Curio cabinets become a joy in themselves as they display your favorite items and keepsakes to friends and family, keep all your precious treasures in one place to admire every day, or protect your growing collection of china dolls from your 5-year-old. . Boxes of curiosities began as places to keep curiosities—defined by the dictionary as rare or unusual objects of art or trinkets and other things that might be worth collecting because of their strangeness. Of course, silver spoons from Alaska, wedding and christening favors of all kinds, crystals, facial masks from Africa, and perhaps even the frowning heads of Amazons in Ecuador and Peru can be included in this definition. But now you can use curiokasten for everything: - Showcase your family's sports interests by displaying your son's bowling trophies next to your husband's autographed baseballs. - Live in your treasured family heirlooms - like grandpa's turquoise and silver comb, grandpa's gold pen, mom's old sapphire brooch you wore on your wedding day, and your son's first photo. - Or maybe keep the brass alto sax that you know you'll learn to play one day in retirement from dust and dirt. But how do you choose the cuio cabinet that is right for you? Ask yourself the questions below to find out how. Tips on how to choose a curio 1. The first question you should ask yourself when buying a curio cabinet is: What curios should I put in it? If it's a high-brass alto sax, you should get a tall, traditional curio with glass doors to keep dust out and removable glass shelves to make room for your favorite musical instrument. 2. How much light is there in the area where you will place the curio cabinet? Is it in a sunroom with lots of natural light or is it in a dark corner of the house? In the latter case, you need a lighted cabinet for corner lighting as well as accent lighting for your displays. 3. How much space do you have for a cabinet of curiosities? – Is the space long and wide? Then you might want to get the Curio Traditional Black Cherry Cabinet with generous dimensions of 44W x 17D x 79H inches. - If narrower, a more modern curio cabinet would be better with practical urban living dimensions of 24W x 12D x 76V inches. - If it's low and spacious like a family room or study, the 56W x 13D x 30V inch golden oak curio console cabinet may be what you need. - And if you're in a corner, you might want a cabinet that fits snugly in the corner and probably measures 28W x 16D x 72V inches. 4. Another question to ask is - Do you want the look of your curio cabinet to match the rest of the furniture in the room? - If you want to keep the traditional look, you can choose from large old-fashioned designs with bevelled, hand-painted details and dark wooden surfaces. - If the room is modern, you might want clean lines and lighter wood surfaces in an urban curio cabinet with lots of mirrors and glass. 5. What kind of wood or non-wood do you like? - If affordability matters and you don't mind the look of MDF or chipboard, you can opt for a curio cabinet made of reinforced pressed chipboard and lined with wood veneer or laminate. - If you feel that a solid wood curio cabinet sounds like a good investment, then you should get a curio cabinet made from the more popular oak or maple - hardwoods that only gain character and beauty as they age 6. And last but not least, how big is your budget? - Ready to splurge on a quirky Louis XV-inspired Pulaski cabinet that retails for $2,000 so you can have a unique accent that changes your entire living room experience? - Or do you want a simple wall curio - the kind you can get for $20 on eBay to house a collection of dog figurines?