Unique Uses For a Corner China Cabinet


Do you have an old corner china cabinet that has seen better days, or that you are no longer using in your dining room to display your fine china?  If so, then repurpose the china cabinet and use it as an added feature in almost any room in your home!  If you don’t have one, you may want to consider buying a used china cabinet and refinishing it, after reading about all of the uses you can find for this versatile piece of furniture.

China cabinets made to fit into corners have one big advantage over the large china cabinet furniture typically seen in a formal dining room.  They are small and tuck neatly and obscurely into a corner to provide a bit of extra storage space.  And since the cabinets are not very large, they can serve a function almost anywhere that there is a bit of corner space to spare.

In order to make your corner china cabinet fit into the décor of another room in your home, you may first need to update the china cabinet a bit.  If it’s in need of a new finish, you can sand it and then either stain or paint it to match the intended room’s décor, and you can add new cabinet hardware as well.  You can remove the glass doors or bottom storage doors, or add an interesting background to the back of the shelves.  By making a few aesthetic changes, for example, you can take a rather traditional looking oak china cabinet, that might be more comfortable in your grandma’s dining room, and transform it into a sleek and contemporary black china cabinet, complete with brushed nickel hardware, that will work perfectly in your new home office.

If you have a small china cabinet sitting around your house with nowhere to go, consider some of these options to repurpose this versatile piece of furniture:

In the kitchen:

A corner china cabinet hutch can be the perfect accessory to use in the corner of a kitchen as a message center.  The cabinets below can be used to store mail and often used papers and the top section can be decorative or can house items like cell phone chargers, message pads, pens, etc.  If you want to make the top portion more usable, you can remove the glass doors for easier access.

In the bathroom:

Corner china cabinets can do double duty as attractive storage units in the bathroom.  They can store towels, toiletries, and extra toilet paper – and they can do it in style!

In the family room or living room:

A china display cabinet doesn’t have to simply display china.  Place it in another living area of your home and fill it with a collection of your favorite items or family photos.  You can even turn a china cabinet into a small home bar, with the bottles of alcohol stored neatly away on the bottom and a few decorative glasses and serving pieces gracing the upper shelves.  Either with or without the glass doors intact, this piece of furniture can add interest, while offering storage, to your living space.

In a home office:

A corner china cabinet can be a great addition to a home office, storing books, office supplies, or even a printer.  It can provide lots of usable storage, just like more formal types of home office furniture, but with the added bonus that it won’t take up much space in your office.

In a child’s room:

When you think of a formal china cabinet, you probably don’t think of it finding a home in a child’s room, but with a little ingenuity, it can be the perfect bookshelf or toy storage unit.  A white china cabinet (or one that you paint white) can look adorable in a little girl’s room, filled with her prized possessions.  Again, the bottom portion offers the perfect hidden storage space, and if you’re concerned about glass doors in the room, you can simply take them off.

As you can see, there are many unique uses for a corner china cabinet, or almost any type of small china cabinet for that matter that is no longer being used to house china.  If you think outside the box a bit, you will find that this versatile piece of furniture can be used in almost any room in the house for both storage and decorative purposes.

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