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Put Charles in charge. The Charles Storage piece can function as a side table for a lamp, clock or other items. The lid has a chalkboard surface so you can use it as an activity table as well.

Open it up and Charles provides storage for linens, diapers, toys -- you name it. We like the cut-outs on the sides for easy moving.

Charles is available in a birch or walnut finish. $299.