How to Build DIY Wood Crate Lockers


I've always loved the look of lockers, but have never been lucky enough to find a set that was in good condition and reasonably priced. The ones I am able to find are either the wrong size, too rusted or too expensive. So, I decided to improvise and make my own lockers using large wood crates.

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I headed to Home Depot and picked up a few supplies, including three large wood crates to use as my base.




Before assembling the lockers I added a few coats of white paint to each crate.




I used scrap wood that we had around the house to make supports for the crates and attached everything with screws.




Once the three crates were stacked and screwed in place I finished them off with doors, metal numbers and a fun knob.








I could not be happier with how the crate lockers turned out. The best part is they are super functional and fairly inexpensive to build. My son has already claimed them for himself and uses them to store and organize all his favorite dirt bikes.

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29 questions
  • Pat
    on Feb 24, 2017

    Where did you get the doors?

  • Twila roberts
    on Mar 12, 2017

    Could I make a set of two and put a small tabletop on them

  • Janna Daniels
    on May 4, 2017

    I want to turn my smaller bedroom into a linen closet. Is it possible with these crates? Or how can I do it.
    • Joanne Osuna
      on Feb 9, 2018

      Actually, I just put them up to store fleece mats and pads for foster kittens in a manner that would probably work for you. I attached them horizontally to the wall with screws and large washers (to span the space between the slats), and stack my mats in them. Perfect size, low cost!
  • Gracefullikeagazelle
    on Feb 9, 2018

    Your son uses the crates for his dirt bikes? This I gotta see
  • Jenni
    on Feb 9, 2018

    Did you have to drill first for the screws?

    • WENDY
      on Feb 9, 2018

      you should always pre-drill before inserting screws or 90% of the time you will crack the wood
    • Jenni
      on Feb 9, 2018

      Thank you, Wendy! I love this, but haven't done much woodworking.
  • Ann
    on Feb 9, 2018

    Don’t you need to support the sides as well as the bottoms?
    • Jeri
      on Feb 9, 2018

      They are already supported on 4 sides simply by their design. According to the instructions, they used 3 crates, so unless they intend to sit on them doubt the need for additonal support on the sides (..this is my opinion only..) I think this is a great idea especially adding the numbers. Other decorative design elements could be added to this basic project for a totally different look..such as different colors, letters etc.
    • Ann
      on Feb 10, 2018

      Thanks. I didn’t think the side slats looked supported but they certainly look sturdy with a door.
  • Anthony
    on Feb 9, 2018

    Does Home Depot charge for those crates or they are just discarding them and anyone can pick them up?
  • Beth
    on Feb 9, 2018

    What is the next to the last picture showing? What is the red tool that is being used?
    • Marilee H
      on Feb 9, 2018

      I checked the full instructions, and the hinges are just attached to the doors with glue, the tool is a clamp holding the hinge to the door while the glue dries.
    • Betty
      on Feb 9, 2018

      Looks like a clamp to hold the hinge to the door while the glue dries. Her website explains the reason for the glue.
    • Gerald Bordelon
      on Feb 9, 2018

      It's a bar clamp holding the hinge in place to free your hands up to insert the screws into the hinge
  • FrancieRunsLike A Duck
    on Feb 9, 2018

    How do you store dirt bikes in a those crates as mentioned?
    • Tlw6933834
      on Feb 9, 2018

      I would imagine that they are toy dirt bikes
    • Pal32397726
      on Feb 9, 2018

      Dirt bike question....too funny!
    • PRWins
      on Feb 9, 2018

      Logical question.

    • Krazy K
      on Feb 9, 2018

      • Yes logical question. And why clutter those nice shelfs with kids toy dirt bikes. When I read it I also said "What do you mean dirt bikes". Please explain to us "not as bright people 🙄" What your child uses it. Can we see a photo of that and not just this pretty one"
    • Lori Johnson
      on Feb 9, 2018

      First thing I thought too. Then figured they must be toys and the son is a small child.
    • Annie russo
      on Feb 9, 2018

      Who cares about the dirt bikes?! It's a super cute project!
    • KD Redlowske
      on Feb 9, 2018

      I suspect she meant dirt bike supplies, i.e. helment, gloves, etc.
    • Diena Cameron
      on Feb 24, 2019

      I agree with KD Redlowske, I'm thinking supplies for his dirt bike. Love this project, i was thinking it would be a great way to store all of our extra sodas, potato chips, paper plates, water, mixes for our bar, mayonnaise, ect. in our laundry room on our back porch. I have NO storage in our house, so i use the back porch for a temporary "pantry". It is pretty cold out there so not worried about spoilage but desperately need a way to hide and store !Several of these along our longer wall would be great and with the thicker wood in between would help support ! Thanks for the idea !!!

