If you like collecting little treasures like figurines or Egyptian hand-blown perfume bottles, you should definitely invest in a good curio cabinet. A curio cabinet with specially-designed shelves and housing to showcase your collectibles, and is definitely an ideal accessory piece for any room in a collector’s home.
You can choose from a whole range of curio cabinet styles and sizes to fit your space and your budget. Let us discuss your alternatives so that you can decide which curio cabinet is for you.
Small curio cabinets
Wall-mounted curio cabinets are available for those with smaller collections. These miniature curio cabinets are usually about 11 inches wide, two to three inches deep and about 14 inches high, and can be attached to walls (like frames or clocks).
Curio cabinets like this are made from the same high-quality wood and finish that its bigger counterparts are made from, like pine or ‘poplar’ wood. Most of these curio cabinets feature cute little brass-tone hinges and fixtures and adjustable shelves to hold collectibles of varying heights.
If you are interested in buying a miniature curio cabinet, prepare to spend about $30 to $50 for regular ones. If you can afford to spend some more, it is a good idea to buy a double-purpose miniature curio cabinet with a built-in clock. Prepare to spend about $150 to $200.
Full-size Curio Cabinets
If you are a serious collector with a lot of curio items to display, then it is a good idea to spend on a quality full-size curio cabinet that stands alone as a piece of furniture.
The most basic curio cabinet is a curio shelf. Wood panels are held together by either wood or decorative steel. This curio cabinet has no doors and walls, and goes for about $500 to $600.
If you would like to protect your collections from dust and everyday wear, it is best to purchase a more expensive but longer-lasting curio cabinet china, which usually has 2 doors and hand painted designs above each door.
This curio cabinet is the perfect accent piece for any room. There are also curio cabinets with sliding glass doors, which are perfect for limited spaces. You can even purchase a curio cabinet for corners.
Dont want to spend money on a new curio cabinet? Then use your carpentry skills and turn your old traditional cabinet into one! Simply remove the doors, paint the interior, replace the shelves with glass, and add mirrors to the back to reflect your collections.
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