Friday, March 29, 2013

How Do I Choose the Right Display Case or Glass Dome?

When you have a few special pieces that you would like to put on display, it can make shopping for the perfect display accessory to complement your treasure a bit tough! 

We've had many customers tell us that they feel overwhelmed when they find Fine Home Displays and see just how many types and sizes of shadow box cases, display cases and glass domes we have available!


Shadow Boxes,
And Cases! Oh My!

But our great service doesn't stop with the huge selection we have of glass display cases, glass display domes, wood trim display cases and shadow boxes...we really pride ourselves on helping you find the display case or dome that will truly enhance the collectible or piece of art that you would like to display.

You'll see in the product descriptions on our site for these items that we typically recommend at least 1.5" - 2" of clearance on all sides of the item you want to display for glass domes and cases.  This may seem like a lot of space, but this is really the minimum to allow. There are a couple of factors that come into play here. First, on glass display domes and glass or acrylic display cases, you have to take the thickness of the glass into account. This thickness is typically 3/8". Then, on glass display domes, and glass or acrylic cases that will be resting on a base, you also have to consider the depth of the groove that the glass sits in. This can be up to 1/4".

Wow! That really is a lot to take into consideration. You may even want to allow for more than our recommended amounts of space around your item to display. Take a look at some examples. Here is an item that has plenty of clearance space around it inside this glass dome.

This statue has plenty of room which creates a pleasant
viewing experience

While there is quite a bit of space around this figurine, it actually enhances the viewing experience. The first thing you notice as you look is the piece itself. Then you notice the elegant dome. The larger dome in this case really complements the collectible inside of it.

By contrast, take a look at this picture of an item with not quite as much room to breathe inside it's display dome.

A tight fit for this globe!

Although "do-able", this dome is a bit small to appropriately house this beautiful globe. What you notice first about the display is that the globe is almost hitting the top of the dome, rather than the jeweled beauty of the globe. The best way to put it is that this dome almost detracts from the object on display rather than complementing it, because the sizing is what catches your eye, rather than the item itself.

You can use this same guideline with square, rectangular and octagonal display cases. Set up your display on a piece of paper, add 1.5" - 2" (or more) to all sides of the display, and draw the size case you want around it. If you want a dome, draw a circle...if you'd like a square case, draw a square....etc. That will give you a good idea of how large the case will actually be, and how the amount of space around the object will look. Don't forget to consider the height! With domes, remember that the dome starts to curve in about 2/3 of the way up the height, so if your display is wide at the top, you may have to go with a taller dome. With display cases, remember that the edges at the top can interfere with viewing the objects inside if the case is not tall enough. The bare minimum here is 1.5", but we would recommend closer to 2.5" - 3" of clearance at the top.

An exception to this spacing rule would be if you are filling a dome or case with a collection of objects like buttons, seashells, pebbles or the like, as in the photo at the top of the post. These types of displays are meant to be sort of a collage of objects, and actually look very cool when there are as many objects as possible inside the case or dome.

As for shadow box displays, the thickness of the wood trim of the case must be taken into account for the length and width measurements, and then the thickness of the backing and the foam inside the case for the depth measurement. You will notice in all of our item descriptions, we list the interior dimensions for your convenience. So it is quite easy for you to decide whether your item will fit inside the case. However, you still may want a little bit of clearance on the length and width dimensions in order to get the best look for your display. For the depth measurement, it is always better to have the case be a little too deep, rather than too shallow. You can always put a bit more padding into a case that is too deep to ensure the perfect fit for your item, but you can't make a case that is too shallow any deeper. Take a look at a few of these displays to get an idea of spacing.

Great ideas for shadow box displays!

Even with this information, the idea of selecting the right size case for your collectible, artwork or craft item may seem daunting. No worries! We are happy to help you...just contact us and let us know what you'd like to display, and what the size of the display is. Then we can make some suggestions for you, and you can select what you think will suit your needs.

Of course, much of this is quite subjective. There are some people who prefer even more space around their collectibles inside of a case, while others prefer a very close fit. Our suggestions and "minimum" spacing requirements are recommendations that will ensure that your item or items will fit well into the case. When you call or email us, we will be sure to take your preferences into consideration when coming up with case and dome sizing.

Ultimately, Fine Home Displays wants to help you enjoy and protect the collectibles and treasured pieces that you have invested in over the years.

Fine Home Displays - FHD Unlimited, Inc.

Friday, March 22, 2013

New Ideas in Display!

We wanted to take a little time to share some exciting new ideas in the world of display! We've talked about displaying the items you love, so you can really enjoy them rather than hiding them away. And we're going to continue in that line of thinking. We've added a couple of new categories to our line up.

The one we are all REALLY excited about it Kitchen Displays! What are Kitchen Displays you might ask...well, think about all the tools you use in your kitchen when you are preparing a meal, or entertaining. So many of them are hidden away in drawers and cabinets. And let's face it...some of those kitchen accessories are expensive, and works of art all by themselves. So we thought...why not have a way for our customers to have those items out on display, and also right at their fingertips, making cooking a bit easier? So we've added things like Pot RacksUtensil RacksServing Plate Holders and Table Caddies to our line up.

