Cabinets are always a need in any house, mainly a house which welcomes a lot of visitors or a house which has kids. Curio cabinets are cabinets that are specially designed to hold curio items (or items of curiosity from which the word ‘curio’ has been derived) in such a way that they can be protected from elements but also can be seen and appreciated easily. Most of them come with glass doors to keep dust out of the items and allow easy viewing.
Curio items are normally collectibles or objects of interest, so people want to take great care of them, as well as take pride and happiness in displaying them to visitors and friends. This feeling of pride adds to the use and importance of curio cabinets and furniture like display cabinets.
Curio cabinets and display furniture come in many shapes and sizes. Although a curio cabinet is largely used as a show case to display the interesting items, display furniture is available which doubles up as storage space and display space also. This is a good option for a customer who is shopping for display furniture as he now has lot of choices.
Modern glass curio cabinet by Sempra
Curio cabinets come in different ready made designs and can even be custom made based on personal interest and specifications. The ready made ones should be able to satisfy most of the needs and are available in all price ranges. In a lot of cases, the cabinets are mostly adorned with thimbles, memorabilia like shot glasses from various places, photos, key chains, watches or souvenir items. But in certain cases, the collection might be of very specific and special nature and size (for e.g. miniature violins, autographed sports items like baseball bats, cups, awards, plaques etc) in which case a custom cabinet might be required to hold the items in the specific order and manner required.
Howard Miller Ramsdell Curio Cabinet, price: $1,493.10 (left), Howard Miller Townsend Curio Cabinet, price: $1,463.70 (right)
Curio and display cabinets are mostly wood furniture. They come in Victorian or classic styles or in modern and trendy styles. A lot of different options are available with respect to designs and colors. The shelves can be made of glass or wood and they can come with a glass door in a wooden frame. These doors can be either full length or can be half length, leaving the bottom half to be a closed storage area with wooden doors. Multiple partitions and shelves are available to separate and arrange the display items as required.
Victorian Corner Curio Cabinet
Wall hanging options are also available which can be hung over the fire place or can replace a photo frame. Free standing counter top models can be placed on mantle pieces or on large desks in the living room or family room. Large cabinets might be required if the number of display items are large. This type of curio cabinets can be placed in the living room in strategic places or in the dining room near the dining table.
Antique curio cabinet, price: $950.00, Best Home Goods
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