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If you are a collector and you are looking for a place to store and display your collectibles or other valuables, curio cabinets are the furniture pieces you are looking for. You can find them in many styles such as traditional, casual, contemporary and international as well as in wide variety of colors and material. They can be made of wood, brass, bronze, metal, iron and steel; they can be tall in height or short, miniature, and even the size of console tables.

Most cabinets are made of solid wood and have glass doors. Additional options may include two way sliding doors, side windows, mirrored backs that will create the impression of a larger space and so on. An interior lighting and some lighting effects are nicer touches that are available on higher-end models. An appropriate security lock also should be considered as well as adjustable levelers and the amount of shelving. Shelves should be adjustable as well since this way you can display collectibles with different shapes and heights.

Choosing a curio cabinet is not an easy task since there are a lot of them offered on the market. The first thing you need to think about is how much space you have at home, where the best place is to put the new furniture, and which design will best match your décor. According to your preferences and, of course, the budget, you can choose whether you prefer a corner, small, oak or wall model. Wall curios can be placed against any wall and even in the corners. There are smaller ones that are mountable and can be mounted on walls. You can find them usually in rectangular shape but there are some in cylinder shaped as well.

Some of the best and well known brands and manufacturers of curio cabinets are: Howard Miller, Pulaski, American Drew, Southern Enterprises, Powell Furniture Klaussner, and Steve Silver. There are different curio categories and the prices vary anywhere from $50 to more than $3,000. Among the most popular designs are: Vicksberg Curio Cabinet By Howard Miller – a corner unit with four glass shelves and glass doors that runs around $600; Cherry Finish Classic Curio Display Cabinet with four glass shelves, mirrored back, glass sides and original hexagonal shape priced at $400. The Pulaski Half Round Carmel Oak unit comes with a with mirror back, glass doors and shelves and is priced in the mid-range at about $350; The popular Howard Miller Martindale with sliding glass doors, adjustable shelves and interior halogen lighting is extremely popular and runs in the mid $500s.

So, as you can see, buying a curio is no easy task. There are many things to consider when deciding what you should purchase, where you should put it, and what you are going to store in it.

Source by Michael S S