A glass display cabinet can get used to show off a variety of items. Whether it’s memorabilia, a collection or something every day like your dishes, a glass cabinet can add a lovely touch to your home.
But what should you look for when trying to find a display cabinet? Check out our top seven choices in glass display cabinets below.
Types of Glass Display Cabinets
First, you should understand the different types of display cabinets available! They come in a variety of forms and sizes, so you’ll want to measure your space accordingly.
- Jewelry. These are cases specifically designed to hold jewelry pieces. They usually have specific lighting that picks up the sparkle of jewels. They will also have little hooks and pegs to hold the different pieces.
- Tower. The tower case is tall and narrow. The best feature of the tower is more display area vertically in a smaller space.
- Wall. The wall display case hangs, leaving floor space clear and acting as wall art. These cases generally aren’t as big as their floor counterparts.
- Queen Anne. The Queen Anne styled glass display cases are elegant. They feature the typical beautifully shaped legs and other scrolling elements that make the case itself, and not just what it holds, part of the display.
- Horizontal. The horizontal cases are some of the largest, but they offer a unique perspective. These display cases are shorter, so you look down into the top glass and see displayed items from above.
Understanding the Types of Glass
Glass cases can be made with several different types of glass, and the type used will affect the price.
- Annealed glass, sometimes called plate glass, will shatter into sharp shards if broken. It shouldn’t be used in high traffic areas, floor cases that might be run into, or in areas where children play. However, it is a cheaper option.
- Tempered glass is put through a process that makes it break into multi-sided pieces instead of shards, making it a safer option in case of a break.
- UV glass blocks out most UV light, making it the best option for displays where color fading is an issue.
- Laminated safety glass is made by sandwiching a vinyl layer between two sheets of glass. If cracked, the layers won’t separate and it will stay in place. This glass is best to avoid any kind of visual distortion that might happen with other types of glass.
Our Top Glass Display Cabinet Picks
Now that you know what you’re looking for in a glass display cabinet, we’re sharing the ones we like best!
If you don’t find the one you’re looking for, consider a bespoke glass cabinet, one custom made for your space!
1. Displays2go 48″ 3-Shelf Glass Display Cabinet
We love this large case from Displays2go for its multi-purpose functionality. It has a storage base with two large doors to hold items you don’t want showing in the upper case. Its large sliding door means you can stow larger items inside, and it’s also lockable.
It also has a frameless construction and no hinges, so nothing impairs your line of sight on your treasured collection.
2. Ikea Detolf Glass Curio Display Cabinet
This tower style glass cabinet seems to offer the same frameless functionality of the first in a fraction of the space. However, on closer inspection, you’ll realize it does indeed have a thin, steel frame!
With a white lower and top shelf, it’s a sleek, modern-looking cabinet. And at only 13 pounds, it’s lightweight enough to move around whenever the mood strikes!
3. RJ Displays Elegant Aluminum Tempered Glass Show Case
This display case is one of the smallest on our list, at only 27 inches high and a little over a foot across. It has a heavier feeling with its aluminum frame and locking hinged door.
This case would be perfect for a tabletop display, keeping valuables in sight but also under lock and key.
4. Design Toscano Inc Country Tuscan Wall Curio
This wall unit saves space while adding a bit of charm to your wall. With its wood frame and mirrored back wall, whatever you choose to display in this case will have a job outshining its shelf!
If you’re looking for a space-saving case that has a rustic charm, this is the case for you.
5. Gallery Solution Display Case
If you have a collection of smaller items, like shot glasses, this is your case.
Its little cubbies (28 of them!) are done in solid wood set behind a pane of glass, so you can divide your collection up as you see fit. However, this case is the largest of the ones featured here, so you’ll want to have a large wall for this to sit against.
6. Southern Enterprises Lighted Corner Curio Cabinet
This lovely little cabinet stows perfectly into a corner, making it a space saver and a finishing touch to an otherwise bare corner.
With two adjustable shelves and three fixed ones, you’ll have plenty of room for your collection. Made of solid oak and tempered glass, this is a sturdy cabinet that will become an heirloom along with the collection it contains.
7. Ameriwood Home Aaron Lane Bookcase with Sliding Glass Door
This Ameriwood glass cabinet is a little bit of everything. The white wood finish is both modern and elegant, meaning it fits into just about any decor. The lower shelf is hidden behind a panel, and the top three shelves are set behind sliding wood and glass doors.
If you need a bright and cheery cabinet that isn’t too large but still has space, this is the one for you!
Picking Your Glass Display Cabinet
Before looking for a glass display cabinet, know what style you’d like and measure your space. You don’t want to fall in love with a display case only to find out it doesn’t fit!
And be sure to check out the other informational articles on our blog on all the topics you’re interested in!