Simple Design & Made in the USA!

Breakfast is served!
Picnic anyone?

Great way to display dessert! YUM!

The pieces we've selected really are great for just displaying your items. But we've made sure that they are functional too. Our Pot Racks will help save cabinet space for you...and counter space too, for that matter! By using space hanging from the ceiling, that would normally be unused, your whole kitchen will feel more efficient. Our Utensil Holders will do the same thing, making use of empty wall space to help you keep your drawers and counter tops a bit more organized and less cluttered.

Get those utensils out of the drawer
and on to the wall!

And all of our Tiered Plate Holders will help keep your counters or serving table clear, by stacking your serving plates, rather than spreading them out across the surface. Brilliant!

Great space saver!

And we're not done yet. The buyers at Fine Home Displays are constantly on the search for products that will not only help you make the most of the items that mean the most to you, but also for display accessories that will help to make your life easier and a little more stylish too! So be on the lookout for even more Kitchen Display Accessories in the near future!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Not Sure What Size Plate Holder
To Choose?
Read On...This Post is for You!

"How do I know what size plate hanger/plate easel/plate frame to use for my plate?"

This is a question we hear A LOT at Fine Home Displays. So we thought we'd take some time to explain exactly how you figure out which size plate frameplate rack/hanger or plate easel to select for your precious plate.

The most important thing is to measure your plate correctly and accurately. In order to do that, you'll need a tape measure, and a flat surface to lay your plate on. Lay your plate flat on the surface, and stretch your tape measure across the center of your plate.

This plate measures in at 8 ½" in diameter

This is the most valuable piece of information when selecting a display accessory for your plate. Once you have this, the rest is as easy as sifting through the many options and styles we have available for you! At Fine Home Displays, we are sure to include the specific sizes of plates that our plate frames and plate racks & hangers will accommodate. One caveat is for a specific type of plate hanger, and that is plate wires or wire plate hangers. For this type of hanger, you may want to consider the depth of the plate as well. A deep plate's edge may be a couple of inches from a tabletop when the plate is at rest on a flat surface. Since this type of hanger stretches across the back of your plate,

Now you can see how plate wire magic works!

you may want to measure from one lip or edge of your plate around the back to the lip/edge on the other side.

This plate measures 9" across the back

On the plate shown, which isn't very deep, you can see that this measurement isn't really necessary, since the "around the back" measurement is only ½" smaller than the diameter. But on a larger plate that is 2+" deep, this measurement may mean going up a size in plate wires.

Many of our plate easels & stands are available in various sizes for each style. If that's the case, we often include plate size guidelines in the option bar. But for some styles, there is no guideline listed. If that's the case, we do have a general rule that you can follow when trying to select a size. We generally say that a plate stand should be at least ¾ of the height of the item you are displaying. So if you have a 10" plate, you will want a stand that is at least 7 ½" tall. Or if you have a 12" plate, you will want a stand that is at least 9" tall. You can always go with a larger stand too. So a 10" plate would look great on a stand that measures 10" tall. Or sometimes, you may like a decorative easel that is much taller than the diameter of your plate so the scrolls and detail show along with your plate.

The scrolls on this easel contrast with the geometric design on the plate it holds...Pretty!

I have this 8 ½" plate on an easel that is 9" tall, even though that easel is designed to hold larger plates, and it looks great!

So happy to display this Egyptian plate!

So there you have it. Hopefully, this makes it a little bit easier for you to wade through our huge selection of display options for your plates! But no worries...if you would like some assistance, Fine Home Displays is happy to help! Just use our Contact Us form on our website and send us an email!

Fine Home Displays - FHD Unlimited, Inc.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Follow Up on Hanging Plates

We just came across this really helpful post from Martha Stewart, home decorating guru, about how to actually hang your plates using plate wires or really any other kind of invisible plate hangers.

Tools you'll need to hang your plates

This is an in depth tutorial that even includes all the tools you will need to hang your plates.

Use kraft paper to mark your plate places on the wall!

Just in case this is the way you decide to use invisible plate hangers for your plates, we thought we'd post a link to Martha's tutorial here. She even includes a video! The video features how to use Invisible Self Stick Disc Hangers.

So Happy Plate Hanging! We'd love to see photos of your finished plate hanging project. Just post them to our Facebook Page! And check out our page while you're there to get some coupon codes just for our fans!

Fine Home Displays - FHD Unlimited, Inc.

Friday, March 8, 2013

Collectible Plates....How Do You Display Them?

Many of us have a plate, or multiple plates, passed down from a family member that have special sentimental value.  And then there are those who actually have collectible plates from Hummel, the Franklin Mint or the like. Whether they are family pieces, or collectibles you have purchased yourself, they are not typically for actual use in your kitchen, but are rather meant to be on display. So, what is the best way to display them?

If you've been to Fine Home Displays, you know that there are a variety of options available when it comes to displaying your plates. There are plate easels or plate stands which work great if you would like to display your plates on a table top or on a shelf. Look at how great this collection of different sized voile plates looks when staggered in this hutch on some simple wood plate stands!
Plate Easels with Voile Plates
The thing I always notice about great displays of a plate collection is that you don't even notice the display accessory that is holding the plate....As in the photo above, the plate easel really allows the plate collection to be the star of the show.

