I'll never forget the day my governess packed up my trunk and put me on the steam ship for boarding school. Wait. What? I meant I'll never forget the day I threw my stuff into Hefty bags and loaded up my Honda to go to the University of Texas. Sorry, it's easy to lose yourself in fantasy world when you look at these steamer trunks. From left to right:
•Voyager Steam Trunk, ($799) This one costs a pretty penny so will remain in fantasy land for most, but we love that it's really for kids. It has a non-functioning lid and drawers on the side.
• Antiqued Embossed Decorative Trunk, ($90.31) Decent price and still has that vintage look we're going for.
• Mayfair Steamer Cube with Drawers Brass, ($1195) Oh, Restoration Hardware. Why do you torture us so?
• Rhino Cedar Trunk, ($149-$379 depending on size) American-made Rhino trunks. Available in 9 sizes, 18 colors, and an unfinished birch version that is crying out for a DIY.
• Seward Stackable Black Foot Locker, ($39.99) This one looks pretty darn good for that price. My governess would have approved.
One added note we should mention: if you buy a trunk for a small child's room, be sure that the lid has appropriate lid stay hardware so that it can't slam shut and cause injury. Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has a variety of lid supports that you can attach to trunks (and toy boxes, too) to keep your little ones safe.