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.
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.
There is no exact time frame, but our chests are all crafted to heirloom quality so they can last for many lifetimes.
Back in the day, 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.
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.
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.
You can place it at the foot of your bed, in the living room, or anywhere else that is functional for your home.
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.
Mild maintenance can keep your cedar chest in great condition over the years. We recommend using a 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.
Quality! The original use of cedar chests dates back to the 18-19th century. In order for you to pass the chest on to your kids, having a quality chest you love is important.
When shopping for a cedar hope chest, we recommend making sure that cedar is actually used in the bottom! Cedar wood is known to repel fungi and insects, making it the perfect place to store your personal treasures.