The do’s and don’ts of kitchen glass displays

The combination of decorative glassware, shelving and lighting makes quite the statement in a kitchen. If you’re looking for a way to expand your kitchen into a decorative showplace, there are a few loose rules you need to know. Discover below the do’s and don’ts of displaying glassware in your kitchen.


  • Use glass cabinets. There was a time not too long ago that glasses and crockery were hidden out of sight. Things have changed. Glass-front cabinets found at home interior stores enable you to put you best-looking pieces on display. You can get creative with the glass too. Applications range from frosted glass to painted glass. For best results, install lighting in your display case.

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  • Go for wood cabinetry. If you have a striking collection of vintage glassware, a wood cabinet might be the platform you need. The delicacy of the glass contrasts well with the rough texture of wood. Lights will help bring the showcase to life. If you’re displaying wine glasses, why not store a few nice bottles in the cabinet too.
  • Opt for suspension. Space is often an issue in the kitchen. So to get around this issue, suspend a wine glass rack from the ceiling. These racks come in many different formats to suit every need. It can also be a fun DIY experience if that’s your sort to thing. Be sure to keep the height at a reasonable level. High enough to not get in the way, but low enough to reach the glasses comfortably.

Hang your wine glasses with a T-Molding to save storage space.

  • Hang under cabinets. Under-cabinets glass racks are just as practical and space efficient. Hang your rack above the sink for extra practicality points. The best part about opting for this glassware solution, is the simplicity of installation. Rails are available everywhere and attached to the underside of the cabinets in a jiffy.
  • Store your glasses upside down. The rim is the most delicate part of the glass, so brittle crystal is best stored with the rim up. Most everyday glasses should be fine to store upright though. Storing things upside-down keep the inside a bit cleaner. Remember to dry the inside well – you don’t want moisture to get trapped in your glass.

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  • Display glass on open shelves. Glass has to sparkle to be beautiful. You will need to wash your glassware every other day if displayed on open shelves in your kitchen. Rather look at installing glass fronts to keep your glass breakables squeaky clean.
  • Store glass too low. If you have pets or children in the house, this is a big no-no. But even if you don’t, it’s much safer storing glassware at a comfortable arm’s reach.

Regardless of how you do it, glass display areas in your kitchen can make the room a lot more liveable and friendly. Just take some time to think about your options before taking the plunge.