Display Case

Glass, wood or acrylic display cases – which one is right for you?

Retail display cases are a necessary item for many businesses, from jewelry stores to delis. Not only do they protect the goods from germs and fingerprints, but the right display case can also serve to enhance the look of certain objects. Lighting, positioning and lining are all factors that can help create a beautiful display.

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Another practical purpose of display cases is preventing theft of items. Particularly in the case of expensive items, such as jewelry, a locked display case can give you the peace of mind of knowing your items are secure. You can even have your display cases rigged to a security system to ensure they're protected against night-time robbery.

Display Case Materials

Display cases come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and materials. The three most common types of display cases are:

  • Acrylic. Acrylic display cases are generally a practical and affordable choice. They're durable and give you a clear view into the case, but they're also prone to yellowing and fogging over time and may get more scratches than other materials.
  • Glass. Glass display cases are popular choices for smaller displays, but may also be used for larger display cases where presentation is important. They have a cleaner appearance than acrylic and, while you might think they're fragile, tempered glass cases can actually be quite strong.
  • Wood. Wood display cases are generally used for items that don't need to be covered up, though you can find wood display cases with acrylic or glass inserts. Wood is a classic choice and is often used for wall display cases because it is easy to mount.

Choosing a Display Case

The decision on which display to go with typically comes down to the type of merchandise you'll be displaying:

  • Jewelry. For jewelry display cases, you'll want a polished and professional look that flatters the jewelry without overpowering it. Look for glass jewelry cases with simple lines and bottoms lined with a soft fabric, such as velvet, and consider choosing a display with a lock for more expensive piece.
  • Food. While you want your foods, such as pastries or meats, to look good on display, practicality is typically the goal with food display cases. Acrylic models keep germs off food and are also lightweight and easy to clean both inside and out.
  • Other goods. For less fragile or valuable items, the choice in display case is really up to you. Many people opt for the basic wood models if they're displaying goods that don't have to be protected.