At some point, we all need some form of external storage to keep some of the stuff that we accumulate as we grow up. And let's face it; no one can really live without "stuff" and as we get older we tend to accumulate more of it than we have the capacity to store. One of the best solutions to this is to invest in a storage trunk with lock. If you can't afford to rent out a small storage unit, this is the next best thing. Not only does it provide you with the extra storage you need, but it can also contribute to the visual appeal of your space, depending on the design of the trunk you choose to purchase.
While most people store these trunks in the garage, you can easily keep it in the house as a coffee table that doubles as a storage trunk. Again, this will depend on the type of storage trunk you get. Usually, the ones that come with a lock are available in interesting vintage designs. They actually look more like a large piece of luggage or a piece of furniture than a storage trunk.
Of course, you can always customize your storage trunk as well so that it fits in with your specific design aesthetic. Just keep in mind the materials it's made out of and make sure you only use products that won't compromise its quality and performance.
Overall, this type of storage trunk is an ideal solution for growing families, students, space-challenged homeowners, individuals that are downsizing, or anyone who needs extra storage space.
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Made from wood, this trunk has a rather washed out feel to it which adds to the quaintness of this piece of storage. The rustic planks and nailhead trim does give the impression of it being rustic and from the Wild West. Measuring some 13.5” high, 24” wide and 13.5” deep, it will fit perfectly in any room and can be used to store a wide variety of items.
Made from light walnut, this trunk is edged with green leather while the nailhead trim is also going to add some real character to the trunk. Of course, your eyes are drawn to the Union Jack on the top which does give it a rather cool look. The trunk is almost square at a height of 14”, a width of 14.75” and a depth of 13.5”.
Available in a fashionable white and surrounded by darker edging, this trunk is crafted from engineered wood and then covered in vinyl with the outside being in a heavy gauge and the vinyl on the interior being softer in nature. The idea is that it protects both the case as well as what’s inside and considering how strong the trunk is, then they have achieved that. Complete with leather carry handles, the trunk measures some 12.25” in height as well as 30” wide and 15.75” deep.
Available in a variety of rather bold colors, this trunk is actually made from a combination of birch wood as well as plywood and hardwood. It is also laminated and what you have is something that is waterproof and they even say it is dent-proof. As strong as steel trunks, you can stand on them and they can take a lot of punishment. You will also notice that they can be locked and at 14” high, 32” wide and 18” deep, this is a reasonably sized trunk for your home.
Using red knotty cedar wood, the wood has largely been left in its natural state to add character to the trunk. With the edges and locks being in metal, it does give some solidity to the item to such an extent that you can stand on it without any problems. A lock can also be added in order to protect whatever you store inside while the trunk measures some 14” in height, 32” wide and 18” deep.
Crafted from a combination of mango wood and MDF, these trunks are highly decorative thanks to the carvings on their faces. Made to look antiquated, they come with gold-colored locks and hinges which adds to that feeling of the trunks themselves being old. Available in a set of 3 trunks of various sizes, they are highly decorative and capable of fitting into a range of types of décor.
Designed to resemble a pirate chest, the attention to detail in this item is astonishing. Ideal for your kids bedroom where pirates are the theme, the wood is left in a rawer state while the nailhead trim is certainly a cool added detail. The chest itself can be locked while it also has a distressed look in order to replicate the idea of it being old. It measures some 11.5” high, 17” wide and 11” deep.
Constructed from manufactured wood, this gorgeous trunk is then covered in a blue vinyl effect while it is then finished off with a nailhead trim that gives it a sense of being rather plush. The trunk can be locked and it’s also on wheels, so moving it around will prove to be quite easy. At 15.5” high, 31” wide and 16.5” deep, this is a reasonably sized item allowing for a significant amount of storage.
This trunk comes in four different colors even though three of them are different shades of gray. Made from manufactured wood, it is then artificially distressed to give it more of an old, rustic feel. The top is then cushioned to give this trunk a number of purposes with it possible to use it as a stool as there is a weight capacity of 330lbs. The trunk itself can be locked with padlocks while at 17.72” high, 31.5” wide and 15.75” deep, it is a good sized piece of storage for your home.
Designed with an antique look in mind, this trunk set is covered in old maps and antiquated hardware to further enhance the idea that you have something old in your possession. Made from plywood and covered in faux leather, it does have an older style to it while it has been purposefully distressed to further add to that antiquated feeling with this including faked wormholes in the wood. The largest case measures 6.9” in height, 11.2” wide and 7.9” deep. The smaller case measures 4.4” high, 9” wide and 5” deep.
Available in pink, purple, black and tacked styles, the trunk is made from solid hardwood while it is then covered in faux leather along with metal trims, latches and locks. The interior has also been paper lined and it is then fitted with dust and moisture resistant latches that can be locked with a padlock. Two wheels allow for ease of movement while it has plastic handles built into an item that measures some 8.5” high, 31” wide and 18.25” deep.
Available in a bright, summer blue-green color, this trunk is made from durable engineered wood that gives a whole lot of strength to the trunk. Complete with a lined interior, the exterior is draped in a high gauge vinyl cover that is also durable. With the edges in metal, you open it by a push-button lock while the same lock also protects whatever valuables lie inside. At 12.25” high, 30” wide and 15.75” deep, this is quite compact while it still offers you a substantial amount of storage space.
