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Door Systems on Glass Showcases

Since the width of free standing glass tower cases can go anywhere between fourteen to twenty two inches display showcases manufacturers will invariably mount lockage glass hinged doors on them. On the other end wall glass showcases may measure from thirty inches to seven feet in width. In some instances when the glass showcase is forty inches or less end users may require a couple of hinged doors to be installed in the front. The overall reason for this is to avoid the look of the two overlapping doors in the center front of the glass showcase. This option is functionally acceptable since neither of the two doors is too heavy. The issue here is to minimize the pressure and stress on the top and bottom door hinges. Consequently it is easy to understand why any wall case over forty eight inches wide should be manufactured only with sliding glass doors. When over twenty four inches the whole mass of glass tends to be top heavy. Hinged doors would be hard to open and the continuous stress on the hardware and frame of the glass showcase may cause them to fall.

Refacing Display Cabinets

With time solid wood and laminated display cabinets will start showing wear and tear. Some retailers will choose to replace their cabinets with new ones. Others will try to have them resurfaced. The second option only applies to the part of the cabinets that are fully visible. Resurfacing has to economically make sense since the whole operation is labor intensive and requires attentive, detailed, experienced workmanship. The removal of the old laminate or the filling of gaps, marks in as well as the removal and cleaning of the adhesives are very time consuming. Extensive sanding is always required. Considering laminated cabinets the cutting of new strips, edge banding and gluing may prove itself cost prohibitive. Multiple strips of small dimension may have to be cut and glued to replace existing ones just like putting a puzzle together. One should know that the restore raw surface of any given cabinet is never as clean as when new. Residues of all kinds may still persists diminishing the adhesion process and results of the new laminates on the existing cabinets. At the end it comes to an equation between purchasing new cabinets and the total labor costs involved in resurfacing them.

Glass Top Displays

Simple glass top displays are common to showcase dolls, trophies, memorabilia, large collectibles. They are square and rectangular shaped and five or six sided. When six sided glass top display have a single door that can be lifted or a sliding door. They can be manufactured as table top displays or incorporated together with a solid pedestal base. When the glass top is manufactured altogether with the glass top they are called glass top pedestals. These are free standing, with different heights, width and depth. They are perfect to display a unique piece such as artwork, sculptures, precious documents, high end crystal ware etc.... Different styles of lighting can be installed within the Glass top display area such as LED metal poles or side track lighting. Most of the electrical and wiring are installed inside the wood base which keeps the clear look of the display area. Glass top displays are multi functional and can be seen everywhere.

The Installation of a Wall Shadow Box.

Wall hung shadow boxes can vary much in size. From an eighteen wide shadowbox to a six feet wide there is much difference when devising how to install them. Small shadow boxes should be leveled against the wall and then screwed carefully to the studs of the same wall. The screws or nails should not be visible but instead drilled inside the top and bottom cabinets. Large size wall mounted shadow boxes should be installed by a professional or handyman. Their size and weight will require a bit of studying. When installed up and against a wall not only do they need to be attached but base support is absolutely necessary. The mere weight of the wall hung shadow box will create a lot of stress of the structure of the glass case and may damage it. By using metal L brackets under the base of the shadow box one will reduce this pressure and avoid the shadow box falling off. Of course each situation is different which is why a good handyman is highly recommended.

How to Finish the Deck of Your Jewelry Showcase

Some fifteen years ago it was very common to see mirrored decks on most glass jewelry showcases. Then as things got more refined the deck of the glass display area became finished the same way as the rest of the cabinets. However now you will see mostly fabric covered floor boards on the deck of all glass jewelry showcases. A wide range of colors, materials, textures, thickness is available when looking at fabrics. They will create a warm contrast between your overall cabinetry finish and the category of jewelry you are planning to display. Fabric covered floor boards can be easily installed, removed for clean up and dusting off or replacement. By the end of the day when removing their jewelry from their glass case most jewelers will just lift the whole floor board and place it in their safe. Floor boards offer an infinite array of variations for the glass display area and are common everywhere.

How to Finish the Deck of Your Jewelry Showcase

Some fifteen years ago it was very common to see mirrored decks on most glass jewelry showcases. Then as things got more refined the deck of the glass display area became finished the same way as the rest of the cabinets. However now you will see mostly fabric covered floor boards on the deck of all glass jewelry showcases. A wide range of colors, materials, textures, thickness is available when looking at fabrics. They will create a warm contrast between your overall cabinetry finish and the category of jewelry you are planning to display. Fabric covered floor boards can be easily installed, removed for clean up and dusting off or replacement. By the end of the day when removing their jewelry from their glass case most jewelers will just lift the whole floor board and place it in their safe. Floor boards offer an infinite array of variations for the glass display area and are common everywhere.

Custom Cabinets and Showcases

Fewer and fewer glass display showcases manufacturers are willing to produce just a few pieces of custom made cabinets and showcases. The study of the projected design, how to manufacture it in a cost effective way and the skills necessary to get them completed are all primary factors. Most established companies will require large quantity runs to get the order going. Custom made cabinets require unique sizing, often unusual shapes, very defined molding work and custom finishing. High quality custom cabinet
work starts with the wood selection then goes to a computerized CNC router first. The interpretation of the drawings and how to enter them into the CNC program is often the subject of many back and forth between the customer and he manufacturer therefore causing unwanted delays. Custom glass display showcases on the other hand may involve custom curved glass panels that are not only hard to get but also expensive. Some manufacturers though are well geared to this niche market and very creative about it.

