How to Build Crate Furniture

Written by callie barber
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Sturdy and long-lasting, crates are an economical and creative item to use to build your own furniture. You can find crates for free outside local grocery and hardware stores. Stack the crates on top of each other for a cool bookcase design. Attach them to a ceiling for an eclectic light fixture. Use different coloured crates side-by-side for an interesting take. Create a double-duty design by creating a coffee table using three crates connected together. Add a pillow on top, and you have a bench.

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Things you need

  • Plastic milk crates
  • Spray paint
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Wood legs
  • Pillow

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    Choose crates that have been gently used for a sturdy design. Check local grocery stores and home improvement stores for free crates.

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    Draw out your furniture design to use as a blueprint to refer to as you work your way through the project. Measure the space where you'll use the furniture so you know the exact width and height. Benches and coffee tables are simple to create using crates. You can also build chairs to use in your living room and dining room space by adding a set of wooden legs.

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    Begin building a chair by washing the crates. Allow them to dry for one hour. Use spray paint and apply two coats. Use bright colours for a modern design and a fun way to contrast with your room. Allow to dry for 24 hours.

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    Attach wood, screw-in legs on the ends of all four sides of the crate. Use wood legs approximately 10 to 12 inches high and three inches in diameter. You can purchase these at your local home improvement store individually or in sets of four. Alternatively, for shorter chairs that you could use in a child's room, use five- to eight-inch wood legs.

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    Make sure they are attached to the open part of the bottom side of the crate. Look around your home for larger legs you could easily saw down to use as your crate chair legs. You'll use the top as a seat. Add a pillow on the top for padding.

Tips and warnings

  • Consider covering the crates with a slip cover. Use a bold and bright material for a creative design.
  • Keep a set of crates in a closet to use for extra seating when you have guests over. You can place them anywhere in the room and stack them next to each other for a makeshift couch.
  • Use crates outside or in a garden for a spot to rest while gardening. Flip the crate upside down, and you have a place to store your gardening tools.

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