All About Chest Furniture

The chest is one of the oldest types of furniture found in homes today.  In most cases, a chest is a rectangular box with a lid used for storage.  The inside of the furniture piece is usually divided up for better organization.  The first chests (the ones you find in antique stores today) were used for storage of clothing, weapons, food, and in some cases--very expensive items like jewelry.

Chests have had tons of different uses throughout time.  During Medieval and the Renaissance, low profile chests were often used for benches and taller chests were used as a side table.  A lot of people used the "side table" chests as a place for writing by using the underside of the lid for a writing surface and then storing writing instruments and supplies in the chest itself.

While the usage of chests have become more strictly organizational in today's times, it's fun to know what other people have used them for.

The Many Forms of Chests

Chests come in many different shapes and sizes and are great for all types of storage purposes. While not nearly as "modern" looking as Rubbermaid plastic storage bins, wooden chests have a sense of personality that gives your home a more traditional look. Whether you use your chest to store toys, clothes, useless junk you've accumulated, or food, you can find a chest that works for you.

Furniture chests come in a variety of different styles and finishes.  You can find anything from cheap plastic chests used for toy storage to stained hand carved chests used for decoration in upper class homes.  Some chests are also painted to match the interior of the home if the owner is looking for something more modern.

Chests come in all sorts of levels of detail and price. While a basic wooden chest can cost anywhere from $100 to $200, fancy carved chests can cost you well over $1000. If those prices are out of your price range, you can often pick up used furniture chests at yard sales for about $10 sometimes.

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