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How to Choose the Perfect Display Unit for Your Home: Factors to Consider


Modern homes are filled with various elements of décor that truly capture the essence of the homeowner’s personality and tastes. One such significant piece of furniture that never fails to make a statement is the display unit. A simple piece, yet incredibly versatile and practical, it is a must-have for any stylish home. Choosing the right display unit, however, can be a daunting task. With a plethora of styles, sizes, and designs available, making a choice that suits your space and enhances the look of your home can be quite the challenge.

At Kiki at Home, we specialize in providing well-crafted, aesthetic, and practical display units - satisfying varied needs. Here’s a detailed guide on how you can choose the perfect display unit for your home.

1. Become Crystal Clear About Its Purpose

The very first factor you need to evaluate when selecting a display unit is the purpose it will serve. Are you looking to display a treasure trove of books? Or perhaps you need the unit to showcase your prized collection of antiques? Maybe you simply need some extra storage. Identifying the core purpose will guide you in the right direction when making your decision.

You’ll find a whole range of options to choose from our display units collections. For instance, the Torrington Open Display Small is perfect for compact spaces that need an extra touch of elegance, while the Torrington Open Display Large is an excellent choice for those with ample space and a beautiful collection to exhibit!

2. Size Matters Most

Size is an integral factor when choosing your display unit. You don’t want a piece that is too large for your room or too small to fit in all your prized possessions. Start by measuring the space in your room where you plan to place the display unit. Also, take into consideration the items you plan to showcase on the unit.

Take a look at the Ludworth Open Display Unit Black or the Sparkwell Open Display, both of which are perfect fits for maintaining balance and harmony in your room.

3. Material Makes the Difference

Once you have a clear understanding of the purpose and size, next comes the material selection—an aspect paramount for durability and overall aesthetic appeal. Be it timeless wood, sleek metal, or innovative combinations of diverse materials, the choice of material is pivotal.

For those who loyally swear by the timeless aesthetics of wood, units like the Wembury Open Display Oak and the Dairy Open Display Oak are excellent options. On the other hand, if you are a fan of a sleeker finish, consider pieces like the Dairy Open Display Walnut.

4. Choose a Compatible Style

The uniformity of style sets the tone for the entire room it's housed in, thereby making style an essential consideration for your perfect display unit. From traditional and vintage to modern and minimalist, ensure the style is consistent with the décor aesthetic of your room. Pro-tip - sync your display unit with the existing furniture in your room for a seamless blend.

For lovers of modern design, the Newbury 2 Door Cabinet Oak Grey offers clean lines and minimalist aesthetics. For those in favour of a more classic design, the Barbican 2 Door Cabinet can make for an attractive choice.

5. Illuminate with Effective Lighting

Lighting can create a powerful impact. The right form of lighting can enhance the display and remarkably exhibit your collectibles, while poor lighting may overshadow them. Consider having built-in lights in your display unit, or placement of the unit near a source of natural light for a day-time display. You can also add an external light source above your display unit for a well-lit showcase.

6. Look Out for Easy Accessibility

Amidst all the points to consider, accessibility is one aspect that sometimes tends to get overlooked. A display unit can be aesthetically appealing and ideal in size, material and style, but it can become a pain point if accessing the items becomes a tedious task. Ensure your display unit has easy access for constant reach, especially if it serves a functional storage purpose.

Pieces like the Tigley Open Wardrobe or the Tortington Open Wardrobe offer a beautiful blend of aesthetics, ease-of-access and functionality.

7. Consider Your Budget

Let's talk about budget now - a deciding factor for many. Display units are available in various price ranges, from the budget-friendly Torrington Open Display Small to the more extravagant Thurlestone 2 Door Cabinet Blue. It's essential to set a budget beforehand to narrow down your options and make your shopping experience smoother. Remember, the most expensive option does not always equate to being the most suitable choice for your home. Quality, functionality, and style can all be achieved within a reasonable budget!

8. Multi-Purpose Units

In smaller homes or for those who require multipurpose furniture, there are display units that serve more than one purpose. For example, consider a Media Units option like the Torrington Media Unit, which can also provide space for your media accessories.

9. Look at the Larger Picture

After considering all factors independently, make sure that the unit fits well in the larger picture. It should not just assist in achieving the focal objective - be that displaying collectibles or providing storage - but should also combine all elements to enhance the overall aesthetics of the room.


Choosing a display unit can be a complex process, given the various factors to consider. However, by taking into consideration the factors we discussed - from purpose, size, material, style, lighting, accessibility, and budget - you can ensure that you choose the perfect display unit for your home that not only serves a functional purpose but also elevates the visual appeal of your space.

We hope this guide has made your shopping experience at Kiki at Home a little easier. We firmly believe in offering high quality, stylish furniture that speaks to individual preferences and requirements. With our wide variety of options, we're confident you'll find your perfect match here. Happy shopping!

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