What Do I Need to Know About China Hutch?
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China Hutch Features
While china cabinets are designed to hold chinaware, they are available with a number of features that can be used to display your dishes and collectibles in a specific way. When buying a china cabinet, consider how you want to showcase your collection and then choose the cabinet with the features that will display your valuable possessions to their best advantage.
For example, if you have a fine collection of vintage plates, you might want to select a china cabinet with plate grooves that will allow you to stand them upright. On the other hand, if you have a china set or are displaying unique, freestanding pieces, selecting a china cabinet with interior lighting will be the perfect way to shine the spotlight on your collectibles.
The mirrored back of a china cabinet serves several purposes. The main purpose, of course, is to showcase and emphasize the items in the cabinet. It can also add style and definition to your cabinet.
In a small room, a china cabinet with a mirrored back has the added benefit of making the room appear larger. Depending on what and how you display, a mirrored back can have dramatic effect, especially when combined with some type of interior lighting.
Interior lighting in a china cabinet draws the eye inward, focusing attention on what is being displayed. Depending on the manufacturer and the design of the china cabinet, it can have canister lights, a halogen interior lighting system or some type of track lighting specifically designed for cabinets.
The shelves of a china cabinet are usually made of glass or wood. Some types of china cabinets have fixed shelves only. If the collection you intend to house in your cabinet includes pieces of varied sizes, select a cabinet with adjustable shelves. If you intend on displaying plates and dishes vertically, glass shelves, just like wood shelves, can include plate grooves.
A plate groove is a pre-cut channel in the back of the shelf, designed to display a plate or flat dish in a vertical position. Plate grooves are an essential feature if you have vintage or collectible plates you wish to show off.
When shopping for a china cabinet, it might seem more of an issue if it didn’t come with any doors at all. But it is important to take into account the type of doors a china cabinet has for it to convenient and easy for you to use.
- Outward opening doors are hinged panels, either of wood or a combination of wood or glass that open toward you. They typically allow access to the interior of the cabinet from the front.
- Sliding doors open and close by sliding along a track or groove system. A one way sliding door will slide only left or right, while a two way sliding door will slide both left and right. Both types of doors give you easy access, but a two-way sliding door is more convenient.
- Side entry doors can either be outward opening or sliding. But, as the name suggests, access to the interior of the cabinet is gained from the side. The advatage of this type of door is that it gives the front of the cabinet an unimpeded view of the items inside for heightened viewing pleasure.
Especially in a home with young children, being able to lock your china cabinet has distinct advantages. Depending on the size of the cabinet and the manufacturer, you may have the option of locking one or all sections of the cabinets with a key.