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Fresh Ideas for Using Old Crates
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.
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.Continue to 2 of 23 below.
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Modern Rolling Cart Made with Crates
Making a rolling cart out of wooden crates is as easy as adjoining two crates then adding casters. The way to have 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.Continue to 3 of 23 below.
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Wooden Crate Storage Lockers
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.Continue to 4 of 23 below.
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Industrial Pipe and Wood Crate End TableContinue to 5 of 23 below.
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White Crates for Linen and Bathroom Items
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.Continue to 6 of 23 below.
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Create Storage in a Mudroom or Entryway Using Crates
This is by far the best example of an entryway transformation using crates. Adding stenciling to the back of the crates on the wall, and painting the interior of the floor crates adds necessary interest. Don't feel the need to be too serious when creating crate projects designed for your children's use. A little whimsy can go a long way!Continue to 8 of 23 below.
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DIY Crate Coffee Table
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.Continue to 9 of 23 below.
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Transform Crates for Children's Rooms and Toy StorageContinue to 10 of 23 below.
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Use a Crate for Adding Height to Porch DecorContinue to 11 of 23 below.
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Turn a Vintage Crate into an Old World Centerpiece
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 like mason jars in sets of three or use the entire box as a planter for succulents.Continue to 12 of 23 below.
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Organize Crates by Adding Chalkboard LabelsContinue to 13 of 23 below.
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Open Vintage Crate Shelving in a Farmhouse KitchenContinue to 14 of 23 below.
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Simple Wooden Crate TV StandContinue to 15 of 23 below.
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Wooden Crate Foot Stool and Storage Ottoman
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.Continue to 16 of 23 below.
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Organize Family Member's Items on the Stairs with Crates
These crates can actually be customized and then bought just like you see them here. However, it is easy enough to customize your own at home. Keeping one crate per family member on the stairs provides you with space to return school papers and other belongings to their rightful owners. The crates add enough style so that it doesn't just look like piles of clutter.Continue to 17 of 23 below.
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Wooden Crate Wall Art and Shelving in OneContinue to 18 of 23 below.
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Create Built Ins Using Unfinished Crates
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.Continue to 19 of 23 below.
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Organize Shoes with Wooden Crate Shelving UnitsContinue to 20 of 23 below.
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Style a Buffet With a Vintage Style Crate
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.Continue to 21 of 23 below.
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Book Storage Using Half CratesContinue to 22 of 23 below.
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Desk Made from Wooden Crates
This desk made from crates is more about the design than storage function given the limited space. However, building a desk using crates for one or both legs can be a great way to add more storage space to your home office.
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