Decorative trunks are used as a focal point in a room and to store goods inside. If you're looking for a trunk for your home, here are some things you should consider.
What is the Difference Between a Trunk and a Chest?
By strict definition, trunks are used to store items while traveling, whereas chests are used to store things in your house.
Steamer trunks were used mainly on steamships, also called steamers. Jenny Lind trunks have a distinctive shape when viewed from the side - they look like an hourglass or keyhole. They were used by the Swedish performer of the same name when she traveled the U.S. with P.T.Barnum.
A chest also called a kist or coffer, is used mainly for storage and has four sides and a lid. The interior can be divided into different compartments or left open. A specific type of decorative chest is called a cassone, also known as a hope chest or marriage chest, because that is where a new bride stored her wedding linens in days of old.
How Big are Decorative Trunks?
Trunks came in all sizes when they were used primarily as luggage. Some were just big enough to accommodate hats, while others were built to hold entire wardrobes, including shoes.
A normal steamer trunk, which is the most common of all the vintage trunks, is generally 39½ x 21 x 21. When you're looking for placement for your trunk, make sure the interior is easily accessible if you plan on using it for items that you regularly use.
Are There Different Styles of Trunks?
Decorative trunks are a versatile and nostalgic piece of furniture that double as storage to help declutter your home.
Trunks that are used for storage and adornment come in almost every shape, size, and hue. The main requirements are that it has to be able to hold things, have a rectangular shape, and a lid. Beyond that, it's up to your imagination.
- Wood & Leather
Most decorative trunks that were actually used as luggage years ago are constructed from leather and wood. For some décors, the natural wood or weathered leather of a trunk might suit your space perfectly.
Especially in a more masculine space with deeper-hued furnishings, an antique steamer or Jenny Lind trunk to hold a collection of magazines, records, or books would work well with the traditional character of the room.