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Dining Room Display Cabinets Buying Guide

Display Cabinets Buying Guide

A Brief History

The first known use of the word “cabinet” to describe a piece of furniture was in a 1528 inventory of the possessions of the French King Francis I. However, cabinets were in use long before then. When Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922, over 3,000 years after his burial, explorers found more than 30 cabinets, which contained the remains of his possessions. The first cabinets were recorded in England in the sixteenth century. In the period that followed, cabinet making became an art form all over Europe, with cabinet makers producing ever more elaborate pieces. The interiors of cabinets were often made to resemble miniature palaces, and cabinets were frequently given as gifts between Kings of different countries. Throughout the twentieth century, cabinets, especially display cabinets with shelves to show off ornaments, trophies, glass wear, photos and other items, have become ever more popular in British homes.

Where is a display Cabinet Used?

Display cabinets can be used in almost any room in the home, including the living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway and bedroom.

Functions of a Display Cabinet

Display cabinets, as the name suggests, have shelves that are used to display items such as glassware, trophies, photographs and ornaments. Some also have a cupboard or drawers, which you can use for storage.


The main function of a display cabinet is to display items, so there’s lots of space to do so.


Display cabinets have shelves that are normally used to display items like photos and ornaments, but can also be used to store any number of items. Some cabinets in addition have drawers or a cupboard, which are excellent for storage.

Accent Piece

Display cabinets, filled with personal possessions, will add a real individual, homely touch to your room.

Features of a Display Cabinet

Some display cabinets contain just shelves, while others have drawers or a cupboard too. PineSolutions’ cabinets are made from a combination of wood and glass, and have either three or four shelves. Some display cabinets are designed to fit in a corner, while others can go anywhere in a room. 

Choosing a Display Cabinet

There are three things you should consider when you’re selecting your display cabinet: 1. Where is your display cabinet going to go in your home? You’ll want to make sure it fits in with the current decor and wood colour of your chosen room. 2. What size of display cabinet do you want? Our cabinets don’t vary too much in size, but this corner unit is neater than this Devon Oak cabinet, for example. 3. Is the entrance to your home big enough to fit the display cabinet through? Our cabinets only come fully assembled.

How to look after a Display Cabinet

To keep your display cabinet looking its best, clean and protect it with good quality beeswax. You should also keep your cabinet away from strong sunlight and take care not to place it in front of, or next to, a radiator. The heat might cause it to shrink, loosening joints and veneers.