Vintage suitcases being used as nightstand

Using Vintage suitcases in decor

Today, I am hanging out with a few of my blogging besties, showing ways to make something old new again.

My design style tends to lean a little more modern- I love a great black accent, and one of my favorite ways to soften a modern room is to add something vintage in an unexpected way.

Let’s see how we can use vintage suitcases in decor.

Vintage Suitcases as a nightstand

Vintage Suitcases stacked as a nightstand.

I have stacked three vintage suitcases to make a nightstand in our guest room.

With the three suitcases stacked, it’s a great height for a nightstand, and since it’s a guest room, we didn’t need to worry about storage space.

Guest bedroom highlighting vintage suitcases used as a side table.
Guest Room with Vintage suitcases as nightstands.
Fall flowers pictured with vintages suitcases used as side table.
Vintage Suitcases with Fall Flowers

Vintage Suitcases as an end table.

Another excellent use for vintage suitcases is as end tables.

I have a few black ones stacked on the side of my sofa that act as an end table in the living room.

They help balance out my camel-colored sofa and offer the perfect display area for books and photographs.

Ooh, and flowers.

Black vintage suitcases in living room as side table.
Black Vintage Suitcases as an end table.

I love giving these pieces new life.

A bonus is they are actually quite large, and the surface allows for lots of display space.

Living room with pottery barn leather sofa and vintage side table.
Living Room View

Some of my favorite places to find old suitcases:

  • Vintage Markets
  • Goodwill
  • Etsy
  • eBay- I found the black suitcase in the living room on eBay.

Care of Vintage Suitcases

When I find a vintage piece I love, they are not always ready for use.

I always take the following steps to ensure they are ready for display.

  • Clean outside with soap and water.
  • Inside, make sure there is no mold or mildew.
  • Add a touch of shine with leather cleaner.
  • Polish and clean any hardware.

These are a few ways I use vintage suitcases in decor.

Do you have other suggestions?

Those are my tips for making old suitcases new again!

I have a new project on my list that I will post about soon. I found a vintage salesman suitcase that I will add legs to, and I am so excited to see how it turns out.

Now, let’s see what my blogging beasties are making new again!

Until next time,


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  3. I have always loved old suitcases, but never quite knew what to do with them. These are some great tips!

  4. Cindy says:

    Beautiful I love the way these look. The guest room is so pretty.

    Our Goodwill and Thrift shops are disappointing in NJ where we live. Our Goodwills are filled with clothes.


  5. I love your ideas for using vintage suitcases for end tables or night stands. It’s great that they can store things and serve as furniture.

  6. Leen Curinga says:

    I love this look Libbie! I am going to be on the look out for vintage suitcases now.

  7. Renae says:

    I love this idea! So much fun

  8. Juliet says:

    I love this look, Libby. My parents had several old suitcases and trunks in their garage and I lost track of them over the years. I so regret it. xo

  9. Marie says:

    I’ve always loved the look of vintage suitcases. Something about wondering where they were taking and what they have seen 🙂

  10. Thanks for the tips on how to use those treasures you just might find in a relatives’ attic or vintage shop.

  11. Melba says:

    I absolutely love vintage suitcases! Such great styling.

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