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Storage trunks are timeless — they never seem to go out of style. If you choose one made out of solid wood or metal, it can also be used as seating or an extra tabletop and will likely last for generations if taken care of properly. It becomes more than a trunk — it becomes an heirloom full of memories.
If you’re seeking a more temporary storage solution or plan on using it as a child’s toy box or game chest, more affordable options such as fabric and MDF storage trunks are also available.
Storage trunks are a simple way to hold items that need to be easily accessible, such as extra linens, pillows, blankets, toys, and games. By providing these items permanent storage, your home is more likely to remain clutter-free. They are also good for seasonal items, such as decor and clothing, especially if your home does not have a basement or attic.
Whether you’re looking for a lockable trunk to store your most private items or a show-stopping decorative piece for your living room or office, check out our list of the best storage trunks for your home.
Our Favorite Storage Trunks
These storage trunks help contain our possessions, all while being visually appealing. Depending on your intended size, style, purpose, and location, there is a storage solution for everyone on our list.
When most people hear “storage trunk,” they think about a classic, steamer-style trunk design like this one. Originally used to carry clothes and belongings across the ocean, this style trunk, with its lockable latch, is ideal for securely storing private items. It also has handles so you can move it with ease, yet is large enough to double as a coffee table if that is your personal preference.
- Classic design
- Lockable latch
If you are looking for a more modern, industrial storage trunk, the Belmont Home Westcliffe Acacia trunk lends a classic contemporary look that is clean, subtle, smooth, and exceptionally durable. With metal legs and soft-close hinges, this piece would be perfect at the foot of a masterbed, in a home office, or as a coffee table in your living room.
- Modern industrial design
- Acacia wood
- Black metal legs
View Belmont Home Westcliffe Acacia Wood Storage Trunk on Amazon
Slightly smaller in stature than a traditional storage trunk, the SONGMICS storage trunk is perfect for smaller homes and apartments, larger closets, children’s rooms, and laundry areas. This beautiful hand-woven storage trunk with a rustic rattan-like surface boasts a removable cotton liner that makes for easy cleaning in-between seasons or messes.
- Foldable design
- Available in three colors
- Removable liner
View SONGMICS Storage Trunk with Cotton Liner on Amazon
The cool retro style of this storage trunk is perfect for a den, college apartment, guestroom, or man cave. The Amsel trunk is handsomely crafted out of engineered wood and cotton canvas with black metal hardware. It’s large enough for all of your storage needs and sturdy enough to use as a table or bench. A truly versatile piece.
- Classic industrial design
- Engineered wood and leather construction
- Trusted manufacturer
View Signature Design by Ashley Amsel Storage Trunk on Amazon
The Aspen Skies storage trunk is a must-have for anyone living in a four-season climate. Fully lined with cedar, this trunk is ideal for storing all of your wool coats, sweaters, antique textiles, or family heirlooms. It also has a sectioned, sliding tray that can be used for hats, scarves, gloves, or other smaller personal items.
- Traditional rustic design
- Full cedar lining
- Smaller Storage Tray Inside
View Liberty Furniture Industries Aspen Skies Storage Trunk on Amazon
If farmhouse is your style, the Cates storage trunk is meant for you. It will add a cozy rustic appeal to your space with its easy, laid-back style. The antique brass metal hardware just adds to the trunk’s charm. Last, but certainly not least, it is affordable and comes in three beautiful farmhouse finishes — gray, rustic browns, and white. You may just need to buy one for each room.
- Classic farmhouse design
- Available in three finishes
- Antique brass hardware
If wood and metal aren’t your thing and you’re not afraid to experiment with fabrics, this velvet trunk is a great way to add a softer, more glamorous look to your living room, bedroom, or she-shed. Available in four luxurious colors — gray, pink, purple, and teal — the tufted velvet trunk also makes a wonderful padded bench or ottoman.
- Available in four colors
- Luxurious feel of velvet
View B FSOBEIIALEO Folding Storage Velvet Trunk on Amazon
Ahoy, Mateys! Whether you live by the beach, are looking for a fun piece to add to your child’s room, or just really love the nautical design, this weathered wood, treasure-chest-style storage trunk with an anchor-shaped closure is a great conversation starter. The wooden chest has a solid black interior, a studded accent strap along the edges and a domed lid whose hinges click into place depending on how far you want it to be opened. It’s a great pick for your favorite little pirate’s playroom.
- Classic nautical design
- Weathered wood
- Rounded top
View Household Essentials Stripped Weathered Wooden Storage Trunk on Amazon
Why only buy one trunk, when you can have two? This pair of wood trunks look great placed together, stacked on top of one another, or used in two completely different rooms based on your personal storage needs. Their slightly weathered finish is extremely versatile and will fit with a variety of decor from the farmhouse to the lakehouse.
- Rustic farmhouse design
- Distressed painted wood
- Black iron hardware
View Deco 79 28″/31″ Wood Trunk (Set of 2) on Amazon
The BirdRock storage bench is an excellent way to add a natural, textured element to your home’s decor. It is hand-woven from high-quality seagrass plant fiber, wrapped around a solid wood frame, then sealed with a double coat of lacquer to help resist moisture.
The storage trunk features double safety hinges, making sure the lid stays open and only closes when you push it shut. Whether your decor is nautical or boho, this storage trunk will create extra space for storing shoes, towels, blankets, pillows, or any other household items.
- Seagrass texture
- Safety hinges
- Moisture resistant
View BIRDROCK HOME Espresso Storage Trunk on Amazon
How to Choose the Best Storage Trunk for Your Home
You can truly never have too much storage. Between seasonal items and day-to-day stuff, our homes are typically filled to the brim with both functional and meaningful objects. By no means should you hang on to things you no longer use, but having a place for everything helps to create a clean, serene, and livable atmosphere. Choosing a storage trunk for your home will depend on two things — what you want to store and where in your home it will live.
What features do you want?
When choosing a storage trunk, you should first decide if you want it to serve solely for storage or if you also want it to function as another piece of furniture such as a table, bench, or ottoman.
If you have children at home, then you might want to consider soft-closed hinges so that no little fingers get accidentally pinched. Do you want your storage trunk to have legs or sit flush to the ground? Be on casters or have handles so that it can be moved easily regardless of its contents?
What look are you going for?
Modern, industrial, traditional, contemporary, nautical, farmhouse, boho — find a storage trunk that fits your home’s aesthetic. Decorative storage trunks are so much more attractive than plastic bins. With a plethora of materials, finishes, and hardware available, you should only invest in what fits your needs and decor as well as makes you happy.
Storage trunks are a great way to get organized. They are able to hold large quantities of items without taking up a ton of space. If you have an older home with little built-in storage, storage trunks can take the place of closet space in nearly every room. Speaking of closets, placing a storage trunk in the bottom of your closet is also an excellent space saver for seasonal shoes, handbags, or anything else you may want to tuck away.
Regardless of what you’re looking to store, we hope that our list has given you the inspiration you need to start your next organization project.