So often we confine a piece of furniture to a specific space even though it may be versatile enough to use in an array of rooms and utilized for several different purposes.  In today’s post, we’ll explore how the design and function of a piece can be used in a variety of environments, specifically examining the much underutilized hall chest.

The Hall Chest as a Media Console

Cassina - Media Console

The clean silhouette of the Casina Hall Chest effortlessly adds distinction and storage to this foyer.  Flanked by two accent chairs and a circular mirror, the chest has ample storage space for miscellaneous items and provides sufficient surface area to display decorative accents.  The chest’s eight total drawers sit on a striking architectural base creating a subtle, but thoughtful statement.


While incredibly stylish and functional in an entryway, it can also be used in a living room or media room.  This particular chest features two upper drawers that have drop-fronts to accommodate electronic components, which allows the chest to double as a media console.  Bunching the chests together allows one to add as much or as little storage as they need.  Bunching multiple chests together creates a statement.

The Hall Chest as a Buffet


The two-door Beauvais Chest features an eye-catching radial pattern of Quartered Walnut on the doors complimented by sunburst-designed hardware.  Its contemporary design makes it ideal to contrast against a grand staircase or other impressive architectural element.  Its ample surface area and clean lines allow accessories and accent pieces to take center stage.


Placed in a dining room, however, the chest takes on a bolder look.  Coupled with the statement-making Granville Scroll Mirror, it adds an air of refinement to the space.  The mirror’s Corsica finish with warm sienna burnishing ties into the sunburst hardware of the chest and the brass ferrule on the dining table’s tapered feet to create a cohesive sophisticated look.  Two doors open to reveal three drawers and four adjustable shelves, which can be used to store serving ware and china.

The Hall Chest as a Nightstand


Sumptuous detailing and luxurious materials lend a unique perspective to the Bluewater Hall Chest. Elegantly encased in leather, the hall chest is adorned with varying sizes of contrasting nailhead trim creating a unique look. A total of four drawers, each framed with a double row of small nails, feature custom designed lion’s head pulls that compliment the diverse use of materials.


When placed in a bedroom, the chest becomes a functional nightstand.  Complimenting the padded panels of woven linen and the rich chestnut brown finish of the headboard and footboard, it crafts a unified setting.  The contrasting nailhead trim of the chest is a nice tie-in with the Seagrass fabrics throughout the room, while its bun feet pair nicely with the carved posts of the bed and the turned legs of the chair.

While a piece of furniture often has a prescribed purpose, its function and design can often times be leveraged throughout the home to solve a multitude of design dilemmas.

What other uses do you have for a hall chest? What other pieces of furniture do you find to be most versatile?

Anestis on Thursday, January 22nd, 2015
Hi Cindy You are fabulous! I love the idea of the sofa table under the wonidw cut out with ottomans underneath. We have also thought about putting some sort of small bookcase there with some baskets for our daughters' toys. We could also stash some baskets under a sofa table in that same space. I love that you used all of our existing furniture. Even if we get some different furniture, I like to know that we have the right floor plan.My only concern and if I would have had time to send you exact measures before your post you may have addressed this problem . The wall where the TV is currently is 8 . The couch is also 8 long and so when on that wall, it seems awkward. The entry way to the right of the TV wall (one of the main entrances from the front door and foyer) is 5 wide. I measured tonight and if I centered the couch with with the TV in its new home (between the wonidws), it would stick out 2 into the entryway from a small foyer. I would have to float it away from the wall, like you have suggested, however, the space between the coffee table and TV cabinet is slightly less than 4 as it is. We have looked at couches that are 82-87 (vs. ours at 96 ). That would bring the overage down 2.5 7 . I still worry about how to balance it on the odd wall. We could probably fit a small end table on the opposite side (next to the entry by the cutout wonidw). Thank you so much, again, for giving us some great ideas. I really appreciate it.Heather
juany on Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Thats beatifull

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