Show-off the interior designer in you–include trunks or chests in your home decorating plans. I prefer the term “chest” because it makes me think of a treasure chest. Whether you call it a chest or a trunk, this storage container may be wooden, wicker, or other material to fit your design style. The chest may also have a flat or domed lid. Antique or antique reproduction chests provide charm and character, and work in many interior design schemes, such as country or traditional. Chests made of metal or other non-wood material also fit into many design projects, including modern or contemporary design. Look for good values in chests at flea markets, antique shops, auctions, or garage sales. Consider these interior home design ideas that incorporate trunks or chests for functional use or storage.
Personalize the trunk or chest
Paint, stencil, or decoupage a wooden chest to complement your color scheme. Use glass on top of flat top chests to provide a hard surface that protects the chest. Add legs to a short chest to raise it up to a useful height.
Interior design ideas using trunks or chests
In the living room, use a flat top chest as a side table. One large or two small chests can serve as a coffee table. Add a glass top to create a safe place for beverages or keep a tray on top of the chest. Display quilts or handmade afghans on top of a chest. Add a pad to the top of a flat top chest for a one-of-a-kind ottoman.
In the bedroom, a chest can serve as a night stand. Stack graduated sized chests for storage of infrequently used items like out-of-season clothes. Install toy box lid hinges on a chest to create storage space for toys.
Provide space for boots, sweaters, or kids’ school backpacks by placing a chest in the entry area. Use a chest in the dining room to store table cloths, napkins, placemats, candles, or other dining room supplies. A large, weather-sturdy chest on the porch or patio can hold seat cushions to protect them from the elements.