When you think of shopping for display cases, your thoughts no doubt turn to those in the world of modern retail. From jewelry stores to grocery stores, home supply stores to your local convenience mart, chances are you don't give much thought to this practical item of furniture. But have you ever considered using a display case in your home? A well placed display case can revitalize a room, serving as not only a centerpiece, but a talking point for visiting guests, and you won't have to sell anything!
Most people use a display case to show off their various collections, but if you get creative, you don't even need a collection of any kind, just an eye for what would look good on display. Anything will do, from flags, your favorite photos, to family heirlooms. If you take pleasure in showing something off, chances are it would look good in a display case. If you are worried that a display case won't look good in your home, you should know that there are a variety of different types of display cases, so finding the perfect one to blend with your decor should be no problem. Take a look at the following display case ideas for inspiration.
A great option for displaying a collection of figurines or sculptures is the curio cabinet. Usually mounted to a wall or placed on a prominent mantle, the curio cabinet typically consists of three glass sides, a wooden or metal frame, and a mirror backing. Also, the interior curio shelving is typically made out of glass, as well. The use of the mirror backing and glass shelving levels serves a practical purpose. All angles of the displayed object are visible for better viewing. Curio cabinets are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, with the number of shelves dependent on the size of the case. Often, the objects on display all share a similar theme. Many people choose to display their collection of Precious Moments figurines or vintage toy soldiers, for example.
The china cabinet is a beautiful and functional way to combine storage space with plenty of room to display various objects. With its historical roots lying in the royalty of 17th century Great Britain, the China cabinet is an elegant and stylish addition to any home. Typically placed in areas like dining rooms or foyers, a well placed China cabinet will look great in any room. Usually, the display area on a China cabinet will take up the top three quarters or so of the piece, with glass doors opening into the shelving. The shelving does not always have to be glass itself, although many China cabinets will have this feature. Often, there will be one or several light fixtures placed throughout the interior of the display case. The extra storage is where the China cabinet really gets its edge, however. The bottom part of the piece will typically have several covered cabinets where extra things can be stored. Many people use their China cabinets to display and store their fine dining pieces, so the bottom storage cabinets are often the perfect place to keep kitchen and dining pieces that are used rarely or seasonally.
One way to celebrate and display the career or achievements of a loved one is through the personal achievement display case. This design motif is often seen among government service personnel where, after achieving retirement or another notable career event, a display case consisting of an individuals medals, service uniform photo and rank badge will be displayed on a decorative felt background. Many of these cases will also contain a flag that represents their country or state, folded up and placed in a separate compartment.
You do not need to be in the armed services to have a personalized display case made, however. Many times corporate employees will receive a case that includes mementos from their career. Things like the company logo, certificates and awards are popular items to place in these cases. Another idea is to present a display case that contains items from someone's favorite sport or hobby. Cases that have baseball cards, golf clubs or folded up jerseys make great gifts for the hardcore sports fan. Personal achievement display cases are often placed in areas that are unique to the individual they represent. A career achievement display case would look great on an office wall, for example, while a sports display case would go well in a game room or above a home bar.
Whatever you choose to show off in your display case, seeing your hobbies or special achievements highlighted in your home will bring a smile to your face.