Ideas for Getting More Use out of Vertical Steamer Trunk?

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Q: I have a cute antique vertical steamer trunk in my bedroom that I've been using as storage. It is similar to the one in the photo; only the colors are different. The problem is, while the drawers are awesome for storage, the hangers on the left side just aren't. Currently, I have a couple sheets and a comforter hanging there. And the suitcase is unused:

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It's not a small piece of furniture and I feel like it's silly to have it taking up so much space when half of it only holds a couple things.

The trunk was cheap and isn't in the best condition, so I was planning on painting the inside soon. Any ideas of a DIY way I could transform the left side into something more useful?

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.