multipurpose storage trunks

From the Grand Tour to the Family Room

Storage trunks, also known as footlockers and sometimes traveler chests, are multi-purpose. If they have a flat top they make great looking coffee tables, and you can organize clutter inside. They lend a wonderful old-world/travel charm to a room, especially if they’ve been used and have a bit of wear on them. They look great at the end of a bed and can double as a seat or used for storage. Here are some I’ve found.

metal multipurpose storage trunks

If your style is minimal/vintage you might like this galvanized sheet metal trunk. The exterior has a powdered finish and the inside is painted an eye-popping orange. The latches are easy to use and the sides have mini handles. It is 29.75” w x 16.5”d x 13.5”h. $149.00

acrylic storage trunkThis is a very cool small see-through trunk that will work in any room. Sometimes it’s fun to see people’s clutter collection! It is 18”w x 18”d x 16”h and $479.00. It was designed for CB2 by Robert and Cortney Novogratz.

multipurpose steamer trunkTreasures can sometimes be found at This is a large Steamer Trunk with old-fashioned hardware. It is made from white cedar and is 32”w x 17”h x 18”d. $195.99.

Multipurpose storage Amish hope chest

This is a copy of an Amish hope chest with distressed painted decoration. It has metal edge bands in rustic iron. It is 38”w x 22.5”d x 18.5”h. On sale for $489.00.

hand woven multipurpose storage trunk

This chest is a copy of an antique traveler’s chest. It is sturdy, great for the end of a bed or as a side table in the family room. It is made from hand-woven wicker with heavy black metal latches and a leather saddle strap. It will store a great deal. It is 24”h x 32”w x 18”d. $349.00.

multipurpose storage trunk decor

This is a reproduction 19th century trunk. It is leather that has been aged and is outfitted with antiqued brass hardware. It makes a perfect side table. It is 24” square by 22” high. On sale for $560.00.

Wicker multipurpose storage trunk basket

I love the look of a wicker trunk. This one can double as a coffee table. It is made from rattan. The top lifts up for storage. It is 30.5”w x 18.5”d x 14.5”h. $169.00.