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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
  • Wanda
    Wanda Tampa, FL

    very clever!

  • Judy C
    Judy C Bennington, NE

    Cute idea if all the toys & things are just to look at, otherwise how can she get the toys down? Pretty high up for a little girl.

  • Anna Byrd-Chaffin

    finger nail polish will remove any kinda of stickers from plastic. ;)

    • Polly Zieper
      Polly Zieper Fort Lauderdale, FL

      @Anna Byrd-Chaffin not nail polish, but nail polish remover-but be VERY CAREFUL!!!Its like bleach, it will remove the color of anything it spills on.

  • Vicki Wagner
    Vicki Wagner Thompson, PA

    Done at a child's height would be more functional.

  • Tina M
    Tina M Fort Lauderdale, FL

    <3 it though I would make a shelf to put them on so you could remove them at will

  • Holly Brady
    Holly Brady Chesapeake, VA

    i love this idea however i will have to put at lower level for my youngest to get to. dont want to encourage climbing if not necessary!

  • Susan G
    Susan G Zeeland, MI

    wow this is the answer to my Granddaughters room.

  • Tina M
    Tina M Fort Lauderdale, FL

    my son Tiger has a tiger collection since birth (50 stuffed animals at least) hes now 15 but he loves them still, he doesnt touch them any more, so this idea would work perfectly for him, side note* his room is decorated in a wild animal print theme,

  • Jennifer Adams Horsley

    Actually, this is a WONDERFUL idea for my scrapbooking supplies!!

  • Rhonda Conlin

    What an awesome idea!

  • Bert burnett
    Bert burnett Dutton, MT

    cooking spray is alo good for removing labels I like the idea of the baskets being higher. when your child wants to get something new that would be the time to teach putting the other stuff back,so Mom could use that before getting something else

  • Amanda M
    Amanda M Bethlehem, GA

    This is a good idea for that wierd space between my pc monitor and the wall. This can store games, storage disks, speakers, and be a place to display lightweight cha-cha's.

  • Melanie VeoFontaine

    Blowdryer gets stickers off... And I love the idea, I just agree, would need to bring it down lower for my youger son. Up higher would work for my preteen, though...

  • Kathy F
    Kathy F Auburn, CA

    It is a great idea for those things that you don't want to get rid of, decorating with toys is a wonderful idea no matter how tall things are

  • Joni
    Joni Seward, NE

    you could put the opening on the top and put them on the wall at a lower level and fill them with stuffed animals.

  • Jeanette freeze
    Jeanette freeze Purdy, MO

    easy ..cost great,,have to try in my hobby room iam fixing since retired now,,ty

  • Kathie taylor
    Kathie taylor Largo, FL

    Very clever!!!!

  • RoxyM
    RoxyM Minneapolis, MN

    This is a GREAT idea! How clever.

  • Diane S
    Diane S Wantagh, NY

    You can't tell from the picture, but the windows are low on the wall and not average size. My daughter is 8 and tall, so with a low step stool she can get the toys. If your child is small, I would recommend hanging lower. Thanks for the positive

  • Tina M
    Tina M Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I see the ceiling tho

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