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Trunks and Chests

A storage trunk or chest is simply elegant and nostalgic in any home. There are several different types, but any storage trunk, whether it be a footlocker or trunk, will be a beautiful conversation piece. These pieces of furniture can come in a variety of materials other than wood, such as metal, fabric, and wicker and can be used as tables in addition to storage space.

What types of storage trunks and chests are there?
  • Hope chest: A hope chest is a storage trunk that was used traditionally by an unmarried young woman to collect items such as clothing and household linen in anticipation of becoming married. This type of wood or fabric storage trunk was also called a dowry, cedar, or trousseau. They are generally used as accent pieces of furniture in living areas or bedrooms for all types of storage or as tables. Some trunks have very ornate designs and even family symbols or crests on the sides that would indicate whose trunk it was.
  • Blanket chest: A blanket chest or trunk is a sedentary type of storage trunk used as furniture for blankets or linen storage in a home. Many times, the trunk is ordained with sculpted wood on the bottom for beauty and is intended to be kept in living quarters so that extra covers are readily available for guests. This type of storage trunk will usually be rectangular in shape with a flat top, so it can also be used for seating. There are many different styles of these chests and trunks, such as antique, contemporary, traditional, or country.
  • Storage trunk or chest: There is an even wider variety of storage trunks made of wood, metal, fabric, and even wicker. Storage trunks are used for storage of home items and valuables, to travel with, and they also work as bedside tables or coffee tables. Trunks are used as a multipurpose piece of furniture and double as storage for travel or camp necessities, such as supplies or clothing. They come in many different sizes and a variety of colors. Trunks are also used as footlockers and can come with or without wheels. Footlocker trunks used as storage are normally thought of as being metal, but they can also be of wood with metal accents like brass or chrome. Footlockers and other storage chests can add an industrial, traditional, country, antique or nautical look to a room.
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