Steamer trunk

Steamer trunk


In keeping with our series of articles about super low cost and free DIY furniture, let’s look at steamer trunk furniture. Everyone has probably seen these old trunks from days gone by, but using them creatively as furniture is less well known. The trunks may need refurbishing or repair, although it’s not always necessary. One technique is lining the inside with aromatic cedar planking (available from specialty wood stores) for use as a storage chest at the foot of beds or elsewhere. Trunks with flat tops make good coffee tables and end tables. And, as you can see in the following photos, trunks can be assembled into desks, bookcases, shelving and other furniture.

Vintage leather trunk desk

Vintage leather trunk desk


Furniture made from old steamer trunks

Furniture made from old steamer trunks


Trunk shelving

Trunk shelving

Image source: Steamer Trunk
Image source 2,3: Restoration Hardware (large selection)
Janets Mills Pinterest (interesting history)


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Steamer Trunk Furniture — 2 Comments

    • A lot depends on where you live. I figured people might get lucky at an auction or yard sale. And it depends on the quality. Some of the simple metal boxy ones aren’t too costly. Or maybe you’ll inherit one from grandma.

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