20 Modern Retail Display Case Examples for Your Retail Stores

Finding creative, eye-catching ways to present your merchandise is an essential part of the retail business. Display cases are a popular solution because they:

  • Add a touch of elegance to your retail space
  • Create exclusivity around the products within
  • Encourage customers to interact with staff
  • Provide easy inventory management
  • Protect sensitive or high-value items from light and dust
  • Are made from durable materials and are built for longevity
  • Invite customers to move around and guide their own shopping experience
  • Can be easily combined with your point of sale to boost upsells

With all that said, it’s easy to see the importance of making your display cases stand out. Continue reading for our top 20 modern display case examples that will elevate your retail shop and drive higher sales.

Retail Display Case Ideas

1. Feature display cases

A clothing display idea from Mulberry - bags.

Display cases are perfect for highlighting valuable items like jewellery, smaller complementary products like purses, and sensitive merchandise like electronics. They’re a great choice for pop-up shops, such as this example in Mulberry’s showroom

KSF Global designed these display cases to be made entirely of glass so customers can view the products from multiple angles. The backlit base also serves to draw attention, making these display cases a real focal point for the shop.



2. Free-standing cases

Free-standing display cases come with many benefits. Of course, they protect valuable items from dust or light, but they also make your products feel more exclusive and encourage customers to interact with the display and guide their own shopping experience.

As shown in this display case example, free-standing display cases can also be designed with lockable wheels, allowing you to move it around your retail shop with ease and create fresh experiences for your customers.

a retail display case showcasing unique products
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3. Optical display cases

Optical Frames Display Stand

The most common way to present glasses is on mirrored display stands, or back-to-back transparent panels. While this prompts customers to handle the products and try them on, gaps in these displays caused by out-of-stock items can look a little shabby. 

Optical display cases feature drawers and cabinets below the glasses panel, as you see in this one designed by KSF Global. The key benefit here is that you can organise your stock and replace sold out items quickly, ensuring your displays are always looking great.

4. Display cases for watches

Glass cases are the perfect display option for small, high-value items like watches. This type of retail display gives customers a rare birds-eye-view of your products so that they get the attention they deserve.

In this example by KSF for Folli Follie, the watches were placed at varying heights to hold attention and drive visual interest, and glass was used to allow customers to see the full range from every angle.

A display case for watches


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5. Acrylic display cases

golf ball countertop display

Acrylic display boxes help elevate a hero product, like a limited edition handbag. You can also stack multiple boxes together to create a striking shoe display, for example, where each box showcases a different brand or style. 

But they’re also ideal for displaying a large volume of smaller items. In this example, KSF Global created acrylic display boxes for a golf ball display stand. These tanks make it easy for customers to see how much of a product is left to drive urgency and interaction. 



6. Glass counter displays

Turning your checkout counter into a display case is a great way to double down on sales because it encourages additional purchases. Customers are already in the mind to buy when they reach your counter, so upselling products at this stage is an easy way to boost revenue. 

Make your counter displays more attractive by lighting them from within. Curved, circular or L-shaped counter display cases can also be used as centrepieces in your retail shop. 

This not only draws customers further inside your store, it also invites them to move around the display and interact with staff. 

A display case idea at bloomingdales store
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7. Pedestal display cases

A boutique display case for a diamond brand
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Pedestal display cases elevate a single product, whether it’s a limited edition item, a high-value product or even something you’re struggling to sell. 

These cases literally stand out from the sea of merchandise and meet the customer at eye level. They feel more impressive, exclusive and, as a result, more tempting. 


8. Tall display cases

Tall display cases are usually free-standing units with multiple shelving levels. They allow you to present a range of complementary products in an attractive way and can be positioned anywhere in your store to guide traffic flow. 

This display case example really dazzles when fitted with spotlights and side lights, which illuminate the product and all its fine details. The use of glass also creates a contemporary look and makes it easy for customers to admire your merchandise from anywhere in the store.

A standard display case with phone products
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9. Vitrines with drawers

A retail store with vitrines for drawers

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Also known as vitrines, glass display tables can be fitted with transparent drawers that allow you to showcase more merchandise and invite customers to interact with the display. 

These display cases are perfect for upselling complementary products together, such as matching purses, watches or jewellery. Vitrines add a touch of elegance to any space and are a great way to elevate the atmosphere of your retail shop.


