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Made a Storage/Shelf With Plastic Crates for Daughters Room for $16

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I found these small plastic crates at the store Five Below for just $2 a piece.
They connect together with a small peg and hole and a snap on the sides.
To hang, I simply drilled a hole in the bottom of each crate, used an anchor and screw to attach to the wall and Viola! I would also recommend using a large flat metal washer behind the screw, since the plastic can crack, it will also add stability.
The hardest part was getting the stickers off the back. ;)
***For those that have expressed concern about the height of the crates, my house is a ranch and the upstairs ceilings are low. Two walls are slanted, so wall space is limited, I had to be creative. My daughter is almost 8 and is tall, so with the help of a small step stool, she can reach her toys. If your child is smaller, I would recommend hanging these crates lower.

Got a question about this project?

  • How can she reach what she wants
  • Where can one buy these crates?
    • In the description, she says at "Five Below" (sheesh, people! Don'tcha read?).
      Elena Elena  Lanham, MD · answered on Apr 14, 2016 ·
    • Dame Elena ^ why do you have to be so rude I had no idea what (five below ) was. I'm sure not everyone here does.
    • never heard of 5 Below before
    • live in Canada what is 5 Below?
      Lindsay Lindsay  Canada · answered on Apr 30, 2016 ·
    • It's a store where everything is $5 or below. Love it cause they have a great variety of things
    • My local Walmart currently has these crates on clearance for 50 cents each, just FYI...
      Bgray Bgray  Puyallup, WA · answered on Oct 4, 2016 ·
    • Sometimes you can get them at dollar stores.
    • In the description, they mention that this crate design is one that simply snaps together. . . . It says: "They connect together with a small peg and hole and a snap on the sides." :D
      Rosie Rosie  San Bruno, CA · answered on Apr 13, 2016 ·
    • I imagine that even if you have crates that don't connext like that, you could use zip ties at the back so they aren't noticeable
      Ashley Ashley  Grand Forks, ND · answered on Sep 5, 2016 ·
    • Be cool if they were attached to the wall in a staggered pattern and not even having to connect them
  • Shelby Renee Pringle

    Great idea! And looks so cute! I love it.

  • Tarissa
    Tarissa Paris, TX

    Where did you find these crates?

    • Georgia
      Georgia Fairmont, WV

      Walmart sells them for $1.97

  • Diane S
    Diane S Wantagh, NY

    They have a site but they don't have an order online option. You could probably try Walmart and see if they have something similar in the kitchen/bath section. Also check any of the Dollar/99 cent stores in your area.

  • Renee Ruth Williams Kirby

    These crates are also at Joann's

  • Debbie
    Debbie Jeannette, PA

    Love this! Not only are you getting "shelf" space but storage too at a very low price. Just what I've been looking for!

  • Linda J
    Linda J Clearwater, FL

    It's a totally new idea for me and I will be using it next week. Just search Pinterest, found you and the remedy I was hoping for! Thanks for sharing and for the explicit instructions!

  • Laurie Kent

    It's a cute idea, but your child can't reach to play with toys that are in it. Toys are for play not display.

    • Ann S
      Ann S Bellingham, WA

      @Laurie Kent You probably didn't read all the way through the person's post. She explained how the crates are accessible: ***For those that have expressed concern about the height of the crates, my house is a cape and the upstairs ceilings are low.

  • Stacey Lee Springfield
    Stacey Lee Springfield Castle Rock, CO

    Just wondering where else to get those baskets I don't have a five below near me and really want to do this for my girls room

    • Georgia
      Georgia Fairmont, WV

      Walmart sells them in the storage container area near the kids room organization isle! Just bought mine about a week ago!

  • Melissa Miller
    Melissa Miller Tulsa, OK

    how are they connected on the sides

    • Emmiliegh Fitzgerald

      @Melissa Miller You might be also able to use zip ties (cable ties) to hold them together. Those are fairly cheap. It's an idea... not sure if it would work,in theory. If you did maybe four between each, it might work as extra security, perhaps.

  • Jae McDowell
    Jae McDowell Douglasville, GA

    This is GREAT!!! Will be making a trip to 5 & Below to look for these crates

  • Annetteborromeo

    I must admit this WOW me!! Thanks for this great idea..

  • Linsey
    Linsey Versailles, MO

    Where did you get these crates? Do you think they would stand well vertically for clothing storage, And not become disconnected?

  • Laura Haywood
    Laura Haywood Fair Oaks, CA

    Love this idea , I have a Hello Kitty / Popplea Room with lots of stuffed animals.
    This would be so cute in there. Thanks

  • Laurie
    Laurie Westland, MI

    I would use zip ties and trim them after tightening. Strong, cheap, and easy to re-do if you want to reconfigure.

    • Anne
      Anne Montrose, MI

      @Laurie i was thinking the same thing

  • Diane Polander
    Diane Polander Mount Pleasant, PA

    Love this idea

  • Sheila garza
    Sheila garza Irving, TX

    When I have connected crates I use plastic ties. The do not break and have to be clipped out. Pretty tight sand strong.

  • Robin M
    Robin M Albany, OR

    This is one of the most clever ideas I have seen yet! I'm thinking a book tower in my master bedroom. Go vertical!

  • UdyRegan
    UdyRegan Australia

    Storage bins are the easiest to work with especially when you have an empty wall to work as a canvas. I had also thought of the plastic crates cracking when I first saw your post but now I have taken note to fix a washer at the back of the screw.

  • Cathy hughes
    Cathy hughes Rock Springs, WY

    Great ideas 🙂

  • Cindi Limburg

    Love this idea for more than just the kids room. What about your sewing room. I love all the creative people out there that have the ability to come up with these GREAT ideas. THANK YOU for sharing with the world. Happy Holidays to all

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