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China Cabinets Buying Guide

It isn’t necessary to have a china cabinet in your dining room, but it certainly is nice. A china cabinet comes in handy, especially if you received wedding gifts of china, silver, and crystal, or you collect beloved teacups and want to display them. Less utilitarian than a buffet piece, a china cabinet offers panache. It shows off stylish wares, while it boosts your storage capabilities. Who can argue with that?

Types of China Cabinets

Types of China Cabinets

China cabinets vary little from one another. The cabinets perform one task—storing dishware—very capably. All china cabinets possess glass doors to show off the items on display. Beyond that, you’ll encounter a few other characteristics as you shop:

Only Glass Doors

Because china cabinets store and display items, the glass doors on many cabinets extend from top to bottom so you can see inside the entire case. Cabinets may or may not contain glass shelves.

Glass Doors and Other

Some china cabinets house separate obscured storage below the glass case. The bottom storage may include drawers, a plate rack, wine bottle storage, or simple cabinets containing shelves.


When the central portion of a china cabinet extends out 2 to 3 inches from the side portions, the cabinet is called a breakfront (meaning there is a break in the continuous plane of the front). No functional reason exists for this design, it simply is a classic style appreciated by many people.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

There are two things to keep in mind as you consider different china cabinets:

Visible Storage vs. Invisible Storage

How much of your collection do you want to display? Is your collection nice, tidy, and organized for viewing? If showing off pretty items seems paramount, choose a cabinet with glass doors top to bottom. However, if you also need room to store awkward-shape vases, extra candlesticks and candles, and a stack of holiday-theme appetizer plates, you may want some spaces behind closed doors.


Many china cabinets contain lighting. Then you can highlight the interior and the displayed items at the flip of a switch. Before you buy such a piece, you want to know about the fixture, what kind of bulbs it requires, and how easy or difficult it is to change the bulbs.

Furniture on sale
American Drew
$3,465.00 $4,958.99
at Madison Seating

Overview Cherry Grove 45th Breakfront China Cabinet Base 72" W x 22" D x 29" H 4 doors Silver tray Tray drawer behind center doors... 3 adjustable shelves Deck 72" W x 22" D x 62" H 4 doors 6 adjustable glass shelves 4 can lights Plate grooves in glass shelves Finish Antique Cherry Usage Assembly Required read more

American Drew Cherry Grove 45th Breakfront China Cabinet
American Drew
$3,260.00 $4,658.99
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Overview Cherry Grove 45th Canted China Cabinet Base 65"W x 19"D x 29"H 2 doors 3 drawers Silver tray 1 adjustable shelf behind door Deck 66"W x 20"D x 55"H 4 doors 6 adjustable glass shelves 4 can lights Plate grooves in glass FinishAntique CherryUsageAssembly Required read more

American Drew Cherry Grove 45th Canted China Cabinet
American Drew
$2,415.00 $3,374.99
at Madison Seating

Overview Cherry Grove China Complete Base: 4 drawers 2 doors Behind each door without shelf - 13"W x 14"D x 19"H 1 adjustable shel...f behind each door Deck 2 doors 4 adjustable glass shelves 2 can lights with touch plate control FinishMid Tone Brown read more

American Drew Cherry Grove China Cabinet
$1,411.20 $1,794.98
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Give your fine china an elegant display with the Somerton Dwelling Marin China Cabinet. This gorgeous cabinet has three generous s...helves and a mirrored back in the hutch, allowing you to display all of your favorite items to maximum effect. The base has three storage drawers and two side cabinets to store silverware, linens, and other items, and a convenient wine rack with a 16-bottle capacity in the center. Alone or added to the rest of the Marin dining collection (other pieces sold separately), this china cabinet makes a stunning addition to your home. About Somerton Dwelling For over 20 years, Somerton Dwelling has meant quality furniture and a quality company. Its warehouses and distribution centers located both in the United States and China provide environmentally friendly manufacturing locations as well as mindful employment spaces. Quality materials such as eco-friendly rubberwood, solid wood, and wood veneers are used to create Somerton Dwelling pieces ... and any Somerton Dwelling furnishing you choose will make a welcome, stylish addition to your home. read more

