How to Design a Wall Mounted Display Case

What You'll Need
A quiet place where you can concentrate without interruption
A sheet of paper to draw the design on (ruled paper preferably)
A pencil (HB or any other soft lead)
A ruler

A wall mounted display case is a useful way to display and protect a variety of items which have personal value to the owner. The display case may be used to display a variety of articles including DVD’s, books, computer games, in fact anything from a team jersey; a collection of some sort; to trophies earned in the pursuit of a sport or some competition. Using a wall mounted display case is a far neater way of displaying articles that are important to the owner.

Step 1 – What Materials to Use

The display case may be made from a variety of materials including wood, metal and various types of plastic laminates and glass. If wood is to be used, the choices include oak, cedar, maple and beech to name but a few. Although many types of particle board are available, nothing looks better than a well finished solid wooden cabinet. Of course the choice of material will depend largely on the funds available for the project.

Step 2 – Decide on the Type

The display case may be built along an entire wall, or it may be built in sections so that it looks like a single unit. It may be built from floor to ceiling, halfway up the wall or even suspended from the wall. Shelves should be about 16 inches wide and a variety of small and large compartments will give the display case a professional look. Decide whether to install hidden lighting over the shelves and plan for wall outlets and the routing of cables. Is the display case going to be an open cabinet with shelves for displaying the prized objects or is it going to have glass protection in front? Will it have doors or be enclosed semi permanently with locking catches? Will it be a corner unit or mounted on a flat wall? These features must be taken into account when designing the display case. Visit many furniture outlets and online furniture suppliers to obtain ideas for your ideal display case.

Step 3 – Draw the Design on Paper

Once the type of display case has been established, the ideas may now be transferred to paper. Care must be taken to measure up the dimensions of the display case accurately as well as any mounting holes that may be required in walls. Safety features should be incorporated, for instance not having protruding sharp corners where children playing near the unit may be injured.

After completing the design process, the process of assembling the materials required for construction may begin. Construct and mount the case carefully according to your design specifications. There is nothing more satisfying than to see an object you have created from design to construction displayed in a prominent place in your home.