In the past, collectibles were displayed in glass cases or hutches that took up a considerable amount of space in your home. That is not necessarily the case any longer, as there are many unique ways to display the items you have collected over the years.
Look for Hidden Spaces
Your home may have many little nooks and crannies that will allow you to display collectibles. Window sills are a great place to put old bottles or glass figurines as sunlight will create scattered light in the room. The top of your kitchen or bathroom cabinets is another area where you can display items you have collected over the years.
Use Your Walls
There is no rule that says all the items on your wall must be fine art or that everything on the wall must be above the floor. Frame your collection of movie or wartime recruitment posters and hang them on an empty wall. You can hang them from floor to ceiling or in specific groupings to draw attention. Have a collection of antique weathervanes or farm tools? Use sturdy hooks or brackets to display them on the wall.
Enhance the Lighting
Many times, when retail outlets go out of business, they sell glass cases at very low prices or give them away. Place one in your entryway or larger room to display your collectibles. You want to be sure that people notice your collection of Russian Matryoshka dolls or Disney figurines, so be sure to also install lighting. You can find stick-on-LED strips that will brighten your collection.
Use Your Bathroom
One room that everyone uses in your home is the bathroom, including guests who are there for the day or overnight. Display collectibles on shelves in your bathroom where they will be noticed. If your home is older, you may even have shelves inset into a wall that would be the perfect place to display items. Another option is a decorative wall hanging designed for nail salons to display polish. This is an excellent option for displaying collections of small bottles or figurines.
Consider Tabletop Frames
Some collectibles, such as wine bottle labels, stamps or old postcards, can be placed in a clear tabletop where they will be visible to anyone who uses the room. You can also find clear boxes that allow you to display items, placing them on shelves or tables so they can be seen easily.
When you have spent years collecting special items, you want to display them for others to see as well. These tips can help you not only display your collectibles, but also create artistic areas in your home.