Today we’ll be talking about a current home decor trend that has been a staple on craft store shelves for years—the humble wooden crate! Wooden crates are having a serious moment thanks to the hint of vintage flair they can bring to a space. I’ve had my eye on this trend for a few months now, and apparently so have a lot of stores! You can find wooden crates that aren’t very expensive at Michael’s, Walmart, and on Amazon.
Not only do wooden crates look great, but they can be super practical too. You can use them to make furniture, to organize your stuff, or simply use them as a nice piece of decor. In fact, I’ve come across SO many different ways to use these crates online that I’ve decided to share some of my favorites with you today! Below, you’ll find 16 brilliant ideas for using wooden crates from some of the best DIY and craft blogs on the web. (Full disclosure—there are a couple of ideas in this list that feature plastic crates instead of wooden ones. But I figure they’re similar enough that they could be used interchangeably a lot of the time!) So follow the links provided to view the tutorials, or just use these ideas as inspiration for your own unique crate creation! :-)
16 Brilliant Ways To Use Wooden Crates
1. Organize Your Mudroom
Use storage crates as shelving to control the chaos in your mudroom. A smaller bin or basket fits perfectly inside when the crates are turned on their sides! You could store umbrellas, gloves, sunglasses, and other accessories in them to keep them near the door without making your mudroom feel cluttered.
2. Make A Bookcase
Stack a few crates on their sides, and voila, you’ve got yourself a bookcase! I love how these ones were stacked in a descending order to accommodate the sloped ceiling of the room. It maximizes the amount of usable storage space, and it looks great too!
3. Make An Ottoman
This project features a plain old plastic milk crate that this blogger turned into an ottoman with storage space inside! This project is particularly inspiring because it shows that you can use a crate to create something that doesn’t look like it’s a crate. You can always cover the exterior up with something decorative and make it look completely new!
4. Add Storage To Your Laundry Room
Hang up a few plastic crates in your laundry room to store detergent, natural homemade fabric softener, and your other laundry supplies.
5. Cover Them Up
This helpful tutorial demonstrates how to sew a fabric cover that fits over a standard plastic milk crate. A simple cover like this can help make your crates look a little more sophisticated, and if you have a bit of leftover fabric lying around, it won’t cost you a thing!
6. Make A Kitchen Island
If you’re a confident DIYer, you can even use wooden crates to make a kitchen island! This particular design focuses on adding additional storage space, so it would be a great way to add more storage to a small kitchen.
7. Use Them As Cubbies
Use wooden crates to create cubbies for your kids’ school stuff. They can keep their books, binders, and school papers organized in their own cubby, hopefully adding up to fewer lost assignments and fewer headaches for you. :-)
8. Build Them Yourself
If you prefer to take a hands-on approach, or if you happen to have some spare wood lying around, you can build your own wooden crate without too much effort!
9. Make Some Shelves
If a full-sized wooden crate is a little too bulky for your needs, you can always cut it down a bit! This blogger turned a wooden crate into two narrow organizers to store her extra serving platters on her walls. Brilliant!
10. Spruce It Up
If your wooden crate is feeling a little plain, you can always spruce it up a bit with a nice wood stain! And check out this tutorial to learn how to add some cute rope handles to the sides of a crate too.
11. Organize Your Craft Supplies
This might be my favorite idea from this list, because we have so many different kinds of supplies at our studio! A storage crate solution like this one would be perfect to help get us more organized. And I love how the natural wood looks on the shelves.
12. Makeover Your Laundry Room
Hang a few storage crate shelves in your laundry room to add both functionality and style. I like the idea of using the crates to display a mix of both functional and decorative items to add some interest to the room!
13. Make A Rolling Storage Bin
Give a regular wooden crate a functional upgrade by turning them into rolling storage bins. Bins like these would fit perfectly under a bench or a bed to give you added storage space in any room that needed it.
14. Display Your Cookbooks
Use a wooden crate to display your cookbook collection while also keeping them organized. This tutorial shows how to paint and distress your crate and also add some cute vintage lettering. (But a plain wooden crate would work just as well, of course!) ;-)
15. Make A Coffee Table
I love the idea of using wooden crates to make a coffee table! This one has a ton of rustic charm, but it also feels sophisticated too. And because the crates are on their sides, you can use the space inside each crate to store or display just about anything.
16. Create A Kitchen Centerpiece
If your kitchen could use a great decorative piece, check out this tiered produce crate! You can use it to store your fresh fruits and veggies, and it will also look great on your table or countertop.