Almost every family home has that storage chest. You know the one: old, dusty, and filled with unwanted toys and video games. Yep, it's certainly an heirloom and it's an undeniably handy piece of storage furniture, but is it stylish? Not really. But don't write off the humble storage chest's décor credentials just yet. After all, nowadays, there are plenty of modish trunks, ottomans, and units out there that make an exception to the rule — they're just not in your parents' pad.
In another early-life surprise, you're probably finding yourself searching for a storage chest, despite it once being an unwanted space hog no one had the heart to list on Freecycle. Well, things have changed. This is now the ultimate place to store extra cushions, slot your shoe collection inside, or hold extra bedding sets. And there are so many stylish designs out there to make sure your storage chest doesn't stick out like a sore thumb.
From reclaimed industrial and rustic to contemporary chic, this edit has something for every apartment or doer-upper, especially those with a tighter budget. Of all the small-space storage buys I've found recently, storage chests might just be my favorite.
9 storage chests you'll actually be into
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Size (in): H19.9 x W29.5 x D15.7
Made from: Engineered wood
This takes the top spot in my list for a number of reasons, not the least the sizeable spacious storage, perfect for keeping blankets, cushions, and other homely essentials. Quite the all-rounder, it's made with robust engineered wood, and fitted with two handy rings on each side for quick and easy movement. As for the set-up, it's a breeze, complete with detailed instructions. Oh, and who can argue with that simplified, classic style, which is both parts rustic and understated, guaranteed to chime with your living room or bedroom?
The chest-stool hybrid
Size (in): H8.11 x W19.7 x D13.78
Made from: Velvet and wood
Talk about multi-functional. Besides acting like one seriously cute stool, replete with velvet upholstery and a cushy touch, this storage chest doubles as an ingenious seat or side table. Specced with the iconic trunk-style hardware (handle included), it's perfect sat next to your dresser or placed in the living room as a statement piece. As for its looks, it's giving mid-century modern with a playful twist, making it a must for the wilder décor divas amongst us.
The vintage pick
Size (in): H9.75 x W22 x D13,8
Made from: MDF
If you're big into vintage furniture, then allow me to introduce this mini storage design, which nails the lived-in aesthetic. Primed with a distressed surface and a mottled, green-black finish, it's made from manufactured wood and laminate, ideal if you're looking for a statement piece to anchor a bedroom or lounge. Providing just enough room to store gadgets, mementos, and any other occasional-use items, it's giving old but gold, thanks to the signature straps, metal hardware, old typeface, and a neutral palette. Go ahead: add some history to your modern home.
Size (in): H18.94 x W35.28 x D15.21
Made from: Wood
When it comes to understated décor pieces, this is a must. Available in an oiled-oak finish, jamocha wood, and soft white, it's distinguished by its clean lines and traditional design. Guaranteed to elevate your space, it's a slightly dearer option (although, still very reasonable), a drawback it compensates for in looks. And, as far as shoppers are concerned, the set-up is a piece of cake, and the wood is thick and smooth. Perfection!
The Scandi option
Size (in): H18.9 x W30 x D15.7
Made from: Wood
Some of us prefer to keep it simple. If that sounds like you (it's definitely me), then meet your answer to graceful storage that whispers — rather than shouts — style. With a shuttered front, handles, and a safety-hinged lid, this fits the brief for modern, practical use. As for the venting, this helps to ensure the contents — be it bedding, blankets, or cushions — are kept fresh while they're out of sight. Oh, and the wipe-clean surface is an absolute dream if, like me, you're a prolific coffee spiller.
Size (in): H15.75 x W19 x D11
Made from: Wood
Built with pine, this charming design gives an old-school feel to any humble abode thanks to its rustic look. Inspired by traditional Victorian trunks, it's a compact edition, ideal for those tight on floor space. Complete with a bronze latch and hardware, the furnishing is finished in a distressed gray, giving the appearance of a life well lived. It's pretty versatile, too. Indeed, this would look no less brilliant in a countryside home than it would in a modern loft conversion.
The artsy option
rSize (in): H18.25 x W29 x D16.25
Made from: Wood
Replete with three different hues — redwood, black, and grey — across its wooden panels, this artfully weathered furnishing delivers when it comes to function and form. It nails that curious but cool aesthetic. Perfect for the boudoir, it's muted yet playful, blending seamlessly with an otherwise pared-back set-up. As for its uses? I could see this storing blankets and fresh linens aplenty or performing as one handy wash bin. The latter is especially appealing given that my outfits change like the wind.
The table trunk
Size (in): H21 x W21 x D22
Made from: MDF
If you're after something savvy but timeless, consider this your answered prayer. Not only does it come with a removable tray and a sizeable covert space below, but it's also fitted with metal legs, making one serious coffee table cum storage space. Now, that's how you save space the smart way. Quick espresso? Check. Space to store throws, blankies, and mismatched cushions? Check. As for the basics, durable manufactured wood keeps it steady, while the grainy, knotted texture whispers luxury.
Size (in): H18 x W30 x D16
Made from: Wicker
Can you really go wrong with wicker? We think not. Supporting our theory, this design offers a striking farmhouse aesthetic suitable for rustic and contemporary pads alike. Yep, there's nothing to say you can't pair this with a maximalist sofa set-up or, indeed, quieter, wooden features. That's its beauty. Providing plenty of space for odds and ends, it's finished with black, distressed details, enhancing the countrified allure. Oh, and other shoppers seem to be pleased, reporting a robust design and space for up to 7 throw blankets. I'm sold.
Where to buy a storage chest?
If you're still looking for that perfect storage chest for your space, small or large, then we can still be of help. Here are the retailers you can browse even more storage chests at just below. Don't stop until you find what you're lusting after!