10. Wall-mounted display cases

Wall-mounted display cases are ideal when you have a lot of empty vertical space. Adding some stylish, spotlit display cases to your walls not only makes your shop visually more attractive, it also frees up floor space so you can display more merchandise.

There are a variety of display cases to choose from when it comes to designing a wall feature. Whichever you choose, ensure it complements the landscape and aesthetic of your shop, and makes your products impossible to miss. 

glass display case shelving for a high end retailer
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11. Top-down display cases

a top down display case for a jewellery retailer
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While many display cases offer a 360° view of the products with glass sides that show off every angle, you can also opt for one that offers an exclusive top-down view of your products.

This is well-suited for high-value items that are best presented flat, like earrings, pendants or purses. This design also means customers have to get up close and personal with your display if they want to see the products. 


12. Wooden display cases

Display cases don’t have to be all glass with metal accents. If your retail shop has a more vintage, rustic aesthetic, a wooden display case will reinforce your brand image and create a cohesive shopping experience.

Wooden display cases are also sturdy and durable, allowing them to support more merchandise. 

A wooden display case for a supermarket
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13. POP display cases

An image of a display case for a luxury beauty brand
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Display cases can also be used as POP displays on your shop floor. When used in this way, they are usually free-standing mini towers with multiple shelves that allow you to highlight all the products in your campaign.

The use of glass and spotlights makes these POP displays difficult to miss, and they can also be easily branded to suit any campaign or season. 


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14. Tabletop display cases

Mini tabletop display cases can be added to your checkout counter to upsell a particular product and encourage additional purchases.

This is a great way to present valuable items that are on offer without compromising on protection. 

An idea for a tabletop display case for luxury products
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15. Floating wall display cases

A display case in a skate shop
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Use different-sized or shaped display cases to create dynamic floating wall features in your shop. This avoids visual clutter, while the use of lighting makes the displays bright and clear.

This is a creative way to display different types of merchandise that work together to denote the lifestyle of the consumer, such as in this example, where the skateboards, shoes, hats and t-shirts all target the interests of skaters. What does this mean? More upsells!


16. Wooden display boxes on cleat shelving

If you want to be able to rearrange your wall display cases for different campaigns or seasons, a cleat shelving system gives you the flexibility to do it.

Combine this with different-sized wood display boxes to group products and guide the eye along the display. The wood strips make it easy to hang the cases and move them around, creating a real eye-catching feature that draws customers inside.

Open wooden display cases in an eco-friendly retailer
Source: https://www.contemporist.com/cleat-shelving-system-makes-it-easy-to-rearrange-this-wall-design/



17. Window display cases

Display cases in the window of a luxury shop
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Adding display cases to your shop window grabs the attention of passers-by and makes them more likely to enter your store. 

Attention on the high street is a scarce resource, and every retailer is competing with you for it. You only have a few seconds to pique a shopper’s interest enough to drive them inside, so designing stand-out display cases for your windows that stir intrigue around your products is crucial.



18. Mirrored display cases

The use of mirrors inside cases makes the entire display brighter and more eye-catching. Mirrored backing also reflects the parts of the merchandise customers can’t see, giving them a clearer view of the product.

Mirrors add a modern touch to every retail space, making it feel airier and livelier. Adding mirrors to your displays is therefore a simple way to create a pleasant shopping experience.

A large mirror back display case made from glass
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19. Food display case

A food display case at a bakery

Display cases are a great way to integrate your food display with your counter. These types of display cases are commonly used in cafes, coffee shops and pop-up restaurants to increase the visibility of foodstuffs and boost last-minute sales. 

Display cases are also an essential piece of furniture for stores offering food because it keeps the items free from airborne contaminants like dust. 



20. Gondola display case

Gondola display cases retain all the functionality of a traditional gondola island, with multiple shelving and hanging options and the ability to present a massive range of products. 

But the use of glass panelling, spotlights and a tabletop of products elevates this common retail unit into a luxurious display case that begs interaction. 

With all the different merchandise options, customers are encouraged to move around the display and interact with the products, making them more likely to purchase. 

A gondola display case in duty free
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Enhance Your Retail Case Displays With KSF Global

As a retail design agency, we have plenty of experience creating and designing a wide range of point of sale display solutions.

To find out how we can help you make a roaring success of your next product launch through effective POS marketing techniques, get in touch today.

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