Shipping and Receiving a Glass Display Showcase

Store designers, architects, store planners do need to order glass display showcases regularly for their customers. Since most glass display cases are located all over the continental United States shipping and the way it is done is an integral part of the process. Each manufacturer has developed their own way to package and crate their glass cases before shipping. Needless to say that packaging and crating have to be sound and proof since much of any showcase is made of glass. The “skeleton type” of wood crating is used most of the time. It is lighter, efficient, less expensive and easier to take apart by the recipient. When using this kind of crating the glass portion of the display showcase is left totally visible and the carrier is kept aware of what they are handling. The “skeleton type” of packaging is easy to take apart and to dispose of. It does require only a few tools and a minimal amount of time.

Adjusting Your Side Track Lighting

Side track lighting systems have been developed to provide additional lighting in free standing glass tower cases and wall glass display showcases. Both categories are tall by definition and are manufactured standard with only the top lighting. Since tower cases and wall showcases have multiple shelves the objects on the top two glass shelves will block a good portion of the lighting to go all the way down. The lower you look in the display case the darker it gets. In order to correct this problem many users are ordering their showcase with the optional side track lighting. The glass shelves are adjustable, so are the spotlights on the side tracks. They can be moved up and down and set to highlight these lower areas that do not benefit from the top lighting. Another of their function is to highlight any product that you want any customer to particularly see. All and all the side track lighting is very useful while being inexpensive.

Adjusting Your Side Track Lighting

Side track lighting systems have been developed to provide additional lighting in free standing glass tower cases and wall glass display showcases. Both categories are tall by definition and are manufactured standard with only the top lighting. Since tower cases and wall showcases have multiple shelves the objects on the top two glass shelves will block a good portion of the lighting to go all the way down. The lower you look in the display case the darker it gets. In order to correct this problem many users are ordering their showcase with the optional side track lighting. The glass shelves are adjustable, so are the spotlights on the side tracks. They can be moved up and down and set to highlight these lower areas that do not benefit from the top lighting. Another of their function is to highlight any product that you want any customer to particularly see. All and all the side track lighting is very useful while being inexpensive.

Trophy Display Cases New Look

Colleges, schools, universities are keeping their trophy display cases for very many years. One reason is that they can buy them only and when the budget for their purchase has been allocated. This may take very many years. Consequently you will notice that they are still using some obsolete styles that are bulky and unattractive. The new look in trophy display cases puts much emphasis on the glass display area and its lighting and less on the cabinetry. The new style of school trophy cases has multiple shelves that are all tempered glass and fully adjustable. Most often a fixed center divider is installed in the middle of the showcase to create more displaying compartments and to bring additional structural support to very wide trophy showcases. Right now all newer wall trophy showcases have the LED lighting at the top and optionally some LED track lighting on each side. While the base cabinets may be from three to twelve inches tall very many school trophy cases have a glass top or a three inches thin cabinet on top.

Additional Shelves on Free Standing Glass Cases

Glass display cases manufacturers are now using ingenuous framing systems to get the metal shelf supports to slide all the way up and down. It makes it easy to adjust your selves and to place them in a configuration that allows for maximum displaying. When objects to be displayed are small you may even decide to add up some additional tempered glass shelves. In as long as the showcase does not get overcrowded or overloaded you end with a very flexible way to showcase your items. The addition of stands and risers on the glass shelving may also make your display more interesting and highlight your favorite pieces.

Giving a School Display Showcase to the Community

So very many times you will walk into a City Hall, school or administrative building and notice how old and decrepit are their glass display showcases. Since generally speaking funding has been shrinking considerably for the purchase of new school equipment it is understandable. So since I am now moving overseas I thought that giving one of my school glass display showcases to the community would be a meaningful sign of appreciation. Large wall cases are not that easy to move around but since mine is mounted on casters and made of tempered glass it can simply be rolled from one spot to the next one. Since all the glass shelves are tempered glass and removable the whole unit becomes easier to handle. So the whole move was not as perilous as thought. A new school glass display showcase for the local school will be a profitable and useful new asset for them.

Value of the LED Lighting In Display Cases

For almost twenty years free standing glass display towers and wall display showcases had halogen as their primary source of lighting. Tall display cases have their standard lighting installed in the top canopy above the glass display area. Since some of the lighting will be blocked by the larger items placed on the various shelves many consumers have the side track lighting installed on the sides of their display cases. Quite recently there has been a switch to LED top lighting in as well as side track lighting. LED is definitely whiter, does not produce any shades and spreads evenly throughout the display case. LED lighting such as transformers and light bulbs have now become very affordable. They last very much longer than halogens and consume much less electricity. When you think that you will keep your display case for ten years or more it makes all the sense in the world to go for LED!

Glass Top Pedestals Fit Everywhere

Gallery owners, retailers, exhibit planners and designers are giving a second look at pedestals when trying to fill little awkward spaces. Most glass top pedestals will occupy anywhere from one to eight square feet of floor space. Since they can be manufactured either on casters or levelers they are easy to move around. They will protect any given item from theft, dust and humidity. Since they are reasonably priced you can use your glass top pedestal permanently or only when needed. Options such as LED lighting and lockable storage are also available from most manufacturers. Pedestals may be grouped in the center of your space or installed individually next to a larger display. They will look attractive placed right in front of a window. Glass top pedestals are very efficient at highlighting your most coveted items. Then they may be made in many different finishes to fit the overall décor.