Valuable objects meant to be showcased while protecting them from dust, moisture and theft (to a degree) can only be stored in a display cabinet. Usually made to specifications, cabinets are also available in standard sizes from those that can house only a few figurines to others large enough to showcase life-size mannequins.
Display cabinets are selected based on the items to be exhibited. This factor also influences size and sometimes a theme, such as a cabinet that matches a dining table.
China cabinets were initially meant for storing fine chinaware but this is no longer the case. They can display any item as long as it holds some value and is unique. Of course, one could store inexpensive objects but considering the cost of a well-built china cabinet is not a throwaway price, it typically houses unique and valuable objects.
Most china cabinets have glass-enclosed areas and multiple shelves, some open.
Curio cabinets use glass as the predominant material with wood as the structural component. The objects displayed usually have a theme such as only dolls or only figurines. The cabinets do a good job of protecting the contents inside from damage due to moisture, heat and dust while allowing everything to be viewed. Locks can be installed for security.
Corner cabinets don’t provide a very wide viewing angle but offer much-needed storage space. They’re uniquely designed to fit corners. Small rooms with no space to accommodate traditional or large cabinets can benefit from these useful cases.
Since corner cases can’t hold too many objects, they’re best used to showcase small or a limited number of collectibles in the glass-enclosed areas. Closed spaces can house knick-knacks users aren’t eager to show visitors.
Commercial display cabinets
These are very large furnishings used in commercial establishments like stores, cafeterias, coffee houses and bakeries. They can be used at home too but cost a little too much and take up a lot of space. Unless one intends to display guns, drinks and other large collections, it’s wise to opt for other types of cabinets.
Single items of priceless value are usually displayed in one-item cabinets. This sets them apart from other less valuables objects. It could be a rare vase, an autographed cricket ball or a vintage model car users want highlighted.
Many one-item cabinets have red cushioned resting places to better draw the eye to the object on display. They can be wall-mounted or hung from the ceiling too.
Shadow boxes are cases, usually small, that display one, a pair or a group of objects conforming to a theme. A prime example is war medals, flags, badges and other armed forces insignias.
Unlike other cabinets, shadow boxes can create a more dramatic depth that easily draws attention to exhibited objects.
These are open-faced cabinets with no doors, glass and backings. Though not a true cabinet, they are nevertheless used to display objects of less value such as globes, family trophies and old photographs. Usually rectangular, étagères can also be circular, square or oddly-shaped.
These are a few popular display cabinets used to showcase something. The list isn’t extensive by any means as every culture will have its own version of what a display case should be but it’s a good starting point for people eager to exhibit valuables and collectibles.