    • FrancieRunsLike A Duck
      on Feb 25, 2019

      Thanks for all the responses everyone. I wasn't even thinking kid's items - toys. I really do have a Pooh brain! Great project though! Kudos!

  • Judykay
    on Feb 9, 2018











































    what did you use for the thick shelves at the top and between?
  • PRWins
    on Feb 9, 2018

    Doors and hardware are not listed as items to purchase. Neither are the wood tops and bottoms. Are these supposed to be things you have lying around the house?
    • Alison Crosby
      on Feb 9, 2018

      *used scrap wood that we had around the house to make supports for the crates and attached everything with screws.
    • PRWins
      on Feb 9, 2018

      I live in a 1,500 sf condo. I don't have a basement or an attic. I don't have scrap wood lying around the house.... don't have much of anything lying around the house. Everything must serve a purpose. That's why I'm interested in storage. My bad. (I'd seen the comment. That's why I asked the question.)
  • Lori Johnson
    on Feb 9, 2018

    Do you need to use weather proof paint for outside, or are they only meant for indoor use?
    • Cyn27563097
      on Feb 10, 2018

      If you use them outside, I would only put them on covered porch or in garage- but use outside paint!!! For inside, jus regular paint.
  • Pat8773716
    on Feb 9, 2018

    Where did you buy the tool used to attach the hinges?

    • Lisa Sinclair
      on Feb 9, 2018

      What a drill and a screwdriver??
    • Deanne Saab
      on Feb 9, 2018

      What wasn't mentioned here are the little black clamps holding the door steady - plus the screwdriver.

    • Margaret
      on Feb 9, 2018

      I was puzzled as well by what appears to be some funky kind of tool, but she says at her website, which has additional pictures, is "... opted to use wood glue to attach the hinges to the door. Small clamps held everything together until the glue was dry." So I think the funky tool is some kind of spring clamp.
    • Nadine Hartman Bourne
      on Feb 9, 2018

      They are called Trigger or Clutch clamps and you can find them at any hardware store or big box store that has a large enough tool section This is a link to one style. they have cheaper brands too just look at Lowes or Home depot websites.
  • Kathy Sedmak
    on Feb 9, 2018

    What did you use for the shelf and how did you attach?
    • Zoe Emiko
      on Feb 10, 2018

      If you scroll back to the top of the article she says she offers a full tutorial and there is a click HERE available. Click on that. She tells in the tutorial what she uses for the shelves and how she attaches them.
    • Kevin Kimminau
      on Feb 23, 2019

      You can use a simple wood glue

  • Dianna Blumricl
    on Feb 23, 2019

    What size are these? Thanks

  • Christina O
    on Feb 23, 2019

    Would have liked to see them all stacked. Where did u put these?

  • Monica G
    on Feb 23, 2019

    But you didn't say where to get the crates you have displayed here? Or I didn't see it.

  • Mary
    on Feb 23, 2019

    Hello what type of paint, like satin or

    Stain works best?

  • Liz
    on Mar 5, 2019

    Where did you find the door?

    • Ashley
      on Jun 22, 2019

      It looks like she just made one to fit. You can get a thin board and have then cut it to size at Home Depot, add the hinges and a knob!

  • Kim
    on Jun 22, 2019

    Cool idea

  • Tracey
    on Jun 22, 2019

    I love this❤

  • GL Cruz
    on Jun 22, 2019

    Can i use plastic crates

    • Andrea
      on Jun 22, 2019

      I want to know too, I have some awesome Coca Cola crates

  • Kimberly Enloe
    on Jun 22, 2019

    I want to see the ones with the dirt bikes stored. I need that!

  • Jason Abraham
    on Jun 22, 2019

    Where did you get the doors?

  • Sheila Penney
    on Jun 22, 2019

    Definitely inspired! Question? Is there any significance to tbe numbers on the lockers?

    • Julie Moyna
      on Sep 26, 2019

      Most lockers have numbers, like when we were in high school...like gym lockers I assume ☺️

  • Boots
    on Sep 26, 2019

    What was that tool used to make spare between top of door and the added piece of wood?

  • Boots
    on Sep 26, 2019

    What was the tool used to make the space between the door and the piece of extra wood on top of the crate.?

  • Linda
    on Sep 27, 2019

    I'm looking for things to do with create for my for my home for Christmas can someone please help thank you

    • Michelle
      on Oct 3, 2019

      How crafty are you? I would put wagon wheels and a handle on it. Paint it bright red. Fill it with festive boxes.

  • Diane Granillo
    on Oct 3, 2019

    How to make a butcher block cutting board

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