19 Ways to Decorate With Wooden Crates

How to decorate a bathroom using wooden crates
The Beauty Dojo

People collect wooden crates by salvaging them or by buying them for next-to-nothing at a craft store. Either way, there are numerous ways you can transform these crates beyond their intended use.

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    Repurposed Crates for Storage

    Crates placed beneath a bench with pillows on top
    Life Storage

    You might have a farmhouse aesthetic and want to use crates as a means of storage, or maybe you love modern or European styles and want to incorporate unfinished, new crates into your home design. Wooden crates can even take on a very industrial feel. No matter your design taste, there's sure to be an idea that will inspire a bright new home addition.

    Simple Farmhouse Bench from Life Storage

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    Modern Rolling Cart Made With Crates

    Using wooden crates to house books and other furnishings.
    The Shabby Creek Cottage

    Making a rolling cart out of wooden crates is as easy as adjoining two crates then adding casters. The way to set your crate cart stand apart is by how you style it.

    This workstation serves to hold a printer and some books, so it is highly functional. It is kept unfinished and styled with minimal gold accessories and gold casters for a very chic and modern look.

    Wood Crate Rolling Cart from The Shabby Creek Cottage

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    Wooden Crate Storage Lockers

    Wooden crate storage lockers
    Little House of Four

    This DIY project may not be for the novice crafter, but it certainly makes for an incredible looking storage locker. The look of this unit is very farmhouse inspired.

    If you want to take some elements from this locker without fully completing it, consider mixing darker wood, white paint, and outlined lettering to keep your crate project looking like something out of HGTV's "Fixer Upper."

    How to Build DIY Crate Lockers from Little House of Four

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    Industrial Pipe and Wood Crate End Table

    Wooden crate end table
    Bre Purposed

    There are so many ways to make an end table from a wooden crate, but this is an exquisite design. The piping detail along the top makes the piece look custom and not like something a weekend warrior just threw together.

    Crate and Pipe Industrial End Table from Bre Purposed

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    White Crates for Linen and Bathroom Items

    White crate used for bathroom linens
    The Beauty Dojo

    This shouldn't surprise you, but a lot of people use wooden crates as shelves. This particular shelving idea helps to add storage space in a small bathroom. Just be sure that the wooden crates are anchored to the wall in any shelving project so they don't come toppling over.

    Bathroom Shelf Organizer from The Beauty Dojo

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    Wooden Crate Outdoor Bar

    Wooden Crate outdoor bar
    Torie Jayne

    This outdoor bar goes to show just how versatile wooden crates can be. You might have to drive away from the craft store with a car completely filled to the brim with crates, but it will be worth it.

    DIY Outdoor Bar Tutorial from Torie Jayne

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    DIY Crate Coffee Table

    How to make a wooden crate coffee table
    Anything and Everything

    You may have seen this crate coffee table before, but it is a tried-and-true DIY for any traditional home. Though the basic table design might be the same, the way you finish the crate says a lot about your design style. You can stain the table like you see here, paint multiple colors, or stick with the unfinished look for a Scandinavian feel.

    Crate Coffee Table from Anything and Everything

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    Transform Crates for Children's Rooms and Toy Storage

    Transforming wooden crates to hold children's items

    Remember when you read that a little whimsy can go a long way? That's exactly how this DIY goes from boring to fantastical. Match contact paper and paint to your child's room. Hang the crates low for toy storage or hang them high to house more delicate decor items.

    Wooden Crate Shelf DIY from JOANN

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    Use a Crate for Adding Height to Porch Decor

    Wooden crates added to porch decor.
    Cottage in the Oaks

    A solo crate can be a great design tool when setting up a seasonal vignette for your front porch. Use the crate to add necessary height and interest to rustic style decor, as you see here on this spring porch tour.

    Spring Front Porch from Cottage in the Oaks

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    Turn a Vintage Crate Into an Old World Centerpiece

    Using vintage wooden crates for centerpieces
    The Lily Pad Cottage

    There are a variety of vintage wooden crates and boxes that were used for many different things. Find a smaller, more narrow wooden crate to use as a centerpiece on your dining table. Add items such as mason jars in sets of three or use the entire box as a planter for succulents.

    Dining Room Decor from The Lily Pad Cottage

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    Organize Crates by Adding Chalkboard Labels

    How to use wooden crates in the laundry room
    Imperfect Homemaking

    Wooden crates make great organization tools, especially if the sides are completely encased in wood. Stain the boxes a rustic color and add chalkboard labels to add style to a space that otherwise would have had none.

    Laundry Room Organization from Imperfect Homemaking

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    Simple Wooden Crate TV Stand

    Make a wooden crate TV stand
    Cashmere & Plaid

    This inexpensive solution for a TV stand can be customized to fit any size TV and even gives you space to add some additional accessories. The mason jar succulent planters and unstained crates give off a modern farmhouse vibe.

    DIY Crate TV Stand from Cashmere & Plaid

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    Wooden Crate Foot Stool and Storage Ottoman

    Milk crate foot stool and storage ottoman
    Jennifer Decorates

    This DIY works as both a footstool and a storage ottoman. Since crates aren't that tall, it would be tough for some people to sit comfortably that low to the ground. Crates are an ideal size for a footstool. Make sure you add hinges so you can have easy access to the storage space underneath.

    How to Make an Ottoman from Jennifer Decorates

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    Wooden Crate Wall Art and Shelving

    Hanging wooden crates on the wall.
    Coco Kelley

    This display was actually found in a very hip boutique shop, but the concept can also be incorporated into your home. When creating functional wall art, make sure things look balanced but not too symmetrical. You can even find printable guides online.

    Moorea Seal Tour from Coco Kelley

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    Create Built-Ins Using Unfinished Crates

    Full wall of wooden crate built ins
    West Elm

    There are a variety of ways you can use wooden crates to create a built-in, but this application is one of the more impressive examples. When designing a feature wall of crates, make sure not to stack crates one on top of the other. Add a slight stagger and variation but just be sure all the weight is evenly balanced.

    Modern Connecticut Coffee Shop from West Elm

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    Organize Shoes With Wooden Crate Shelving Units

    How to organize shoes using wooden crates

    This idea is similar to the last one but on a much smaller scale and with a distinct function. Storing shoes in crates works well when you have a wide hallway or even a walk-in closet. Keep tall boots in the vertical crates and flats in the horizontal crates.

    How to Make a Bookshelf from C.R.A.F.T.

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    Style a Buffet With a Vintage Style Crate

    How to style a wooden crate
    Sarah Joy

    This idea isn't so much a DIY as it is style inspiration. There are so many different ways to style a single crate. This example shows you how to perfectly place a crate on a dining room buffet. Play around with different heights inside the crate, but be sure whatever you put inside is substantial enough to stand out.

    5 Ways to Style a Wooden Crate from Sarah Joy

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    Book Storage Using Half Crates

    How to make book storage on a wall with wooden crates
    IHeart Organizing

    This DIY is perfect for a child's room. They sell a lot of bookshelves that adhere to the wall but try these made from half-crates. Hang them low so your little one can pick out his or her favorite book when it's storytime.

    Great Crate Book Storage from IHeart Organizing

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    Wooden Crate Wine Rack

    Wooden crate wine rack
    My Anything and Everything

    This wooden crate that has been converted into a wine bottle holder. Stack another crate on top, then add wine glass hangers inside for added functionality.

    Wood Crate Wine Rack from My Anything and Everything