Collection: Cedar Hope Chests

Cedar Hope Chest, a prized possession that has been around for centuries, are still be used in homes across America! Store your old wedding dress, blankets, quilts, and other precious possessions in this chest. Read More

From the United Kingdom to the Amish Heritage in America, each chest symbolized hope and was a treasured furniture piece to store prized items for a future couple's new home.

You can still bring a chest like these into your home and start your own tradition. Shop our cedar chests now!

About Our Cedar Chests

All of our cedar chests are crafted with cedar bottoms. This wood type is very special, as it deters insects and fungus from growing - protecting your keepsakes. We offer these chests in Hickory, Cherry, Walnut, and Brown Maple.

Each chest lid includes anti-slam hinges to help prevent accidents. A lock and key are also included with these chests. The base has a gentle, scalloped feature.

Our chest sizes range from 36" to 46" in length. Each item is handcrafted by Amish woodworkers with careful attention to detail that results in a sturdy piece. Each timeless chest is built to heirloom quality.

Shop Cedar Chests

At our store, we offer cedar chests and blanket chests too! These can be used as toy boxes with the option for personalized engraving. Most chests like these can be used as a blanket trunk, but if you're looking for something more modern, search our blanket chests for the perfect storage piece.

FAQs About Cedar Hope Chest

What is a cedar hope chest?

A cedar hope chest is made with a cedar lining bottom for your most precious items and is commonly used to store textiles/clothes, and other important items. Cedar chests are a coveted home item that has been around for centuries.

What's the difference between a hope chest and a cedar chest?

Both the hope chest and cedar chest can be used as a trunk for storing your prized possessions like heirloom quilts and valuables, but not all hope chests include a cedar lining. Our cedar chests are built to include a cedar floor. 

How long do these chests last?

There is no exact time frame, but our chests are all crafted to heirloom quality so they can last for many lifetimes.

Why are hope chests made of cedar?

Historically, young women would be gifted a cedar chest in preparation for marriage. Before leaving their home, they would have a cedar chest to keep their most prized possessions, such as their wedding dress, linens, etc. Cedar is used because it deters insects and fungi to prevent damage to the items inside the chest.

What should you not put in a cedar chest?

We recommend not placing wood, paper (like newspapers), and plastic in your cedar chest. These can emit chemicals that can damage the cedar wood. If you do want to store paper, make sure it is acid-free.

Are hope chests still popular?

We have plenty of customers who love their hope chests! Regardless of what's popular, get something that you will love. These are crafted to heirloom quality so they can be passed on to your future generations.

Where can I put a cedar chest?

You can place it at the foot of your bed, in the living room, or anywhere additional storage is needed in your home.

Can you use a cedar chest as a coffee table?

Some of our customers do use their cedar chests not only for storage purposes but also as a coffee table. The height of the chests and coffee tables are relatively the same.

How do you care for a cedar hope chest?

Mild maintenance can keep your cedar chest in great condition over the years. We recommend using a damp lint-free cloth with an 8:1 water to vinegar ratio. Make sure to get rid of any extra moisture and don't clean with a wet cloth.

What are the most important factors to consider when purchasing a cedar hope chest?

Quality! In order for you to pass the chest on to your kids, having a quality chest you love is important.

How can you be sure that you're choosing the right cedar hope chest for your needs?

When shopping for a cedar hope chest, we recommend making sure that cedar is used in the bottom like the chests you'll find here at Rustic Red Door. Cedar wood is known to repel fungi and insects, making it the perfect place to store your personal treasures.

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