This is why multipurpose pieces are your best friend—a trunk, for example, does double duty as decor and organization. When it comes to keeping your crib looking sharp, don’t underestimate the power of stylish and functional accent furniture. From a coffee table meets storage crate to an end of bed bench come toy chest, scroll on for nine inspired ideas for using trunks in your own space.
Just like the rest of her Brooklyn abode, Aurora James’ bedroom is soulful, eclectic, and feminine. At the end of her mohair and linen-lined bed, a sheepskin throw covers a reclaimed wood trunk—converting it into a makeshift bench. Inside are her treasured keepsakes, outside is a cozy place to sit.
Stacked Steamer Trunks
All city dwellers should take a cue from Amy Stone—her 450-square-foot West Village apartment is overflowing with function and flair, thanks to pieces like these stacked steamer trunks that double as a coffee table.
It’s no secret that toys can take over a space. A whimsical treasure chest hides playthings when they’re not in use, and it’s also the perfect addition to this princess-themed little girl’s room.
Country chic meets tidy in this guest bedroom. A wooden trunk is great for stowing extra blankets or tucking away decorative pillows, while a wrought-iron, four poster bed and exposed wood panels add to the idyllic charm.
Tiny Tabletop Box
Who says trunks have to be large? In this bitty Berkeley bungalow, a hinged teal box is just the right size for storing odds and ends. The finishing touch? A stem-filled mug.
Embellished Accent Trunk
They’re not only reserved for end of bed storage—these trunks also make chic occasional tables. An intricately embellished burgundy box coupled with moody slate walls and warm metals like copper and bronze create an inviting sleeping space.
Antique Steamer Trunk
The living room in this vacation-worthy weekend cottage flaunts wood paneling and an amalgam of yard sale gems—like a reupholstered couch, indigo pillows, and an antique steamer trunk—which come together to create a kitschy, coastal feel.
Linen Traveler Trunks
Jessica Alba’s eldest daughter, Honor, calls this ”big girl bedroom” her own. To create a space that would take her into her teenage years, Emily Current and Meritt Elliott upgraded the walls from pale pink to mint green and traded a traditional nightstand for a pair of vintage-inspired, linen traveler trunks.
Get the look:
The Emily & Meritt Traveler’s Trunk, $299