Constructed from a wood base, this trunk is then topped with a hard-wearing and durable vinyl that will last for years. Finished in black, it contains straight lines in its appearance which provides a sense of just how strong this trunk actually is. There is a soft handle as well as hardware that can be locked, so no need to worry about what’s inside. Relatively modern and contemporary in its design, it measures some 11.75” high, 29.5” wide and 15.25” deep.
Made from engineered wood and covered in vinyl, this strong trunk also contains nickel hardware which adds to its overall durability. Complete with a special tongue and groove closure, it is finished in black which does make it easier to blend in with a range of décor. The interior is lined with paper which protects whatever is inside while the trunk has two recessed wheels making it easier to move it around and at only 15.25” high, 31” wide and 17” deep, it does have a lot of space to offer for storage.
Made from manufactured wood and finished with a dark matte shade, this trunk is designed to resemble a vintage trunk from a period back in the 1800s. Even the hardware that has been used in its design has been carefully selected to make it look vintage. A solid item, locks can be applied to the side latches to secure your belongings inside, but this isn’t included in your purchase. Finished off with a distressed look, it measures some 18” high, 31” wide and 20” deep.
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Decorative trunks are truly legacy furniture. They have been around in American homes since the eighteenth century. If you are considering buying one, bookmark this article. Here, we provide an overview of the prevailing styles and the type of interiors that they will match. This guide will help you decide on the trunk most suitable for your home.
Go for Traditional decorative trunks
They bring back the bygone glory of old-world craftsmanship of decorative trunks. Wood, such as teak, cedar, or oak is the timeless material for these trunks. They have deep carvings, intricate ivory or metal inlay, brass paneling on the edges or the body, and metal hardware for secure locks, handles, and latches. They are usually medium to deep-stained and crafted in the tradition of royal chests that have a balanced functional and decorative value.
The contemporary adaptations of these trunks find favor with both the classical and modern décors. This is because of their universal legacy across cultures, and undying human love for wooden furniture. For best room aesthetics, place them in the company of wood-textured vinyl flooring, cushioned sofa, and a cane or wood-paneled plant-holder.
Go for Modern Trunks
This is the breakaway group from the traditional range of trunks. Therefore, there is a predominant element of bold experimentation with materials and designs. Their characteristics:
Wide range of materials -- steel, iron, aluminum, leather or canvas lining on wood, tough vinyl, and plastic
Bold designs -- from fluorescent colors to graphics and paintings
Often created as sets of two or three trunks
Leather or metal reinforcement strips on edges
You will love these modernist decorative trunks if you are a young, upwardly mobile urban citizen with a positive bias for the hip lifestyle. Décor additions will be the likes of wall graffiti, abstract painting, a bean bag, a telescope, a floor mattress, and plastic chairs. In general, a "den" rather than a conventional dwelling.
Go for Camp trunks
Big and burly, these "large-hearted" trunk style is suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use. Depending on where they are used, they will take in a lot of indoor storage or act as your dependable storage unit for road trips and expeditions. Having an extra-tough body of metal or wood, they often have leather or vinyl reinforcement on the exterior. This also enhances their cowboy looks. Other styling features:
Locking system and latches for outdoor safety
Bolted reinforcement on the edges and corners
Projected or recessed wheels for easy mobility
Camp trunk styling is meant for the Southwestern cowboy culture, and homes with an inherent outdoors aura around them. In an indoors' context, do you have a heavy leather sofa, dark walls with a still-life painting or two, and a dimly-lit bar with a generous collection of vodka and rum? Then let the camp trunk be your perfect partner.
Go for Coffee-table style trunks
This style has an Italian influence on its design. These trunks can be best defined as strikingly simple and silently elegant. Often referred to as cabinets, they are placed as centerpieces of sitting arrangements or at the foot of the bed. They have three primary functions:
Blanket and linen storage
As the name suggests, they have multiple chests or cabinets for storage. They may have a fixed or hinged top with deep storage space. Made from cedar, oak, or other tough wood, they are deep-stained in a glossy or matte finish and have raised designs.
Being of attractive and modest character, coffee-table trunks will be useful in compact homes that need storage-cum-display cabinets. Functional furniture in light shades, a carpet, and a comfortable sofa or bed -- that's the desired imagery of interiors for coffee-table trunks.
Choose Cushion-top trunks
Imagine a cozy 1-bedroom apartment, a hostel, or a highway motel with limited sitting space, and then fit a cushion-top trunk in those spaces. You would score 10/10 for:
Comfortable sitting arrangement
These trunks are usually made from wood, manufactured wood, or medium-density fiberboard (MDF). Their cushions are usually made of memory foam and upholstered with faux leather or Polyvinylchloride (PVC).
Décor-wise, only the minimalist elements would match these trunks. Just a carpet to rest your feet, an adjoining sofa or a recliner chair. And a photo frame to break the monotony of blank walls.
Get an Entry-way Trunk
How many times has it happened to us that we are in a mad rush and we've forgotten where we placed the key-bunch? This dedicated style of trunks is thoughtfully designed to prevent such "mishaps." They will store the essentials such as keys, umbrella, footwear, caps and hats, and wayfarer cases that you need the moment you step out.
These trunks are usually made of wood. You will need a wide alley to place them so that it does not obstruct the entry-exit passage. Wall décor such as photo-frames and wall-hangings, will blend well with this trunk style.