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How to Choose a Display Cabinet

How to Choose a Display Cabinet

An oak display cabinet is an investment piece so it’s well worth spending a little time thinking about what its main purpose will be, prior to selecting one. Generally speaking, this involves considering available space, styling, functionality and location in addition to more obvious criteria such as budget.

Large Oak Dresser

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A display cabinet can double up as a dresser, which can be particularly useful in the kitchen where a good amount of storage is needed. Cupboards and drawers hide the less interesting but essential items such as cutlery whilst elegant wine glasses and pretty tea sets can be displayed behind glazed doors. Having a display area for treasured pieces is especially valuable when the kitchen is used for dining and aesthetics of the room are therefore more important. Oak is a timeless and durable wood and can withstand the probable wear and tear determined by its location in the kitchen without detracting from its beauty. A few knocks and chips give it a ‘lived in’ appearance, each one potentially adding a story in the life of the cabinet.

Carmen Oak Display Cabinet

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There are certain locations around the home that are ideal for an oak display cabinet. A recess at the side of a chimney breast can be much better utilised with a solid piece of furniture than shelves, with its capacity to provide storage space and a dust-free area for display items. Solid cupboards within a display cabinet are also perfect for hiding clutter such as children’s toys whilst keeping them close to hand to be pulled out again the following day. Oak furniture comes in different finishes and styles and therefore sits alongside existing pieces without appearing out of place. When the space is restricted by walls such as in an alcove, be sure to measure the available space correctly before making a purchase and allow room at the front for any cupboard doors to open.

Small Glazed Display Cabinet

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The height of a display cabinet will be determined by its intended location. A tall, slim oak display cabinet is great for alcoves and the sides of chimney breasts but a half-height one offers the benefit of being able to place decorative items such as plants on the top surface. A trailing plant down the side is an attractive and healthy addition to a living area whilst the top of the cabinet can provide a home for a vase of flowers. Half height display cabinets are also perfect underneath a window where other pieces of furniture may not fit, or underneath higher level shelves.

Corner Display Cabinet

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In living areas where finding available space is a little more of a challenge, a corner display cabinet can solve the problem. Not only will it provide shelving to display photos and other mementos; it can also incorporate cupboard space for the tv remote control, board games and other knick-knacks. A corner display cabinet helps to avoid a cluttered appearance as it takes up minimal floor space on walls where a full-sized piece of furniture may not fit.

If you’re in the fortunate position of having enough space for a full-size display cabinet, solid oak is the perfect choice as it blends effortlessly with other furniture in the room, provided the overall ‘look and feel’ of the décor is maintained, for example mid-century modern, contemporary or rustic. Glass door fronts provide the ideal opportunity to show off all your favourite souvenirs from around the world, antiques or favourite vases. Those with young children however may prefer to avoid floor level glass.