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Display case, detolf, bookshelf, etc?

JayarahJayarah13 days agoAsk MFC
Hello friends

I am looking for a new way to display my figures, as their current shelf doesnt have space for more.

Is there significant pros to keeping them behind glass? I remember hearing somewhere that its best to keep figures under glass because dust will ruin the paint. Also, it clearly (get it? because glass is transparent? ahahah. ha.) must offer protection from the occasion a hostile bird gets loose in your room but am i missing some other huge benefit of displaying them like that?

I personally think figures look better without glass in front. Detolfs are a little not aesthetically pleasing imo. Display cases and lots of regular shelves also have shelves at the very bottom, which are barely visible and it doesnt do the figures placed there justice. If its like a detolf and has a clear glass backing, I think my bright blue figures in front of my bright blue wall may not have as much of an effect as they do on my current black backed shelf.

Basically, i am curious about a glass display case, but based on aesthetic it probably isnt something i would choose. I'm looking for something that keeps at least 6 but preferably 10+ figures around eye level, as well as them being visible throughout the room (so bookshelves with those side panel things wouldnt be my choice since you can only see the shelves contents from straight on). If anyone has recommendations for what type of shelves i should use to display, i'd really appreciate it! Also if theres any other reasons i should seriously consider a glass display case, please let me know!

Thanks everyone!
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1pt
Babygirl246024 (13 days ago) #30702963Have you considered floating shelves? I personally think they look pretty cool and the might work well for you. I do agree on how not pleasing detolfs are to look at, and I would be so paranoid about them breaking so it wouldn't be worth it. Cause that is a lot of glass.. Glass and pets aren't a great mix XD

I think i will be going with floating shelves!
12 days ago
1pt
Heldrik (12 days ago) #30710656Detolfs have advantages like their price, their size and the fact that, all sides being clear, you can see every inch of your figures. Personally, I know I wouldn't go back to putting my figures in an Ikea Billy like I did before buying a glass display.
However, I wouldn't mind (if I had to) putting them in a library bookshelf with glass panels. But the thing is that those can be quite expensive and hard to find, if you don't know where to look for.
Anyway, as Cantisama said, beware of not putting your figures where they can be hit by direct sunlight. Basically, think of them as little plastic vampires.


Maybe they'll start hissing if i line them up along my windowsill xD
12 days ago
1pt
rubyserpent_720 (13 days ago) #30704397A lot of collectors like the Detolf shelves because they're not too hard on the wallet and easy to display. Personally I like Ikea's Billy Bookshelves better as there's more room and you can arrange the figures into a neat row.
I have also used wall mounts to display some figures by my bed. You can check in out in my recent Room Tour blog to see if it strikes any inspiration :D


Your display is really nice :O
I think the floating shelves are my favourite though! I'll probably get a few of those. Thank you!
12 days ago
3pt
I like the detolf because it has a nice clean look to it, and the glass is a nice feature too, but I recently upgraded from a Detolf to a Billy and I can honestly say I'm enjoying the Billy a lot more right now, it has more room and you can space the figures out more or display a certain collection on a single shelf and have it look really nice with lots of room (I currently have one with my Madoka figures and ita bag!) Plus you can add the same lighting you'd put on a Detolf! I like both (and I'll be purchasing a Detolf again after I move out)) but space and price wise I prefer the Billy (bookcase) over the detolf :^) I find with either option I get dust but with a clean makeup brush it's gone, at least with the Billy I won't get finger prints all over it lmao

Plus if you prefer glass you can buy the glass shelfs and doors made especially for the Billy!
12 days ago
1pt
Detolfs have advantages like their price, their size and the fact that, all sides being clear, you can see every inch of your figures. Personally, I know I wouldn't go back to putting my figures in an Ikea Billy like I did before buying a glass display.

However, I wouldn't mind (if I had to) putting them in a library bookshelf with glass panels. But the thing is that those can be quite expensive and hard to find, if you don't know where to look for.

Anyway, as Cantisama said, beware of not putting your figures where they can be hit by direct sunlight. Basically, think of them as little plastic vampires.
12 days ago
2pt
Glass displays are too big but cheaper. It doesn't have a lot of space but since its all transparent you can appreciate the figure from any sides and they protect your figures from dust.

Bookshelves are a cheaper option too but you cant appreciate the figure from the sides and back since its made of wood. Also you have to deal with the dust sooner or later.

What you need is something similar to SYNAS from IKEA.


www.ikea.com/gb...

http://i.imgur.com/VHoMq3J.jpg

They are quite spacious but they don't take so many space so you can put them on your desk. They are transparent made of acrylic so its safer than glass, more resistant and with more transparency. Also you don't have to worry about dust. The best option.
12 days ago
2pt
A lot of collectors like the Detolf shelves because they're not too hard on the wallet and easy to display. Personally I like Ikea's Billy Bookshelves better as there's more room and you can arrange the figures into a neat row.

I have also used wall mounts to display some figures by my bed. You can check in out in my recent Room Tour blog to see if it strikes any inspiration :D
13 days ago
1pt
Personally, my collections are still all in boxes but what I plan on doing is
Detolfs for my "best stuff"
And Billys for things that are part of sets or subcollections like, swimsuit, bunny, etc.
There are plenty of good collection pictures of MFC to be inspired by.
13 days ago
3pt
I personally dislike plain glass display cases. Firstly, there's very little room inside them. Secondly, they have a... hm, cold look, if I may and lastly, they usually don't have enough space and it's pretty hard to make everything look nice.
Bookshelves do have a much nicer appeal and having stuff like Figma or Nendoroid reside alongside their respective volumes of manga is definitely a very convenient way of displaying. But having no glass really is a bummer, because the risk of damage (smells, temperature, pets, kids, dust) is much higher.

So, what to do, then? Try to find a cabinet with glass in the front and wood (or anything else) on the sides. For me personally this is the middle ground as it retains the qualities (safety, mostly) of a glass case, while looking much nicer and allowing you to also store books/manga, if you get a big enough cabinet. It is, indeed, the best way to display your collection, in my opinion.
13 days ago
1pt
Babygirl246024 (13 days ago) #30702963I would be so paranoid about them breaking so it wouldn't be worth it. Cause that is a lot of glass.. Glass and pets aren't a great mix XD

I wouldn't worry too much about them breaking. I've got one and it's as sturdy as a rock. Most glass cases like this are tempered glass so there's little chance of it breaking.

I've seen people apply colored cut-outs to the back of their detolfs. That could be one way to make your figures stand out. If you're lazy like me and don't want to dust your figures all the time I definitely recommend a glass case of some sort.

I also use a simple display shelf, if you can't find one of those a bookshelf would work just as well. And they're cheap! Really there's no wrong way to display your figures. Just choose what looks best to you!
13 days ago
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