Most families I know have some fine china. And almost all families I know have serving platters. So how can you create order with those items?

Those items take up a lot of space in your cabinets. And if you store them in your storage area, are you actually using them?

I am breaking down 5 smart ways to store serving platters and fine china! These are things I have done with in-home clients, recommend to virtual clients, and use myself!

shelving with tea pots displayed

Use Vertical Space

When storing serving platters, vertical space can be your best friend. 

You know how you store your cutting boards with vertical dividers in a cabinet? You can do the same with your serving pieces. 

There are vertical dividers you can install or you can get pieces of wood cut at your local hardware store to use. 


Add More Shelving

Another easy way to store serving platters is to add more shelving in your cabinets.

When you add extra shelving, you end up not stack your serving pieces. 

I was working in a client’s home who was doing a major kitchen renovation. When the project manager was asking about shelving for her tall butler’s pantry, I doubled the number of shelves he recommended. He thought I was crazy. But the homeowner agreed. After they installed all the shelves, I put all her serving platters and bowls on the shelves. He was thoroughly impressed by this because he would have never thought to add that much storage for serving pieces. 

The homeowner didn’t have to pile the serving platters on top of each other, so she was able to use the platters when she wanted. 

cabinet with cookbooks and bowls with basket weave easy liner on the back of cabinet

China Storage Boxes

If you only use your fine china for special occasions, I would recommend using china storage boxes. 

We were helping a client organize her storage area where she kept holiday items. And on the shelves she kept all the holiday china piled on top of each other. Sadly, some of the china had broken because heavy items were piled on top of the china and it broke.

So I recommend using the storage boxes like the ones down below:

Display Favorites

Another smart way to store china and serving pieces is to display your favorites. 

There are many ways you can do this. I like keeping out my favorite tea cups and saucers to display on top shelves of cabinets.

You can create a wall of plates to showcase family favorites. Or use plate stands to hold up favorite platters to display.

teacups and sauces and tea pots

China Cabinet Organizing

I have found that most clients who have china keep that china in a china cabinet, buffet, or butler’s pantry area. But they end up just throwing those items in the cabinet and closing the door.

Now if you are going to keep that china, then you need to get it organized!

If your china cabinet is on display, arrange the china so you can see the design on the plates. 

If you have a buffet or cabinet area where you store your china, first put in a storage box. Then place the items on the shelves with the larger plate in the back and the smaller plates in the front. Make sure the shelving can hold the plates weight.

I had one client who was storing all her fine china on a shelf that looked like it was going to collapse. We moved the heavy pieces to the bottom shelf and stored the stem wear on the top shelf. This helped the shelf hold things without breaking.

Platters organized in a drawer #functionaldiningroom

Store Smarter

When you make your cabinets and drawers work for you, you are able to store your items smarter. The china and serving pieces won’t get piled up in cabinets. So you can actually use them. Try storing the items vertically. Add more shelving to cabinets so they hold your platters with minimal stacking. Use storage bags for your china. Display your favorite pieces. And keep your china cabinet organized.

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