Traditionally, chests have been used to safely store valuable items; utilizing heavy wood frames and strong locks. Today, chests with details like that are sought after for their aesthetic appeal more than their security features. With a more visual role in mind, uses for chests have become more creative and are often featured as great accent pieces to a seating or bedroom area.
In a living room, chests, such as the pictured Shoal Creek Storage Chest from Sauder furniture, make for excellent replacements for traditional coffee tables. Their low profile often creates an ideal height for use as a coffee table and their design makes them unique and interesting. Chests also work great as end tables if used next to large pieces of furniture. These living room tables are also practical as places for extra pillow, blanket, or DVD storage.
Another traditional use of chests is as a storage space at the foot of a bed. Similar to a seating area, you can also use a chest as a nightstand or accent table near your bed depending on the height. Make sure to add some great decorations to the top of them!