A lot of the DIY projects and crafts we’re usually sharing with you don’t require any special skills or special materials and tools. For most of them all you need is a creative mind and the desire to create something unique and to get your hands dirty. On that note, today we’re showing you some really cool projects that can be made using wooden crates.
All you need to make a coffee table like this one is four wooden crates. Place one vertically on its side and then add another perpendicular to the first crate. Repeat with the other two and you’ll get this square-shaped structure with a hole at its center. You can leave that as it is and choose to place a planter at the center for example or you can add a top to get a flat surface.
With more wooden crates you can make even bigger and more complex things, like a bookcase for example. You can use as many crates as you need to, based on how big you want the bookcase to be. You can stack them in any way you want to. This is a low and horizontal type of bookcase made out of eight crates.
You can also do something cool from a single crate. In fact, a wooden crate would make a perfect side table. You could just place it next to the sofa and call it a table but it might be nice to also transform it a little bit. Add a shelf to maximize its storage capacity and install casters so you can easily roll the table where you need it to be.
Lately alternative Christmas trees have become quite popular which makes us really happy because it means we get to share you all sorts of awesome projects and ideas, like this one featured on itsprettynice for example. It’s a Christmas tree made from wooden crates. Although it may not be suggestive enough as it is, you can add string lights and ornaments to really make it look like a tree.
Another really cool idea comes from missknown. This time the wooden crate was transformed into a record player stand. Yes we do realize that very few people actually have record players anymore but this project is still very cool and inspiring. You can easily adjust it and turn the table into a regular side table instead or into a little storage unit for a few books.
Turning wooden crates into tables is super easy, as it was also proven by this cool project shared on funkyjunkinteriors. This side table (which you can also think of as a cart) was made from two crates. A wooden board was added at the bottom to make it easier to store items on that shelf without them falling off the edge. The casters and metal hardware are a really nice touch.
Another really simple transformation was featured on grillo-designs. This time a wooden crate was turned into a bookshelf. The little rope pieces act a sort of guardrail which prevents the books and other things from falling off the edge. Also, the rope adds a subtle coastal twist to the design and looks great overall.
The entryway is one area where repurposed wooden crates can be super useful. You can use a bunch of them to create an organization system for this area, with storage cubbies for shoes and various other things. It’s a cheap and interesting way of creating something custom and original for the entryway without spending a lot of money on supplies. Check out themerrythought for details about the project.
Cute little crate bookcases like the one featured on burkatron are perfect for those awkward little grooves and nooks that certain floor plans have and for small spaces in general. Making a little bookcase like this is easy. You just have to secure a few crates together and that’s all really. Add a comfy chair next to them and this can be your new reading corner.
The wooden crates can also be used as accessories for a piece of furniture. A perfect example here is a project that we found on thekimsixfix. This is a large wooden bench, big enough to accommodate two wooden crates inside. You might be lucky enough to already have a similar piece of furniture that you can just add the crates to. If not, check out the tutorial and see how you can build it all from scratch.
Another option is to skip the whole repurposing part and just use a crate as a crate. You can make a few small alterations to it just to make it more easy to use. For example, add casters so you can easily roll the crate around. This project featured on dreamgreendiy gives you all the info you need to ensure the success of this simple project.
There’s also a really nice tutorial on hometalk that you can follow if you want to built a bench out of wooden crates. You need three crates, two wooden boards and six furniture legs. The crates were painted a bright red color in this case which gives it a quirky and eye-catching look. Feel free to choose your own favorite color instead or to leave them unfinished for a more authentic, rustic-industrial look.
The project featured on frugalfun4boys is quite different from the others we shared so far. That’s because the crate in this case was not used to make a piece of furniture but something totally different: a garage for little toy cars. What was needed is a wooden crate, a poster board and lots of paper towel rolls.
Another quirky idea comes from home-frosting. This time a wooden crate was transformed into a cute bed for a cute little called named Daisy. It was a pretty simple project on a very small budget. The bed has a comfy pillow and small casters for mobility. It even has the dog’s name painted on it. You could easily do something similar for your own dog or even for your cat.
Now what about the actual crates? So far all the projects just assumed you’d be able to repurpose wine crates but what if you can’t find any or you want a custom crate with a specific design and specific proportions? In that case you can just go ahead and build the crate from scratch. Be sure to check out marialouisedesign to find out how.