet?
The wood finish you choose for your display cabinet depends on the décor style you want to achieve. We suggest following the basic rule of thumb with your wood and style pairings. Rough and reclaimed woods lend themselves toward a rustic or country aesthetic while dark woods with tight grains lend themselves to formal or traditional decors.
Do I need a glass front on my display cabinet?
While some display cabinets have open shelves, the majority boast a glass front. Others have glass sides so that collections can be viewed from every angle. Glass doors and sides are best for protecting treasured items or delicate pieces against dust and accidental damage. On the other hand, open shelf display cabinets lean towards a country or rustic style and display wood toys, books, vintage collectibles, and non-delicate items nicely.
What types of glass are best?
Different types of glass for you display cabinet are available—non-tempered glass, tempered glass, bevel-edge glass, or frosted-edge glass. Here are the guidelines for different glass types:
Non-tempered glass — best for use in a home without pets or children. And if your collections are not expensive, one-of-a-kind, or irreplaceable.
Tempered glass — for homes with kids and pets this type of glass will keep everyone safe if an accident does occur. Additionally, this type of glass will protect your priceless treasures inside if the glass does break.
Bevel-edge glass — styled towards more formal or traditional pieces, beveling adds a decorative element. (Available in tempered and non-tempered glass).
Frost-edge glass — as with beveling, a subtle line of frosted glass around a cabinet outer edges adds a touch of decoration. (Also available in tempered and non-tempered glass).
Glass shelves vs. wood shelves—which is better?
When it comes to displaying your collectibles, glass shelves allow light to flow through the display case and show off your collections in the best possible way. Wood shelves tend to be best for more rustic or casual collections in a wood display cabinet.
What lighting options can I choose for my cabinet?
Many display units come with built-in spotlights.
For those with glass shelving a spotlight will often be installed under the top pointing downwards (downlighting) and on the cabinet’s bottom pointing up (uplighting).
The wood shelf cabinets can be found with spotlights installed from the top and under each shelf to highlight the items below.
For cabinets that come without lighting, you can add LED strip lights in the same places as pre-installed ones or attach to outline the cabinet back to illuminate the entire cabinet.
Small battery-operated lights can also be attached under wood shelves.
What height and width do I need for my display cabinet?
The height of your display cabinet should be equal to the extent of your collections you wish to display. A tall, slender cabinet with adjustable shelves offers an excellent way to show off taller figurines and items. While a low-profile cabinet can display sports memorabilia and shorter pieces. Additionally, measure the space you will put the display cabinet to determine the exact height and width to look for when shopping.
Best Tips & Ideas for Your Display Cabinet
To choose the best possible display case for your room and style, we’ve curated a collection of best tips to help:
- Determine your décor style before looking for display cabinets.
- Be sure to measure your space before shopping for a display case.
- Glass-front cabinets protect priceless collections or delicate curios.
- Cabinets with glass doors allow you to see and access your treasures easily.
- Up-lighting installed in the bottom of the cabinet, along with glass shelves, highlights your collection beautifully.
- Glass shelves make viewing your collection from shelf to rack easy.
- Wood shelves work nicely for rustic or casual collectibles.
- Dark wood with a fine grain lends itself to formal and traditional style.
- Reclaimed and rough-hewn wood display cases carry a rustic, country, or casual style.
- Metal displays tend to be industrial in style.
- Adjustable shelves offer a way to show off collectibles in various heights.
- Display cases are also known as curio cabinets.