China Cabinets

A corner china cabinet maximizes space and style

The china cabinet, or hutch, is an important part of any dining room's decor because it is by design both useful and decorative. Not only are most china cabinets, such as hickory, mahogany or oak china cabinets, a beautiful combination of professionally finished wood and glass display panels, but the items that are featured behind the glass panels in the doors can increase your dining room's classy elegance and give it a special sparkle.

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Many people find their kitchen storage insufficient for all of their items, especially those fragile special-occasion items that can't be crowded into cupboards too tightly, and that you don't really want to hide away behind cupboard doors, anyway.

Fortunately, despite their name, china cabinets are the ideal home for more than just the teacup sets you inherited from your grandmother and the plates from your wedding registry; they provide ample space for the practical, safe storage of all your precious dinnerware breakables -- especially your finest glassware, from your hand-painted ice tea pitcher to your gold-etched egg cups to your crystal wine glasses.

Corner China Cabinets that Don't Cut Corners

Actually, literally speaking, cutting corners is exactly what a corner china cabinet does: designed with a 90-degree angle in the back instead of a flat wood panel, it tucks right back into a corner of your dining room, making a corner unit the ideal option for dining areas that are a little short on extra space.

Figuratively speaking, however, corner china cabinets don't cut corners in that their depth offers a lot of space for the storage and prominent display of all your best dinnerware.

Antique China Cabinets

In contrast with corner units, antique china cabinets were not, generally speaking, designed to be space-saving corner units. While some are tall and narrow, almost like large grandfather clocks, others are wide, grand, three-sectioned cabinets that can't help but draw the eye.

If you are in the market for an antique china cabinet, consider attending local estate sales. It's possible you may even find a full matching dining room set, with an antique sideboard and dining table to go with your new china cabinet.