Lane cedar chests were once a quintessential furniture item. Lane furniture marketed the chests as "bottom draws," the perfect way for brides-to-be to store clothing or home furnishings. Women of the 1940s and '50s, associating romance and housekeeping, highly prized Lane cedar chests and what they embodied. Even today, Lane cedar chests in all styles are prized finds on auction sites and in antique stores.
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Wedding Chest Styles
One particular style of Lane cedar chest is designed specifically for use as a wedding chest or bottom draw. This style of chest features a sliding front panel that conceals hooks for storing jewellery. The inside of the chest holds a felt-lined tray for storing smaller items. The chest also features a surprise: a false bottom that opens for extra storage. This hidden storage is designed for storing a wedding dress.
Bench Style Chests
Some styles of Lane cedar chests are designed to double as both storage and seating. These chests have a use as benches and come with an upholstered, padded top. Typically, these chests also come with drawers or faux drawers, and a decorative scalloped base.
Antique Style Chests
Even modern Lane cedar chests are available in an antique style. Modern versions have an antique distressed wood finish, and some come with decorative, country-style designs painted on the front. Some antique-style chests are available in a chalk-white finish that gives a cottage, country look to the chest.
Old World Style Chests
One distinctive style of Lane cedar chest is designed with an old-world, nautical look. This style of chest has a simple design and a distressed, rustic finish that mimics flaking black paint. There is also an old-fashioned gallery rail along the sides and back of the chest. The overall effect is that of a centuries-old sailor's trunk, worn but with a history.
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