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Years ago trunks were once used by travelers but were quickly replaced by easier to move luggage. However, trunks have remained a decorating accessory for the home. Growing up I remember these oversized trunks at the base of the bed that were used to store handmade quilts and other keepsakes that were dear to the heart. As a child, these trunks always seemed massive in size and seemed to have limited use other than the perfect place to hide during a game of hide and seek. Little did I know the sentimental value these trunks held.
What once was thought of as a 'space invader' is now the perfect way to bring a rustic, country flair to your home and it is a special piece that can work in just about any room. There are so many colors, textures, materials and styles to choose from, the possibilities are endless.
For all of you collector's out there, I am sure I am not telling you anything you don't already know but there are pieces of vintage luggage that could be worth a pretty penny. If you are interested in the history of a piece of luggage or to find out if you might be the lucky owner of something incredible, click on the link from Country Living to read about 'The Collector's Guide To Vintage Luggage'
It's amazing how versatile trunks or vintage luggage can be when decorating. Sweet Country Style has narrowed down 5 creative ways to incorporate trunks and luggage into your decorating style. These ideas definitely made us think 'out of the box' and look beyond functional storage.
Beautiful Bedside Table or Night Stand
Looking for a bedside table? Trunks or chests are sturdy and make a great furniture option used as a night stand. This one in particular is a great use of burlap and wood and it adds a rustic element to the space. This is also the perfect way to create a vintage vibe in a guest room. Use it as a place to store all those pillows or books when not in use.
Show Off Shelving
Shelving that will give your room the wow factor - what better way to add something unique and different to your home than shelving made from old vintage luggage. And while you're at it, bring in a little something that no one expects and add a pop of color and dimension to the room. Oh the places these have traveled and the stories they could tell!!
Turn craftroom chaos into a terrific trunk idea. Create a gift wrapping room and store all of your ribbon, bows and bags. The fact that this trunk is on wheels makes it so versatile and easy to move. Who said craftrooms aren't cool? We love this one!! P.S. We also love the use of curtains to hide the space if your crafting gets a little out of hand!!
Storage Like No Other
Need some extra storage but also want something practical yet unique? Here's a creative way to use old luggage and add color and texture to an otherwise boring bookshelf. This one is a a great mix of styles. A bit of whimsy, vintage and a touch of rustic charm thrown in with the use of the crate on the bottom right. Suitcases to fill a bookshelf? Yes please.
Trunks on the porch create a great place to store extra pillows but can also have a dual purpose as a side table or even extra seating when guest are over. Trunks can also be used as a coffee table or add some wheels and now you have a great serving table for beverages or snacks. This one without a doubt will be the 'center of attention' of any porch party.
Trunks and old luggage can add character to any room and the options are endless if you think further than just ordinary storage. What once was a cumbersome piece of furniture is now a welcomed addition that works well with any style. Stack, roll, store or shelve them....it's up to you. Go ahead and be creative and join us 'outside the box'.