There's something so jet-set chic about a worn-in storage trunk — it's probably all those metal or leather details. I'm a huge fan of showing off trunks as objets de decor, which is why I was surprised I've never really considered the idea of propping up my favorite trunk on a trunk stand.
What is a Trunk Stand, Anyway?
A trunk stand is just a small raised platform onto which one can set a storage trunk. It makes the trunk and its contents easier to get to from a standing position, kind of like a luggage rack. Trunk stands can be made from metal or wood, or anything, really. As long as it works.
Pottery Barn's Ludlow Trunk
Why Would You Want One?
The main reason to lift a trunk is to give it some height. Most trunks are too short to function as a console, coffee or side table, but with some legs they can do double-duty in the home as both surface and storage. Visually, an open space below a big piece also helps to minimize its impact in a small home; the more floor you see, the bigger a room will feel. Plus it makes a basic trunk just look so polished (and is easy to clean around, too!).
DIY Trunk Risers from Making a House a Home
How Can I Make This Work in My Home?
The first step? Find or gather a great trunk. The best ones have lots of detail, like metallic case corners, leather straps or big sturdy buckles. Then all that's left to do is make or buy a trunk stand and drop your trunk on top.
- BIY: Buy-it-Yourself. Phoenix West makes affordable black steel stands in two sizes that get the job done, and you can find them all over the web.
- Find an antique trunk stand with character on eBay or hunt around Etsy or Craigslist for a bit. (Homestead Seattle sold the trunk stand pictured up top, and always has great vintage MCM pieces.)
- Use another table as a trunk stand. I can't help but think that the IKEA VITTSJÖ TV Unit could look really great.
- Starting from scratch? Buy a trunk that comes with a stand, like this Ludlow Trunk and stand from Pottery Barn, sold attached together for use as a side table (there's a bar cabinet and media console, too).
- Make a stand! You can't go wrong, and you'll get something totally custom. Use a tutorial, like this one from Making a House a Home, or just dive in and design your own.
(Image credits: Homestead Seattle/Etsy; Pottery Barn; Making a House a Home)