18 Ways to Repurpose Wood Crates in Your Home

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Wood crates repurposed into a desk or craft work center
Wood crates repurposed into a desk or craft work center (Pinterest)

Wood crates are a popular flea market commodity today.  They have endless uses outside of their originally intended use, therefore making them a hot item to repurpose in the home.  Here are 18 ways to repurpose wood crates in your home.

  1.  Shelving

Stack crates freeform or uniform to create a unique shelving unit.  Attach several together and stack beside each other in rows.  Fasten crates to a wall for a sturdy and safe shelving unit.

Shelving unit made from repurposed wood crates
Shelving unit made from repurposed wood crates (netnewengland)
Shelving unit made of repurposed wood crates
Shelving unit made of repurposed wood crates (trendir)
Shelving unit made of repurposed wood crates
Shelving unit made of repurposed wood crates (trendir)
Fit wood crates into a wall nook for shelving and storage
Fit wood crates into a wall nook for shelving and storage (blog.diynetwork)

2.  Shoe Storage

Never enough shoes means never enough storage for shoes!  Fashion shoe storage from old crates for the closet or a dedicated space in the bedroom.

Shoe storage made from wood crates
Shoe storage made from wood crates (amixedbag.typepad)

3.  Mudroom or Foyer Storage and Organization

Attach several crates to the wall for unique storage in the mudroom or foyer for shoes and other belongings.  Paint the crates or leave them in their natural state for a more rustic look.

Mudroom or foyer storage using repurposed wood crates
Mudroom or foyer storage using repurposed wood crates (brit)

4.  Kitchen Storage

Use wood crates to organize and store items in the open concept kitchen.

Kitchen storage created using wood crates
Kitchen storage created using wood crates (moderninteriordesignz.blogspot)

5.  Kitchen Display

Display and store food and decorative items on stacked wood crates.  Attach crates to the wall or arrange them around the kitchen.  Use crates for beverages and glassware for an instant kitchen bar area.

Kitchen storage using repurposed wood crates
Kitchen storage using repurposed wood crates (Country Living)
Kitchen display using repurposed wood crates
Kitchen display using repurposed wood crates (Houzz)

6.  Bathroom Shelving and Storage

When a lack of countertop space has you in a fluster, use old wood crates for wall storage and display in the bathroom.

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Bathroom shelves fashioned from repurposed wood crates
Bathroom shelves fashioned from repurposed wood crates (decoist)

7.  Entertainment Center

Create a one-of-a-kind entertainment center with old crates.

Entertainment center using repurposed wood crates
Entertainment center using repurposed wood crates (hipsterhead)

8.  Ottoman or Stool

Fortify wood crates for strength and add an upholstered top for a unique ottoman or stool.

Ottoman created from an old crate
Ottoman created from an old crate (decohubs)
Bench created from repurposed wood crates
Bench created from repurposed wood crates (decorfox)

9.  Coffee Table

Repurpose wood crates for a coffee table.  Refinish the crates to smooth the surface and give the coffee table a more refined look.

Stylish coffee table created from repurposed wood crates
Stylish coffee table created from repurposed wood crates (upcyclethat)

10.  Unique Decorative Storage

Embellish an existing crate or make your own with wooden yardsticks.  Use this as a display piece or for decorative storage.

Decorative storage from a DIY crate of wood yard sticks
Decorative storage from a DIY crate of wood yard sticks (bestofinteriors)

11.  Hanging Display

Hang different size crates at varying heights from the ceiling to create hanging displays.

Hang crates from the ceiling for display as shown at the Paris Flea Market
Hang crates from the ceiling for display as shown at the Paris Flea Market (parismarket.blogspot)

12.  Decorative Accent

Use the crate as is for a display piece under a table or on a shelf.  Show off any distinctive labels on the crate.

Use old crates in a decorative display
Use old crates in a decorative display (Houzz)

13.  Toy Chest

Put wheels on an old crate and turn it into a portable toy chest.

Create a rolling toy chest with a repurposed wood crate
Create a rolling toy chest with a repurposed wood crate (Houzz)

14.  Pet Bed

Make a comfy spot for Fido of Fluffy by repurposing a crate as a pet bed.  Add legs for more decorative appeal.

Repurpose an old wood crate into a dog bed
Repurpose an old wood crate into a dog bed (Etsy)

15.  Garden Storage and Planting

Use wood crates in the garden for storage and planting.  Use crates in the yard for container gardening.

Use wood crates in the garden for storage and planting
Use wood crates in the garden for storage and planting (dishfunctoinaldesigns.blogspot)

16.  Desk Storage

Add drawers to a desk by using crates.

Create desk storage using old wood crates
Create desk storage using old wood crates (Houzz)

17.  Office Display and Storage

Use crates for display and storage in the home office.  Wallpaper or paint the interiors for a decorative look.

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Repurpose old wood crates for office storage and display
Repurpose old wood crates for office storage and display (makalepark)

18.  Wall Display

Arrange crates on the wall for a unique wall display.  This is a great way to show off collections, such as vintage pottery, glass or cameras.

Use wood crates as wall display
Use wood crates as wall display (Pinterest)

Pick up a few crates at the flea market and see how many unique ways you can repurpose these in your home.

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. I am all about reusing things to make the most out of them, so I love these ideas! I especially like the idea of putting wooden crates together to make a shoe storage area. My husband always says that I have too many shoes and that they take up too much room in the closet. Something like this would probably make us both happy! I imagine that you could also do a similar things with your kids for their clothes or toys or whatever you’d like!

  2. I had no idea that wooden crates could be used for some many things at home. I recently got a lot of old wooden crates I no longer need so I’ve been looking for ways to make them useful. I really like the idea of using them for kitchen storage. I think they blend in well with the other wooden fixtures and would last a long time. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love the idea that you suggested about using crates as shelving for a bathroom by hanging it up on the wall. This is such a cute display idea when it comes to needing to create more counter space. This is something that I will have to keep in mind when it comes to redecorating our guest bathroom.

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