The Many Uses of Curio Cabinets

Whether your curio cabinets are constructed of finely carved wood ornamentation of a steel and glass lighted tower, they serve the same purpose. They are made to highlight and accentuate the collection of items your have placed within them. For maximum display with the best possible protection from dust and the open air, a curio cabinet will help protect the valued objects they contain.

The curio cabinet originated as a means to show off oddities and unusual or valuable artifacts. As a means of holding and displaying collections is still the primary purpose of a curio cabinet. There is no limit to the possibilities for collections be they fragile glass, porcelain figures, or plates to cast iron artifacts. Dolls, coins, vases, or trophies; all are fair game for display in a complimentary designed curio cabinet.

Historical items or family heirlooms are also popular items found in many homes. This use for the old curio cabinets was so popular, longer, flatter cabinets began to be the standard display model for the growing museum industry. In the home, a curio cabinet can be used as the centerpiece of a room’s decor. The items contained may play along with the theme of the design and color scheme to create an aesthetically pleasing living space.

Curio cabinets are usually floor-standing furniture although smaller versions are available for tabletop display. A more practical use for an in-wall curio cabinet in the kitchen or dining room would be organized, dust-free storage of spice jars or dishes, be it full table sets or just the cups. In the family room a high-end curio cabinet could be installed to hold items that define a family’s growth. Children’s trophies from school, photographs, vacation mementos, the framed mortgage payoff papers, birth certificates or hospital crib signs, all can serve as a family-togetherness treasure trove that can grow more valuable as the years progress.


  • Marcus Miglio
    June 3, 2010 - 7:41 am | Permalink

    Curio cabinets can be beautiful additions to any residential interior, adding sophistication while displaying family keepsakes, antiques, and collectibles. Some brand names include “Howard Miller and Morrison & Hewitt”. These types of display cases are of good enough quality to be handed down as family heirlooms. If you are lucky enough to live near dealers that sell these quality cases you can probably get free home delivery. But if purchasing online you will need to pay attention to the freight charges (it’s hard not to, they can be steep). The one thing not mentioned in the above post is that these pieces of furniture are quite large and can be extremely heavy.

  • Rob
    June 4, 2010 - 7:06 pm | Permalink

    Good point Marcus, I’m glad you brought up the cost of getting it transported. I had not really thought about that, although I know with other furniture that it can be an issue. That is why I actually prefer to shop from a brick and mortar shop, as opposed to online, with most furniture because the shop will generally deliver it for free.

  • Darak
    October 27, 2010 - 11:58 am | Permalink

    I think the best display cabinets are always made of steel and glass structure or composite fibers.

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