Representing a major function and part of the vehicle, the trunk offers the largest storage space, which, most of the time, is only that: a large storage space.
The trunk’s space organization is a functional component that is overlooked in many passenger cars. Sometimes I think that the only direct, obvious use of the car, considering its trunk space, is to take your family or friends to the airport, when you can easily carry a few pieces of luggage in there and not care about what is happening on the road to the destination. Instead, if you need to carry some small, soft, unstable, fragile, irregular shaped items, the situation, for some cars, becomes difficult.
It is true, there are accessories for such needs, but sometimes there aren’t. You may find four strong tie-down points in the trunk, but all are on its floor. How can you keep something upright in there? “Bungee cords” do not do miracles; they need well thought-out attachment points, some of them at elevated locations. I have seen good sized, well shaped, large trunks in mid- and full-size passenger cars where you need time, materials and ingenuity to be able to create a solution that is fast, safe, easy to revert and remove from the trunk, and, of course, functional. Also, another future feature that should really work is to have access to the trunk from the cabin of the car, without too much discomfort and complicated maneuvers.
Until the next generation of large storage space, I gathered a few images of what we have available in our cars today for this purpose. How do you organize your trunk? Do you find it well suited to your daily tasks?