Using Luggage As Storage

December 3, 2010

Empty SuitcaseThe chances are very good that you or a family member have an old suitcases in the attic, basement, or closet. The old hard-shell case has become the dinosaur of travel. Newer ones may be a little shabby (i.e., broken wheel or malfunctioning handle), thus not usable for flight trips. Most of the of the donation places are no longer accepting the old hard cases and do not want malfunctioning newer styles. Here's some ideas for reusing them.


The hard shell cases make a great keepsake box for your child. I used mine and put all the keepsake mementos of our son in it, I decorated the exterior with his name and collaged a few photos and scrapbook items on it!.Its a great way to store the baby items, photos, and easy to keep them dust free, water proof and convenient to pass down. The newer nylon suitcases can be used in a similar way, but also make great Christmas ornament and light storage. You can also use for seasonal clothing totes and blankets. Go Green! Please feel free to add your own ideas about this.

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October 20, 2009

Instead of spending money on expensive storage bins just place your linens, seasonal clothing, photo albums, extra books, etc. in your luggage and slide under the bed.

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August 19, 2015

Inside a shabby chic suitcase on or under my coffee table I keep notepads, stationary, pens, scissors, stamps, etc. When I need to use these things while watching TV or on phone, everything is right there and I don't have to get up and go to my desk search for things.

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January 18, 2005

I've been hunting mouse proof storage for my Christmas decorations and ornaments. This year I purchase several pieces of used hard-sided luggage at the local thrift store for a very low price.


Sorry mice friends! By Jonna Marsh

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April 24, 2006

Pieces of old 70's hard-case plastic luggage make really good instrument cases for those instruments which come without them! I have my old Marxophone (a zither-like thing) in one.

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February 12, 2010

I just started a quilting class and thought that maybe I could convert a suitcase into a sewing machine bag. Any tips or ideas that could help?

By Terri from Pontiac, MI

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June 11, 2002

How do you use old trunks and suitcases? Janet

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October 20, 2009

This is a tip regarding storage of items. When our luggage is no longer usable for travel, I turn the suitcase into a storage container .

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