Originally conceived as stylish portable furniture for British army officers, campaign furniture is undeniably just as practical and chic almost three centuries later. That a rugged style found among makeshift military tents would go on to become a glossy staple of Hollywood Regency decor is one of the most fascinating twists in design history. The recessed hardware and reinforced edges DIY bloggers try to replicate were meant to make the campaign chest indestructible. And the popular X-base frames in midcentury-modern design have origins tracing back to this style, as benches, stools, and desk bases had to be collapsed, folded, and transported.
In recent years, several DIY bloggers have shown how to get the look for less, and designers have been showing endless variations on the use of the campaign chest. Stack shelving on top of them in a library, use them as nightstands, or pair two side by side as dressers. They're also a glamorous storage addition to any bathroom.
So what are you waiting for? Stop by your local thrift store to hunt down a vintage piece, or visit IKEA to pick up a Rast dresser, pick out your favorite paint color, and accent it with $30 hardware!