View Full Version : How is your china cabinet set up?

07-25-2005, 09:44 AM
I have my wedding china as well as my grandmother's china. I would like to make it look pretty in my china cabinet, but I don't really know how. Do you just stack plates or do you have plate stands (or whatever they are called)? Any ideas or pictures? Yes, I know this is kind of random :D

07-26-2005, 09:02 AM
I don't have a china cabinet yet. My mom and MIL both have their china displayed in theirs. They have some of the placesettings displayed along with other serving pieces. I don't think they have plate stands, but there is a groove in the shelf at the back to prop the plates up. They must have some stacked, but that may be in the sides/non-glass portion of the cabinet.

07-26-2005, 09:18 AM
Hmm. Does your china cabinet have a hutch on the top with glass doors? Mine has three shelves. I have my wedding china in the middle, Christmas china on the top and have a few mixed and special pieces(toasting flutes) ... Since this pic was taken I added some candles and pictures..

07-30-2005, 03:13 PM
On the top shelf of our china hutch, we have all of our crystal glasses. On the middle shelf we have displayed 4 sets of our china (the other 8 are stored in the drawers below.) The bottom shelf I have some family pieces. An old clock that is a family heirloom, some crystal pieces, and some vases. Here is a picture...


07-30-2005, 11:00 PM
I stacked the plates (make sure to put coffee filters between them to prevent scratching), and then had a plate holder on the top displaying the first plate vertically. I got the plate stands at Michael's craft store.

I also have plate stands to display my Nambe platters.

08-02-2005, 08:55 PM
We have a china cabinet but no china. Currently we have it filled with vases and wine glasses and various other glass items.


Hello Kitty
08-04-2005, 08:13 AM
I have some non-china pieces on the top shelf (glassware & a silver dish), followed by 4 place settings on the lower shelves.


08-08-2005, 05:59 PM
I have all china in mine. I use to have crystal in there as well but my current china cabinet is too small for both. I have a few added things on top and that's it.



08-27-2005, 05:56 AM
Mine is a little bit different, more like an open hutch than a china cabinet:


09-09-2005, 03:38 PM
Babylove, wow that hutch is really pretty! I like the way you have it set up, too.

09-10-2005, 06:19 AM
Thanks, Kristeen! I wish I could take credit for how it is set up...my best friend's mom is an interior decorator and she did it for us (b/c I am clueless!) ;)

09-10-2005, 08:05 PM
Thank you everyone for the ideas! All your cabinets look gorgeous! I've been lazy & never updated it with our wedding china. Right now it just has a whole top shelf Plus half the middle shelf of crystal, our nice (but not wedding) china on part of the middle, & artifacts on the bottom. Time for a re-do :)

04-09-2006, 04:27 PM
Bump... any more ideas? We just bought a china cabinet. It has a groove to hold the plates, should i use that, or buy the plate holders from Michaels?

04-10-2006, 07:55 AM
I would use the plate holders, just for extra support. My china cabinets has 4 shelves on each side (2). On the top shelf on each side, I put a place setting (dinner plate, accent plate, salad plate in the plate holder, cup and saucer in front). On the second shelf I put my crystal. The third shelf is identical to the first shelf. The fourth shelf (which is hard to see b/c it is level with my table and chairs) I stacked the rest of my plates, bowls, accent plates, salad plates, etc. The rest of the cups are in the cabinet underneath with all of my platters. Silver goes in the drawers, which also hold placemats, tablecloths, etc.

02-13-2007, 06:28 AM
I just got my new china cabinet and I'm lost as how to set it up...Can I really trust the grooves to hold my good china? If I want to set it up where there are 2 plates standing (like Seb's kitty) do I need to get holders from Michaels?

Also - The only pic that's showing is Seb's Kitty's...does anyone have other pics?

Hello Kitty
02-13-2007, 07:17 AM
I actually redid mine b/c I got new stemware. Plus I'm a dork and I like to rearrange it often :) I do use just the grooves to hold my china. The cabinet doesn't move, china is behind doors, and the grooves set the plates at the correct angle so it's not interfering with anything.

You can view people's shutterfly pics by right clicking the red X, selecting properties, and copying that address into your browser. Shutterfly doesn't allow hotlinking anymore, so there are quite a few Xs around the boards.

02-13-2007, 07:43 AM
Thanks Seb's Kitty. Does your cabinet have 2 grooves? How did you get 2 plates to stand? Just put one in front of the other?

I would do the properties thing but I'm not even seeing any "X"s. It's just blank spaces for me where the pics were.

Hello Kitty
02-13-2007, 09:14 AM
Yeah, mine has two grooves. I put the dinner plate in the back groove, and let the plate lean back, and then I put the salad plate in the front groove and let it lean on the dinner plate.

02-13-2007, 09:25 AM
We had a built in china cabinet at our old place, and I used just the grooves to hold plates. I can't remember if I had 2 grooves, but I think I did - I know I didn't use any plate holders. No pics on this computer, but I'll try to find one at home and post.

02-17-2007, 03:53 PM
I use the grooves in my china cabinet. The cabinet is an antique (inherited from DH's grandmother) and the china was my mother's.


I also have some china in a barrister's bookcase. The large platter is being held up with museum putty.


Excuse the messiness...I took these as a home inventory prior to evacuating for a hurricane.

02-18-2007, 05:47 PM
Oooh Tgray99 - I love your china...so pretty!

02-18-2007, 07:35 PM
Oooh Tgray99 - I love your china...so pretty!
:D Thank you! I'll tell my mother, it was hers. It's coming up on being 35 years old and isn't made anymore. It's Noritake Moon Valley which she thought was really neat since I'm so into the space program and the moon landing.