Who doesn’t love a vintage trunk? The earliest American made trunks were from the late 1600s. They were made of various woods and covered with hides such as deer, horse or cowhide. In the 1700s the hide covered trunks continued and became a little more ornamented with handmade brass tacks, forged iron locks and handles and leather trim. In the late 1700s and early 1800s round trunks became popular. Looking at them from the end they appear round, with a small flat base. They were covered in leather and hide and usually ornamented with brass tacks. They were lined with a printed paper or often old newspapers. They sometimes were made with a small brass handle on top and were made in many sizes.
Today although we don’t really travel with trunks anymore, they have wonderful decrative value! Along with storage in plain sight, you can do so many beautiful things with vintage trunks! We have gathered a few of our favorite ideas and inspiration from around the web. We hope you are inspired to add a trunk or two to your decor!Use a trunk as a simple side table or add a cushion and you have an instant bench!By adding a base, top, or even casters you can have a very functional piece of furniture with instant vintage charm.Is your trunk in rough shape? Paint can be a wonderful way to restore a trunk, or help it to blend or pop your decor!Cushions make a little trunk love seat! How cute is this?Even pieces of trunks can be upcycled into something beautiful, just like this trunk lid turned coffee table!Well……are you inspired? Come on into the store, we always have a trunk or two laying around! Add your own special touch and have a brand new piece of vintage decor to your home!