Showcases to display collectibles and valuables

Valuables meant to be displayed while being protected from dust, moisture, and theft (to a certain extent) can only be stored in a display case. Usually made to specification, cabinets are also available in standard sizes, from those that can hold just a few figures to those large enough to display life-size mannequins.

Display cases are selected based on the items to be displayed. This factor also influences size and sometimes a theme, such as a cabinet that matches a dining table.

chinese cabinets

China cabinets were initially intended to store fine china, but this is no longer the case. They can display any item as long as it has some value and is unique. Of course, one could store inexpensive items, but considering the cost of a well-constructed china cabinet is not a scrap price, it usually houses unique and valuable items.

Most china cabinets have glazed areas and multiple shelves, some open.

curio cabinets

Curio cabinets use glass as the predominant material with wood as the structural component. The displayed objects often have a theme, such as only dolls or only figurines. Cabinets do a good job of protecting the contents inside from damage from moisture, heat, and dust, while still allowing everything to be seen. Padlocks can be installed for security.

corner cabinets

Corner cabinets don’t provide a very wide viewing angle, but they do offer much-needed storage space. They are uniquely designed to fit around corners. Small rooms without the space to accommodate traditional or large cabinets can benefit from these helpful cases.

Since corner cabinets can’t hold too many items, they’re best used to display small or limited collectibles in glassed-in areas. Enclosed spaces can house knickknacks that users don’t want to show visitors.

commercial showcases

These are very large pieces of furniture that are used in commercial establishments such as shops, cafes, coffee shops, and bakeries. They can also be used at home, but they cost too much and take up a lot of space. Unless one intends to display weapons, drinks, and other large collections, it is advisable to opt for other types of cabinets.

Single element cabinets

Individual priceless items are usually displayed in single item cabinets. This differentiates them from other less valuable objects. It could be a rare vase, an autographed cricket ball, or a vintage car model that users want to highlight.

Many single-item cabinets have red padded resting places to better draw attention to the item on display. They can be mounted on the wall or hung from the ceiling as well.

shadow boxes

Shadow boxes are boxes, usually small, that display one, a pair, or a group of objects that fit a theme. A good example is the war medals, flags, badges and other insignia of the armed forces.

Unlike other cabinets, shadow boxes can create a more dramatic depth that easily draws the eye to displayed objects.


These are open cabinets without doors, glass, and backs. Although they are not a true cabinet, they are used to display items of lesser value, such as globes, family trophies, and old photographs. Usually, rectangular shelves can also be round, square, or oddly shaped.

These are some popular display cabinets used to display something. The list is by no means extensive, as each culture will have its own version of what a display case should be, but it is a good starting point for people eager to display valuables and collectibles.

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