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If you have decorative items, knickknacks or collectibles that you want to make a talking point in your room, there’s no better way to do it than to invest in a display cabinet. A much better solution than relying on a standard shelf or even a mantlepiece, a display cabinet keeps all of your most special items in one place for a shrine to your most treasured possessions. Discover our vintage display cabinets and find the most stylish way to show off your prized possessions.
Why choose vintage display cabinets?Although display cabinets are most commonly associated with museums, through recent history they have found a firm place in many private homes, as homeowners recognised the advantages of having a single spot to store away all their most beautiful things where they could still be seen and admired by friends and visitors.
The idea of displaying items in plain view has been around for centuries. During the 15th and 16th centuries, for example, the idea of a cupboard literally meant a board or shelf on which valuable items of tableware were displayed. This was taken to the next level a couple of centuries later when the Welsh dresser was brought into common usage. The open shelving unit at the top was designed for displaying the most decorative porcelain and plates.
Eventually, these cabinets began to be closed in by glass, creating a cabinet feel and allowing viewers to look through as if through a shop window. These display units have been popular for over a century and are still popular today.
Although vintage display cabinets come in an array of sizes and styles, they are solid and robust items, built to showcase cherished possessions to their best advantage. Usually made from beautiful, high quality woods, the outer frame has all the strength and attractive design of a standard cupboard or cabinet while the front is clear glass to allow the treasures within to be easily seen.
Some have sliding doors while others have front opening doors. Most have a rectangular shape, although some may be square and some even feature more unusual shapes fitting the period in which they were made.
It is possible to find display cabinets that both sit flat on the floor or stand on legs made of wood or metal to raise them above ground level. Some display cabinets feature closed door cabinets or regular shelving beneath, while others have decorative handles or other detailing for extra visual appeal.
Incorporating vintage display cabinets into your homeAlthough you can often buy display cabinets made by modern manufacturers in stores today, these pieces lack the character and aesthetically pleasing style of a vintage piece. Pieces made in the past were designed with longevity in mind, and the robust and solid cabinetry will stand the test of time, unlike many contemporary units that aren’t made from solid wood.
Vintage display cabinets add a very distinctive look to any dining room, living room or hallway. With their retro appearance they can be a true focal point of any space, helping you to add heritage and authenticity to your home.
Shop for vintage display cabinets with VinteriorVinterior is proud to specialise in bringing together a delightful collection of antique, retro and vintage items that are perfect for any room of an eclectic home. We hope to inspire you to bring the past back to life with beautiful decorative items and items of furniture that are certain to impress.
Check out our vintage display cabinets today and showcase your prized possessions in a vintage treasure.