How to Organize Kitchen Cabinets to Display Fine China

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A couple of weeks ago I helped my mom move into a new apartment. It's a wonderful apartment but a bit smaller then where she used to live, so there isn't enough space for her beloved china cabinet. It housed an exquisite collection of fine china my parents had accumulated over the years, and it was very important to my mom to find a new way to store and display the collection. When I saw the big kitchen plenty of kitchen cabinets, I got an idea to use some of the cabinet space to display some of the china.

I used an inexpensive tension I got at the Dollar Store and placed it about a couple of inches above the shelves, and about an inch away from the back.

Then it was just a matter of wedging the plates behind the tension rod to make them stay upright. They make a pretty backdrop and this also leaves room in front of the plates to either display more china or to store other things. I did this in the upper cabinets to keep the lower ones free for day to day items.

Now my mom gets to enjoy looking at her beautiful collection of fine china every time she opens the cupboards - another win for tension rods!

If you have a lot of fine porcelain but cannot display it all then read this guide on how to store china!

Suggested materials:
  • Tension rods
  • China
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  • Sue McKamely Sue McKamely on Aug 20, 2017
    Love it! I Plan on using your idea...thanks!

  • Cathy Cathy on Aug 16, 2019

    I have an open cabinet above our fridge, chose to leave it open instead of useless space, now not sure how to feel that spot. Love your beautiful China, any ideas to help me please.