Apothecary Cabinets

Need somewhere to store all your bits and pieces that looks great but won’t take up too much space in your home? Apothecary cabinets are an 18th century design feature that combines storage with style.

In earlier times doctors and pharmacists often worked out of their home so they needed somewhere to store all of their jars, pills, weights, scales, surgical instruments and potions.

Apothecary cabinets provided the perfect solution because they offered organisation and privacy. Made up of a large chest with a lot of square drawers an apothecary cabinet is practical and interesting to look at.

In modern times they have provided a feature piece of furniture for dining rooms, lounge rooms or hallways as they use vertical space wisely.

You should be able to find modern versions in most furniture stores today, however if you want something with a little more character, try a vintage furniture store.

You can also visit garage sales and trawl through eBay for second-hand options that you can rub back and repaint. You can also have a go at making your own apothecary cabinet if you’re handy. A good step-by-step guide can be found here.

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