By Lindsay Cohn

Published on August 27, 2017

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Photography by JENNY GAGE AND TOM BETTERTON VIA DOMINO

Short on square footage? Whether you reside in a studio apartment or tiny house, one of the most common dilemmas with small space living is determining how to keep everything neat and tidy.

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. 

Reclaimed Wood

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.

Get the look:
Mendell Reclaimed Wood Trunk, $489
Bali Reclaimed Wood Rectangular Box, $377.98
Pyra Large Trunk, $399.99

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK VIA DOMINO

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.

Get the look:
Medium Wooden Steamer Trunk, $159.99
Boston Embossed Steel Storage Trunk with Locker, $164.99
Hidden Treasures Trunk Cocktail Table, $895

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Photography by DAVID TSAY VIA DOMINO

Treasure Chest

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.

Get the look:
Barrel Top Toy Chest, $139.99
White Barn Wood Trunk, $115.99
Large Weathered Wooden Storage Trunk, $109.99

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Photography by WAITING ON MARTHA VIA DOMINO

Silver Showpiece

 

A Moroccan rug is the starting point of this globally-inspired living room. Vibrant aqua textiles, lush greenery, and metallic accents round out the well-traveled vibe.

Get the look:
Zimmer Trunk, $489
Versus Galvanized Trunk, $149
Faux Leather Silver Crocodile Trunk, $169.99

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Photography by JOSH GIBSON VIA DOMINO

Cedar Chest

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.

Get the look:
Old Style Large Cedar Chest, $124.99
Gold Rush Large Wooden Steamer Treasure Trunk, $161.99

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Photography by ASHLEY KELEMEN VIA DOMINO

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.

Get the look:
Antique Style Wooden Small Trunk, $39.99
Confetti 3 Piece Storage Box Set, $105.99

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Photography by BEHR VIA DOMINO

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.

Get the look:
Malaga Square Trunk, $249.99
Steamer Walnut Finish Trunk End Table, $132.49
Heera Collection Small Trunk, $219.99

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE VIA DOMINO

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.

Get the look:
Jumbo Armor Trunk, $339.95
The Steamer Trunk, $310
Oversize Trunk With Wheels in Black, $117.99

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Photography by DAVID TSAY VIA DOMINO

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