Somerton Dwelling Marin China Cabinet
Stanley Furniture
$4,068.00 $5,219.00
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In Provencal France, cooks and bakers alike might use a curio like the Stanley Furniture European Farmhouse China Cabinet to store... all their tricks of the trade. And you can use this china cabinet for the same, or discover this cabinet's other handy uses. We're amazed at the versatility of this solid Dutch white cedar piece with white cedar and ash burl veneers. The lower base has two drawers with brass-finished pulls, while the two lower cabinets conceal an adjustable shelf and hidden power strip for all your electronics. Interchangeable wood and glass door panel inserts allow you to conceal or reveal cabinet contents on a whim. If you love this china cabinet but aren't sure about putting it in your dining room, move it to the living room. The versatile design also works as an entertainment center. Especially when you consider the open air hutch up top. With hand-rubbed iron legs, this hutch has six adjustable shelves. Use them to display your accents and best china in the dining room, or remove the shelves and use the frame to house your TV. You can even completely remove the hutch from the base for two separate pieces. The hand-rubbed finishes really come alive in the bead-front doors and rustically burnished corners. You'll get two finish options with this piece: choose terrain for a hand-waxed coffee color brought to life by hand distressing; or blond, a natural, close-to-the-wood matte tone with a creamy accent glaze. Both finishes are made even cozier by the fly specking, burnishing, and other hand-applied effects throughout. Coordinates with other pieces in Stanley's European Farmhouse collection. DimensionsOverall: 79W x 20D x 91.5H inchesBase: 77W x 20D x 36H inchesHutch: 79W x 18.75D x 55.5H inches The European Farmhouse Collection Each piece of this unique European Farmhouse collection looks and feels like a prized antique store find, those once-in-a-lifetime discoveries that give your home its unique character. Eclectic accents and colors blend and complement each other like old friends, without being too "matchy." Hand-waxed colors like dark coffee, chalkboard black, and honey blond enrich the Dutch white cedar veneer. Run your fingers across the silky sheen to feel the authentic antiqued distressing, then tickle the Old-World dangle pulls as if this furniture has long been part of your family. Stanley Furniture Craftsmanship Stanley Furniture's main objective is to produce quality and stylish furniture by using the best wood materials, construction procedures, and elegant finishes on their products to help you fashion your home decor the way you imagined. All of their furniture is hand-crafted from quality woods, incorporating other superior materials such as aluminum, glass, plastic, leather, and marble. Every joint is carefully constructed (keeping wood's sensitivity to heat and humidity in mind) allowing for expansion and contraction. All joints are held together with glue and nail. Stanley's 30-step finishing process starts with an undertone stain that is applied to a hand-sanded piece. Next, the stain is sealed with a wash coat, then hand sanded again with filler applied to pack the wood pores and smooth out the surface. A sealer coat is then applied, the piece is hand sanded again, and hand padded to mellow the tone. From there, a luster glaze is rubbed on by hand, followed by antiquing or distressing also done by hand. Finally, after drying, each piece is hand waxed and rubbed prior to final inspection. About Stanley Furniture Since 1924, the goal of the Stanley Furniture Company has been to manufacture high quality furniture at a price the average American family could afford. To accomplish this goal, founder Thomas Bahnson Stanley surrounded himself with the finest furniture craftsmen and instilled in them a sense of pride in building superb quality into every piece of Stanley Furniture. Today, that pride is shared by more than 1,750 dedicated associates who have made Stanley Furniture one of the larges read more

Stanley Furniture European Farmhouse China Cabinet
Steve Silver
$1,824.00 $2,589.98
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The Steve Silver Harmony China Cabinet - Cherry isn?t just a china cabinet - it?s a bold piece for your dining room that?s sure to... transform the whole decor. Inspired by the Georgian style that flourished in 17th century England, this china cabinet features a rich multi-step cherry finish that highlights the intricate carved details. Up top, four glass doors house two display shelves, while down below, seven drawers and two cabinets provide ample storage. Tongue and groove joints plus corner-blocked construction mean this china cabinet will reach family heirloom status with no trouble. read more

