Triple Threat Trunks: Storage, Table & Seat

Trunks are great in small homes and dorms because they can do triple duty as storage, table or bench seat. Lately, I've been loving them as yarn storage. I stuff my yarn collection into the trunk, then stand it up on its end so that it takes up less room (i.e. smaller footprint). This way, it's about the height of a desk or table so I pop a jewelry stand on top, turning it into a mini vanity. This is just one of the many ways trunks and their usage can be customized.Aside from personalizing how trunks are used, the trunks themselves can be customized. As shown in Photo 3, you can add everything from wheels, locks and shelves.

Tip:
To make trunks easier to move around without wheels, stick large adhesive furniture sliders to the bottom. Alternatively, if you want to display the trunk by standing it up on its end, stabilize it from jostling caused by the handle and other hardware by using a couple of magazines to level the base around the handle.

To get ideas flowing, here are a few uses for trunks around the home:
• Coffee table
• Bench seat
• Low profile window table for gardening
• Window bench
• Storing bedding and seasonal clothing
• Storing toys
• Storing bulky craft supplies like yarn

Shown above from left to right:
1. Dorm Trunk from PB Teen, $169.00
2. Cheerleader Trunk with Wheels from The Container Store, $229.00
3. Rhino Sticker Toy Trunk Jumbo Yellow from The Trunk Store, $304.90
4. Dorm Trunk from PB Teen, $169.00
5. Rhino Sticker Toy Trunk Jumbo Orange from The Trunk Store, $304.90

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