Several dinnerware sets are much too attractive to hide away behind cabinet doors. A hutch is designed to sit on top of a buffet or china cabinet, and typically has shelves with plate rails, though some have glass doors. Storing your dinnerware at a hutch keeps it close enough to both utilize and admire.
Stand plates up in a row with their backs to the rear of the hutch. When there’s not any plate rail, put a splash of museum wax over the rear of the plate in which it leans from the hutch. This should hold the plates securely in place through an earthquake. If the plate rail is further from the plate than the plate is thick, place a plate supporting each facing one along with a dessert plate in front of each one to hold them stable. Store the rest of the plates stacked vertically either on the bottom shelf of the hutch, or at the buffet or china cabinet under it.
The lower shelves of a hutch are usually, but not necessarily, broader than the top shelves. Store bowls either stacked or set on one edge. If the glasses are shaped to allow it, place one flat and place another on its edge inside of it using the vertical bowl back against the rear of the hutch. Secure them with museum wax or fishing line strung across the front of the glasses and secured behind the hutch with tape or hooks-and-eyes. Stack additional bowls, one inside of the other, inside of the buffet or china cabinet under the hutch.
Massive platters can be used as backdrops to showcase smaller dinnerware items. Put an oblong or oblong platter vertically on one of its long borders in the center of a hutch shelf. Arrange smaller pieces such as cups and saucers, soup bowls and smaller plates standing on edge in the front of the centered platter. Safe all of the pieces with fishing line or museum wax.
Arrange pepper and salt shakers, cups and saucers, gravy boats, cruets and some other complementary bits one of the plates, bowls and platters which are on display. Keep pairs jointly; salt and pepper shakers, or a sugar bowl and creamer look natural when put side by side, but among set looks a little odd when placed a distance away from its partner.