Steve Silver Harmony China Cabinet - Cherry
American Drew
$2,520.00 $3,259.98
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Add a touch of well-traveled style to any room with the impressive look of the American Drew Antigua China Cabinet. This beautiful... piece is crafted from hardwood solids and Primavera veneers. A Toasted Almond finish and rattan paneling create a naturally warm look. Push open glass doors open to reveal ample space with interior illumination that brightens up anything displayed on the clear glass shelving. A center cabinet door opens to become a shelf and bar space, perfect for cocktails, appetizers, wine, and other items. Lower cabinetry provides even more storage options. A built-in wine rack holds six of your favorite bottles of vino. Middle drawers are perfect for dinnerware, napkins, barware, plates, or other dining necessities. About American Drew Founded in 1927, American Drew is a well-established, leading manufacturer of medium- to upper-medium-priced bedroom, dining room, and occasional furniture. American Drew's product collections cover a broad variety of style categories including traditional, transitional, and contemporary. Their collections range from the legendary 18th-century traditional "Cherry Grove," celebrating its 42nd year of success, to the extremely popular "Bob Mackie Home Collection," influenced by the world-renowned fashion designer Bob Mackie. "Jessica McClintock Home" features another beloved designer bringing unique style to an American Drew line. American Drew's headquarters are located in Greensboro, N.C. Their products are distributed through thousands of independently owned retailers throughout the United States and Canada and around the world. read more

American Drew Antigua China Cabinet
Sunset Trading
$970.00 $1,459.99
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What We Like About This China Cabinet A versatile cabinet for storage and display! The Brentwood China Cabinet features a hutch two glass shelves lined with plate rails for displaying china. Set dinnerware or decorations on three levels as desired. The buffet below has a fixed wooden shelf that keeps dinnertime necessities within easy reach. Silverware and smaller items fit conveniently into two slide-out drawers. A durable rubberwood construction with your choice of finish is allows you to coordinate with your existing decor. About Sunset Trading This product is designed and manufactured by Sunset Trading. Located in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Sunset Trading creates high quality furniture for bedrooms, living and dining rooms. Their furniture features side roller drawer guides, four corner English dovetails, solids and veneers. Dining rooms feature epoxy resin constructed chairs with metal support brackets, which make their chairs 100 times stronger than glued chairs. Rest assured you're making an excellent choice when you purchase a fine furniture item from Sunset Trading. read more

Sunset Trading Brentwood China Cabinet
Chelsea Home
$2,919.99 $3,795.99
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The 2-piece Annie Hutch, shown in Seafoam, gives your room a rustic, country feel with a distressed outer finish on Eastern White ...Pine and painted cabinet backs. The handmade woven baskets give character to this practical storage unit, perfect for your family?s knick-knacks, pottery or daily kitchen supplies. Product Features: Cover Choices: Shown in Seafoam Mechanism or Special Decorative Features: Screws, rather than nails or staples, are used to hand assemble furniture providing greater durability and strength. Tack slides on feet to prevent scuffing and easy mobility. Fabric, Fabric Content OR Leather Type/Grade, Origin: Standard finish uses a sealer, 2 coats of paint, sand through then sprayed with stain and wiped off Frame Construction, Type of Wood/Metal: Premium Grade Eastern White Pine read more

Chelsea Home - Annie China Cabinet - 465-002
$1,572.00 $2,729.35
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Store and display all of your dining collectibles in one place. The Avery Avenue Bunching China Cabinet has modern chrome pull har...dware gleams against cathedral cherry veneers in a dark-merlot finish. Product Features Multi-step finish beautifies and protects the wood surface 6 sliding doors 6 adjustable glass shelves plate grooves Safety tested to safeguard against tipping. read more

Broyhill - Avery Avenue Bunching China Cabinet - 4467-560
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