If you don't have a nice hutch, or a lot of counter or table space to display plates, then you may have to move to the wall! Plates are actually a great way to decorate instead of using store bought art. 

A themed plate collection hung with Invisible Plate Hangers!

Invisible plate hangers are a great way to display a collection like this one of fish plates. Since the plates are all different sizes, but all the same color, they look great together, but might be difficult to display on a more traditional plate rack. Plus, these plates are so whimsical and decorative, that the invisibility of the hangers really adds to the display. Fine Home Displays  has all types of invisible plate hangers, including plate wiresadhesive plate hangersremovable adhesive disc hangersmolded plastic plate hangers, and stretch plate hangers. This kind of plate hanger is just so versatile because they come in all different sizes to hang plates ranging in size from 2" in diameter to 30" in diameter!

If this sleek and streamlined look isn't for you, then you can go with plate racks. Rather than focus exclusively on your plates, wall hanging plate racks share the attention with your plates, often complementing them and your decor at the same time. This wrought iron scrolled plate rack is perfect for displaying simple plates and adds its own design element to the room.

Fancy Scrolls jazz up some plain plates!
It adds a more modern element to your design, so that now these plain, but colorful, plates take on a new life! 

A themed collection
But plate racks can also be more traditional in nature, and can therefore be great for displaying collectible plates. Whether your collectible plates are from a series or whether they are a design of plates from a specific period, like voile plates, a traditional plate rack really highlights them nicely.
Voile Plates look great in this hanger

And finally, we have plate display frames. These seem to be a favorite of those who collect plates from the Bradford Exchange, Hummel, Thomas Kinkaide, and the like. I think the reason is that a nice plate frame offers a bit more protection for your plate. There are plate frames that are round just like the plate to be displayed and have no glass covering the plate for an unimpeded view of your collectible.
One of our most popular plate frames
Then there are plate frames that are octagon in shape and have a pane of glass covering the plate displayed. These are quite beautiful pieces that really protect your plate from the elements while still allowing them to be on display in your home or office. These would be a great choice if you want to be sure that your plate remains fingerprint free, or if you are concerned about dust affecting your display.

Beautiful Dr. Zhivago collector plate in an Octagon Plate Frame
But we also have other types of plate frames available for you, so if you have a plate to display, and you like plate frames, you'll just have to check out all of the styles available.

So, now that you know all of the options for displaying those plates, what will you decide? What are you waiting for? Contact us! We are happy to help you find the display accessory that will best suit your needs! We're looking forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Some Personal Displays from FHD

So after posting about displaying your own personal treasures, we thought we'd give you some ideas based on what some of us here have done in our own homes.You probably know that Fine Home Displays is a small, family owned and operated business. And we are always looking for ways to bring our family and our work together, so we really do use the products we sell! So two staff members decided to share some of the items they have on display.

In keeping with our latest obsession with glass domes, check out this new one that we have available.

Some family heirlooms in a dome
Instead of a round dome, it is an oval shape. And it's huge! It measures in at 12" wide x 6" deep x 15" high, so it can really display a large collection of small items or just one or two large items. You can see that this FHD staff person, Lyen, has chosen to display just a few larger items inside it...One is an antique espresso pot from her mom's side of the family, and one is an antique hand mixer/beater from her dad's side of the family. They look great together, don't they? Displayed on the mantle in her living room, it's become quite a conversation piece!

Now for a smaller display....a matchbook from a restaurant that another FHD staff person, Rebecca, went to as a child, that is no longer in business. She has some great memories of celebrating birthdays there as a kid with her family, and now, she can revisit those memories every time she walks by this display!

This looks really cool!
This small Nimbus case is a really cool way to display an item that has stuff on both sides because the double silicone films allow you to view both sides of the case and the item.

Okay, just one more display to share! This one is kind of cool, because Rebecca gave it to Lyen one Christmas. This music box actually used to hang on the wall in Rebecca's family kitchen when she was growing up. It had a long cord that you could pull to hear the song "Dominique".

Now that song is stuck in your head!
Rebecca and Lyen have had a running joke about that song...singing it for one another to get it stuck in the other person's head. Now, I'm sure you have it stuck in your head! Anyway, one Christmas, Rebecca's husband, Thad (also on staff at FHD!) refurbished the music box so that it played music again, and restored some broken pieces of the front. They then presented it to Lyen and her family, along with this nifty plate stand so that it could be displayed. What a great gift! It's still displayed in Lyen's house...and it's pretty special, since Lyen is married to one of Rebecca's brothers, who also has great memories of pulling the cord to hear the song. So now, they get to pass on not only the cool music box to their kids...but also the fun memories associated with it.

We're hoping this gives you some ideas about sentimental items you may have hidden away...and how you can bring them back into the present by displaying them in your home! We'd love to see and hear about your family's memories and displays!

Fine Home Displays - FHD Unlimited, Inc.