How to Build Display Cases

 Do you want to showcase your collectibles or souvenirs? Or maybe you want to display your business products? Whatever your reason is, creating your own display case can be a great solution. Not only can it save you money, but it can also be a fun project to do.

Display Cases

Materials Needed

Before starting, you will need to gather the necessary materials:

  • Wooden boards
  • Glass or acrylic sheets
  • Wood glue
  • Nails or screws
  • Saw
  • Measuring tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain (optional)

Step-by-Step Guide

1. Measure and Cut the Boards

Measure and cut the wooden boards according to the desired size of your display case. Cut two boards for the sides, two for the top and bottom, and one for the back. Sand the edges for a smooth finish.

2. Assemble the Frame

Apply wood glue to the edges of the boards and attach them together to form a frame. Secure the frame with nails or screws. Make sure the frame is square and even.

3. Attach the Backboard

Attach the backboard to the frame using nails or screws. This will provide stability and support to the display case.

4. Cut the Glass or Acrylic Sheets

Measure and cut the glass or acrylic sheets according to the size of the frame. Use a saw or glass cutter to make the cuts. Sand the edges for a smooth finish.

5. Install the Glass or Acrylic Sheets

Apply a bead of glue around the inside of the frame. Carefully place the glass or acrylic sheets into the frame and press them firmly against the glue. Allow the glue to dry completely.

6. Paint or Stain (Optional)

If desired, paint or stain the display case to match your decor or business branding. Allow the paint or stain to dry completely before using the display case.

Pros and Cons of Building Your Own Display Case


  • Cost-effective
  • Customizable to your needs and preferences
  • Can be a fun DIY project


  • Requires time and effort to build
  • May not have the same professional finish as store-bought display cases
  • May not be as durable as store-bought display cases


Q: Can I use different materials instead of wood?

A: Yes, you can use other materials such as metal or plastic. However, the steps may vary depending on the material used.

Q: How do I clean my display case?

A: Use a soft cloth or microfiber towel to gently wipe the glass or acrylic sheets. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive materials that can scratch the surface.

Q: Can I add lighting to my display case?

A: Yes, you can add lighting to enhance the display of your items. You can use LED strip lights or small spotlights.

Q: How do I secure my display case?

A: You can use locks or latches to secure the display case. Make sure the locks or latches are securely attached to the frame and are easy to open and close.