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Wall Curio Cabinets - Wall Mounted Curios Save Space

Updated on December 8, 2015

Save Space In Your Home With A Wall Mounted Curio

There is nothing like a curio cabinet to display the fine heirlooms or collectibles that you have gathered over the years. Curio cabinets have a rich tradition going back a couple of centuries, and were used mostly by the wealthiest of society in that era. These days they are not that exclusive, with many more styles and varieties of cabinets available to fit into different home sizes and decors.

History on the Curio

The name of the curio cabinet comes from the curious objects people would collect from centuries ago. Originally, people displayed art in these cabinets which were constructed to fit the pieces they were displaying. Eventually they were found so useful that people started putting other collections on display in this type of cabinet. That lead to including any small, decorative object that was curious to put in the cabinets we call curios today.

There are console curios, corner curios, china cabinet-size curios, and the wall mounted we focus on in this lens.

Use Your Walls

Most Anyone Has Wall Space

One of the "bigger" problems today is that as we age, we tend to move into homes that are smaller, due to empty nests, financial reasons or just as a choice. By this point in our lives we have accumulated a lot of "stuff" that sometimes we are not ready to let go of in the move. A smaller place leaves much less room for the traditional console curio cabinet, and we have to resort to much more space efficient designs. Two of these designs are corner curio cabinet and wall mounted curio cabinets.

Wall Mounted Cabinets

There are a host of styles for these cabinets. You can find several models that have interior lighting to kind of spotlight your collection. (We leave our curio light on when we have visitors for a nightlight. They also come in a variety of sizes. You can find smaller single shelf units, or ones that have up to 4 shelves for a larger number of display items. It is common to have glass doors with a back reflection mirror. Some have locks while others have open shelves. Combination units are popular.

Almost all the major manufacturers of curios have wall mounted curio cabinets. You will find them a large variety of finishes, from antique white to several types of hardwoods, including oak, maple, mahogany, and cherry.

These space savers can work in any home, and can make a great addition as a second cabinet even if you have a console curio in your home already.

A Thought To Ponder

Collecting is my joy; it gives me great satisfaction.

Ursula Andress

Collection Displays

Another common use for curio cabinets is to display collectibles. Model cars, cigarette lighters, pocket knives, figurines, dishes, and cups and saucers are all examples of the kinds of small collectibles that might be displayed in any type of curio cabinet.

We found this curio cabinet and use it as a china cabinet instead of for collectibles. There are many of these types of curios available at antique stores throughout the country. As you can see, we are overflowing with the need for space. Need to do something about that...

Our good friend designed and made the wall mounted curio cabinet in the main module picture. When he sold his house, he detached it and gave it to his daughter to have in her house. It is a magnificent piece of work. Any other great ideas this this one?

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      I love these unique curio cabinet ideas. I have a place I would like to have a built in one.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      Curio cabinets are often some of the prettiest pieces in a home. I love the look at the home owners little display of treasures.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wall mounted curio cabinet is an ideal place to keep small collectibles we have gathered.There are wall mounted curio cabinet available in the market with different unique style.I have curio cabinet in my house and it's really attractive.