Clever Ways To Store (and Use) Your Luggage at Home

published Mar 23, 2017
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Luggage is just one of those things that tends to take up a lot of space, and when you live in a small home, you know how hard it is to find a place for small trinkets, let alone huge trunks and suitcases. Whether you’re a frequent flyer or just take a trip once or twice a year, you probably own at least a suitcase or two, so here’s how to make use of them when you’re not on-the-go and where to hide (or display!) them when you’re settled in.

First Thing’s First: Use Your Luggage as Storage

When you’re not traveling, especially if you’re not a frequent traveler and don’t have to use your luggage frequently, you can make good use of it by having it double as storage for things you don’t need immediate access to. For example, empty luggage is a great place to store off-season clothes and shoes (especially if you live in a small space and don’t have anywhere else in your home to keep them) or extra bedding when you’re not using it, but you can keep just about anything you want in your suitcases.

You can decide to use all or just some of your luggage. For example, if you take shorter trips, it might be a good idea to keep your carry-on bag or suitcase free so you don’t have to move things out of it before a weekend away, but you can still store things in your larger suitcases. Once you’ve figured out how you’re using your luggage, you can figure out where to put it.

Where to Store Your Luggage

Store it In Your Closet

If you have a super small closet, skip storing anything inside your suitcase and instead, pack your smaller suitcases inside like nesting dolls. That way, all or most of your luggage will be inside one large suitcase or trunk, and you can store it off to the side against the wall or laying down on the floor of your closet if it will fit.

Keep it Under Your Bed

Have limited under-bed space? Follow the same steps as you would for a tiny closet, then slide your suitcases-inside-a-suitcase under your bed. But if you have plenty of room to spare, definitely put stuff to store inside your luggage first. So long as your bed frame is tall enough to fit your suitcases, you can use this space to keep your luggage out of sight and out of mind.

Slide it Behind Furniture

If you’ve got room for a nook behind a big piece of furniture (like a couch), that could be the perfect space to hide your suitcases. Again, if the space is big enough, use your luggage to store your things—if not, pack them up inside each other.

Hide it Behind a Screen or Curtain

When all else fails, try using a decorative screen or curtain to hide your luggage in a corner or an otherwise unused space—you’ll add interest to the room, and you can keep your suitcases (and anything else you don’t want seen) stored neatly behind it.

And if your luggage works with your decor…

If your luggage is sleek or more like vintage (or vintage-inspired) trunks and suitcases, you can probably incorporate it into your home’s aesthetic—just like you’re hiding it in plain sight. Depending on your space, you can really put your luggage anywhere, but here are some ideas to get you started:

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Stack it in the Hallway
Have a hallway space that could use a little sprucing up? Stack your suitcases neatly in order of size, and they’ll add interest to the space and give you a spot to keep your luggage when it’s not in use. Top off your suitcase stack with decor items like plants and framed photos (or a globe, like The Locker did above), and it’ll look like a unique and intentional part of your home—not just a storage space. (Image credit: The Locker)