How to Decorate Living Rooms with a Trunk Coffee Table

A trunk coffee table is sold everywhere on the market right now. You can even purchase it online. However, you can also make it on your own. The tutorial videos of turning an old trunk into a fancy coffee table have been circulating on the internet for years now.

In this article, we will show you how to decorate your living room with an old trunk and turn it into a coffee table. Other than that, a trunk coffee table could be something you really need right now.

Trunk Coffee Table

Wood Trunks

If you have a traditional-looking room, a trunk coffee table made of solid wood would be the best thing to choose. The vintage style might also work well with the trunk while the trunk will draw interest to the décor. If the seating around the coffee table is in a darker color, you might choose a lighter color for the wood. Oak would be a good addition after all.

On the other hand, if the seating is kind of brighter in color, the trunk could be in a medium or darker tone of woods. If the trunk has slats, using table glass would be recommended though. This type of trunk would add warmth in the room.

Steamer Trunk Coffee Lift Top Table

Steamer Trunk Coffee Lift Top Table
Steamer Trunk Coffee Lift Top Table By thegadgetflow.com

Leather Trunks

This type of trunk coffee table would be suitable for a contemporary living room. For a nice embellishment, you can add some brass details. Other than that, some colors would really make the coffee stands out. The colors are such as rich burgundy, black, or cappuccino brown for a sleek yet elegant look for the whole room. Those colors work well in various home decors actually.

The trunk would look stunning if you offset the vintage design with some details from the old days and today together. Arranging some books, peonies in a pretty vase, or some black and white photos would be good things on the table. Just make sure that the trunk fits the overall look of the room.

Wooden Chest Trunk Coffee Table Bench Blanket Chest Toy Box Square

Wooden Chest Trunk Coffee Table Bench Blanket Chest Toy Box Square
Wooden Chest Trunk Coffee Table Bench Blanket Chest Toy Box Square By www.etsy.com

Military Trunks

If you get your trunk from a flea market and there is a piece of nostalgia from the footlocker, you can definitely make it as a stunning piece in the room. It fits a masculine décor style or a man cave instead. A footlocker typically has a little rugged look with neutral army green color on it. This is why you will pair this trunk coffee table with earth tones in the first place. Shades of deep brown or slate gray would work really well in a masculine room especially if you include this trunk as well.

Vintage Antique Chest Trunk Coffee Table Shabby Chic Green Cottage Loft Industrial

Vintage Antique Chest Trunk Coffee Table Shabby Chic Green Cottage Loft Industrial Side Table Storage
Vintage Antique Chest Trunk Coffee Table Shabby Chic Green Cottage Loft Industrial Side Table Storage By www.etsy.com

Updated Trunks

Meanwhile, if you need to give a modern touch on a vintage trunk, you can always repaint the entire piece or doing things to resurface the piece. Changing the hardware would also make a huge difference in its look. Before you repaint the unit, you must take a look and consider the paint of your entire room.

Walnut Trunk Coffee Table Circa 2000 France

Walnut Trunk Coffee Table Circa 2000 France
Walnut Trunk Coffee Table Circa 2000 France By www.incollect.com

Depending on the color scheme of the room, you can paint the trunk with contemporary hues such as black or white, or other shades that catch the attention such as cobalt blue or lime green. On the other hand, if you can a modern detail and furnishings in the room, you may opt to get a monotone trunk coffee table instead.

In fact, white or black trunks will make good coordination with the whole room. It gives some bold details especially if you choose some contrast colors. On the other hand, in order to stay away of color confusion, you may choose to get neutral shades for your trunk especially if the furniture pieces are already bold in place.

Stow Trunk Coffee Table

Stow Trunk Coffee Table
Stow Trunk Coffee Table By oakidea.com

Other Common Materials for a Coffee Table

Wood is the most common material for a coffee table. In fact, a trunk coffee table is definitely made of wood and you can give some accents here and there. If you are not up for a trunk for your coffee table, you may take a look at our list of materials for a coffee table. We will also include the pros and cons of each material.

Solid Seesham Wood Trunk Coffee Table

Solid Seesham Wood Trunk Coffee Table
Solid Seesham Wood Trunk Coffee Table By www.timbergirl.com

Glass

Glass material for a coffee table would provide an airy look which is very ideal for a smaller room. You can choose the whole table made of glass or just a glass top. It really reflects a modern look in the living room. You can even use a glass top for a trunk coffee table with slates to make a stable surface.

The glass would give you a modern look and stays on-trend all the time. On the other hand, the glass would show the fingerprints easily and more clearly even though it is easy to clean. It also tends to be more expensive than other materials especially if it features various additional traits. You do not want to be with this material when you are tight on a budget.

Metal Trunk Coffee Table with Glass Top

Metal Trunk Coffee Table with Glass Top
Metal Trunk Coffee Table with Glass Top By Pinterest.com

Metal

Metal is also a popular choice and you can also pair it with a trunk coffee table even if it is just for its hardware. It gives the impression of a contemporary look while there are several metal options you can choose. Metal is strong and durable while it is easy to clean. 

On the other hand, you may find this material to be too cold or hot according to the current weather. You do not want to put it in a wet place because it could get rusted so fast. Metal is not suitable for outdoor used or to be placed in a humid room.

Zallzo Commander Aluminum Storage Trunk Coffee Table

Zallzo Commander Aluminum Storage Trunk Coffee Table
Zallzo Commander Aluminum Storage Trunk Coffee Table By zallzo.com

Rattan

Rattan or wicker is another contemporary choice. It gives a nice appearance of summer and would go well with any kind of interior style. You do not need to worry to use rattan furniture for outdoor. However, there is no trunk coffee table that uses rattan as its main material. Still, you should consider this material for a coffee table considering the look is so pretty and very durable as long as it does not get exposed by direct water.

As we have mentioned earlier, this material shows a contemporary look and very durable yet affordable for any home. The cleaning process is pretty easy and the material is easy to carry. You can move it outside and bring it back in easily for sure. However, rattan could be very vulnerable towards the wet environment. Decorating your trunk coffee table with rattan is not recommended as well.

Rattan Trunk Coffee Table

Rattan Trunk Coffee Table
Rattan Trunk Coffee Table By frenchknot.com.au

Rustic Coffee Table

Rustic Coffee Table
Rustic Coffee Table By Pinterest.com

Rustic Coffee Table

Old Basket Trunk Coffee Table
Old Basket Trunk Coffee Table By www.reclaimedwoodfurniture.com

Natural Luka Tree Trunk Coffee Table Black

Natural Luka Tree Trunk Coffee Table Black
Natural Luka Tree Trunk Coffee Table Black By www.pib-home.co.uk

Earwyn Teak Trunk Coffee Table

Earwyn Teak Trunk Coffee Table
Earwyn Teak Trunk Coffee Table By www.daxtonfurniture.com

Country Pine Antique 1900’s Carpenter Tool Chest or Trunk Coffee Table

Country Pine Antique 1900's Carpenter Tool Chest or Trunk Coffee Table
Country Pine Antique 1900’s Carpenter Tool Chest or Trunk Coffee Table By www.harpgallery.com

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