Q: I love to entertain, and this love encompasses a vast amount of vintage glassware.
While I know that a white bookcase could work perfectly well for displaying and storing glassware, I want to explore another option.
I was wondering if anyone has had any experience (good or bad) with storing glassware on off-the-rack bookshelves (from IKEA, Target, etc.) or the glassware storage options you find online (commonly used for catering, or for above-cabinet storage).
Sent by Bridget
Editor: Here's my mantra about storing my more prized stemware, flatware, and dishes: You use what you see. Since you entertain so often, it's probably a good idea to keep that vintage glassware you love so much in a place that is both easy to reach and shows it off. A beautiful curio cabinet, hutch, or bookcase from one of the retailers you mentioned is an affordable and stylish option. If you want something higher quality but are on a budget, it might be time to scour garage sales, Craigslist, and estate sales for options.
As for catering-style crates — they certainly work, but they hide the glassware, and are best for long-term storage, moving, or general transportation. If you want to see your glasses and be reminded to use them, look for ways to keep them in the line of vision!
Kitchn readers, how do you show off and preserve your favorite glasses, dishes, and flatware?